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.


Was software piracy behind the San Francisco Muni transit system ransomware infection?

Was software piracy behind the San Francisco Muni transit system ransomware infection?

The attacker claimed the ransomware was an automated attack which was triggered via a software keycode generator torrent file downloaded by someone at SFMTA.

3 security reports about shopping online for Black Friday and Cyber Monday

3 security reports about shopping online for Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Amazon and Walmart listed among the “least secure” online retailers; popular WordPress e-commerce plugins have severe vulnerabilities; spammy scammers again cashing in on store brands and “Black Friday.”

Half of surveyed U.S. businesses admitted to suffering a ransomware attack

Half of surveyed U.S. businesses admitted to suffering a ransomware attack

Of the companies surveyed worldwide, 85% admitted to suffering from 3 or more attacks in a year, with six being the global average of ransomware attacks.

Hacker can backdoor your computer and router in 30 seconds with $5 PoisonTap device

Hacker can backdoor your computer and router in 30 seconds with $5 PoisonTap device

Samy Kamkar’s PoisonTap can leave a remotely accessible backdoor on your computer and router.

Biggest hack of 2016: 412 million FriendFinder Networks accounts exposed

Biggest hack of 2016: 412 million FriendFinder Networks accounts exposed

412,214,295 user accounts were exposed after Friend Finder Networks were hacked; the breach included 20 years of customer data from six compromised databases: Adultfriendfinder.com, Cams.com, Penthouse.com, Stripshow.com. iCams.com...

Researchers hack Philips Hue lights via a drone; IoT worm could cause city blackout

Researchers hack Philips Hue lights via a drone; IoT worm could cause city blackout

Researchers hijack Philips Hue lights with a drone to show how IoT worm could take over smart lights in a city.

Russian users far better at passwords than U.S. users

Russian users far better at passwords than U.S. users

A researcher analyzed passwords used in the U.S., Russia, China, Pakistan and India, finding that Russian have the best and most secure passwords. Americans are especially bad at creating long passwords.

WeMo devices can hack your Android phone, so attacker can track you, steal photos

WeMo devices can hack your Android phone, so attacker can track you, steal photos

At Black Hat Europe, researchers will reveal flaws in WeMo devices and the WeMo Android app. They said they will ‘show you how to make your IoT hack your phone.’

FBI allegedly knew about Clinton-related emails for weeks

FBI allegedly knew about Clinton-related emails for weeks

The FBI finally obtained a warrant, but law enforcement officials claim Comey knew about the emails since early October; the fact that he but didn't disclose the discovery until right before the election may result in even more people...

Researchers blame Dyn DDoS attack on script kiddies targeting video game company

Researchers blame Dyn DDoS attack on script kiddies targeting video game company

Flashpoint researchers blamed Oct. 21 IoT-based DDoS attack on script kiddies from hackforums, claiming a 'well-known video game company' was the target. A post on hackforums claims the target was the PlayStation Network.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge phones are catching fire too; 2 fires in the last week

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge phones are catching fire too; 2 fires in the last week

Two Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge owners had their phones catch fire in the last week, with even more S7 Edge, S7 and iPhone 7 fires reported within the last two months.

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