Technology giants join forces to battle tech support phone scams

Google, Facebook, Twitter and AOL have joined forces to stamp out fake tech support services where customers are fooled into calling bogus technical support lines, where they are encouraged, not to fix their comptuer, but to install malware – or give away details crucial for identity theft.

NSA Revelations Impact Online Behavior

Think cybercriminals are “evil geniuses”? Wrong – and these idiots show why

Many cybercriminals are not exactly Bond villain material – in fact, some are criminals with a level of weapons-grade stupidity that Bond villains wouldn’t even employ as henchmen.

Malicious advertising is growing threat, warns Senate report

Technology giants with large ad networks need to do more to protect consumers from hackers infiltrating their advertising networks to deliver malicious adverts – or even point users to sites that serve malware, the U.S. Senate has warned.

FBI plans worldwide crackdown on cybercrime

The FBI is gearing up for a major crackdown on cybercrime, and says that arrests of major criminals will follow in weeks. Criminals in foreign countries will not be safe, a top FBI official said.

How to make that one important file REALLY safe

Everyone has photos, messages and memories that they want to keep safe. Follow these 5 top tips to make sure those files are safely locked up.

Virus Bulletin review: 2 eBooks offering security guidance

An article for Virus Bulletin by David Harley reviews two eBooks offering security advice to consumers.

Former Royal reporter: “I hacked Kate Middleton’s phone 155 times”

So-called phone hacking makes the headlines again, as new revelations are made.

Have you properly secured your mobile phone voicemail?

Gartner study finds users who BYOD aren’t worried about risks

A Gartner survey has found that one in four employees who bring their own smartphones and tablets to work suffered a security issue in the past year – and spent an hour per day on their BYOD devices.

Interview: Phil Zimmermann – why Fortune 100 companies are buying Blackphone

Phil Zimmermann invented the most widely used system of email encryption in the world – and says that Fortune 100 companies are queuing up for his encrypted Blackphone, which allows “whispered” conversations, anywhere.

Dogecoin vault vanishes after attack – and “mysterious withdrawals”

The popular online wallet site Dogevault is offline after attackers destroyed data on the site. The impact on user funds is unknown – although site users have reported withdrawals from their accounts, some as large as 950,000 Dogecoin.

Snapchat “lied to users” about privacy of vanishing photos

The photo-sharing app Snapchat, popular with youngsters for its photos which would exist briefly then “disappear forever” has admitted that the photos did not, in fact, disappear, in a settlement with the U.S. government’s FTC.

Ransomware on Android: Keep calm but get protected

There has been a lot of talk in the news lately of a new ransomware for Android. While this does sound dire, and the possibility exists for more problematic threats on Androids in the future, it is not yet time to panic.

Smart TVs can be infected with spyware – just like smartphones

‘Smart’ televisions with built-in microphones could be used as bugging devices by corrupting the devices with malware, according to software specialists NCC Group, as reported by The Register.

Torrent site Demonoid blocked by Google for serving malware

The torrent site Demonoid was blocked by Google after tests by the search giant found that pages within the site contained banner adverts which were installing malware on users’ PCs.

Bitly hackers stole user credentials from offsite database backup

If only two factor authentication had been used, maybe the database would never have been accessed by online criminals.

Rolling Stones 14 On Fire Free Tickets Giveaway? It’s a Facebook scam

Beware the latest scam spreading on Facebook, claiming to offer free tickets to a Rolling Stones concert.

Twitter double-locks its password security with spammer-foiling defenses

Twitter has added more security measures to its site – making password resets easier, and making it trickier for cybercriminals to log in to accounts.

Mystery surrounds Bitly’s urgent security warning following security breach

If you have an account on link-shortening service Bitly, you should take steps now to protect your account.

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