43 Million Passwords Hacked in Last.fm Breach

43,570,999 user accounts were breached in a hack of Last.fm that occurred in March of 2012, according to a report from LeakedSource.

The number of passwords and the severity of the hack were not uncovered until today. The passwords were stored using unsalted MD5 hashing. Rather than storing passwords in plaintext, nearly every site that stores critical user information utilizes some form of hashing. Hashing is a method for encrypting data, but some methods are far superior to others.

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Defcon deals: Five hacking tools for $100 or less

Are you a hacker on a budget? Fear not, for at Defcon, you can still pick up some powerful tools of the trade — and some fairly silly ones — for a reasonable price.

The annual conference attracts good and bad hackers alike to Las Vegas, where they can learn new skills and watch others explain how they hacked into everything from an air traffic control system to an internet-connected adult toy.

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Secret Commands in Online Videos Can Hack Your Smartphone

You may think watching videos on your phone is a harmless way to pass time, but watch out: Newly discovered voice commands could be hidden inside those videos to hack your smartphone through voice recognition.

To an untrained ear, the message may seem like noise, but for smartphone voice assistants, the message is clear.

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Anatomy Of A Social Media Attack

Social media threats are at an all-time high, ranging from account hijacking to impersonation attacks, scams, and new ways of distributing malware and executing phishing attacks. Sophisticated attacks target organizations of all sizes. For example, Microsoft was the victim of a series of social media hacks by nation-state threat actors. The attack campaign was extensive, affecting multiple Twitter accounts (principally Skype’s) and exposing corporate passwords and emails for dozens of Microsoft employees.

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2016 Cybercrime Report by Cybersecurity Ventures

Cybersecurity Ventures predicts cybercrime will cost the world in excess of $6 trillion annually by 2021. This special report on cybercrime is sponsored by Herjavec Group, a leading global information security advisory firm and Managed Security Services Provider (MSSP) with offices across Canada, the United States, United Kingdom and Australia.

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IPhone Users Urged to Update Your IPhone Due to Major Security Flaws

Apple released a critical iOS update today to fix an exploit that allowed malware to be installed on an iPhone with a single tap.

A report from Vice reveals the details of the exploit used to target Emirati human rights activist Ahmed Mansoor. Mansoor received a suspicious text that read, “New secrets about torture of Emiratis in state prisons” and included a link.Continue Reading…

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