Tagged With hacking

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Even when you're covering your tracks by opening a new incognito window, your web browsing history might not be as private as you think. Information about what you do online, down to every single URL, can likely be purchased on the web by anyone who wants it. And while in most cases people are making those purchases for marketing reasons, they could choose to use their newfound knowledge maliciously as well.

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You know the drill. If you enter your iPhone passcode incorrectly ten times the phone is locked. Each time you get it wrong, you have to wait a little longer before trying again. A security researcher claims that by sending those passcode requests really fast, you can brute force a passcode before Apple's software has a chance to invoke the delay system.

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Here we go again. Radware's threat research group recently announced that more than 40,000 Facebook users were duped into downloading a "Relieve Stress Paint" application, via a crafty phishing email, that stole their login credentials and browser cookies while they pretend-painted in the app. Worse, the attack was clever enough to avoid being flagged by a typical antivirus app.

So, how can you keep your data safe in these instances? Let's review.

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Electronic Arts' soft launch is officially over; you can now download The Sims Mobile for Android and iOS. And as you kick off the first of many (many) hours toward tricking out your virtual companion with awesome outfits and home accessories, I implore you: Don't hack the game.

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If you've been tempted to get in on the blockchain currency racket, first read tech writer Mark Frauenfelder's story of losing access to $US30,000 ($39,186) in bitcoin. Ask yourself if you could handle the stress of trying to guess a seven-digit PIN, knowing that every time you guessed wrong, your money would get locked away for hours, then days, then years. Ask yourself what you'd do if your investment paid off tenfold, only to disappear in a fire.

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Cybercrime is no joke. In fact, the global cost of cybercrime is expected to reach more than $2 trillion by 2019, which means it's in everyone's best interest to learn how to defend themselves from malicious hacking attacks. That's where the Zero to Hero Cyber Security Hacker Bundle comes in handy. Whether you're looking to make a career out of hunting hackers or simply better your own online defenses, this collection trains you in the best tactics and strategies to defend yourself in less than 15 hours.

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Allegations that Kaspersky's well-known end point security software has been used to provide Russian intelligence agencies with access to sensitive data, potentially creating a backdoor into millions of computers, have been made by The New York Times. With US government agencies already directed to remove the software from computers, the writing is on the wall for the Russian software giant.

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Famed white hat hacker Marcus Hutchins -- better known as "MalwareTech" -- was arrested by the FBI yesterday while trying to fly home to the United Kingdom from Las Vegas. The 22-year-old security researcher gained mainstream fame earlier this year as the guy who stopped the destructive WannaCry ransomware from spreading, and had been partying with friends near the Black Hat and Defcon hacker conferences before his arrest. Now, he faces serious federal charges for allegedly creating the Kronos banking trojan. But he's supposed to be the good guy!

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Those familiar the Old Testament will be familiar with the axiom from Exodus and Leviticus “An eye for an eye”. In short, it means if someone hurts you, hurt them back equally. Thankfully, we have moved on from retribution-based justice - or so I thought. Republican congressman Tom Graves says we should be able to hunt the hackers that attack us and give them a dose of their own medicine.

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US authorities have arrested a reportedly shady character who goes by the alias 'Severa' in Spain. Severa, whose real name is Pyotr Levashov, is a Russian spammer who is listed at Number 7 in Spamhaus' Top 10 Spammer list. It's alleged Severa was involved in the "hacking" of the recent US Presidential election. But what is hacking an election? Aren't all elections "hacked" in the sense that parties dig up and release dirt on each other in the hope of influencing the outcome?

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There’s been an uproar over new software locks that prevent farmers from performing their own repairs on John Deere tractors. But the farmers have struck back, by using tractor firmware that has been cracked in Eastern Europe.