Wednesday, December 11, 2019
PC Mag

Chrome Password and Phishing Protection Gets Much Stronger

All of your passwords will now automatically get checked against data breaches and phishing protection will be available for all your login credentials.
PC Mag

Exclusive: Bitdefender Finds Security Hole in Wemo Smart Plug

Belkin's smart plug lets you use your smartphone to turn your devices on and off from anywhere, but Bitdefender found some holes in its security. Don't worry, Belkin has fixed the problem.
PC Mag

Report: McAfee Wants to Buy NortonLifeLock

Next year, Norton and LifeLock could become McAfee-owned brands.
PC Mag

Amazon: We Lost $10B Pentagon Contract Because of Trump

Amazon says in a complaint that President Trump manipulated the tendering process to block his 'perceived political enemy'—Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos—from getting the JEDI contract.
PC Mag

Feds Charge Russian for Leading ‘Evil Corp’ Cybercrime Empire

Moscow resident Maksim Yakubets has been engaged in a 'decade-long cybercrime spree' to spread two infamous malware strains, Dridex and Zeus, according to law enforcement. He's also allegedly doing work for the Russian government.
PC Mag

Mozilla Removes Avast and AVG Extensions From Firefox

Four Avast and AVG extensions were harvesting user data and browsing histories.
PC Mag

Smith & Wesson’s Website Hacked to Steal Credit Card Details

Malicious Javascript code was injected into the Smith & Wesson's website on Nov. 27 and remained there until Tuesday morning. It was designed to spoof the checkout process to steal payment card details.
PC Mag

Android Malware Abuses App Permissions to Hijack Phones

The security firm Promon has uncovered hackers using malicious Android apps to overlay fake permission pop-up windows on top of legitimate ones. 'An attacker can ask for access to any permission, including SMS, photos, microphone, and GPS,' the company...
PC Mag

Feds Arrest Programmer for Giving Cryptocurrency Talk in North Korea

Despite warnings from the US government, 36-year-old Virgil Griffith traveled to North Korea in April to give a talk on blockchain technology. Now federal agents claim Griffith may have taught North Korea how to evade US sanctions.
PC Mag

This Ring Uses a Fake Fingerprint to Protect Your Biometric Data

The ring concept from Kaspersky Lab is designed to address a key vulnerability with biometric authentication—your face and fingerprints can't be reset like a password if copies of them are stolen. So why not use a dummy fingerprint instead?
PC Mag

Feds Arrest Man for Stealing, Then Leaking 100 Unreleased Songs

27-year-old Christian Erazo has been arrested for his role in stealing 50GB of content from music industry. He and his cohorts pulled off the crime by hacking into a music producer's social networking account, and breaking into cloud storage...
PC Mag

Google Detects Steady Stream of Phishing Attacks From Cyberspies

From July to September, the company sent out more than 12,000 warnings to users across the globe that government-backed attackers were trying to break into their Google accounts through phishing scams, the company revealed on Tuesday.
PC Mag

Apps Found Collecting User Details From Facebook, Twitter

Based on a tip from security researchers, Facebook and Twitter say they identified several mobile apps that have been secretly collecting user information such as email addresses and names from their social media profiles.
PC Mag

Mysterious User Hoarded Records on 1.2B People Via Leaky Database

Two security researchers have uncovered a 4TB database that held the records on a whopping 1.2 billion people. The find is underscoring how freely people's data can circulate on the internet. But is it wrong to amass it all...
PC Mag

OnePlus Suffers a Data Breach (Again)

No payment card or password information was stolen. But the hacker did get access to names, phone numbers, email addresses and shipping addresses on customer orders.
PC Mag

Need Your Kids to Focus? Comcast Xfinity Expands Wi-Fi Control Tools

Comcast's 'Downtime Scheduling' mode for Xfinity broadband customers will let parents better schedule when their children can access the Wi-Fi during a week. Kids will hate it.
PC Mag

Macy’s Data Breach Sees Customer Payment Details Stolen

Hackers gained access to customer personal information and payment details for a week.
PC Mag

Student Arrested For Building ISIS Propaganda Computer Program

Federal investigators have arrested 20-year-old Thomas Osadzinski of Chicago, Illinois for allegedly creating a computer program that could copy official ISIS propaganda and spread it over social media.
PC Mag

Disney+: We Weren’t Hacked, You’re Probably Using an Old Password

A number of Disney+ users have noticed strangers hopping on to their accounts, but Disney says its streaming service was not breached. One likely culprit? People re-using passwords that were exposed in previous hacks. Two affected customers explain.
PC Mag

Feds Arrest 2 for Stealing Crypto Via SIM-Swapping Scams

The goal was to hijack email accounts belonging to executives at cryptocurrency companies in an effort to gain access to their digital wallets.
SC Magazine

Pensacola confirms ransomware attack

Pensacola officials confirmed that an ongoing cyberattack that began early Saturday morning is a ransomware attack. While the city did not release any additional details, the Pensacola News Journal said city spokeswoman Kaycee Lagarde confirmed the attack included a ransom, something that...

Trickbot Operators Now Selling Attack Tools to APT Actors

North Korea's Lazarus Group - of Sony breach and WannaCry fame - is among the first customers.
Brian Krebs

The Great $50M African IP Address Heist

A top executive at the nonprofit entity responsible for doling out chunks of Internet addresses to businesses and other organizations in Africa has resigned his post following accusations that he secretly operated several companies which sold tens of millions...

Intel Issues Fix for ‘Plundervolt’ SGX Flaw

Researchers were able to extract AES encryption key using SGX's voltage-tuning function.
TechRepublic

How to stop spam calls right now

Spam calls drive us all crazy. Here are four ways to stop robocalls and other unsolicited phone calls.