Flappy Bird's takedown by its creator has given malware creators a new outlet to exploit unsuspecting users.According to security firm Sophos, it has discovered several applications claiming to be Flappy Bird in third-party Android app marketplaces. The trouble, however, is that the games in some cases contain malware and in others force users to send a text message to a given number, effectively giving the malware creators all they need to potentially exploit users.
The Target hack that shook the American credit card industry and delivered up to 110 million customer records to the bad guys was reportedly successful thanks to a side-door left open by a Target contractor.
The hackers were able to get credentials for Target's network stolen from Fazio Mechanical Services, a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) company, according to independent security reporter Brian Krebs. They were first used to access Target's network on November 15, 2013.
Fazio President Ross Fazio told Krebs that the US Secret Service, which customarily investigates these kinds of cases, visited his company'… Read more
For as long as people have envisioned the inevitable advent of smart home, critics and privacy advocates have warned how it might all go horribly wrong.
We're not just talking Orwellian paranoia or a dystopian future where our personal lives are intertwined with corporate identities constantly siphoning data from them. The security and privacy issues at play in haphazardly wiring up our personal spaces are becoming increasingly more substantive and -- with the proliferation of smart devices -- opening up our lives to more points of vulnerability, both from real-world threats and existential ones.
"There's been nearly … Read more
Former US representative Anthony Weiner wasn't the only one to get hooked on sexting -- apparently, nearly half of all US adults' smartphones contain sexy photos or texts.
A new study released Tuesday by security software firm McAfee titled "Love, Relationships, and Technology" details just how many people send risque photos or intimate texts to people they know or strangers.
McAfee online security expert Robert Siciliano wrote in a blog post that a number of adults share "private details about their lives, including those of an intimate nature such as nude photos and sexts -- all … Read more
Target is still reeling from the massive security breach, which affected as many as 110 million customers. Now, as the retailer gets back on its feet, it's becoming more security focused.
Target Chief Financial Officer John Mulligan wrote an opinion piece for The Hill on Monday saying that the company was speeding up its implementation of high-security credit cards.
The credit cards come embedded with a tiny microprocessor chip, which is said to beef up security and make it more difficult for cybercriminals to access user data. Target had already begun work on the cards before the hack, but … Read more
Google and other top tech firms are beginning to flex their transparency muscles a bit, following the resolution of a lawsuit last week against the US Department of Justice to allow them to reveal more about national security data demands made of them.
On Monday, six major companies -- Google, Microsoft, Apple, Yahoo, Facebook, and LinkedIn -- revealed more information about government requests made with National Security Administration letters. The letters can request both content-related material, and non-content, which can refer to name, age, and location data of user accounts. Revealed customer account requests cannot be specific, and are limited … Read more
Looking for a reliable security app for your Android device? AV-Test recently checked out 30 different apps, awarding many of them good grades.
The January 2014 report lists all the apps included in AV-Test's analysis. One column shows how the app fared at basic protection, while another column displays its record at usability. Six solid white squares in a row means the app got a score of 6 out of 6.
Drilling down on any one app reveals further details, including the criteria AV-Test used to gauge protection and usability. A Features section also tells you which important security … Read more
Mozilla has begun testing a simpler system for synchronizing Firefox's bookmarks, open tabs, Web site passwords, and other browser settings.
Until now, the not-for-profit organization had used a complicated mechanism in which you had to type a pairing code shown on one browser into another browser. Now it's begun a shift to a straightforward username-password approach to Firefox Sync, Mozilla said Saturday.
The old approach had the virtue of working without requiring Mozilla to maintain a database of its users, but it was complicated. Mozilla has lost that aversion and now offers Firefox accounts.
The initial version supports … Read more
Recently Mac security researcher and analyst Thomas Reed put to the test a number of popular antivirus tools for OS X, to see which perform the best for detecting known malware threats for OS X. This effort follows similar assessments done by Reed in past years, but has been repeated to characterize the fluctuating nature of not only new malware threats, but also the effectiveness of scanning engines as they receive software updates and new malware definitions from their developers.
In his testing, Reed found that the top malware scanners for OS X include the following (in no particular order) … Read more
In a blog post, the company said that the attack appears to have come from a third party database being compromised, and not an infiltration of Yahoo's own servers. The blog post says the perpetrators were likely looking for the names and email addresses in the most recently sent emails of affected users.
Yahoo said that the affected users have already been notified, though it's not clear how widespread the attack was. The company said it's working … Read more