Image of IRS awards Equifax no-bid, $7.25 million contract after hack | Ars Technica
IRS awards Equifax no-bid, $7.25 million contract after hack | Ars Technica
Just because your resume says you exposed the personal data, including Social Security numbers, of some 143 million Americans while practicing unsafe security, it doesn't mean you can't score a multi-million dollar contract with the Internal Revenue Service. That's the case even if your name is Equifax and you're being contracted by the IRS to "verify taxpayer identity" to combat fraud.The $7.25 m... [Read More]
Image of Another Coverup? Equifax Accused Of Scrubbing That Its Chief Security Officer Was A Music Major | Zero Hedge
Another Coverup? Equifax Accused Of Scrubbing That Its Chief Security Officer Was A Music Major | Zero Hedge
Update: And... she's gone: EQUIFAX SAYS CIO AND CHIEF SECURITY OFFICER ARE RETIRING* * *One week after what may be the biggest security leak in US history, when Equifax belatedly admitted that hackers had made off with over 143 million private data profiles, sending the company's stock 37% lower in the past week...... leading to a massive scandal which will go through at least one round of Congres... [Read More]
Image of Database of 1.4 Billion Records leaked from World’s Biggest Spam Networks
Database of 1.4 Billion Records leaked from World’s Biggest Spam Networks
A database of 1.4 billion email addresses combined with real names, IP addresses, and often physical address has been exposed in what appears to be one the largest data breach of this year.What's worrisome? There are high chances that you, or at least someone you know, is affected by this latest data breach.Security researcher Chris Vickery of MacKeeper and Steve Ragan of CSOOnline discovered an u... [Read More]
Image of Inside the TalkTalk 'Indian scam call centre' - BBC News
Inside the TalkTalk 'Indian scam call centre' - BBC News
TalkTalk customers are being targeted by an industrial-scale fraud network in  India, according to whistleblowers who say they were among hundreds of staff hired  to scam customers of the British telecoms giant.The scale of the criminal operation has been detailed by the three sources, who  say they were employed by two front-companies set up by a gang of professional  fraudste... [Read More]
Image of Yahoo Reveals 32 Million Accounts Were Hacked Using 'Cookie Forging Attack'
Yahoo Reveals 32 Million Accounts Were Hacked Using 'Cookie Forging Attack'
Yahoo has just revealed that around 32 million user accounts were accessed by hackers in the last two years using a sophisticated cookie forging attack without any password.These compromised accounts are in addition to the Yahoo accounts affected by the two massive data breaches that the company disclosed in last few months.The former tech giant said that in a regulatory filing Wednesday that the ... [Read More]
Image of 9 Popular Password Manager Apps Found Leaking Your Secrets
9 Popular Password Manager Apps Found Leaking Your Secrets
Is anything safe? It's 2017, and the likely answer is NO.Making sure your passwords are secure is one of the first line of defense – for your computer, email, and information – against hacking attempts, and Password Managers are the one recommended by many security experts to keep all your passwords secure in one place.Password Managers are software that creates complex passwords, stores them and ... [Read More]
Image of Google Achieves First-Ever Successful SHA-1 Collision Attack
Google Achieves First-Ever Successful SHA-1 Collision Attack
SHA-1, Secure Hash Algorithm 1, a very popular cryptographic hashing function designed in 1995 by the NSA, is officially dead after a team of researchers from Google and the CWI Institute in Amsterdam announced today submitted the first ever successful SHA-1 collision attack.SHA-1 was designed in 1995 by the National Security Agency (NSA) as a part of the Digital Signature Algorithm. Like other ha... [Read More]
Image of President Donald Trump's Website Hacked; Defaced By Iraqi Hacker
President Donald Trump's Website Hacked; Defaced By Iraqi Hacker
During the 2016 presidential election campaign, we reported about how insecure was the mail servers operated by the Trump organization that anyone with little knowledge of computers can expose almost everything about Trump and his campaign.Now, some unknown hackers calling themselves "Pro_Mast3r" managed to deface an official website associated with President Donald Trump's presidential campaign f... [Read More]
Image of Hackers Offering Money to Company Insiders in Return for Confidential Data
Hackers Offering Money to Company Insiders in Return for Confidential Data
The insider threat is the worst nightmare for a company, as the employees can access company's most sensitive data without having to circumvent security measures designed to keep out external threats.The rogue employee can collect, leak, or sell all your secrets, including professional, confidential, and upcoming project details, to your rival companies and much more that could result in significa... [Read More]
Image of Critical WordPress REST API Bug: Prevent Your Blog From Being Hacked!
Critical WordPress REST API Bug: Prevent Your Blog From Being Hacked!
Last week, WordPress patched three security flaws, but just yesterday the company disclosed about a nasty then-secret zero-day vulnerability that let remote unauthorized hackers modify the content of any post or page within a WordPress site.The nasty bug resides in Wordpress REST API that would lead to the creation of two new vulnerabilities: Remote privilege escalation and Content injection bugs.... [Read More]
Image of Anonymous Hacker took down over 10,000 Dark Web Sites; Leaked User Database
Anonymous Hacker took down over 10,000 Dark Web Sites; Leaked User Database
Dark Web is right now going through a very rough time.Just two days ago, a hacker group affiliated with Anonymous broke into the servers of Freedom Hosting II and took down more than 10,000 Tor-based .onion dark websites with an alarming announcement to its visitors, which said:"Hello, Freedom Hosting II, you have been hacked."Freedom Hosting II is the single largest host of underground websites a... [Read More]
Image of Browser AutoFill Feature Can Leak Your Personal Information to Hackers
Browser AutoFill Feature Can Leak Your Personal Information to Hackers
Just like most of you, I too really hate filling out web forms, especially on mobile devices.To help make this whole process faster, Google Chrome and other major browsers offer "Autofill" feature that automatically fills out web form based on data you have previously entered in similar fields.However, it turns out that an attacker can use this autofill feature against you and trick you into spill... [Read More]
Image of 5 Domestic Smart Devices That Are Spying On You Right Now: March 2016
5 Domestic Smart Devices That Are Spying On You Right Now: March 2016
A couple of weeks ago we experienced a media-wide furore over Samsung’s smart TVs potentially recording all your privately spoken words, with the company’s privacy policy advising owners not to disclose “personal or other sensitive information [because] that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party through your use of Voice Recognition”.Smart TVs are far from be... [Read More]
Image of PressTV-‘FBI, NSA staff among Yahoo hack victims’
PressTV-‘FBI, NSA staff among Yahoo hack victims’
The personal data stolen from one billion accounts run by US internet giant Yahoo in 2013 included personal data belonging to the employees of government agencies like the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National Security Agency (NSA).The data also included sensitive information like phone numbers, passwords, security questions and backup email addresses of White House officials as w... [Read More]
Image of After Failed Auction, Shadow Brokers Opens NSA Hacking Tools for Direct Sales
After Failed Auction, Shadow Brokers Opens NSA Hacking Tools for Direct Sales
Remember The Shadow Brokers?The hacker group that's believed to be behind the high-profile cyber theft of NSA hacking tools and exploits that sparked a larger debate on the Internet concerning abilities of US intelligence agencies and their own securityThe group put the stolen cyber weapons on auction but received not much response and gone quiet for some time.However, The Shadow Brokers has now a... [Read More]
Yahoo Discloses New Breach of 1 Billion User Accounts - WSJ
A newly discovered data breach exposed the private information of more than 1 billion Yahoo users, the company said, dwarfing the scope of another recently disclosed hack and casting doubt on Verizon Communications Inc.’s planned acquisition of the internet company.The 2013 theft is separate and twice as large as a 2014 hack that Yahoo Inc. disclosed earlier this year. That hack had been billed as... [Read More]
Image of Gooligan hooligans have compromised at least one million Google accounts
Gooligan hooligans have compromised at least one million Google accounts
Attackers are using an Android malware campaign known as Gooligan to target Android users and breach the security of their Google accounts.So far, the malicious hackers have compromised one million Google accounts, but each day, they hack an additional 13,000 devices.A Gooligan infection begins one of two ways. Android users might tap on a malicious link sent to them in a phishing email, or they c... [Read More]
Image of Hackers actively stealing Wi-Fi keys from vulnerable routers • The Register
Hackers actively stealing Wi-Fi keys from vulnerable routers • The Register
Hackers have graduated from planting malware on the vulnerable routers supplied to consumers by various ISPs towards stealing Wi-Fi keys.Andrew Tierney, a security researcher at UK consultancy Pen Test Partners, noticed the switch-up in tactics in attacks against its honeypot network over the weekend.Customers of UK ISP TalkTalk are among those at the most immediate risk of having their Wi-Fi cred... [Read More]
Image of Yahoo Flaw Allowed Hackers to Read Anyone's Emails
Yahoo Flaw Allowed Hackers to Read Anyone's Emails
Yahoo has patched a critical security vulnerability in its Mail service that could have allowed an attacker to spy on any Yahoo user's inbox.Jouko Pynnönen, a Finnish Security researcher from security firm Klikki Oy, reported a DOM based persistent XSS (Cross-Site Scripting) in Yahoo mail, which if exploited, allows an attacker to send emails embedded with malicious code.In his blog post published... [Read More]
Image of This $5 Device Can Hack your Password-Protected Computers in Just One Minute
This $5 Device Can Hack your Password-Protected Computers in Just One Minute
Story By THEHACKERNEWS.COMYou need to be more careful next time while leaving your computer unattended at your office, as it cost hackers just $5 and only 30 seconds to hack into any computer.Well-known hardware hacker Samy Kamkar has once again devised a cheap exploit tool, this time that takes just 30 seconds to install a privacy-invading backdoor into your computer, even if it is locked with a ... [Read More]
Image of Twitter accounts of major media, celebrities, Red Cross hacked, posting spam — RT News
Twitter accounts of major media, celebrities, Red Cross hacked, posting spam — RT News
A number of Twitter accounts belonging to the biggest names in media, entertainment, and other spheres have apparently been hacked. All of the affected accounts posted ads leading to what appears to be a spam website.Sky News and New Yorker magazine were the first to go, as well as accounts belonging to gaming giants Playstation and Xbox. These were then followed by accounts belonging to celebriti... [Read More]
Image of PressTV-Russia upholds ban on LinkedIn website
PressTV-Russia upholds ban on LinkedIn website
A court in Russia has upheld a decision to ban LinkedIn, a social networking website with millions of users in the country, over data protection fears.In a ruling issued on Thursday, Moscow City Court upheld an earlier decision in August by a district court to block LinkedIn, and rejected an appeal by the website as “unsatisfactory.”Roskomnadzor, Russia’s communications watchdog, launched the lega... [Read More]