Cyber Security

A Google Antivirus Site is Helping Hackers Create Effective Malware

A Google Antivirus Site is Helping Hackers Create Effective Malware

Before companies like Microsoft and Apple release new software, the code is reviewed and tested to ensure it works as planned and to find any bugs. Hackers and cybercrooks do the same. The last thing you want if you’re a cyberthug is for your banking Trojan to crash a victim’s system and be exposed. More importantly, ...

Apple: Celebrity Photo Leaks Were Targeted Attacks, Not iCloud Breach

Apple: Celebrity Photo Leaks Were Targeted Attacks, Not iCloud Breach

Apple says that the mass theft of nude celebrity photos that were released over the weekend did not occur because of a breach in any Apple systems, including iCloud. Apple says, however, that certain celebrities were the subject of targeted hacking attempts that focused on compromising their usernames, passwords, and ...

Home Depot Breached: Your Credit Card Info May Be at Risk

Home Depot Breached: Your Credit Card Info May Be at Risk

If you just bought a new screwdriver, check your Visa card for strange charges. Several banks are reporting that Home Depot has experienced a credit card breach that may rival or exceed last fall's Target fiasco. "I can confirm we are looking into some unusual activity and we are working with our banking partners and law ...

Apple Patches iCloud Bug That May Have Leaked Celeb Photos

Apple Patches iCloud Bug That May Have Leaked Celeb Photos

Apple appears to have fixed a bug that some have speculated could be the possible source of this weekend's massive online leak of celebrity nude photos. The bug, known as "ibrute," appears to have been first noted on the social coding site Github. It allowed hackers to access an individual's iCloud data by exploiting a ...

A ‘Find My iPhone’ Flaw is Likely Responsible for Leaked Celeb Photos

A ‘Find My iPhone’ Flaw is Likely Responsible for Leaked Celeb Photos

An alleged breach in Apple’s iCloud service may be to blame for countless leaks of private celebrity photos this week. On Monday, a Python script emerged on GitHub (which we’re not linking to as there is evidence a fix by Apple is not fully rolled out) that appears to have allowed malicious users to ‘brute force’ a ...

A New Flaw in Wireless Routers Makes Hacking Them Easier Than Ever

A New Flaw in Wireless Routers Makes Hacking Them Easier Than Ever

  A researcher has refined an attack on wireless routers with poorly implemented versions of the Wi-Fi Protected Setup that allows someone to quickly gain access to a router's network. The attack exploits weak randomization, or the lack of randomization, in a key used to authenticate hardware PINs on some ...

FBI, Secret Service Investigate Reports of Cyber Attacks on Banks

FBI, Secret Service Investigate Reports of Cyber Attacks on Banks

The FBI said it is investigating media reports that several U.S. financial firms have been victims of recent cyber attacks. “We are working with the United States Secret Service to determine the scope of recently reported cyber attacks against several American financial institutions,” FBI spokesman Joshua Campbell said ...

Twitch Knocked Offline in Latest Online-Gaming Attack

Twitch Knocked Offline in Latest Online-Gaming Attack

The Twitch videogame-streaming service went offline for several hours last night (Aug. 26), possibly as a result of a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack, which would make it the latest in a series of attacks on online gaming services. A hacker group called Lizard Squad claimed credit for last night's disruption via ...

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 ...