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.

Cops run unauthorized searches on confidential databases for revenge, stalking

iOS 10 backups are easier to crack, but Apple promises to fix security flaw

iOS 10 backups are easier to crack, but Apple promises to fix security flaw

Forensic researcher claims iOS 10 local backups are easier to crack due to a hashing algorithm that is 2,500 times weaker than in iOS 9; Apple confirmed the security flaw and promised to roll out a patch.

11 cities plan to force cops to disclose secret surveillance technologies used

11 cities plan to force cops to disclose secret surveillance technologies used

11 cities launched the “Community Control Over Police Surveillance” initiative; the campaign will push legislation to insure that new spy tech, as well as the tech currently being used, must first be approved and come with...

Millions of New York cellphones blasted with emergency manhunt alert

Millions of New York cellphones blasted with emergency manhunt alert

Millions of New Yorker's cellphones blasted an emergency manhunt alert before the suspected bomber was captured. It was the first time the electronic red alert warning was used in connection with a wanted person suspected of a crime.

New Guccifer 2.0 DNC dump and Colin Powell's private emails leaked

New Guccifer 2.0 DNC dump and Colin Powell's private emails leaked

Guccifer 2.0 dumped nearly 700MB of new DNC documents and two years' worth of former Secretary of State Colin Powell's private Gmails were leaked.

Researchers warn that hackers can DDoS 911 emergency phone service

Researchers warn that hackers can DDoS 911 emergency phone service

Researchers warned that a telephony denial of service (TDoS) attack, launched by a mobile phone botnet, could cripple America's 911 emergency call system.

Exploding Galaxy Note 7 totals family Jeep

Exploding Galaxy Note 7 totals family Jeep

More Note 7 smartphones have burst into flames, one totaling a Jeep; three Australian airlines have banned the use of the Note 7 during flights and the FAA is also considering a ban.

Windows 10 automatic browser blocking is 'for the children' claims Microsoft

Windows 10 automatic browser blocking is 'for the children' claims Microsoft

Microsoft is playing the 'it's for the children' card with changes to Microsoft Family settings that rolled out in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. Some third-party browsers are blocked by default supposedly to ensure safer web...

SWIFT: More banks hacked; persistent, sophisticated threat is here to stay

SWIFT: More banks hacked; persistent, sophisticated threat is here to stay

SWIFT warned that more banks have been attacked, some losing money in the high-tech heists, and urged banks to tighten security since the persistent and sophisticated threat is here to stay.

Two state election systems attacked, FBI suspects ‘foreign hackers’

Two state election systems attacked, FBI suspects ‘foreign hackers’

FBI warned of two state election systems being attacked, Illinois and Arizona, and advised states to search for similar 'foreign hacker' activity in their logs.

Baltimore cops using private company's aerial cameras to conduct secret surveillance

Baltimore cops using private company's aerial cameras to conduct secret surveillance

Persistent Surveillance Systems mount cameras on a Cessna and fly for hours above Baltimore to conduct surveillance likened to Google Earth with TiVo capabilities; Baltimore police have not publicly disclosed the unblinking...

Malware alert: Dump on WikiLeaks contained over 3,000 malicious files

Malware alert: Dump on WikiLeaks contained over 3,000 malicious files

Malware expert Vesselin Bontchev discovered 323 malware instances in his first scan of WikiLeaks' email dump from Turkey’s ruling political party; he listed 3,277 in his second report. WikiLeaks quietly 'neutered' some of the malware....

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