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January 13, 2015

Facebook Putting Amber Alerts into Users’ Newsfeeds

Whether or not you like what you see on Facebook, chances are pretty good that you check it regularly as a matter of course. Such is the nature of the social network. Because of that, Facebook is banking on your habitual need to look at your news feed to try and help find missing kids.

Amber Alerts, those messages you see flashed on electronic road signs as you drive down the highway, or even those notifications you see on your smartphone when they occur in your area, will be coming to Facebook users’ mobile news feeds starting [...]

 
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December 26, 2014

Kim Dotcom Stops Christmas Hack on PSN & Xbox LIVE

If you tried to go online with your PlayStation or Xbox consoles yesterday – Christmas Day, when lots of folks were likely receiving said systems as gifts – you might’ve hit a pretty rough snag. Apparently the hacking group known as the Lizard Squad was at it again, hitting both the PlayStation Network and the Xbox LIVE Network with DDoS attacks and keeping millions of users from going online. And, like some technologically advanced German Santa Claus, Kim Dotcom got them to stop. What?

It all started down yesterday, according to [...]

 
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December 15, 2014

Sony Audit Revealed Security Holes Prior to Hack

As you may have heard, a few weeks ago Sony Pictures was hit with a monumental data breach, in which rogue hackers unearthed a treasure trove of private information ranging from in-house memos, emails, and even personal information about employees. While much of the fallout from the hack has surrounded the airing of dirty laundry, and people getting to learn a whole lot about what the movie studio never intended to publicize, a few days ago it was revealed that a recent audit actually notified Sony hire-ups that there were exploitable [...]

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December 8, 2014

Lizard Squad Takes Credit for Bringing Sony PSN Down Again

If last night you tried to connect to Sony’s PlayStation Network – the service that gets gamers into online gaming sessions, and more – you might’ve been stuck in neutral. Apparently the PSN went down last night, and the blackhat hacker group calling themselves Lizard Squad has taken credit.

Last night, Sony’s Ask PlayStation Twitter account told its followers that it was aware of the problem with PSN connectivity:

We are aware that users are having issues connecting to PSN. Thanks for your patience as we [...]

 
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September 26, 2014

Bash Bug Threatens Mac, Linux Security, and More

It’s been a few months since we were too worried about general Internet security, so thankfully we have a new exploit to freak out about. Referred to as “the Bash bug” or the “Shellshock bug,” the exploit was written about earlier this week by the Redhat Security Blog – though you’d be forgiven for not completely understanding the post’s dense explanation.

Apparently the Bash Shell has been hanging around since the 1980s, and it’s found in Macs and computers running Linux.

“It is common for a lot of programs to run Bash [...]

 
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September 19, 2014

Android L to Automatically Encrypt Users’ Data

We may be more connected than ever, but that connection has come at a cost. It seems every few days we hear about another hack or security breach on sites or services that we take for granted. The iCloud hack that resulted in private pictures of celebrities from a couple weeks ago is a prime example, which has led to Apple doubling down on security procedures for their cloud storage platform. Now it seems Google is improving the overall security of its Android platform, enabling data encryption automatically when Android L releases next [...]

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September 11, 2014

Russian Hackers Leak 5 Million Gmail Logins

It’s happened again: another security breach has hit the Internet, and your data could have been compromised. Yesterday, news hit that about 5 million usernames and passwords were posted to a Russian Bitcoin forum by hackers – but Google says that the majority of users don’t actually have much to worry about.

According to Google’s statement on the password dump, it seems that “less than 2% of the username and password combinations might have worked, and our automated anti-hijacking systems would have blocked many of those login [...]

 
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September 5, 2014

Apple Improving iCloud Security Amid Denials of Blame for Recent Hacks

Unless you’ve been living under a rock recently, you probably heard that last weekend some lousy crumb-bums hacked into the iCloud accounts of several celebrities and leaked sensitive photos they had stored there all over the Internet. Despite the fact that Apple denies any fault on its part for the breach, CEO Tim Cook said today that the company will make improvements to the iCloud service’s security.

The news comes by way of the Wall Street Journal, which paraphrases Cook’s comments to the rest of us. The new security [...]

 
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September 1, 2014

Celeb Photo Hack Points to Cloud Storage Insecurities

This weekend, a subject that’s usually reserved for the fevered dreams of adolescent boys hitting Google – that of nude celebrity photos – made national headlines. It seems that sensitive photos of celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Rhianna, and many more have been pilfered and posted online, with many of the photos confirmed to be legitimate. Apparently, these photos were mostly grabbed from the users’ iCloud storage lockers, revealing the issues inherent in storing sensitive data in the cloud.

According to a post [...]

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August 25, 2014

Sony PSN Hit with Massive DDOS Attack

If you, like me, tried to jump onto your PlayStation 4 yesterday and spin up some games, you might’ve noticed some issues with that. As it happens, Sony’s PlayStation Network (PSN) was targeted by a hacker group called Lizard Squad, who unleashed a DDOS attack on the network and kept many from being able to log into the network. Even more disturbing, Lizard Squad was able to ground a plane carrying Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley by Tweeting false claims about bombs being onboard.

Yesterday, the PlayStation Blog [...]

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