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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Zero-day in Samsung ‘Find My Mobile’ service allows attacker to remotely lock phone

Zero-day in Samsung ‘Find My Mobile’ service allows attacker to remotely lock phone

NIST warned that if an attacker exploits the zero-day vulnerability in Samsung's ‘Find My Mobile’ service, then the hacker can remotely lock, unlock and ring the phone.

DHS investigates 24 potentially deadly cyber flaws in medical devices

DHS investigates 24 potentially deadly cyber flaws in medical devices

DHS is investigating 24 potentially deadly cybersecurity flaws in medical devices like infusion pumps, implantable heart devices, medical imaging equipment and hospital networking systems.

Chinese Big Brother launches nationwide attack on iCloud

Chinese Big Brother launches nationwide attack on iCloud

Since the iPhone 6 launched in China, Chinese authorities have been staging a man-in-the-middle attack, via a self-signed digital certificate, so when Chinese users connect to iCloud.com, they are instead redirected to a spoofed...

Got a Mac? Prevent OPSEC leakage by cleaning hidden OS X files from USB drives

Got a Mac? Prevent OPSEC leakage by cleaning hidden OS X files from USB drives

If you plug a USB drive into OS X and use the Finder app to browse and change sort order, then you may have an OPSEC problem. Apple knows about the issue, and came up with a work around starting with OS X Tiger; but while Apple...

Researcher blames vulnerable code re-use for zero-day in Android's CyanogenMod

Researcher blames vulnerable code re-use for zero-day in Android's CyanogenMod

At the Ruxcon Security Conference, a researcher claimed Android's CyanogenMod developers failed to respond to ‘responsible disclosure’ about re-used vulnerable code that puts millions of users at risk of man-in-the-middle attacks.

Sock puppets post nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence on Wikipedia

Sock puppets post nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence on Wikipedia

Sock puppets posted nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence on her Wikipedia page after the actress called stolen sexting photos 'a sex crime.'

Angry Birds Transformers Trojan targets Android, warns ‘Obey or be hacked’

Angry Birds Transformers Trojan targets Android, warns ‘Obey or be hacked’

The new Angry Birds Transformers game officially launches this month, but it's already been targeted by a Trojan spotted in the wild that wipes the memory card, blocks messenger apps, and spams contacts every five seconds with the...

Encryption IS for the children; it's the gift of electronic privacy rights

Encryption IS for the children; it's the gift of electronic privacy rights

Law enforcement is freaking out over Apple and Android smartphone encryption plans, claiming it could be used by sickos harming kids and hinder investigations, but why can’t the encryption argument be made for the children and the...

Report: Crime-as-a-Service tools and anonymization help any idiot be a cyber-criminal

Report: Crime-as-a-Service tools and anonymization help any idiot be a cyber-criminal

Crime-as-a-Service tools, anonymization, darknets and crypto-currencies cited as in Internet Organized Crime Threat Assessment report as helping anyone become a cybercriminal.

Was Facebook & OKCupid’s research treating users like guinea pigs illegal?

Was Facebook & OKCupid’s research treating users like guinea pigs illegal?

Is it illegal to be guinea pigs for online research without our consent? A Maryland law professor says Facebook and OKCupid's psychological experiments were unethical and also illegal.

Research: Predicting crime with anonymized mobile data vs re-identifying users is easy

Research: Predicting crime with anonymized mobile data vs re-identifying users is easy

Researchers in one study claim that anonymized mobile data can predict crimes, but another group of researchers claim re-identifying users via location data is easy.

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