Cyber Security

Home Depot Says its Breach Put 56 Million Credit Cards at Risk

Home Depot Says its Breach Put 56 Million Credit Cards at Risk

Home Depot said Thursday that the security breach it reported this month allowed cyberthieves to cull information from 56 million credit and debit cards, far worse in terms of data loss than a similar attack late last year on the Target store chain. The malicious software, or malware, was placed on Home Depot point-of-sale ...

Goodwill’s Recent Breach Went on for 18 Months and Affected Other Retailers, Too

Goodwill’s Recent Breach Went on for 18 Months and Affected Other Retailers, Too

In July, it was revealed that Goodwill Industries had suffered from a credit card data breach that affected the charitable retailer’s stores in at least 21 states. The Goodwill breach seemed by many to be just the latest case of criminals taking advantage of the weak underbelly of retailers—their point-of-sale systems. ...

If You’re on iOS 8, Apple Won’t Hand Your Data Over to Police

If You’re on iOS 8, Apple Won’t Hand Your Data Over to Police

Apple said Wednesday night that it is making it impossible for the company to turn over data from most iPhones or iPads to police — even when they have a search warrant — taking a hard new line as tech companies attempt to blunt allegations that they have too readily participated in government efforts to collect user ...

iCloud is Now Protected by Two-Step Verification

iCloud is Now Protected by Two-Step Verification

Apple has put fixes in place to its iCloud cloud storage service that now prevent an attacker from mining data from an iOS device backup stored in the cloud by gaining access to the user’s password—at least if that user has turned on Apple’s new two-factor authentication. As we reported last week, iCloud previously ...

A Kindle E-Book Flaw Lets Hackers Access Your Amazon Account

A Kindle E-Book Flaw Lets Hackers Access Your Amazon Account

Amazon might not have a security issue at Audible but they do have one on their main website. A security researcher has reported, and I can confirm, that Amazon has a security hole on the “manage Your Kindle” page – one which is relatively easy to fix. Thanks to this hole, a hacker can gain access to the Amazon ...

Surveillance Requests Are Up 250 Percent Since 2009, Says Google

Surveillance Requests Are Up 250 Percent Since 2009, Says Google

The bad news is that the U.S. government is asking for more data than ever about Google users, and a growing number of other places are getting the same idea. This year, nine countries — including the Dominican Republic, Egypt and Indonesia — asked Google to hand over information for the first time. The good news, if ...

The FBI Has Completed its Facial Recognition System

The FBI Has Completed its Facial Recognition System

The FBI's Next Generation Identification (NGI) system is now fully operational, after more than three years of development. The bureau announced today that development on the project is complete, and it would be rolling out new features for ongoing criminal notifications as well as a controversial facial recognition feature ...

An Audible Flaw Lets People Easily Download Unlimited Free Audiobooks

An Audible Flaw Lets People Easily Download Unlimited Free Audiobooks

A teenager in India has discovered a major loophole in Amazon-owned audio book retailer Audible that allows anyone to download an unlimited amount of audio books for free. Security flaws in Audible mean the site doesn't wait to authenticate credit card payments before allowing users to purchase books, meaning that anyone ...

Report: Most Apps Don’t Respect Your Privacy

Report: Most Apps Don’t Respect Your Privacy

Amid widespread consumer anxiety about risks to privacy, here’s some disheartening news: A new report from a prominent intergovernmental group found that mobile apps are failing to provide users with basic privacy protections. The report, based on a review of 1,211 different apps over the course of a week in May, was ...

Up to 5 Million Gmail Passwords Were Just Leaked

Up to 5 Million Gmail Passwords Were Just Leaked

Approximately 4.93 million Gmail usernames and passwords were published to a Russian Bitcoin forum on Tuesday, as first reported by Russian website CNews. That’s the bad news. The good news is that this leak doesn’t seem as massive upon further inspection. First off, we got in touch with Google regarding the issue. The ...