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.
Archives - May 2014
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.
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.
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.
An article for Virus Bulletin by David Harley reviews two eBooks offering security advice to consumers.
So-called phone hacking makes the headlines again, as new revelations are made. Have you properly secured your mobile phone voicemail?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’ 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.
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.
If only two factor authentication had been used, maybe the database would never have been accessed by online criminals.
Beware the latest scam spreading on Facebook, claiming to offer free tickets to a Rolling Stones concert.
Twitter has added more security measures to its site - making password resets easier, and making it trickier for cybercriminals to log in to accounts.
If you have an account on link-shortening service Bitly, you should take steps now to protect your account.
The biggest IT security risk to businesses is the use of smartphones in the workplace, a report based on the habits of 5,000 users worldwide has found.
‘Spambots’ are a fact of life on Twitter - fake accounts built to spread everything from infected links to misinformation. Until now, users have had to rely on their instincts, but a tool - “Bot or Not” - helps to uncover fake accounts instantly.
Tax identity fraud is on the rise this year, possibly due to criminals getting craftier in their choice of breach targets. According to a series of reports from Brian Krebs, fraudsters are now targeting third-party payroll services.