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.

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Feds issue bulletin warning about malicious 'Google dorking' cyber actors

Feds issue bulletin warning about malicious 'Google dorking' cyber actors

While it seems years too late, DHS, FBI and NCTC issued a bulletin warning website admins about malicious cyber actors using Google dorking advanced search techniques to find sensitive info and vulnerabilities that can be exploited...

New attacks secretly use smartphone cameras, speakers and microphones

Do you regard your smartphone cameras and speakers as a security threat? You might after checking out presentations from the 8th USENIX Workshop on Offensive Technologies (WOOT). If you were a target, you would neither see, nor...

Cracking smart house devices & pwning thousands of PCs via VNC remote access

Cracking smart house devices & pwning thousands of PCs via VNC remote access

Pen testers cracked the security of every IoT device within a smart house. Other researchers scanned the Internet and grabbed 30,000 screenshots in an hour of PCs running VNC without a password. Moral of the story? Change default...

Your PC or laptop may have a backdoor enabled by default, millions do

Computrace software, which is enabled by default on millions of PCs, could allow attacker to remotely wipe the hard drive. Researchers described the "backdoor" in BIOS/UEFI, as well as how it can be exploited at Black Hat USA....

Black Hat: Nest thermostat turned into a smart spy in 15 seconds

No, the Nest thermostat can't be remotely hacked. But you might think twice about buying one from somewhere other than Nest since a persistent backdoor can be added in about 15 seconds...a backdoor that you would have no way of...

Black Hat talk exposes how easily criminals can hack mobile broadband modems

A Black Hat USA talk exposed how easily criminals can exploit vulnerabilities and built-in functionalities in mobile broadband modems. An attacker can remotely control a target’s Internet traffic, use the built-in SMS functionality to...

Researchers find about 25 security vulnerabilities per Internet of Things device

70% of the 10 most popular types of Internet of Things “smart” devices are vulnerable to being hacked, with multiple attack vectors averaging out to about 25 security vulnerabilities per IoT device....

Your Android has a Fake ID problem, allowing malware to impersonate trusted apps

Security researchers have identified a critical vulnerability in all versions of Android devices, from 2.1 to 4.4, that deals with how apps are signed. Bluebox Security dubbed the flaw Fake ID; in the same way an underage person...

New DVD-quality Expendables 3 film leaked online, ranked as #1 most-pirated movie

The Expendables 3 appeared online, but it’s not a shaky cam version because the movie is not slated to hit theaters until August 15. Instead the film is a high-quality version apparently ripped from a screening DVD. Over 100,000...

Zero-day broker exploits vulnerability in I2P to de-anonymize Tails users

The one-two punch to privacy and security this week may push home the facts that even when using services that purportedly protect privacy, we are not as anonymous as we may like to think we are. Researchers at Exodus Intelligence,...

Backup your data now: New, more powerful ransomware using Tor spotted in the wild

When did you last backup your data? Let that serve as a reminder to do so since a new ransomware, touted as a more powerful version of Cryptolocker, has been spotted in the wild. It uses the Tor network to anonymize its...

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