Showing posts with label Hackers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Hackers. Show all posts

March 29, 2017

iCloud Hack

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The "Turkish Crime Family" gets the passwords to 70,000 iCloud accounts. Maybe you should change your password.

March 23, 2017

How The Russians Hacked Yahoo

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The FBI has indicted four men — three Russians and one Canadian — with charges of hacking Yahoo, starting back in early 2014, to obtain access to half a billion Yahoo accounts.

February 9, 2017

10 Most Common Passwords

Unfortunately, a lot of people are using passwords that are too easy to figure out (Which makes it easy for hackers to steal their information).

January 30, 2017

How To Tell If Your Computer Has Been Hacked

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In this episode of The Tech Guy, Leo Laporte talks about how to find out if your computer or network has been compromised.

January 19, 2017

Never Use Public Wi-Fi Again! (Unless You Watch This)

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Here's why connecting to open WiFi networks is extremely risky, and what you can do about it!

December 20, 2016

Your Password Sucks! How To Not Get Hacked

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Many people have no idea how important good passwords are. It is so much more than preventing someone from guessing it.

November 30, 2016

San Francisco Muni Ransomware Hack

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In this episode of Security Now, Steven Gibson and Leo Laporte discuss San Francisco's municipal system being attacked by hackers.

August 30, 2016

Play Wolfe (Tech Talk Today 258)

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Another round of hack attacks, Apple could be hit with a major tax bill, Nexus’ devices get a big assist and SETI has observed a “strong” signal that may originate from a Sun-like star.

May 25, 2016

7 Most Notorious Hackers Ever

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Hackers are a special breed of people; those who are well-skilled at defeating the defences of firewalls.

May 14, 2016

10 Times Anonymous Saved The Day

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If Anonymous does not like what you are doing, they are going to intervene.

June 10, 2015

Kaspersky Lab Is The Latest Victim Of Hacking

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Who would have fathomed that one day, Kaspersky Lab would be exploited by a hacker?

No one actually.

A lot of us have actually used (or is still using) Kaspersky on our computer to ward off the attack of viruses and spyware (Hmm. Maybe, Kaspersky is unable to keep us 100% safe from various types of malware).

Recently, Kaspersky (one of the world's leading anti-virus and anti-spyware providers) admitted that their system was compromised by hackers.

Kaspersky Lab, believes that the whole purpose of the hacker's cyber-intrusion, was to learn of the company's latest technological developments.

It was also stated that the cyber-intrusion involved three unknown techniques.

An in-house investigation is currently being carried out at the Russian cybersecurity firm.

They also added, that they discovered the intrusion at an early stage.

Kaspersky Lab admitted, that the hacker had gained access to some of its files; the Russian cybersecurity company have stated, that the data the hacker acquired was "in no way critical to the operation" of its products.

Eugene Kaspersky, the company's Chief Executive Officer, had this to say:

"Spying on cybersecurity companies is a very dangerous tendency.

"The only way to protect the world is to have law enforcement agencies and security companies fighting such attacks openly.

"We will always report attacks regardless of their origin."

I believed that it was rather unfortunate that Kaspersky Lab was hacked.

Also, it was quite commendable of Eugene Kaspersky to admit that his cybersecurity company fell prey to a hacker.

How many cybersecurity companies that you know would actually admit to having their systems compromised by a hacker?

I genuinely believe that the other cybersecurity companies would have swept that hacking incident underneath their proverbial rug; because they will have that fear of losing a large percentage of their customers.

This just goes to show, that there is someone out there who is capable of penetrating the toughest cybersecurity systems known to man (Do think about that the next time that you are about to install an anti-virus and anti-spyware program on your computer).

December 28, 2014

Good News For Gamers: Sony PlayStation Is Back Online!

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Unfortunately, a cyberattack had halted the operations of Sony's PlayStation Network; which had ruined the Christmas for some children.

The Vice President of Consumer Experience, Catherine Jensen, had this to say:

"PlayStation Network is back online, as you probably know, PlayStation Network and some other gaming services were attacked over the holidays with artificially high levels of traffic designed to disrupt connectivity and online gameplay. This may have prevented your access to the network and its services over the last few days."

Microsoft also felt the brunt of the hackers; they crippled the the online network for the Xbox game system (Which Microsoft restored on Friday).

A group of hackers that refer to themselves as, Lizard Squad accepted responsibility for the attack; they boasted on Twitter that they had overwhelmed the servers of Sony and Microsoft with bogus traffic; the technique used is known as, a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack.

Well, it is nice to know that online gaming is back to normal for both Sony and Microsoft. However, I hoped that those technological giants learned their lesson well and masterminded new and improved methods of protecting their systems from hackers.

September 12, 2014

Hackers Are Having Themselves A Field Day

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Recently, we have heard about Gmail accounts being hacked.

And, about approximately one week ago, it was brought to everyone's attention that Apple had their iCloud server hacked.

Hackers obviously see the entering of a secure system as a challenge and there are times when they do overcome those technological challenges.

Therefore, it is imperative that a company's IT department remain abreast of the latest internet security developments and not become complacent, believing that their firewalls are impenetrable.

July 16, 2014

We Need To Educate Ourselves About Technology

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There are computers in almost every home; which is why, you and I need to learn how to protect our personal information from being stolen by hackers.

The hackers are tech-savvy, therefore we need to become tech-savvy too.

Now, I don't expect you to become tech-savvy overnight. You can read articles on the web from reliable sources pertaining to internet security (Hopefully, something should rub off and sink into your mind).

I have noticed that a lot of computer owners have installed antispyware  and antivirus programs on their computers; but they seldom update their antispyware and antivirus definitions (This creates a doorway for the unwanted).

Whether we like it or not, we need to beef-up our security on the internet; which can save us from the heartache of those eager hackers, who are always waiting to pounce on the vulnerable people online.

It would be naive to believe that we could merely sit back and use our computers without putting any type of security measures in place. 

May 2, 2014

Man Faces 440 Years In Jail For Cyber Assault

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Fidel Salinas, a 27-year-old man from Donna, Texas, was charged with several counts of cyber stalking. Some sources have alleged that he made an attempt at computer hacking with the intentions of harassing a female victim.

It is also alleged that Mr. Salinas is a member of the infamous hacktivist group, Anonymous.

Last October, Mr. Salinas was found guilty by a grand jury in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas of violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

So far, more charges have been amounting.

I am of the opinion that a sentence of 440 years in jail is a ridiculous one, because modern man doesn't live that long.

Now, I am not saying that hackers shouldn't go unpunished. I am insinuating that they shouldn't be treated worse that murderers and drug-lords. Hackers seem to get unreasonable prison sentences.

February 26, 2014

Apple's Reputation Was Almost Ruined By A Flaw

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The news was out about Apple's security breach; they had a bug in their system that left its users vulnerable to hacking.

Some people even speculated that it was an intentional backdoor created specifically for the NSA.

Hmmm. Just as I was thinking about wiping my hands clean of Microsoft and going over to Apple, this had to happen (Talk about a blessing in disguise).

Anyway, some reliable sources have said that the issue was resolved.

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