Specific embedded devices are targeted by criminals in order to gain access or utilize for further attacks. Modems are attacked to change DNS-servers for advertising or infecting systems. Printers contain passwords which may be stolen through attacks on these systems and used for attacking other network devices.
The National Security Agency is secretly piggybacking on the tools that enable Internet advertisers to track consumers, using “cookies” and location data to pinpoint targets for government hacking and to bolster surveillance. The agency’s internal presentation slides, provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, show that when companies follow consumers on the Internet to better
The latest release of the Firefox web browser, version 26, now blocks Java software on all websites by default unless the user specifically authorizes the Java plugin to run. The change has been a long time coming.
I always do a major backup every month – just after Patch Tuesday. The next edition of Patch Tuesday, the final scheduled security release of the year, will be released on December 10. That takes care of Windows 7 and IE9. Yes, I know I’m a few numbers behind, but if you google IE10 issues you’ll understand
Of course, hackers have been doing this for years, so why is everyone surprised when the police state does it. The most powerful FBI surveillance software can covertly download files, photographs and stored e-mails, or even gather real-time images by activating cameras connected to computers, say court documents and people familiar with this technology. Online
On any given day, nation-states and criminal hackers have access to an entire arsenal of zero-day vulnerabilities – undocumented and unpatched software flaws that can be used to silently slip past most organizations’ digital defenses, new research suggests. Security experts have long suspected that governments and cybercriminals alike are stockpiling zero-day bugs: After all, the
Data privacy is on our minds like never before. In a relatively small amount of time many of us have gone from carrying out our daily transactions in person to conducting them digitally. We pay energy bills online, conduct banking online and interact with friends online. All these transactions leave a trail of data as
There are drive-bys, but most malware is distributed by email. The CryptoLocker ransomware is doing very well, despite efforts to eradicate it. Cryptolocker comes in the door through social engineering. Usually the virus payload hides in an attachment to a phishing message, one purporting to be from a business copier like Xerox that is delivering
Someone’s Been Siphoning Data Through a Huge Security Hole in the Internet In 2008, two security researchers at the DefCon hacker conference demonstrated a massive security vulnerability in the worldwide internet traffic-routing system — a vulnerability so severe that it could allow intelligence agencies, corporate spies or criminals to intercept massive amounts of data, or
I’m sure that most of the visitors here use a reasonable degree of intelligence when it comes to passwords. Whether you use a password manager or not, there are ways to manage your logins with just a little thought. But, every so often, we hear of passwords being stolen from a database. And when those
The most obvious case for supporting encryption is one of basic liberties: certain human rights, it might be argued, are fundamental, and privacy is one of these. As such, personal information ought to be respected and kept private. Encryption is simply a method of achieving this goal. Supporters of encryption may point to the principle
So, we’ve more or less established that your data isn’t entirely safe in the hands of governments, corporations, friends or family. Wonderful. There has to be some good news here, right? As a matter of fact, there is. Your data is not now, never has been and never will be perfectly safe. And that’s ok.
The recent revelation that the National Security Agency was able to eavesdrop on the communications of Google and Yahoo users without breaking into either company’s data centers sounded like something pulled from a Robert Ludlum spy thriller. How on earth, the companies asked, did the N.S.A. get their data without their knowing about it? The
Mozilla’s Lightbeam is a Firefox-specific add-on that that reveals to users which first and third parties are tracking them in real time. The data that Lightbeam aggregates is presented in easy-to-read visualizations, including a web-like network visualization full of visited and third-party sites, a hemispherical “clock” that shows the relationship between first and third parties
Adblock Plus is one of the most robust browser extensions out there. While its namesake is its most-used feature, it’s not just about blocking ads. In fact, you can do all sorts of things with it, including cleaning up Facebook’s interface and making sure websites aren’t tracking you. Blocking ads doesn’t support sites like us