Month: December 2018

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With data breaches becoming a daily reality, it’s nearly impossible to know which breaches will remain influential or impactful throughout the course of a year. For this cybersecurity roundup, we chose to focus on analyzing Under Armour, Cambridge Analytica-Facebook, Uber and Marriott Hotels as the most powerful 2018 cybersecurity incidents. Not all information security risks
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My parents are approaching 60. When they were young, they hung out at diners, or drove around in their cars. My generation hung out in the parking lot after school, or at the mall. My colleague John Biggs often talks of hanging out with his nerd buddies in his basement, playing games and making crank
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by Maria Varmazis With our archives full to bursting with stories of hijacked social media accounts, it’s a very good idea to set up two-factor authentication (2FA) on all the platforms you use. 2FA combines your password with something else – a text message to your phone, a code generated by an authenticator app, or
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US chain Caribou Coffee announced a payment card data breach on Thursday, listing 265 outlets across 11 states that had been affected. It claimed to have identified unusual network activity on November 28, enlisting the help of Mandiant, which subsequently found evidence of unauthorized access to point of sales (POS) systems two days later. The
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It was the best of years, it was the worst of years, it was the wokest of years, it was the most problematic of years, it was the year of AI, it was the year of scooters, it was the year of Big Tech triumph, it was the year of Big Tech scandals, it was
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Nearly 20,000 Orange modems are being targeted thanks to a vulnerability leaking their SSID and Wi-Fi passwords, researchers at Bad Packets have warned. The firm’s honeypots first picked up the attack traffic targeting Orange Livebox ADSL modems. After conducting a simple Shodan search, chief research officer, Troy Mursch found 19,490 such devices leaking their Wi-Fi credentials
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Things are tough all over — but especially in the digital media business of 2018. Probably the most high-profile flameout this year was at Mic, which laid off most of its staff ahead of an acquisition by Bustle. Mic had raised nearly $60 million in funding, with major media organizations like Time Warner and Bertelsmann
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by Maria Varmazis Intrusions into your Twitter account might range from mild annoyance, to a serious PR fail, to an international political gaffe. Regardless of how you use it, there’s no need to make it easier for someone who wants to hijack your Twitter account. It’s quite easy to improve the security of your Twitter
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2018 was an eventful year for all of us at McAfee. It was full of discovery, innovation, and progress—and we’re thrilled to have seen it all come to fruition. Before we look ahead to what’s in the pipeline for 2019, let’s take a look back at all the progress we’ve made this year and see how McAfee
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2018 has been a rough year for China’s bike-sharing giants. Alibaba-backed Ofo pulled out of dozens of international cities as it fought with a severe cash crunch. Tencent-backed Mobike puts a brake on expansion after it was sold to neighborhood services provider Meituan Dianping. But one newcomer is pedaling against the wind. Hellobike, currently the country’s
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Apple’s latest Transparency Report shows that access to user devices and data are more often being requested by government and non-government entities around the world — and so is the rate at which Apple complies with those requests. Government data requests have been on the rise for years, according to previous transparency reports by Apple
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The personal data of more than half a million staff and students of San Diego high schools from the past decade is now likely in the hands of hackers, it has emerged. A statement from the San Diego Unified School District on Friday revealed that unauthorized access was achieved by a simple phishing campaign which compromised
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by Lisa Vaas About 11,000 passengers are crammed into Gatwick Airport, their flights grounded since last night as a drone operator repeatedly flew two unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) close to the runway. Flights can’t take off or land until it’s safe to do so, and that can’t happen until police find the operator. Gatwick, a
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Appropriately dubbed the ‘Global Stage for Innovation,’ it’s no wonder CES showcases the most cutting-edge consumer technologies coming out in the year ahead. No topic is off the table; Attendees will learn more about connected homes, smart cities and self-driving cars, try out shiny new digital health wearables, headsets, and other connected tech, explore AI-driven
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Indonesia, the world’s fourth largest country by population, has unblocked Tumblr nine months after it blocked the social networking site over pornographic content. Tumblr — which, disclaimer, is owned by Oath Verizon Media Group just like TechCrunch — announced earlier this month that it would remove all “adult content” from its platform. That decision, which angered
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The UK government has launched a new cybersecurity skills strategy designed to reduce industry shortages, and a new independent body to help shape the future of the profession. The Initial National Cyber Security Skills Strategy sets out not only to recruit more skilled professionals into the industry but also raise the awareness levels of the
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by John E Dunn Microsoft has found itself fixing a lot of zero-day flaws recently, including CVE-2018-8611, (patched this month), and November’s CVE-2018-8589 and CVE-2018-8589. Now it has released an emergency patch for a remote code execution (RCE) zero-day vulnerability in Internet Explorer’s Jscript scripting engine affecting all versions of Windows, including Windows 10. Identified
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In response to the issues of data privacy questions that have erupted in the aftermath of the Facebook-Cambridge Analytical scandal, a startup, FigLeaf, co-founded by CEO Slava Kolomeichuk and CRO Yuriy Dvoinos, is developing an app that will help users understand how their personal information has been affected. The new app is slated for use