Data Security

Hacked Sony data included personal info of stars, employees

Hacked Sony data included personal info of stars, employees

It would have probably been just a wee bit of OK if the recent hacking incident at Sony only involved unreleased movies, secret trailers, or even overpriced budgets. But alas, the invasion is far more widespread and far more personal. The latest word is that included in the hacked data, which is now freely floating on the Internet, includes information on more than 47,000 current and former employees, as well as Hollywood stars. And that data unfortunately include Social Security Numbers and addresses.

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Sony Pictures tipped to name North Korea as cyberattack source

Sony Pictures tipped to name North Korea as cyberattack source

The cyberattack against Sony Pictures has been ongoing since it first appeared last week, effectively bringing the studio to a halt by taking over its corporate network and, later on, leaking data following threats of such. Though Sony has been relatively quiet on the matter, the FBI recently released a warning about a malicious software attack in the United States, something believed to be a reference to the Sony breach. In that FBI report -- obtained by Reuters -- it was said some of the software used by the hackers had been compiled in Korean.

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Google is trying to change CAPTCHA as we know it

Google is trying to change CAPTCHA as we know it

We’ve all been there, quietly setting up an account for a website or service, only to be met with the CAPTCHA. Everything is great, then some misaligned words with weird fonts and distortion take hold, leaving you craning your neck and questioning your eyesight. CAPTCHA is designed to thwart bots from creating fake accounts or sending spam messages, but for you and I, it’s just a pain. Google is trying to stop CAPTCHA from ever frustrating us again, and is attempting to replace it with a more reasonable approach.

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Iranian hackers breached global companies, say researchers

Iranian hackers breached global companies, say researchers

Cylance, a US-based cyber security firm, has reported that Iranian hackers have breached "top" companies across the globe, including aerospace firms, energy companies, universities, and more. Affected companies are located in the US, France, Germany, China, England, Saudi Arabia, India, and Israel, according to the researchers, and were targeted under an effort that has been ongoing for the past couple years. Though no specific companies have been specified, the infiltration could let the hackers cause physical damage in due time.

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Sony Pictures movies leaked online following network hack

Sony Pictures movies leaked online following network hack

Following the news last week of the hacking of Sony Pictures' network by a group calling themselves "#GOP," or Guardians of Peace, DVD screener copies of several of the studio's movies have been leaked online. As was previously reported, the hackers threatened Sony with a list of unspecified demands, saying sensitive data would be released if the movie studio didn't cooperate. It appears that this could be the first of such leaks.

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Google unveils tools that track and secure your online life

Google unveils tools that track and secure your online life

Used to be identity theft only revolved around cards and social security numbers, but these days our virtual identities are just as important and even more vulnerable. With the enermous power that it wields over our Internet lives, Google is in the prime position to help mitigate the effects or sometimes even prevent incidents from happening in the first place. That is why it is releasing two new security tools that will let users check up on their online activity and, if necessary, batten down the hatches.

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Symantec discovers highly sophisticated Regin spyware

Symantec discovers highly sophisticated Regin spyware

Malware, even the spying kind, isn't uncommon, but it is quite rare to come across something as complex, modular, sophisticated, and long-lasting as the Backdoor.Regin that Symantec uncovered. This particular Trojan has managed to evade detection and forensic tools and in fact might still have some form out there. And it has been going around since circa 2008. This makes it a very dangerous tool in the hands of the very wrong people, and a bit of speculation suggests that it might indeed be the work of a nation state.

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Detekt tool hunts down government spyware on your PC

Detekt tool hunts down government spyware on your PC

Government surveillance is a hot topic, and as news about the extent of such monitoring keeps coming, many individuals have wondered at one point or another whether any of their own data is under some agency's watchful eye. To help (potentially) ease your paranoia is a new open-source malware tool called Detekt, which its maker Claudio Guarnieri -- with support from the Electronic Frontier Foundation -- says will help you determine whether your computer is infected. The malware detector is available for Windows users.

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BitTorrent Sync Beta Review: we’re ready for 2.0

BitTorrent Sync Beta Review: we’re ready for 2.0

The basic premise for BitTorrent Sync is sound: send a folder to a friend or colleague from your device to theirs in as simple a fashion as possible. You can keep that connection open indefinitely, or your can close it after a short period of time. It doesn't rely on cloud servers to do the work, it relies on your computer and the computer you're sharing with. Next year, BitTorrent will be releasing Sync 2.0 and a Pro edition for those users that wish to roll with premium features.

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Snapchat is asking users to stop using third-party apps

Snapchat is asking users to stop using third-party apps

The knock on Snapchat of late is that it’s not secure. That’s a largely fair complaint about the service, which has given up plenty of data to hackers, even though it’s meant as a ephemeral service that keeps nothing. Snapchat blamed third-party apps for the vulnerability, and today have taken the first steps toward securing their platform. Or at least educating users on the difference between Snapchat and a third-party app. In a bold move, Snapchat is actively asking users to stop using those off-brand apps.

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