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Real or virtual currency? Scammers accept both

Would you like to add traffic to your YouTube channel and maybe even get paid for watching YouTube videos? Or are you looking to buy and sell bitcoin “from the comfort of your phone”? The makers of the apps “Boost Views” and “PaxVendor” want you to believe they have just what you’re looking for. Except …

Uber reportedly used a secret program called ‘Hell’ to track rival Lyft drivers

A report published Wednesday said Uber used secret software called “Hell” to track drivers using its biggest competitor in the US, Lyft, and to monitor which of Lyft’s drivers also drove for Uber. A report from The Information, which we saw via TechCrunch, said Uber’s software used fake Lyft passenger accounts to track the locations …

Security chiefs slam Netanyahu over planned cyber defense body

Leaders of Israel’s security establishment sent an angry letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warning against the establishment of a planned National Cyber Authority, according to a Monday report. The letter signed by Mossad head Yossi Cohen, Shin Bet head Nadav Argaman, IDF deputy chief of staff Yair Golan and Defense Ministry director general Udi …

Bitcoin Wallets Are Facing ‘Large Bitcoin Collider’ Attack

A group called the “Large Bitcoin Collider” claims it can smash open bitcoin wallets by using a so-called brute force attack, which directs mass amounts of computer power at individual wallets in order to guess their private keys. The project, which has been underway for months, relies on a distributed network of computers (similar to …

India’s database with biometric details of its billion citizens ignites privacy debate

“Indians in general have yet to understand the meaning and essence of privacy,” says Member of Parliament, Tathagata Satpathy. But on Feb. 3, privacy was the hot topic of debate among many in India, thanks to a tweet that showed random people being identified on the street via Aadhaar, India’s ubiquitous database that has biometric …

Hand Vein Authentication Bolsters Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance

Notorious frauds at many Global Fortune Companies highlight the importance of internal controls. In spite of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX or SOA), external auditors continue to disclose large numbers of material weaknesses in internal control systems of many public companies. In some cases, external public accounting firms have reported these material weaknesses for …

The Bloomberg team that uncovered the Latin American election hacker

Andrés Sepúlveda was just a hacker, jailed in Colombia for carrying out dirty tricks in presidential elections — tricks involving malicious software, espionage and violation of personal data. But, according to a Bloomberg investigation, he led sophisticated efforts costing hundreds of thousands of dollars that even included aiding in the election of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. And that’s …

Hackers Say NSA Snooped Into Banks in Palestinian Authority and Wider Middle East

The group known as Shadow Brokers says releases programs used by the U.S. security agency, including some used to hack into the Swift system for money transfers. The U.S. National Security Agency spied on money transfers through the Swift interbank network, according to a hacker group that says its data dump is meant to protest …

Fraudsters need just three details to steal your identity – and most of it can be found on Facebook

Fraudsters need just three key bits of information to steal your identity and access your accounts, take out loans, credit cards, mobile phones in your name. All it takes is a name, date of birth and address – and most of this can be found on social media profiles, such as Facebook. And if your settings are …

Microsoft says U.S. foreign intelligence surveillance requests more than doubled

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp said on Thursday it had received at least a thousand surveillance requests from the U.S. government that sought user content for foreign intelligence purposes during the first half of 2016. The amount, shared in Microsoft’s biannual transparency report, was more than double what the company said it received under the …