The long-rumored espionage project of the Chinese government set up to collate masses of sensitive data from nation-state cyber attacks into a searchable database has been exposed by an insider who claims to have helped build the system.
What the heck is a StingRay? And what does it have to do with your privacy? You may not be aware that a device named after an unusual sea creature poses a serious threat to your cell phone – but I assure you, it does.
Suffered a network breach? Microsoft’s latest cloud-based data security service can help administrators prevent their Windows devices from giving up the goods. A new offering, called Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection, alerts administrators if attackers gain a foothold on a network.
Are you aware of what information you are sharing with your apps? Before you add an alarm clock that records your phone calls, ask yourself why they need to access that information before you accept that download. Already have apps? Learn how to check your permissions.
Thousands of apps running code built by Chinese Internet giant Baidu have collected and transmitted users’ personal information to the company, much of it easily intercepted, say researchers. The apps have been downloaded hundreds of millions of times.
A thief may use your name or health insurance numbers to see a doctor, get prescription drugs, file claims with your insurance provider, or get other care. If the thief’s health information is mixed with yours, your treatment, insurance and payment records, and credit report may be affected.
You’ve seen the headlines, social media mistakes that tear lives and businesses apart.
There are countless examples on the Internet, like story of Justine Sacco, a PR executive who tweeted an insensitive comment about Aids before boarding an 11-hour flight to Africa. By the time her plane landed, she had become a viral sensation — she was retweeted thousands of times and then fired.
While no user data has been leaked, the latest phishing attack at Snapchat compromised sensitive employee information. The Snapchat team has issued an apology addressed to its employees Sunday after a phishing attack tricked the company’s payroll department into divulging personal information of current and previous employees.
UC Berkeley on Friday revealed that it has alerted 80,000 current and former faculty, staff, students and vendors in the wake of a late December “criminal cyberattack” that could have compromised Social Security and bank account numbers. This news follows disclosures in April 2015 and December 2014.
The Internal Revenue Service today wrapped up its annual “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams with identity theft topping this year’s list but with phone scams and phishing schemes also deserving special mention. Taxpayers need to guard against any ploys to steal their personal information, scam them out of money or talk them into engaging in questionable behavior with their taxes.