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Hackers May Be Using Your Phone to Commit Crime

Right now, your mobile phone could be hosting invisible software that’s helping hackers commit crimes across the globe and you’d have virtually no way of knowing it. That’s one of the key findings released today by a team of researchers at Distil Networks, a San Francisco security firm. Data engineers say they made an alarming discovery of bot networks, infecting millions of mobile devices worldwide. While researching customer account abuse and takeovers they suddenly realized that a lot of mobile requests were coming in. That observation led to further scrutiny of mobile Continue Reading

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Critical security hole in Microsoft Edge web browser just discovered

A strange Microsoft Edge bug dubbed “Wavethrough” has been discovered that could allow a malicious website to retrieve content from other websites. The vulnerability uncovered by Google employee Jake Archibald occurs when a malicious website uses service workers to load multimedia content inside an < audio > tag from a remote site while using the “range” parameter to load a specific portion of the file. Archibald said it involves wave audio and data that is allowed through despite the fact that it shouldn’t be. “This is a huge bug,” said Continue Reading

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3 employee training tips to prevent a data breach at your company

Employers have learned the hard way that one of the biggest security threats comes from their own staff. A report published by Ipswitch looks at data breach causes to find out how rogue employees rank. An interesting find is that up to 75% of data breaches result from insider threats, while a separate report by Veriato suggests that 90% of cybersecurity experts feel that their company is vulnerable to insider attacks. In fact, about 50% of the 472 professionals surveyed said they had suffered these attacks in the previous 12 months. Deliberate or not, these threats are very real Continue Reading

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Why the FBI is asking people to reboot their routers

Russian malware, known as VPNFilter has infected millions of internet connected routers and devices across the globe. It efficiently collects personal information by monitoring your internet activity and sends it to the dark web. If you have one of our Total Security firewalls, you’re okay but if you’re using a Belkin, Linksys, Netgear or TP-Link device, read on. The hacker alias behind this malware is called Sofacy, a hacker group working with the Russian government. They became famous for hacking the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 U.S Election. The FBI issued Continue Reading

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GDPR, Europe’s new privacy law, is officially here

Europe’s highly anticipated new privacy law, the General Data Protection Regulation, went into effect Friday, a law that will impact virtually every technology company worldwide. The new law requires any company that operates in the EU or any company that serves EU citizens to follow strict new privacy guidelines meant to protect consumers from companies abusing their personal data. Companies that fail to comply could face financial penalties as high as 4 percent of their annual revenue. For companies like Facebook, Google and Apple, that could amount to billions of dollars Continue Reading

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Chili’s Data Breach – credit cards stolen

Chili’s Grill & Bar experiences a “data incident” that exposes some of its customers’ credit & debit card numbers, names & other payment card information. Chili’s Grill & Bar experienced a “data incident” that compromised some of its customers’ payment card information, according to a prepared statement from parent company Brinker International. The restaurant chain learned about the incident Friday. The Chili’s breach may have occurred between March and April 2018, Brinker indicated. Chili’s officials said they believe malware was used to obtain customers’ payment card information, including credit or debit card numbers and Continue Reading

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Saks Fifth Avenue Cash Registers Skimming Credit Card Numbers

Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor reported a data breach affecting millions of its customers. According to the company “a well-known ring of cyber criminals” had stolen more than 5 million credit and debit card numbers from customers. According to the New York Times the cyber criminals were able to pull off this massive heist by implanting software into the cash register systems. Although it is early in the investigation the the hack appears to have only affected card numbers and not social security or driver’s license numbers. The Continue Reading

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Zippy’s suffers massive data breach, affects all locations

If you’ve been to a Zippy’s location between November 23, 2017 and March 29, 2018 there’s a good chance that your credit card may have been compromised as a result of a massive data breach. Zippy’s cash registers (which are essentially computers) were infected with malware that “skimmed” customer credit cards as they were swiped to pay for food, copying the card information for criminals to use or sell on the dark web. At this time Zippy’s is not disclosing exactly how many customers are affected. Zippy’s official press release and details Continue Reading

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Hotel Door Locks Worldwide Vulnerable to Hack

It’s very rare these days that a hotel will give you a real key when you check in. Instead, most chain hotels and mid-sized establishments have switched over to electronic locks with a keycard system. As researchers from F-Secure have discovered, these electronic locks may not be very secure. Researchers from the company have managed to create a “master key” for a popular brand of hotel locks that can unlock any door. The team began this investigation more than a decade ago, when an F-Secure employee had a laptop stolen from Continue Reading

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