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Israel’s Cyber Authority Braces for Foreign Involvement in Elections

Plan is not aimed at a specific foe and so far no external attempts have been detected, as far as is known, to disrupt election procedures in the country The National Cyber Authority is formulating a defense plan against cyberattacks on the Central Election Committee and the parties’ internet sites following recent attempts to meddle …

US official: Russia ‘hacked’ 21 US states in election

Russian hackers targeted election systems in 21 US states during last year’s campaign, said a US official. Jeanette Manfra of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) refused to identify the states during her testimony before a Senate panel, citing confidentiality agreements. But she added there was no evidence to suggest actual vote ballots were altered …

Facebook tests new feature to stop people ‘catfishing’ and stealing profile photos

Facebook has introduced new tools to its users in India that aims to combat profile picture misuse. Users can add a profile picture guard that prohibits others from downloading, sharing or tagging themselves by surrounding the image with a blue boarder and shield. Another tool offers a range of unique overlays that can be added …

Jayden K Smith: Why you should ignore this Facebook hacker hoax

Facebook users are being duped into circulating a hoax message warning them not to accept friend requests from an account called Jayden K Smith. The message, being sent via Facebook Messenger, warns that the account is a hacker who “has the system connected to your Facebook account”. Well-meaning users are sharing the message widely, but …

Mexico used Israeli software to spy on journalists, activists

A New York Times investigation reveals how the Mexican government used software developed by an Israeli company to hack the phones of anti-corruption lawyers and activists in Mexico. An Israeli cyber and spyware company, NSO, is in the headlines again over its software being used to hack the phones of anti-corruption lawyers and activists in Mexico. Nonetheless, it …

Protect Yourself From SMiShing (SMS Text Phishing) Attacks

It seems like every time you turn around these days some jack-wagon has come up with a new way to try and part you from your money or steal your identity. Scammers are constantly posting rogue apps on Facebook, putting malware links in Tweets, and sending you phishing e-mails. Is no digital domain sacred anymore? The answer …

Hackers Are Targeting Nuclear Facilities, Homeland Security Dept. and F.B.I. Say

Since May, hackers have been penetrating the computer networks of companies that operate nuclear power stations and other energy facilities, as well as manufacturing plants in the United States and other countries. Among the companies targeted was the Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corporation, which runs a nuclear power plant near Burlington, Kan., according to security …

As Elites Switch to Texting, Watchdogs Fear Loss of Transparency

In a bygone analog era, lawmakers and corporate chiefs traveled great distances to swap secrets, to the smoke-filled back rooms of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, or the watering holes at the annual Allen & Company conference in Sun Valley, Idaho. But these days, entering the corridors of power is as easy as …

WhatsApp design feature means some encrypted messages could be read by third party

  A design feature that could potentially allow some encrypted messages to reach unintended recipients is present within the WhatsApp messaging service. Facebook-owned WhatsApp, which has about one billion users, has not made it widely known that there is an aspect of WhatsApp that results in some messages being re-encrypted and resent automatically, without first giving the …

Apple Exploring Two-Step Touch ID and Facial Recognition System for iPhone 8

Noted KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo released a research report today in which he outlined further expectations for Apple’s 2017 iPhone, including new biometric identification technology as well as the necessity of a new design to provide better structural support for a flexible OLED display with 3D Touch capability. Apple may switch to a film sensor from the current …