Social Media and Online Predators

The serious subject of online predators is discussed by ESET security researcher Lysa Myers with information and advice for folks who want to protect kids online.

‘Password’ no longer weakest choice as ‘123456’ surges into first place

Password security company Splashdata has released a new version of its annual list of the world’s worst passwords – and ‘password’, last year’s number one, has been unseated by ‘123456’, thanks largely to passwords revealed in the recent Adobe breach.

Interview: ‘Fully encrypted’ Android Blackphone – will it allow for spy-proof communication?

Speaking via email, Silent Circle’s Toby Weir-Jones said of the Android device built to offer secure communication, “It’s obvious there is tremendous interest in the goals we’ve set for Blackphone, even though we have released so little concrete detail so far.”

Why are so many kids still not receiving computer science education?

The city of Chicago recently announced a change to the curriculum for schools in their district that would introduce children as young as primary school to computer science concepts. It would also allow students to count computer science as a core subject that fulfills graduation requirements. What does this say about the current state of computer-related education?

Giant snake swallows zookeeper! Facebook scam spreads via offer of gruesome video

A video purportedly showing a gigantic snake swallowing a zookeeper is the latest viral scam on Facebook – tricking thousands of users into sharing a video which instead takes victims outside Facebook to a scam site.

Make it stop! How to cleanse your PC of unwanted adware (and ‘badware’)

‘Adware’, software which delivers unwanted adverts, isn’t as scary as some malware, but ESET’s analysis of Win32/Boaxxe shows that ‘malicious’ adware is becoming increasingly hi-tech and stealthy. Our guide will help you clean your machine – and see fewer unwanted ads.

Cash crash ahead? ‘Death’ of Windows XP could leave 95% of world’s ATMs vulnerable

Banks around the world face a looming deadline to upgrade their ATMS – 95% of machines worldwide run Windows XP, which Microsoft will cease to support on April 8. Just 15% of America’s ATMs are expected to upgrade by that point.

Vietnamese malware : ‘Single post’ enough to trigger spyware attacks against U.S. bloggers, EFF claims

A Californian blogger was among victims of a malware attack which targeted critics of the communist state in Vietnam, as well as staff at U.S. privacy group Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Push to replace “hugely insecure” credit card system in U.S after rash of retailer breaches

The ‘magnetic stripe’ credit cards used by American banks should be replaced with the more secure chip-and-PIN systems standard in Europe and around the world to prevent further attacks, according to Visa, Mastercard, JP Morgan and government officials.

Target Breach Updated

ESET security researcher Lysa Myers provides further information and advice folks concerned that their credit or debit card was compromised in the Target breach.

Boaxxe adware: ‘A good advert sells the product without drawing attention to itself’ Part 2

In this post, we examine the complex it fits into a larger click fraud ecosystem, where users can be redirected either automatically, or through search engines browsing, to advertisement websites.

Huge shortage of cyber-defenders as threat levels ‘highest since records began’, Cisco report warns

Cisco claims in its report that cybercrime is now a global, professional industry – and there is a worldwide shortage of professionals able to defend against such attacks, with new technologies in malware meaning that there is a shortfall of a million IT professionals.

Microsoft offers brief reprieve to Windows XP users – with antimalware updates until July 2015

The computer giant announced the change of policy in an official blog post in which it said that although XP was no longer “a supported operating system”, security updates would continue until July 2015.

Thousands of hotels under attack as Google Maps and Google+ listings hijacked

Thousands of hotels have found that their listings on Google Maps and Google+ have been ‘hijacked’ – pointing instead to different sites, rather than the hotel’s own. At least 4,000 sites have been affected.

Better latte than never? Starbucks adds extra shot of security after app blunder

Starbucks has promised to update its mobile app – the most-used mobile payment app in America – after a security researcher found that it stored passwords in plain text, leaving users vulnerable to attack.

Getting started with Bitcoin

Everyone is talking about Bitcoin but is it a safe investment for your savings? We Live Security has five tips for protecting yourself against cybercriminals.

Fridge raiders: Will 2014 REALLY be the year your Smart Home gets hacked?

At CES 2014, the app was king – and more importantly, the appcessory – fridges, lights, appliances and gadgets built for app control. But with companies unveiling door locks controlled via app, should we applaud – or worry?

Secret radio technology allowed NSA to spy on PCs disconnected from the Internet

A secret technology which relied on radio transmissions has allowed the National Security Agency to spy on computers disconnected from the internet – a security measure known as an ‘air gap’, and commonly used to protect machines containing highly sensitive data.

Borrowing tricks from cybercriminals can ‘scare’ web users into safe browsing, Cambridge researchers claim

Computer users often feel bombarded by warnings about malware – particularly in internet browsers, which often repeatedly warn about risky sites – but tricks used by cybercriminals can help stop this, a new paper claims.

Major cyber attacks ‘can be predicted’ using computer model, researchers claim

Major international cyber attacks follow a pattern – and attacks such as Stuxnet, which targeted Iran’s nuclear plant can be predicted by a mathematical model, University of Michigan researchers have claimed.

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