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.

Drones infected with malware can drop from the sky or be hijacked for surveillance

Malaysia Airlines claim DNS hijacked, site not hacked, but attackers threaten data dump

Malaysia Airlines claim DNS hijacked, site not hacked, but attackers threaten data dump

Lizard Squad and Cyber Caliphate hacker groups hijacked the DNS of Malaysia Airlines, so that visitors to the URL saw two different '404 Not Found' defacements. Yet Malaysia Airlines claimed its 'website was not hacked' and customer...

Obama's cybersecurity plan: Share a password, click a link, go to prison as a hacker

Obama's cybersecurity plan: Share a password, click a link, go to prison as a hacker

Under President Obama's proposed cybersecurity plans and CFAA amendments, you could be considered a hacker for innocent behavior like sharing your Netflix password with family members or clicking a link that contains unauthorized...

NSA secretly uses scapegoats, data mules and innocent victims' PCs for botnets

NSA secretly uses scapegoats, data mules and innocent victims' PCs for botnets

Leaked documents indicate that the NSA was in North Korean systems but didn't warn Sony about the attack, covertly uses innocent victims’ infected PCs when hijacking botnets, as well as secretly redirecting blame to scapegoats and...

75% of writers in free countries self-censor due to fears of mass surveillance

75% of writers in free countries self-censor due to fears of mass surveillance

There’s a worldwide war on free speech. Despite 1.5 million who marched under the banner of free expression in France, 54 people have been arrested for online comments. The UK wants encryption outlawed and backdoors in apps to be...

DOJ report sheds light on FBI’s role in overseeing NSA's PRISM surveillance

DOJ report sheds light on FBI’s role in overseeing NSA's PRISM surveillance

A declassified Justice Department report shows that the FBI conducts oversight on the NSA's PRISM email surveillance program. Since 2009, the FBI has been 'retaining copies of unprocessed communication gathered without a warrant to...

CES: FTC chairwoman warns how IoT device data can secretly be used against you

CES: FTC chairwoman warns how IoT device data can secretly be used against you

Will 2015 be the year when smart home hacking is a real threat? At CES 2015, the FTC chairwoman mentioned the security warning during her speech; she suggested IoT risks to privacy such as smart TV viewing habits and other data from...

Vulcan mind-meld, Vulcan death grip & turtle-power used in NSA's VPN crypto cracking

Vulcan mind-meld, Vulcan death grip & turtle-power used in NSA's VPN crypto cracking

What do Vulcan mind-meld, Vulcan death grip, turtle-power, flying pig, and poison nut all have in common? They are names found in the NSA's VPN Exploitation Team documentation that describe cracking the encryption used in virtual...

Are you using the most secure and private web browser?

Are you using the most secure and private web browser?

Aviator web browser, created by a WhiteHat Security, is setup to maximize privacy and security safeguards by default. Simply download OS X or Windows versions and then start surfing in private, protected mode without being tracked.

Cyberwarfare: Digital weapons causing physical damage

Cyberwarfare: Digital weapons causing physical damage

While the attack on Sony is considered “unprecedented,” it was not the worst corporate hack in 2014. More records were stolen from JPMorgan, Home Depot and even eBay. But details of two of the scariest cyberattacks just hit the news...

Snopes debunks Elf on the Shelf as NSA spy; Professor: Elf teaches kids spying is OK

Snopes debunks Elf on the Shelf as NSA spy; Professor: Elf teaches kids spying is OK

Even as Snopes debunked the claim that Elf on the Shelf is spying for the NSA, a digital technology professor claimed the elf is changing children’s expectation of privacy; it’s teaching kids that it is “cool for the NSA to watch...

Sony tells lawyer to sic ‘em, threatens media reporting on leaked data

Sony tells lawyer to sic ‘em, threatens media reporting on leaked data

Sony, the poster-child for the worst-case hacking scenario, has threatened legal action against media outlets exercising First Amendment rights and reporting on the company’s leaked data. Sony said delete the company's stolen info or...

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