Security Archive

Security at stake, again! Serial hacker returns to steal data of 26 mn users

SAN FRANCISCO: The hacker, who earlier stole and posted personal data of close to 843 million users of various popular websites on a Dark Web marketplace, has now put up the fourth set of nearly 26 million hacked databases for sale. Hacker Gnosticplayers has put up the personal data of

Cyber Saturday—E-Voting Security, Beto O’Rourke’s Hacker Days, Facebook Criminal Probe

Howdy from Austin, Texas, where I’m filing today’s column from a taco shop as this year’s SXSW festival concludes. The security of electronic voting systems has become a hot button issue in recent years. Just this week researchers disclosed that they uncovered a critical flaw in

Facebook’s former chief of security says its privacy pivot is ‘punting’ on its hardest issues

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made a bombshell announcement earlier this week that his company would pivot to a “privacy-focused communications platform” that prioritizes encrypted private messaging and groups over public-facing posts and the algorithm-driven News Feed. According to the company’s former security chief, Alex Stamos, the

Huawei presents security threat, has deep connections to Chinese intelligence service: Pompeo

WASHINGTON: Huawei is owned by the Chinese government, has deep connections to their intelligence services and presents a national security threat, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has cautioned, urging the countries to think twice before signing up with one the world’s biggest tech firms. Shenzhen-based Huawei has

Former US security officials to oppose emergency declaration

WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of former U.S. national security officials is set to release a statement arguing there is no justification for President Donald Trump to use a national emergency declaration to fund a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The statement, which was reviewed by

SECURITY NEWS THIS WEEK: EMPLOYEES MAY HAVE SNOOPED ON RING SECURITY CAMERA FEEDS

AMY LOMBARD ANOTHER WEEK, ANOTHER crypto heist. This time, Ethereum Classic was the target, when hackers stole around $1.1 million worth of coins by taking over 51-percent of the currency’s network. Another familiar blunder came this week when it was revealed that technologically challenged convicted criminal Paul

Smart Home Security Camera Sends Footage to Wrong Person, Is Maybe Not So Smart After All

Internet-connected devices are known for having their fair share of security issues—especially when it comes to cameras. But here’s a new one: the BBC reported this week that a smart home security camera started sending video clips to the wrong person. The BBC first caught wind of

SECURITY NEWS THIS WEEK: CALIFORNIA CHARGES OWNERS OF MUGSHOTS.COM WITH EXTORTION

AS IS OFTEN the case, it was a week of mixed messages in security, with the White House eliminating its top cybersecurity policy roles at a crucial moment in geopolitics and the evolution of cyberwar. WIRED took a deep look at Robert Mueller’s military service in Vietnam and his first

Security for Royal wedding calculated “risk”

With a little over a month to go to the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the man who organised police operations for the last royal wedding is warning that security for the event will be a calculated risk. “It is impossible to

Cyber security firm Avast plans watershed London tech listing

LONDON (Reuters) – Avast, the world’s largest consumer antivirus supplier by customers, said on Thursday it will apply to list its shares on the London Stock Exchange in what could be a blockbuster float expected to value the company at around $4 billion. The