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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 …

900 billion hours on mobile apps

As inhabitants of Earth’s digital world we spent 900 billion hours on mobile apps in 2016. That is to say, all of us connected to the internet – around 3.2 billion people – used our mobile apps for 900 billion hours last year – or on average we spent 281.25 hours out of last year …

PRIVATE INVESTIGATORS ARRESTED FOR CELL PHONE SPYING

Police arrested 22 private investigators on suspicion of installing illegal programs on cell phones that allowed them to eavesdrop on communications of individuals they were monitoring. Law enforcement has described the affair as a serious violation of democratic norms and privacy laws. The programs are specifically designed to be placed on smart phones, police added, …

Survey Paints A Bleak Picture of the Current State of Trust Online

The 2017 CIGI-Ipsos Global Survey on Internet Security and Trust paints a bleak picture of the current state of trust online. A majority of those surveyed said they are more concerned about their privacy than the year before, with an almost even split between those “much more concerned” and those only “somewhat more concerned”. When …

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 …