In a major breakthrough, computer scientists at the Austin-based University of Texas have developed a novel means to produce genuinely random numbers, which can be employed to encrypt data and enhance cyber security.
A hacker is trying to sell the account information, including emails and passwords, of 117 million LinkedIn users. The hacker, who goes by the name “Peace,” told Motherboard that the data was stolen during the LinkedIn breach of 2012. At the time, only around 6.5 million encrypted passwords were posted online, and LinkedIn never clarified how many users were affected by that breach.
Turns out it was much worse than anybody thought.
Identity thieves stole tax and salary data from big-three credit bureau Equifax Inc., according to a letter that grocery giant Kroger sent to all current and some former employees on Thursday. The nation’s largest grocery chain by revenue appears to be one of several Equifax customers that were similarly victimized this year.
Bad guys have a new scam. They create websites that look just like the real sites from security software vendors like Symantec, McAfee, Malwarebytes, Kaspersky and others. When you search for these sites, you could very easily pick the fake site instead of the real one.
Noodles & Company, a fast-casual restaurant chain with more than 500 stores in 35 U.S. states, says it has hired outside investigators to probe reports of a credit card breach at some locations.
Have you upgraded your Windows 7 or 8/8.1 computer to Windows 10 yet? If not, and you think you would like to, your chance to do so for free is about to expire. As of May 5, Microsoft has announced plans for free Windows 10 upgrades to end in July. The good news for many Windows users is that the annoying pop-ups asking them to upgrade will be a distant memory once the deadline for upgrading passes; the potentially bad news is those who miss the deadline will be required to shell out more than $100 to do so down the road. To help you understand why Microsoft is putting a stop to free Windows 10 upgrades and what happens if you miss out, here’s everything you need to know.
These days, it is only a matter of time before we hear about technology being hacked. On the list for this month’s awareness lessons? Your gated apartment community might not be as secure as you think. Police are on the hunt for a burglar in breaking into downtown apartments and stealing high ticket items like TV’s. It’s believed the crook is gaining access by hacking into the electronic lock system that many downtown apartments have.
A data breach can happen to any organization, and it’s a growing concern among companies both large and small. According to this cyber attack infographic, an IBM study revealed that the average consolidated cost of a data breach is approximately $3.8 million, a 23 percent increase from 2013. According to that same graphic, the Identity Theft Resource Center found that approximately 22 percent of company breaches are due to insider theft, and 12 percent are simply a matter of accidental exposure
Launching today at TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2016 is a new service called Bark, aimed at parents who want to keep their kids safe online. Unlike traditional “parental control” software or net nanny-type watchdog applications, Bark’s goal is to strike the correct balance between respecting a child’s right to privacy and protecting them from online predators and cyberbullying, while also looking out for issues like sexting or mental health concerns.
Public WiFi networks pose many security risks to users, but fortunately, there are many tips to employ to stay safe and secure online. In a recent survey, 70% of tablet owners and 53% of smartphone / mobile phone owners stated that they use public Wi-Fi hotspots. However, because data sent through public Wi-Fi can easily be intercepted, many mobile device and laptop users are risking the security of their personal information, digital identity, and money. Furthermore, if their device or computer is not protected by an effective security and anti-malware product… the risks are even greater.Continue Reading…