Month: May 2017

Hackers Hide Cyberattacks in Social Media Posts

SAN FRANCISCO — It took only one attempt for Russian hackers to make their way into the computer of a Pentagon official. But the attack didn’t come through an email or a file buried within a seemingly innocuous document. A link, attached to a Twitter post put out by a robot account, promised a family-friendly …

Medical Devices Are the Next Security Nightmare

HACKED MEDICAL DEVICES make for scary headlines. Dick Cheney ordered changes to his pacemaker to better protect it from hackers. Johnson & Johnson warned customers about a security bug in one of its insulin pumps last fall. And St. Jude has spent months dealing with the fallout of vulnerabilities in some of the company’s defibrillators, …

iPhone 8 Expected to Have 3D Facial Recognition Instead of Touch ID

Apple’s widely expected 5.8-inch iPhone with an edge-to-edge OLED display will feature a front-facing 3D laser scanner for facial recognition, corroborating previous rumors, according to JPMorgan analyst Rod Hall. Hall said the scanner will replace Touch ID on the so-called iPhone 8, as Apple plans to remove the Home button to allow for the edge-to-edge …

Beware! Hackers find a way to access your computer via movie subtitles

Researchers at Check Point Security Labs have discovered a new hacking technique that can violate your privacy and take over your computer, and it comes from a very unlikely source — subtitles. The security research firm has revealed that using movie subtitles on certain media players, hackers can take complete control over your system. According to the …

Hackers are reportedly holding a Disney film for ransom

Even as many businesses are worried about hackers taking control of their computers as part of the worldwide WannaCry ransomware crisis, Disney may be facing a slightly different ransom situation of its own. Hackers claim to have obtained a copy of an upcoming Disney film and are threatening to release more and more snippets of …

Volvo and Audi turn to Android for next-gen connected cars – and we ask why make it easy for hackers?

Volvo and Audi are looking to do more with Android in its forthcoming connected vehicles, the companies announced on Monday ahead of this week’s Google I/O developer conference. The companies will be showing off the fruits of this deeper integration at the event in San Jose, which goes beyond entertainment and navigation to help drivers …

Fast-spreading cyber extortion campaign, which has infected more than 300,000 computers worldwide

Governments turned their attention to a possible new wave of cyber threats on Tuesday after the group that leaked U.S. hacking tools used to launch the global WannaCry “ransomware” attack warned it would release more malicious code. The fast-spreading cyber extortion campaign, which has infected more than 300,000 computers worldwide since Friday, eased for second …

Following the Cyber Attack – Britain spends 50 million pounds on improving security of NHS’s computer systems

Britain is spending around 50 million pounds ($64 million) on improving the security of the National Health Service’s computer systems and had warned the NHS it faced cyber threats, defense minister Michael Fallon said on Sunday. In an interview with the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, Fallon said the British government under Prime Minister Theresa May …

Global Cyberattack Reaches ‘Unprecedented’ Scale

Nearly 100 countries have been hit by the coordinated hack, with some of the world’s largest institutions still struggling to recover Friday’s global cyberattack on businesses, universities, and health systems has reached new size, with large institutions and security experts hurrying to address a breach that has now affected nearly 100 countries. The cyberattack was …

Why You Really Need to Stop Using Public Wi-Fi

In today’s busy world, convenience seems to outweigh consequence, especially with how people use their mobile devices. Using free public Wi-Fi networks, for example, comes with any number of serious security risks, yet surveys show that the overwhelming majority of Americans do it anyway. In a study by privatewifi.com, a whopping three-quarters of people admitted to …