Data Security

Equifax team accidentally sent some people to a phishing website

Equifax team accidentally sent some people to a phishing website

Equifax has been heavily criticized over its decision to use a separate website for its data breach info, and it just demonstrated the reason why: it is easy for people to get the address mixed up with other similar websites set up by scammers or anyone else. Some Equifax team members were spotted erroneously pointing concerned people to a phishing website with a domain name similar to the official one Equifax is using.

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ACLU and EFF sue DHS over warrantless gadget searches at border

ACLU and EFF sue DHS over warrantless gadget searches at border

Controversy over warrantless laptop and smartphone searches at the border abound, and now the ACLU and Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) are going after the Department of Homeland Security over it. Both organizations have filed a lawsuit against the DHS on behalf of 11 people -- 10 US citizens and one green card holder -- who were subjected to these warrantless devices search when attempting to enter the US from abroad.

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Verizon, ATT, T-Mobile, Sprint team up (for mobile security)

Verizon, ATT, T-Mobile, Sprint team up (for mobile security)

Here's something you probably weren't expecting: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint have announced that they're all joining forces. No, they aren't coming together to summon some kind of 4G LTE demon that will end the world as we know it, but rather to work on a new mobile authentication solution. The new group they've formed is called the Mobile Authentication Taskforce, and while that name may be a bit silly, the group serves an important purpose.

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Equifax security breach 2017: The Fine Print [UPDATED]

Equifax security breach 2017: The Fine Print [UPDATED]

Equifax members sought information today after the credit reporting firm revealed an unprecedented company-wide security breach. There are approximately 323.1 million people in the United States according to the United State Census Bureau's 2016 census. Equifax announced that their cybersecurity incident (read: hack) impacted approximately 143 million US-based users.

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Instagram hackers now selling millions of users’ data

Instagram hackers now selling millions of users’ data

Earlier this week, hackers took advantage of an Instagram bug to target the accounts of celebrities and verified users, even gaining access to Selena Gomez's, but it turns out they also managed to make off with personal information for roughly six million other users. When Instagram came forward admitting their glitch was responsible (and had subsequently been fixed), they said that the breach was limited to verified accounts; but it's become clear the attack is much more widespread than expected.

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Norton Core router releases to secure your home IoT network

Norton Core router releases to secure your home IoT network

Back at CES in January, Norton unveiled an interesting new router called the Core. What makes this router interesting is not only its unique design, but also its stated focus: keeping your network of IoT devices safe. Seven months later, the Norton Core is now shipping out to US customers.

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Password Security: Out with the old rules, in with the new

Password Security: Out with the old rules, in with the new

As most of us (hopefully) already know, the internet can be a dangerous place when you don't practice proper password safety procedures. Just what do you need to do to keep your passwords secure, though? As it turns out, one of the writers of a document that has been used to create password policy for years says the suggestions he laid down are no longer valid.

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WannaCry’s accidental hero arrested for malware past

WannaCry’s accidental hero arrested for malware past

Earlier this year, the WannaCry virus infected computer systems around the world. Most notably, the ransomware was responsible for crippling hospital systems in the UK, but it also spread to countries like Russia, German, Turkey, and Spain before it was brought down. This week, one of the researchers responsible for stopping WannaCry was arrested in Nevada.

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Android’s WannaCry “SLocker” source leaks online: Here’s how to avoid it

Android’s WannaCry “SLocker” source leaks online: Here’s how to avoid it

A piece of mobile ransomware that mimics the methods of WannaCry malware has leaked online. The source code for the malicious software has been spilled to the web, allowing this "SLocker" to be downloaded and spread ad infinitum. The source code might also give security experts an easy way to ramp up protection against the malicious code - but the potential costs far outweigh the potential benefits.

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Wells Fargo leaks 50,000 client documents in mailing error

Wells Fargo leaks 50,000 client documents in mailing error

These days, we've almost gotten used to large corporations losing sensitive data as a result of poor security measures and hackers, but in the latest incident, Wells Fargo has just made a big mistake. The bank accidentally sent 1.4GB of data containing information on 50,000 of their wealthiest clients to a former financial adviser. While this person had subpoenaed Wells Fargo as part of a lawsuit, these were the not the type of records that had been requested.

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Smart fish tank helped hackers infiltrate a casino

Smart fish tank helped hackers infiltrate a casino

Internet-connected gadgets can be great, but they're not without their risks. We've seen warnings over poor IoT security from watchdogs and the government alike, and we've seen multiple instances where poor security has resulted in various data breaches. The latest example of this risk comes from a North American casino which was left exposed to hackers due to a smart fish tank. This fish tank, which was connected to the casino's network, served as an access point for hackers who then used it to find other network vulnerabilities.

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FBI spy-toy warning puts connected kid gadgets in crosshairs

FBI spy-toy warning puts connected kid gadgets in crosshairs

With security breaches seemingly popping up in the news every other week, by now most of us should (hopefully) know the basics of keeping our data safe online. Today, however, the FBI is trying to draw attention to a potential security risk that is often overlooked: internet connected toys. To hear the FBI lay out its case, it sounds like the organization has a lot of concerns about the data these internet connected toys can collect.

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