Data Security

Here we go again: Verizon’s data leak will make you mad

Here we go again: Verizon’s data leak will make you mad

Another day, another security breach: researchers at UpGuard have revealed that Verizon suffered a fairly massive data leak, exposing personal information on millions of customers. In this case, it wasn't Verizon itself that is responsible for the leak, but rather a third-party company partnered with Verizon. This breach also has a few things in common with the RNC leak that we learned about late last month.

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5 steps to stop Malware on iPhone or Android: July 2017 edition

5 steps to stop Malware on iPhone or Android: July 2017 edition

Today we're going to run down several ways in which the everyday average iPhone or Android smartphone user can avoid a virus. The rules are very simple, and they begin with the golden rule in software: "avoid that which is unfamiliar." Users that are inexperienced in software code or identifying reliable sources for legitimate apps should exercise a base level of caution at all times. It's not a matter of always being ON ALERT - but of being conscious of what one is doing with every tap.

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Jayden K Smith, Facebook Hacker: Friendship Request or hoax?

Jayden K Smith, Facebook Hacker: Friendship Request or hoax?

If you've got a Facebook profile, you may have come across a new, scary-sounding warning being shared by some of your friends. Like so many of the viral posts that came before it, this one warns you against adding a certain Facebook user - this time named Jayden K. Smith - for fear of having your profile hacked. The question is if this viral warning is legitimate or if it's all just a ruse to get gullible Facebook users to share the post in question.

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There’s a huge ransomware attack going on: What you need to know

There’s a huge ransomware attack going on: What you need to know

As if last month's major malware attack wasn't enough, today we're hearing about large-scale ransomware attack that that is crippling IT systems around the world. While some of the details are a little unclear at this early stage, it's obvious that this is a massive attack. It may even take advantage of the same weaknesses that allowed Wannacry to spread so quickly last month.

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Windows 10 source code leaked, Microsoft confirms

Windows 10 source code leaked, Microsoft confirms

Microsoft is dealing with a significant Windows 10 security headache this weekend, as the company has confirmed that a portion of the operating system's source code was in fact posted online. Shared on the online repository site BetaArchive earlier this week, Microsoft has said that the code is genuine and comes from the Shared Source Kit, which is shared with the company's trusted partners.

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Republican firm leaks personal info of 198 million US voters

Republican firm leaks personal info of 198 million US voters

Data security firm UpGuard is bringing our attention to a very severe data exposure today. This "leak" of sorts left the personal data of nearly every registered voter in the US exposed, making this the "largest known data exposure of its kind," according to UpGuard's Cyber Risk team. In all, the data for 198 million registered voters in the US was left exposed, which is a ridiculous number of people when you consider that it's 61% of the country's population.

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Arrests made as iPhone user data sold in China

Arrests made as iPhone user data sold in China

When it comes to data security, the worry seems to usually revolve around hackers making off with your personal data. Today, however, we're learning once again that it may not only be hackers that we need to worry about, but rather the people who are tasked with maintaining the services our phones use and fixing our devices. Police in China have arrested 22 people suspected of illegally obtaining and selling data from Apple users. The difference here? Most of the people arrested are said to be Apple employees.

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British Airways suffers major system failure, cancels numerous flights

British Airways suffers major system failure, cancels numerous flights

British Airways is having a bad start to this holiday weekend. The airline has announced that its computer systems are having problems around the globe due to a "major IT system failure," and as a result it's had to cancel a number of flights departing from the UK, as well as hundreds more being delayed.

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Chipotle on payment system breach: ‘most’ stores affected

Chipotle on payment system breach: ‘most’ stores affected

Late last month, restaurant franchise Chipotle Mexican Grill revealed that it had suffered a security breach affecting its POS system. The company has released an update on that revelation, saying that 'most' of its stores in the US were affected by the malware. Chipotle says the investigation into the breach, which involved both law enforcement and security firms, has been completed.

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Galaxy S8: How to bypass the Iris Scanner with a photo and a contact lens

Galaxy S8: How to bypass the Iris Scanner with a photo and a contact lens

The folks at Chaos Computer Clubs have shown how to bypass biometric security on the Samsung Galaxy S8 with a set of simple tools. Infrared camera capture of the target user's face creates a photo which is then printed. This printed photo is combined with a contact lens, and placed in front of the smartphone. The next step is opening the phone - which then allows the user in without real eyeballs.

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GameStop looking into reports of security breach

GameStop looking into reports of security breach

We're hearing some news that's potentially bad for anyone who has shopped on GameStop.com in the past few months. GameStop said today that it's investigating reports of a security breach on its website, but hasn't really delved into many details concerning what such a breach would entail.

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Researchers find 1,800 big patient data breaches at hospitals

Researchers find 1,800 big patient data breaches at hospitals

A new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine reveals that many hospitals aren't adequately protecting their patients' data, leaving many vulnerable to identity theft and more. Researchers found almost 1,800 'large data breaches' involving patient information spread over a time frame of seven years. The medical facilities where the data breaches were discovered span many states ranging from Michigan's Henry Ford Hospital to California's UC Davis Medical Center.

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