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.


Delilah malware secretly taps webcam, blackmails and recruits insider threat victims

Delilah malware secretly taps webcam, blackmails and recruits insider threat victims

Delilah malware taps computer and webcam to get dirty little secrets, then blackmails victims into becoming an insider threat and coughing up a company’s secrets.

Warrantless cellphone tracking: Federal judge kicks DEA's stingray evidence to the curb

Warrantless cellphone tracking: Federal judge kicks DEA's stingray evidence to the curb

For the first time, a federal judge put the feds on notice about warrantless cellphone tracking by kicking DEA's stingray evidence to the curb.

After bomb robot in Dallas, expert wants taser-wielding robot in every police car

After bomb robot in Dallas, expert wants taser-wielding robot in every police car

One robotics expert believes police robots will be ubiquitous and one with less-than-lethal capabilities should be in every police car just as each cop car now comes equipped with a laptop.

Hackers can exploit smartwatches, fitness trackers to steal your ATM PIN

Hackers can exploit smartwatches, fitness trackers to steal your ATM PIN

Smartwatches and fitness trackers can be exploited to give attackers your ATM PIN and passwords.

2015 Wiretap Report: No wiretap denied, encryption rarely encountered

2015 Wiretap Report: No wiretap denied, encryption rarely encountered

Encryption is not the scary ‘going dark’ devil the government makes it out to be as it was rarely encountered during wiretaps conducted in 2015.

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

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

Google Project Zero security researcher Tavis Ormandy warned of multiple critical vulnerabilities in Symantec and Norton products, including a '100% reliable remote exploit' and a 'wormable' flaw that requires no user interaction by...

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.

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