9 Questions for Facebook After Zuckerbergs Privacy Manifesto

March 16, 2019

Yesterday afternoon, Mark Zuckerberg presented an completely new philosophy. For 15 times, the stated goal of Facebook has been to build the nations of the world more open and connected; the unstated purpose was creating a targeted ad structure built on virtually infinite data. Yesterday, though, Zuckerberg pronounced that the company is reversing track. The social network of the future won’t be one where everyone connects openly together, as in…


Trump Cant Make a North Korea Deal on His Own

March 16, 2019

A much-touted two-day summit between Donald Trump and North Korean president Kim Jong-Un failed to reach the finish line Thursday, as talks collapsed and Trump returned to Washington, DC. It’s unclear exactly what unraveled the process; Trump says Kim asked for the lifting of all economic sanctions in exchange for closing the Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Complex, while North Korea reportedly says it asked for succour on some, but not…


5 Key Takeaways From Michael Cohen’s Prepared Testimony to Congress

March 15, 2019

The bombshells and not-so-surprising surprises, those both legal and just plain embarrassing, come on almost every page of Michael Cohen’s 20 pages of prepared testimony for the House Oversight and Reform Committee. Cohen claims that the president knew about Roger Stone’s alleged contact with WikiLeaks and Julian Assange, that the president wanted Cohen to lie about the Trump Tower Moscow project, that the president paid hush money while in the…


Email Scammers Ditch Wire Transfers for iTunes Gift Cards

March 4, 2019

Criminal hackers construct a lot of money targeting the enterprises and institutes of all kinds with phishing onslaughts that lead to compromised business email. While crooks may have an array of systems in place to launder the funds they steal, researchers have noticed that so-called business email compromise scammers are reclining more and more on the humble gift card. At the RSA security conference in San Francisco next Tuesday, researchers…


Security News This Week: Google Forgot To Mention the Nest Secure’s Hidden Mic

March 2, 2019

The Mueller investigation has lasted so long, it &# x27; s easy to forget that it &# x27; ll terminate at some degree. In fact, according to recent reports, it is likely to wrap up as early as next week. But what does that mean exactly? We took a look at seven distinct alternatives, from fizzle to fireworks. As though the border wall “national emergency” wasn &# x27; t enough…


Hacker who stole 620 million records strikes again, stealing 127 million more

February 19, 2019

A hacker who stole close to 620 million consumer records from 16 websites has stolen another 127 million records from eight more websites, TechCrunch has learned. The hacker, whose directory was the previously disclosed data for about $20,000 in bitcoin on a dark web marketplace, stole the data last year from several major sites — some that has been previously disclosed, like more than 151 million records from MyFitnessPal and…


ClassPass, Gfycat, StreetEasy hit in latest round of mass site hacks

February 17, 2019

In merely a few weeks, a single vendor put close to 750 million records from 24 hacked locates up for sale. Now, the hacker has struck again. The hacker, whose identity isn’t known, began rolling user data regarding several major websites — including MyFitnessPal, 500px and Coffee Meets Bagel, and more recently Houzz and Roll2 0 — earlier this week. This weekend, the hacker added a third round of data…


The facts about Facebook

January 29, 2019

This is a critical Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s article in the WSJ on Thursday, also entitled The Facts About Facebook.  Yes Mark, you’re right; Facebook turns 15 next month. What a long time you’ve been in the social media business! We’re curious as to whether you’ve also been keeping count of how many times you’ve been forced to apologize for breaching people’s trust or, well, otherwise royally messing up over the years….


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…