The Bitcoin world is trying not to panic at the news popular Bitcoin exchange Mt.Gox has abruptly disappeared. Two weeks ago they halted withdrawals due to what they called “technical issues” regarding suspicious activity. Then on Sunday the company’s CEO Mark Karpeles quit the board of the Bitcoin foundation and all of Mt. Gox’s tweets were deleted.
Most people like to accessorize and show off their style and unique persona. Everything from what we wear, where we shop, and even what we eat can say a little something about each of us. All this is perfectly fine and safe for most day-to-day activities. But when it comes to our digital devices – smartphones specifically – personalization can lead to trouble.
NBC News had an eye-opening report last night about privacy concerns in Sochi. Simply put, media, athletes, and visitors there shouldn’t expect any-but they should expect to be hacked almost immediately.
They’ve been around for awhile, whether we’ve seen them in action or just from browsing through categories of apps. I’m talking about those fingerprint scanner Android apps. They’re more of a gag than actual security, pretending to scan users’ fingers in order to permit access.
By now, I’m sure that most of us have heard about the Target data breach. It’s also been warned/predicted that there will be more of these types of hacks to come. A little more than a month ago, Yahoo, Google, and Facebook had millions of account passwords stolen too. Safeguarding personal information is more important than ever.
Google is saying, “Come at me, bro!” Those out there up for the challenge of hacking Google’s Chrome OS could find themselves coming into some extra cash. Challenge accepted, anyone? There are a few parameters, however. You’ll have to attend the CanSecWest Security Conference in Vancouver this March to enter Google’s Pwnium 4 Competition. This isn’t the first time Google has held the Pwnium contest as a way of finding security bugs in the Chrome browser and Chrome OS.
Geeksphone is a real company. It’s a Spanish manufacturer that’s taking advantage of Mozilla’s Firefox OS. Middle of last year, we saw the Firefox OS-powered Peak+ phone. Its phones may not be as popular but since it will show off something new at the upcoming Mobile World Congress, we might as well look into the Blackphone.
Last week, 2 million Facebook, Google, and Twitter passwords were stolen by hackers. Such stories seem to pop up every other month or so, which leads to the question of personal and account security. Passwords, even the stronger ones, are quickly becoming ill-effective for security and protection.
It’s common to read in the news about how unsafe Google Play is compared to the iTunes App Store. Well, Google isn’t taking this lying down. They responded to the issue last week at the Virus Bulletin conference in Berlin. You can read more about the story in this article on Quartz, but the basic more »
Every other week, one can read articles about the most recent technology-related security risks and how one can suffer from the lack of protection. Some solutions involve adjusting privacy settings. Others suggest having the proper software or hardware coverage installed. But what about all these free wireless networks that are popping up everywhere? We’re not more »
Symantec keeps an eye on lots of fraudulent activity online, and they recently published a report on scam apps on Google Play. Apparently August was a busy month for scam app developers. Nothing else to do in the heat, perhaps? According to the report, the apps are short-lived, often being released in the afternoon and more »
BeyondTrust CTO Starts Crowd-Sourced Fund to Pay Security Researcher $10k Bounty for Discovering Facebook Bug
Remember earlier in the week when a researcher posted on Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook wall in order to prove a privacy flaw in his own behemoth social network? The flaw was denied by Facebook’s security team and likewise was the bounty money to the Palestinian researcher Khalil, as part of the company’s Bug Bounty program. Despite Khalil more »