Data Security

NYPD wants access to ALL iPhones (with a warrant)

NYPD wants access to ALL iPhones (with a warrant)

The New York City Police Department says they'd like Apple to unlock every iPhone currently subject to a court-ordered search. Once the San Bernardino doors are broken down by the FBI, the NYPD has made clear: they want in, too. That'd mean every iPhone entered into evidence in a court case and subjected to a search ordered by a judge could be forced open by law enforcement, courtesy of a piece of software they've forced Apple to create. That software would be an entirely new version of iOS which the FBI (then the NYPD, and every other law enforcement agency in the USA) would then install on each iPhone, bypassing Apple's security measures, opening the locks to access data. You might be asking yourself, "why is that so bad?"

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Microsoft makes modest statement in support of Apple over iPhone encryption

Microsoft makes modest statement in support of Apple over iPhone encryption

The news about the FBI ordering Apple to offer backdoor access to an iPhone belonging to a terrorist, along with Apple's subsequent refusal, has been dominating headlines this week. On an issue that's sure to prompt ongoing debate about encryption and privacy, several other tech giants are voicing their support for Apple's stance. It took a bit of time, but Google's Sundar Pichai tweeted his agreement with Tim Cook's open letter on encryption, along with Jan Koum, the founder of WhatsApp. Now Microsoft has spoken up, albeit in a moderate way.

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Instagram two-factor authentication roll out begins

Instagram two-factor authentication roll out begins

Instagram has been around for a long time now and has grown from a small time operation to one of the largest social networks out there. Instagram boasts 400 million users and so far hasn't offered much in the way of security for users other than a simple password. Instagram is fixing the lack of security with confirmation that two-factor authentication is now rolling out.

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UK teen arrested over FBI, DHS data hacking

UK teen arrested over FBI, DHS data hacking

Following the news earlier this week about data on some 30,000 FBI and Department of Homeland Security employees being stolen and subsequently posted online, a suspect has already been taken into custody, authorities have revealed. In what's not all that surprising, as it's become common in many of the high-profile corporate and government hacking incidents recently, the suspect is a 15-year-old boy, this time found living in England.

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How to avoid the new Netflix viruses and malware

How to avoid the new Netflix viruses and malware

Netflix scams are on the rise, so say the security crews at Tripwire and Symantec. How do you avoid such malware? How does your grandmother avoid downloading a virus? The answers are relatively simple, and they begin with sticking to the course. That is, not clicking on any advertisements that promise lower costs and coupons for Netflix-based deals on subscriptions. That's where this newest wave of internet evil is coming from - let your uncle know what's up.

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Google adds an encryption lock to Gmail

Google adds an encryption lock to Gmail

Google initiates an unlocked/broken lock icon system in Gmail in honor of Safer Internet Day, showing whether or not emails are encrypted or not. Gmail email has been encrypted for some time. Not all other email services share this level of protection. Google's initiative - starting today - shows a tiny un-locked icon to the right of your "to" or "from" bar in any given email. This broken or unlocked lock indicates whether or not the person on the other end of your email works with a service that supports TLS encryption.

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LastPass phishing attempts leave users’ passwords vulnerable

LastPass phishing attempts leave users’ passwords vulnerable

There seems to be an alarming trend happening recently. Namely, that the very programs we're using to keep our information safe are actually giving hackers easy access to our private data in bulk. The latest in the string of hacked security programs is LastPass.

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Hyatt names dates and locations of credit card breach

Hyatt names dates and locations of credit card breach

Last month we brought you the news that Hyatt had discovered malware in its credit card processing systems. Obviously, that's the last place you'd want to find malware in a hotel chain. While the company said that it was investigating the issues, we didn't get much information pertaining to how long the malware was on the system, and how many locations were affected. Hyatt has come forward today to answer those questions.

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Trend Micro’s Password Manager exposes your passwords to hackers

Trend Micro’s Password Manager exposes your passwords to hackers

Last month we brought you the news that a bug in the popular AVG antivirus ended up exposing the private data of 9 million users. While we see this sort of thing all too regularly from companies, it's especially upsetting when it comes from a program that's specifically designed to keep your data safe. Unfortunately, only a couple of weeks later, we've got word that another popular antivirus suite left peoples' information wide open.

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AVG bug exposes 9 million users’ private data

AVG bug exposes 9 million users’ private data

When you install a piece of software that's used for security, you expect just that. But what if your antivirus software actually ended up putting you at risk? That's exactly what happened to users of AVG Antivirus, recently.

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Apple patents fingerprint uploads and cloud storage

Apple patents fingerprint uploads and cloud storage

Apple patent shows methods for iPhone to save fingerprint information, upload to the cloud, and download on another iPhone. Filed in August of 2015, this patent appears to have been a "continuation in part" of a patent application from July of 2013, a patent which has now been "abandoned" in favor of this new listing. This new patent application suggests that Apple devices with fingerprint sensors would first collect fingerprint information, as they do today, but that they would also be capable of uploading that information to the cloud for storage.

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Hyatt hotels reveal malware discovered in payment systems

Hyatt hotels reveal malware discovered in payment systems

Following a series of hotel chains that have recently disclosed the presence of malware in their payment processing systems, Hyatt has come forward as the latest to fall victim. The chain says it made the discovery on November 30th, and is advising any guests who stayed at a Hyatt in recent months to double-check their bank statements for signs of fraud.

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