Zuckerberg must face public scrutiny over latest data breach, say UK MPs

October 16, 2018

UK members of parliament have once again called for Facebook’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg, to travel to the country to face questions about how his business operates. They’re renewing calls for facetime with the Facebook CEO in light of the massive data breach it disclosed on Friday — which the company said could affect as many as 90 million users, with 50M confirmed to have been compromised. It’s not clear exactly how…


DoJ Charges North Korean Hacker for Sony, WannaCry, and More

October 2, 2018

On the Monday morning before the Thanksgiving holiday in 2014, employees at the Culver City headquarters of Sony Pictures Entertainment found their computer screens taken over by an image of a red skeleton, and a message: “We’ve already warned you, and this is just a beginning.” It was the start of a months-long nightmare in which hackers, calling themselves “Guardians of Peace,” made public the personal emails, salaries, and even…


Facebook and Twitter’s Biggest Problems Follow Them to Congress

September 27, 2018

Bloviating conspiracy theorist Alex Jones whispered loudly in the front row with far-right media personality Jack Posobiec. Banned Twitter troll Chuck Johnson sat a few seats down giggling intermittently at who knows what. A man in a black shirt with the words “FBI used toddler for SEX" printed in red block print meandered in and out of the room. The internet’s biggest problems quite literally took a front-row seat at…


The Untold Story of NotPetya, the Most Devastating Cyberattack in History

September 20, 2018

It was a perfect sunny summer afternoon in Copenhagen when the world’s largest shipping conglomerate began to lose its mind. The headquarters of A.P. Møller-Maersk sits beside the breezy, cobblestoned esplanade of Copenhagen’s harbor. A ship’s mast carrying the Danish flag is planted by the building’s northeastern corner, and six stories of blue-tinted windows look out over the water, facing a dock where the Danish royal family parks its yacht….


What We Now Know About Iran’s Global Propaganda Campaign

September 18, 2018

They set up phony news websites with narratives ripped from other sources, backing up their state-sponsored schedule. They stole photos for their social media profiles and made up epithets to catfish unsuspecting victims. They formed an incestuous web of advertisement across Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google +, Reddit, and other platforms. They seemed to have a thing for Bernie Sanders. And then they got caught. Yes, that’s the story of the…


How to Protect Yourself Against a SIM Swap Attack

September 16, 2018

A spate of hacked Instagram accounts. A $220 million suit against AT& T. A bustling underground violation reverberating. They all have roots in an old problem that has lately located brand-new urgency: SIM card swaps, a victimize in which hackers steal your mobile identity–and use it to upend your life. At its most basic degree, a SIM swap is when someone convinces your carrier to switch your phone number over…


Trump’s New Executive Order Slaps a Bandaid on Election Interference Problems

September 15, 2018

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that would automatically impose sanctions against any person or group attempting to interfere in United States elections. “The proliferation of digital machines and internet-based communications has created significant vulnerabilities and amplified the extent and intensity of the threat of foreign intervention[ to elections ], ” Trump writes in the order. “I hereby declare a national emergency to deal with this threat.”…


Instagram enables support for third party authenticator security apps

September 15, 2018

Multiple ways and means to authenticate . Image: LightRocket via Getty Images About time, Instagram. On Tuesday, Instagram announced several changes intended to improve security for its 1 billion customers. Among the changes is the ability to use third party authenticator apps to log in to Instagram, including DUO Mobile and Google Authenticator. Instagram did not previously aid these capacities, although it did allows users 2-factor authentication( 2FA) with text…


Instagram Boosts Its Security With a Fave-Worthy Update

September 14, 2018

Social media platforms’ struggle with safety and security is like a game of Whac–AMole. One day, the threat is coordinated bot activity; the next, it’s SIM hijackers stealing the identities of regular customers. In an effort to protect Instagram users from these and other threats, the company announced a specify of aspects today designed stimulate Instagram feel “safer, ” including ways to protect your own report and to verify whether…


Saving Lives With Tech Amid Syrias Endless Civil War

September 11, 2018

The warns that came over al-Nour’s phone was created by three men–two Americans, one a hacker turned government technologist, the other an entrepreneur, and a Syrian coder. The three knew they couldn’t stop the bombings. But they felt sure they could use technology to give people like al-Nour a better fortune of survival. They’re now constructing what you might call a Shazam for air strikes, utilizing tone to predict when…


Weak passwords let a hacker access internal Sprint staff portal

September 3, 2018

It’s not been a great week for cell carriers. EE was hit with two security flaws and T-Mobile admitted a data violate. Now, Sprint is the latest phone monster to admitted a protection lapse, TechCrunch has learned. Using two establisheds of weak, easy-to-guess usernames and passwords, a security researcher accessed an internal Sprint staff portal. Because the portal’s log-in page didn’t use two-factor authentication, health researchers — who did not…


Police Bodycams Can Be Hacked to Doctor Footage

August 23, 2018

As they proliferate, police body cameras have courted disagreement because of the contentious nature of the footage they capture and questions about how accessible those registers should be. But when it comes to the machines themselves, the most crucial function they need to perform–beyond registering footage in the first place–is protecting the unity of that footage so it can be trusted as a record of events. At the DefCon security…


Security News This Week: Maybe Go Ahead and Make Your Venmo Private

August 21, 2018

This week started with a controversial, widely derided meeting between President Trump and Russian commander Vladimir Putin, and finish with … an invite for round two! And yes, all sorts of craziness managed to happen in between. That includes yet more repudiations on Trump’s part that Russia interfered–and continues to–with US democracy, a stance that has serious repercussions, nonetheless many times he treads it back. The Putin press conference performance…


Smartphone Voting Is Happening, but No One Knows if It’s Safe

August 15, 2018

When news made this week that West Virginian military members providing abroad will become the first people to vote by phone in a major US election this November, security experts were chagrined. For years, they have warned that all forms of online voting are particularly vulnerable to attacks, and with signs that the midterm elections are already being targeted, they fret this is exactly the incorrect is now time to…


The Midterm Elections Are Already Under Attack

August 14, 2018

With primaries underway and less than four months to run until this year’s midterm elections, early signs of onslaught have already arrived–just as the US intelligence community forewarned. And yet Congress has still not done everything in its influence to defend against them. At the Aspen Security Forum on Thursday, Microsoft executive Tom Burt said that phishing attacks–reminiscent of those is currently conducting in 2016 against Hillary Clinton’s campaign–have targeted…


Shadow Politics: Meet the Digital Sleuth Exposing Fake News

August 11, 2018

When we gratified in early March, Jonathan Albright was still shrugging off a sleepless weekend. It was a few weeks after the carnage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School had killed 17 people, most of them adolescents, and promptly turned the internet into a cesspool of finger pointing and plot slinging. Within periods, ultraconservative YouTube superstars like Alex Jones had rallied their advocates behind the bogus assert that the students…


Reddit Got Hacked Thanks to a Woefully Insecure Two-Factor Setup

August 7, 2018

Reddit said in a blog post Wednesday that a hacker broke into the company’s systems in June and gained access to a variety of data, including consumer emails, generator code, internal records, and “all Reddit data from 2007 and before.” And it likely could have been avoided if some Reddit employees were employing two-factor authentication apps or physical keys instead of their phone numbers. “On June 19, we learned that…


How to Secure Your Accounts With Better Two-Factor Authentication

August 3, 2018

Hopefully by now you’ve heeded the repeated warns from your best friend and loved ones( and friendly, beloved internet columnists) to use two-factor authentication to secure your digital accounts. That’s where better access to Facebook or Twitter or your online bank–anything that supports it, really–requires not just a password but also a special code. Not all two-factor is created equal, however. For better protection, you’re going to want an authenticator…


A Landmark Legal Shift Opens Pandoras Box for DIY Guns

July 22, 2018

Five years ago, 2 5-year-old revolutionary libertarian Cody Wilson stood on a remote central Texas gun range and pulled the initiation on the world’s firstly fully 3-D-printed artillery. When, to his succor, his plastic invention fired a. 380 -caliber bullet into a berm of dirt without jamming or exploding in his hands, he drove back to Austin and uploaded the blueprints for the pistol to his website, Defcad.com. He &#…


Someone Found a Use for Bitcoin. Russian Hackers!

July 18, 2018

Bitcoin is a pain to expend. It is energy-guzzling, perilously slow and, with the prospect of dazzling returns( at the least until recently ), perhaps best to HODL’ til you withdraw. But Bitcoin can count at least one group of spendthrifts among its users: Russian hackers accused of hacking in the 2016 election. According to an indictment liberated Friday by the DOJ, the Russian intelligence officers who orchestrated the 2016…