Users reuse passwords on massive scale despite warnings from experts, study shows

Users reuse passwords on massive scale despite warnings from experts, study shows

by Luana PASCU, from HotForSecurity , on 09.12.2016

User names and passwords are still largely used for authentication, although security experts have doubts about their reliability, especially since users reuse them on a massive scale. A study of some 1 billion accounts showed that 20 percent of users reuse passwords, while 27 percent use passwords almost 70 percent identical for their accounts, according […] read more

“Professional” hackers steal industrial secrets from ThyssenKrupp

“Professional” hackers steal industrial secrets from ThyssenKrupp

by Graham CLULEY, from HotForSecurity , on 09.12.2016

ThyssenKrupp, one of the world’s major steel makers, has said it has fallen victim to a “professional” hacking attack, with the intent of conducting industrial espionage and stealing trade secrets. The attack, which is thought to have taken place in February, was uncovered by the German company’s own CERT (Cyber Emergency Response Team) in April […] read more

Uber now tracks your post-ride location

Uber now tracks your post-ride location

by Alexandra GHEORGHE, from HotForSecurity , on 09.12.2016

The latest Uber mobile app update allows the company to track users’ locations, even after their trip, according to news reports. The latest software update introduces a new design and new features, but also changes the way the service collects location data for commuters. Passengers are prompted to share their location for another five minutes […] read more

Yahoo flaw allowed others read your emails, until now

Yahoo flaw allowed others read your emails, until now

by Alexandra GHEORGHE, from HotForSecurity , on 09.12.2016

Yahoo fixed an XSS flaw that allowed hackers to read any user’s email by simply sending a new email, according to news reports. The bug, reported by a Finish researcher, affected Yahoo’s email HTML filtering system. Yahoo filters HTMLs to prevent malicious code from executing in the web browser. However, if you embedded the link […] read more

US Homeland Security allegedly behind breach of Georgia’s voter database

US Homeland Security allegedly behind breach of Georgia’s voter database

by Luana PASCU, from HotForSecurity , on 09.12.2016

An unsuccessful firewall breach of computers in the state of Georgia keeping voter and elections data as well as corporate and professional license records, triggered a conflict with the Department of Homeland Security once the IP was traced to its Southwest DC Office, The Wall Street Journal writes. This Thursday, Georgia’s Secretary of State, Brian […] read more

Hackers arrested after Russia Central Bank cyberheist

Hackers arrested after Russia Central Bank cyberheist

by Alexandra GHEORGHE, from HotForSecurity , on 08.12.2016

Several suspects have been arrested in connection with the cyber-robbery that left the Russian Central Bank without $19 million, according to Reuters. The Federal Security Service (FSB) and the Interior Ministry have arrested “a large number of people” after an operation conducted in May, however, they declined to provide names or other details. The FSB […] read more

In-flight communication monitored for years by US, UK secret services

In-flight communication monitored for years by US, UK secret services

by Luana PASCU, from HotForSecurity , on 08.12.2016

From as early as 2012, mobile phone activity on commercial airlines has been monitored by the intelligence agencies NSA (US) and GCHQ (UK) with Air France being a top target as of 2005, Le Monde announced yesterday, based on additional information from Edward Snowden’s leaked information. “In 2009, in an internal document, the NSA emphasizes […] read more

Cybercriminal gets 5 years in prison for hacking celebrities

Cybercriminal gets 5 years in prison for hacking celebrities

by Luana PASCU, from HotForSecurity , on 08.12.2016

24-year-old Alonzo Knowles from Bahamas, also known as Jeff Moxey, was sentenced to five years in a US prison, following his confession and guilty plea to criminal copyright infringement and identity theft in May, announced the US Department of Justice, Southern District of New York. After hacking the email accounts of some 130 entertainment, sports […] read more

Three in four IT managers in the UK fear having to pay financial compensation in case of a security breach

Three in four IT managers in the UK fear having to pay financial compensation in case of a security breach

by Razvan Muresan, from Business Insights , on 08.12.2016

A Bitdefender study on large UK companies revealed that 75 percent of IT decision makers fear having to pay financial compensation in case of a security breach, while 69 percent even fear their own job safety. Moreover, 53 percent of IT decision makers are concerned regarding the security management of hybrid infrastructures. read more

A third of wearable device owners quit using them, Gartner says

A third of wearable device owners quit using them, Gartner says

by Răzvan MUREȘAN, from HotForSecurity , on 08.12.2016

Almost one in three smartwatch and fitness tracker users quit using them, as people do not find them useful, they get bored of them or they break, according to a survey by advisory company Gartner. Some 29 percent of smartwatches and 30 percent of fitness trackers are abandoned. According to the survey, smartwatches are still […] read more

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