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...

12/17/14

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...

12/15/14

Keurig 2.0 spoofing vulnerability: Hack bypasses coffee DRM, allows brewing of any pod

Keurig 2.0 spoofing vulnerability: Hack bypasses coffee DRM, allows brewing of any pod

An amusing Keurig 2.0 spoofing vulnerability was posted on the Full Disclosure mailing list. A simple hack, using a piece of tape, provides a permanent fix that gets around Keurig 2.0 coffee DRM and instead allows any pod to be brewed...

12/10/14

Despite surveillance cams, sons of Grinches steal Toys for Tots and holiday displays

Despite surveillance cams, sons of Grinches steal Toys for Tots and holiday displays

Many outdoor holiday heists, like stealing baby Jesus from nativity displays, are done as pranks. While that seems pretty low, there are plenty of other low-down-dirty sons of Grinches making off with other people’s holiday cheer,...

12/08/14

Stephen Hawking: Artificial intelligence could end up like Skynet

Stephen Hawking: Artificial intelligence could end up like Skynet

When someone like Stephen Hawking, who can blow my mind, says “full artificial intelligence” could potentially spell out a future that resembles Skynet movie scenes, that's disturbing.

12/03/14

FireEye suspects FIN4 hackers are Americans after insider info to game stock market

FireEye suspects FIN4 hackers are Americans after insider info to game stock market

Cybersecurity experts from FireEye suspect FIN4 financial hackers are Americans, who have targeted over 100 firms and are after insider info to make or to break stock market prices.

12/01/14

DHS and CIA digital purge: Plans to delete emails and network surveillance records

DHS and CIA digital purge: Plans to delete emails and network surveillance records

The CIA and DHS want to nuke years worth of emails and other electronic records like Einstein network monitoring system data. Cue the conspiracy theories about government cover-ups.

11/26/14

Detekt tool finds the Hacking Team's secret surveillance malware on PC

Detekt tool finds the Hacking Team's secret surveillance malware on PC

If you’ve ever wondered if the government has you under surveillance via your PC, then you need to run the new and free malware detection tool Detekt. It has already found traces of the Hacking Team's surveillance malware, but it also...

11/24/14

Anonymous wages cyberwar on the KKK with #OpKKK & #HoodsOff

Anonymous wages cyberwar on the KKK with #OpKKK & #HoodsOff

Anonymous has been waging cyberwar on the KKK after the hate group said it would use 'lethal force' on Ferguson protesters. The KKK threatened to shoot anyone wearing a Guy Fawkes (Anonymous) mask. The FBI warned there will likely be...

11/19/14

List of hacked government agencies grows: State Department, White House, NOAA & USPS

List of hacked government agencies grows: State Department, White House, NOAA & USPS

If whispers can be believed, then China is kicking cyber butt and taking names as the list of hacked government agencies grows to include the State Department, the White House, NOAA and USPS.

11/17/14

Slur digital market: Anonymously auction secrets, zero-days or blackmail for bitcoins

Slur digital market: Anonymously auction secrets, zero-days or blackmail for bitcoins

Slur is a new and dangerous digital marketplace for whistleblowers, disgruntled employees and psychopaths to anonymously sell the dirty secrets of governments and corporations, to peddle zero-days for bitcoins or to profit from...

11/12/14

BrowserStack hacked: Attacker sends email to customers alleging shoddy security

BrowserStack hacked: Attacker sends email to customers alleging shoddy security

After a hacker sent email to BrowserStack customers that claimed the company had no firewalls in place, stored passwords in plain text and other shoddy security practices, BrowserStack admitted it was hacked. Yet the company claims...

11/10/14

The best secure messaging apps that protect you from surveillance

The best secure messaging apps that protect you from surveillance

If you use Skype, SnapChat, Facebook chat, WhatsApp, or Google off-the-record chat, then it’s time for you to rethink your digital communications strategy and switch to other more secure messaging programs. The EFF evaluated 39...

11/05/14

FBI Director Comey on needing access to dark encrypted closets where monsters hide

FBI Director Comey on needing access to dark encrypted closets where monsters hide

In a series of recent speeches, FBI Director James Comey discussed fighting monsters, the militarization of police, online terrorist propaganda, the risk of Going Dark due to encryption and how we need to stop before the U.S. becomes...

11/03/14

Verizon bans domestic surveillance and net neutrality articles from tech news site

Verizon bans domestic surveillance and net neutrality articles from tech news site

Know where you won't hear about Verizon injecting a privacy-decimating 'perma-cookie' in consumers' HTTP connections so advertisers can track Verizon customers across the web? SugarString, Verizon's tech news site, where writers are...

10/29/14

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.

10/27/14

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.

10/22/14

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...

10/20/14

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...

10/16/14

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.

10/13/14

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