Cyber Security

California Kill Switch Law Seen Going National

California Kill Switch Law Seen Going National

By signing in to a law a bill that requires anti-theft kill switches on smartphones, California Gov. Jerry Brown has set what will likely be a nationwide standard for wireless devices shipped across the nation. The law, which Brown signed Monday, takes effect in July 2015. It requires smartphones sold in the state to come ...

NSA Built ‘Google-like’ Search Engine for Metadata

NSA Built ‘Google-like’ Search Engine for Metadata

The National Security Agency built a "Google-like" search engine to give domestic and international government agencies access to details of billions of calls, texts and instant messages sent by millions of people, according to The Intercept. The search engine, called ICReach, had behind it roughly 850 billion pieces of ...

Closeli’s Simplicam Monitors Your Home With Face Detection

Closeli’s Simplicam Monitors Your Home With Face Detection

You can monitor your home in many ways, but few ways give you the options of simplicam. Powered by Closeli, simplicam is the first and only home monitoring Wi-Fi solution that includes face detection. That means you'll only get alerts when someone's in your home -- and not when your cat runs through your living room and ...

A Security Flaw in Mobile Apps Could Cost You a Fortune on Your Phone Bill

A Security Flaw in Mobile Apps Could Cost You a Fortune on Your Phone Bill

A security precaution skipped in mobile applications such as Facebook’s Messenger could be abused to make an expensive phone call at a victim’s expense, a developer contends. Phone numbers often appear as links on a mobile device. That is possible by using a Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) scheme called ”tel” to ...

Last Year’s Cyber Attack on Target Has Affected 1,000+ Businesses

Last Year’s Cyber Attack on Target Has Affected 1,000+ Businesses

More than 1,000 American businesses have been affected by the cyberattack that hit the in-store cash register systems at Target, Supervalu and most recently UPS Stores. The attacks are much more pervasive than previously reported, and hackers are pilfering the data of millions of payment cards from American consumers ...

Secret, the Anonymous Messaging App, Isn’t Very Secret After All

Secret, the Anonymous Messaging App, Isn’t Very Secret After All

“This is the third girl I’ve dated in three weeks, and none of them know about each other.” “I’m late. I don’t know how to tell my husband. Especially since he had a vasectomy.”  “Is Lucy the cutest dog?” These are recent posts on the mobile confessional app Secret, posts which typically veer toward the ...

Before Selling an Android Phone, Make Sure You Encrypt its Data

Before Selling an Android Phone, Make Sure You Encrypt its Data

If you're putting your Android phone or tablet up for sale on eBay, then a factory reset might not be enough to destroy all of the data on it. On some devices, the files and photos on your phone aren't actually erased—just the references and file structure around them. With a few hacking tools, anyone can scrape some of ...

Gmail Can Be Successfully Hacked 92 Percent of the Time, According to Researchers

Gmail Can Be Successfully Hacked 92 Percent of the Time, According to Researchers

Researchers at the University of California Riverside Bourns College of Engineering and the University of Michigan have identified a weakness they believe to exist across Android, Windows, and iOS operating systems that could allow malicious apps to obtain personal information. Although it was tested only on an Android ...

Researchers Discover Way to Pair Malware With Legitimate Downloads

Researchers Discover Way to Pair Malware With Legitimate Downloads

A team of researchers from Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany, has created a new kind of cyber attack where malicious code is able to be sent in parallel with a legitimate software download without modifying any code. The new attack binds the malware to free and open source software, because there are fewer code signing and ...

Researchers Found Ways to Sneak Weapons Past Airport Security Scanners

Researchers Found Ways to Sneak Weapons Past Airport Security Scanners

Not only did the body scanners at some U.S. airports expose a traveler’s every line and curve, they weren’t very good at finding weapons, researchers say. Guns, knives and faux explosives were among the contraband snuck past the backscatter X-ray by researchers at the University of California, San Diego, the University ...