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.

Spy equipment suppliers: Report exposes who sells surveillance tech to Colombia

KeyRaider malware stole over 225,000 Apple credentials from jailbroken iOS devices

KeyRaider malware stole over 225,000 Apple credentials from jailbroken iOS devices

A new iOS malware targeting jailbroken Apple devices has pulled off the "largest known Apple account theft caused by malware."

Agora Dark Web market discovers suspicious activity on servers, pauses operations

Agora Dark Web market discovers suspicious activity on servers, pauses operations

The Agora Dark Web market cited Tor Hidden Services security vulnerabilities that could allow de-anonymization attacks and temporarily shut down operations after discovering suspicious activity on its servers.

MIT researchers create file system guaranteed not to lose data even if a PC crashes

MIT researchers create file system guaranteed not to lose data even if a PC crashes

MIT researchers created the first file system that is 'mathematically guaranteed' not to lose data even when a computer crashes.

Jump paywalls, score academic research for free, share it without being busted

Jump paywalls, score academic research for free, share it without being busted

At the Chaos Computer Club's Chaos Communication Camp, one brave soul explained how to jump paywalls, obtain academic research and freely share that research without being arrested.

Hack to steal cars with keyless ignition: Volkswagen spent 2 years hiding flaw

Hack to steal cars with keyless ignition: Volkswagen spent 2 years hiding flaw

126 types of cars have been hackable for years and can be stolen thanks to a keyless security flaw; Volkswagen spent two years suing the researchers and trying to keep the vulnerabilities a secret.

Controversial confessions of a professional cyber-stalker and spyware developer

Controversial confessions of a professional cyber-stalker and spyware developer

You might not think being either a cyber-stalker or spyware developer is a good thing, but what if that person, who knows how to be tricky with tech for tracking purposes, starts handing out privacy tips?

Def Con: How to virtually kill someone or cash in on fake babies

Def Con: How to virtually kill someone or cash in on fake babies

Thanks to an 'end of life' vulnerability, almost anyone can easily kill you off digitally. Imagine the nightmare of trying to get an official ID then. The virtual birthing process is even easier to exploit.

Google and Samsung to push monthly security updates for Android

Google and Samsung to push monthly security updates for Android

After learning about the Stagefright vulnerability that can pwn Android phones with a text message, Google and Samsung announced plans to push monthly security updates for Androids. The announcements came on the same day that...

Macs can be remotely infected with firmware malware that remains after reformatting

Macs can be remotely infected with firmware malware that remains after reformatting

Researchers created Thunderstrike 2 firmware malware that could remotely infect Apple computers and remain even if a user were to wipe the hard drive and reinstall the OS. At Black Hat and Def Con, they will demo their firmware...

#FaxBigBrother to bury Senate under mountains of paper and stop CISA cyber spying bill

#FaxBigBrother to bury Senate under mountains of paper and stop CISA cyber spying bill

Congress can't grasp modern tech, so Operation FaxBigBrother will turn your emails and hashtagged tweets into faxes -- tech they do understand -- and bury Senators under mountains of paper devoted to stopping the CISA cyber spying...

Valve patches huge password reset hole that allowed anyone to hijack Steam accounts

Valve patches huge password reset hole that allowed anyone to hijack Steam accounts

After losing control of their Steam accounts, some gamers and Twitch streamers were definitely steamed. Valve blamed the account takeovers on a “bug,” but the vulnerability seemed more like a critical hole – an authentication pit –...

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