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.

Chinese Big Brother launches nationwide attack on iCloud

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.

How will new device to help cops detect texting drivers know it wasn't the passenger?

How will new device to help cops detect texting drivers know it wasn't the passenger?

A new 'radar gun' type gadget is being developed to help cops catch texting drivers, but how will the device tell the difference between texting while driving, voice-to-text, automatic replies and a passenger in the car who is doing...

FBI hunting ISISGang hackers & gamers creating Cops episodes by swatting other gamers

FBI hunting ISISGang hackers & gamers creating Cops episodes by swatting other gamers

The FBI is allegedly hunting British hackers from the ISISGang for swatting, for using Skype to make terrorist threat “prank calls” that threatened schools with shootings and bombings. Sadly such hoax phone calls are becoming more...

Did the FBI violate CFAA by hacking to find Silk Road's server?

Did the FBI violate CFAA by hacking to find Silk Road's server?

Some security experts say the FBI's explanations for how it obtained the "leaked" IP address for Silk Road's misconfigured server are "impossible" and stink like the truth shouldn't. Legally, the DOJ claims the methods for finding the...

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