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Kaspersky tool decrypts files locked by ransomware

Kaspersky tool decrypts files locked by ransomware

Kaspersky is a security company that has teamed up with the Dutch police National High Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU) to offer a tool with the goal of unencrypting files that are encrypted by ransomware. The free tool will unlock files that are encrypted by the ransomware CoinVault. CoinVault is a piece of software that has been going around since November of last year.

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Obama signs bill to allow sanctions be placed on ‘malicious’ hackers

Obama signs bill to allow sanctions be placed on ‘malicious’ hackers

Taking dead aim at “malicious cyber attackers”, President Obama today signed into law a bill that will allow those who target US companies for things like DDoS attacks to have sanctions imposed upon them. In announcing the bill, Homeland Security and Counterterrorism chief Lisa Monaco said “by freezing assets of those subject to sanctions and making it more difficult for them to do business with U.S. entities, we can remove a powerful economic motivation for committing these acts in the first place”.

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FREAK security hole: Passwords on Android and iOS apps at risk

FREAK security hole: Passwords on Android and iOS apps at risk

At first, we thought the FREAK security vulnerability was isolated to Internet browsers. Then, it became clear that Windows OS is vulnerable to FREAK attacks. The latest news is that this problem is now able to affect smartphones and mobile devices through apps on Android and iOS. The FREAK vulnerability is a security backdoor created by an old Clinton administration era government policy which required all exported software and hardware to have weak encryption keys. Obviously their policy was passed without much foresight. FREAK attacks cripple HTTPS security, allowing for sensitive data like passwords and credit card information to be snatched by hackers savvy to the susceptibility.

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Gemalto: we were ‘probably’ hacked, but definitely affected

Gemalto: we were ‘probably’ hacked, but definitely affected

For a company that wasn’t even aware they’d been hacked years prior, Gemalto sounds pretty confident things are just fine. In a report outlining the ‘probable’ hack executed by the NSA and GCHQ, Gemalto says none of the encryption keys our SIM card have were compromised. Earlier this week, Gemalto said they believed the hack was less damaging than initially outlined by Edward Snowden, wherein he says the NSA and GCHQ played a kind of ‘man in the middle’ game to grab your SIM codes.

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Gemalto says NSA SIM card hack might not be so bad after all

Gemalto says NSA SIM card hack might not be so bad after all

Late last week, Edward Snowden revealed another bombshell. In his ongoing quest to reveal the scope of NSA spying, he announced the NSA and GCHQ (NSA’s UK counterpart) hacked a major SIM card provider, Gemalto, in an attempt to get the ‘keys’ to your phone. In hacking your phone via the SIM, the NSA and GCHQ would be able to bypass the carriers, and keep a watchful eye on you with no one being the wiser. In response to the report, Gemalto is now saying it might not be a problem at all.

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Snowden: NSA/GCHQ have nearly everyone’s SIM card codes

Snowden: NSA/GCHQ have nearly everyone’s SIM card codes

Edward Snowden’s cache of information is unsettling, but necessary. Periodically, he’ll release a tidbit of info that either follows up on something that came before it, or is entirely new and equally shocking. Today, we get the latter of the two, as Snowden reveals how the NSA — in conjunction with the UK’s GCHQ — hacked Gemalto, a major SIM card manufacturer. According to Snowden, the NSA/GCHQ hack of Gemalto gave them secret passcodes to SIM cards around the world, bypassing your carrier altogether.

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PSN, Xbox Live takedowns were ‘marketing scheme’, say hackers

PSN, Xbox Live takedowns were ‘marketing scheme’, say hackers

A Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attack is something that can have a ripple effect throughout the Internet, and typically not a good one. On Christmas Day, we saw both the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live go down — and with regard to the PSN, down hard. That was all a ‘marketing scheme’ according to the group claiming responsibility for it. "Just how is a DDoS a marketing ploy?", you might ask. As it turns out, the hacker crew behind the attacks are now selling their DDoS services.

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Hacker claims he can steal fingerprints from public photos

Hacker claims he can steal fingerprints from public photos

Security is a big deal for users all around the world when it comes to keeping our personal information safe. In recent years, one of the more commons ways to secure mobile devices and computers is via a fingerprint. Fingerprints are good because they are easy to enter and everyone has a unique set. According to a Chaos Computer Club member, fingerprints may not be as secure as we all think.

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Staples says 1 million cards fell victim to latest hack

Staples says 1 million cards fell victim to latest hack

Office goods retailer Staples recently saw themselves fall prey to hackers, much as Target, The Home Depot, and a laundry list of retailers ahead of them have. The company has now addressed the hack, saying that over one million unique cards were compromised. The hack also affected more than 100 point-of-sale systems at 1,400 stores. Staples didn’t say if the breach was nationwide, or if a specific geography was affected. The window for this hack was short, though, only lasting about a month.

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Sands Hotel hacked earlier this year, brought system to its knees

Sands Hotel hacked earlier this year, brought system to its knees

A new report details a troubling assault on the Sands Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, where a group of Iranians hacked the company’s internal system and brought it to its knees. An entire casino at the mercy of hackers, but it likely wasn’t for the reasons you’d think. No money was taken; instead, it was a digital offensive, possibly due to Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson’s remarks made late last year. A message left on the Sands’ server echoed as much, showing that political disagreements can have actual consequence outside of war.

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