Darlene Storm

Darlene Storm (not her real name) is a freelance writer with a background in information technology and information security. It seems wise to keep an eye on new hacks and holes, to know what is possible and how vulnerable you might be. Most security news is about insecurity, hacking, cybersecurity and even privacy threats, bordering on scary. But when security is done right, it's a beautiful thing...sexy even. Security is sexy.

Security vulnerabilities in Symantec and Norton 'as bad as it gets' warns researcher

Hacker selling 655,000 patient records from 3 hacked healthcare organizations

Hacker selling 655,000 patient records from 3 hacked healthcare organizations

A hacker is reportedly trying to sell more than half a million patient records, allegedly obtained from exploiting RDP, on a dark web marketplace.

Google concerned about curious but destructive cleaning robots that hack reward systems

Google concerned about curious but destructive cleaning robots that hack reward systems

Forget about AI triggering Skynet; researchers are concerned about curious but destructive cleaning robots and AI that hacks its reward system.

Chrome eats up to 70% more battery power than Edge browser, Microsoft claims

Chrome eats up to 70% more battery power than Edge browser, Microsoft claims

Microsoft is crowing about Edge browser battery-saving capabilities, claiming it uses less power so you can surf longer while unplugged; it reportedly has '17-70% more battery life' than Chrome, Firefox and Opera.

Online loan sharks demand nude selfies from borrowers as collateral

Online loan sharks demand nude selfies from borrowers as collateral

Sleazy online lenders in China are giving students loans so long as the students send along naked photos as collateral. The loan sharks threaten people who fail to pay with posting the photos online as well as sending the pics to...

NSA interested in exploiting internet-connected medical devices, spying on IoT

NSA interested in exploiting internet-connected medical devices, spying on IoT

The NSA is eyeing IoT and internet-connected medical devices for possible exploits so it can remotely monitor targets via their smart biomedical devices.

uTorrent forums breached via software vendor, consider passwords compromised

uTorrent forums breached via software vendor, consider passwords compromised

uTorrent forums announced a security advisory, warning users to consider passwords compromised and change them. Have I Been Pwned posted a notice about the BitTorrent IP.Board-based forum being hacked, adding that besides passwords,...

Researchers built devious, undetectable hardware-level backdoor in computer chips

Researchers built devious, undetectable hardware-level backdoor in computer chips

University of Michigan researchers developed an “invisible” backdoor built into computer chip hardware which would be nearly impossible to detect.

Bloatware on Acer, Asus, Lenovo, Dell, and HP PCs can get you pwned in 10 minutes

Bloatware on Acer, Asus, Lenovo, Dell, and HP PCs can get you pwned in 10 minutes

Flaws in preloaded OEM software updater tools are riddled with security vulnerabilities; some of which are so critical that an attacker could fully compromise your PC in less than 10 minutes.

Pwned: 65 million Tumblr accounts, 40 million from Fling, 360 million from MySpace

Pwned: 65 million Tumblr accounts, 40 million from Fling, 360 million from MySpace

That "set" of accounts compromised in the Tumblr hack was actually 65 million. Have I Been Pwned added another 40 million from the 'dating' hookup site Fling. The MySpace hack had more than 360 million email addresses in it. All of...

Faception can allegedly tell if you're a terrorist just by analyzing your face

Faception can allegedly tell if you're a terrorist just by analyzing your face

Faception claims it can spot if you are a terrorist, pedophile, genius or some other personality – judging a book by its cover with an 80% accuracy, by just analyzing your face. An unnamed homeland security inked a contract with the...

100 thieves stole $12.7 million from ATMs in 2.5 hours

100 thieves stole $12.7 million from ATMs in 2.5 hours

A gang suspected to be part of organized crime pulled off a $12.7 million heist at Japanese ATMs in less than 3 hours by using cloned credit cards from a South African bank.

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