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Rockstar Social Club accounts may have been compromised

We’re receiving reports from some readers that their Rockstar Social Club accounts appear to have been compromised and taken over by nefarious individuals. While we all love to point the finger at user error in such instances, we’ve also been sent a link to a pastebin posting containing over 200 …

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Lost files to ransomware? Kaspersky may be able to help

Ransomware, perhaps the most malicious malware ever released doesn’t target your bank details, or your office network. No, ransomware targets your work documents themselves and your personal photos, anything on your system that could be valuable, and encrypts them. It then demands payment by a certain date, or those files will …

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US to bring sanctions against hacker nations

The last year has revealed a lot of stories of nefarious hacking, with a good number of them seemingly sponsored by one nation or another. More often than not too, those actions – like the one against Sony – target US facilities and companies, which is why, despite its own efforts …

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Github hit by multi-day DDOS attack

The collaborative programming site GitHub has been hit by a sustained denial of service attack over the weekend, with suggestions that China may be behind it. While not entirely clear, it’s thought that the reasoning may be to shut down projects designed to circumvent Chinese censorship tools. At last count …

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Twitch had a security breach- password changes required

Twitch has revealed that it recently had a security breach, during which user account information was accessed. As a result, the company has expired all passwords and stream keys, meaning that a password change is mandatory the next time you log in. Additionally, accounts were disconnected from Twitter and YouTube …

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New Zealand used NSA spy tools on WTO director candidates

If you were applying to become the head of the World Trade Organisation, you might expect some scrutiny into your affairs. However, what you might draw the line at is a member of the Five Eyes intelligence agency utilising anti-terror tools to read your emails and potentially give your opponents …

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Only two per cent of UK big businesses have hack insurance

Getting hacked is one of the worst scenarios for a modern day corporation. It damages reputation, relationships with your customers and can be a massive loss financially and in terms of secretive intellectual property. We’ve seen it happen with the likes of Sony multiple times in recent years and yet …

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Yahoo wants to move to password-free logins

Several tech companies have been working on ways to replace the traditional password for quite a while now, some have moved to biometric scanners, like Apple with Touch ID but Yahoo wants to go in a different direction with mobile phone verification. Yahoo is currently setting up a system for ‘on-demand’ …

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US feds claim JPMorgan hackers ‘gettable’

Last year, JPMorgan Chase, one of the world’s largest banking institutions, was made to look foolish when over 83 million email addresses, phone numbers and business addresses of its customers were stolen by hackers. However, while many other large firms experiencing big data breaches have come up empty when it …

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Can you trust a cybersecurity firm from another country?

An interesting change is taking place in the world of digital security. As it becomes more clear that nations around the world are constantly probing each other’s online assets, firms once aligned together against malware and nefarious hackers, are now backing their host nations, injecting the world of cybersecurity with …

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Parliamentary office claims banning encryption ‘not acceptable’

Despite current British Prime Minister David Cameron’s insistence that he wants to see more Chinese filters affecting the UK’s internet and his announcement that if re-elected he would ban effective encryption, the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology has published a report which suggests that doing so would be “not …

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Three scammers charged with stealing 1 billion email addresses

The Department of Justice over in the US has announced charges against three individuals over the theft of more than 1 billion email addresses over a three-year period. According to the indictment, Vietnamese citizen, Viet Quoc Nguyan, broke in to eight different email providers, harvesting a ton of personal information. …

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Signal iOS app keeps your data secure from prying eyes

With continued reveals of more government spying no matter where you are in the world, many organisations have been clamouring for software that makes our communications so obfuscated through encryption and other measures, that it becomes a waste of time to try and decipher even the most banal conversations. One …

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NZ journalist promises big spying revelations

It’s no secret at this point that every member of the Five Eyes spying network (essentially every English speaking nation) has been snooping on not only their citizens, but everyone else’s over the past few years, under the guise of anti-terrorism efforts. Despite this though, new revelations every few months …

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TalkTalk warning customers that data may be compromised

TalkTalk is currently warning its customers that its servers were breached recently and user data may have been compromised. According to the UK ISP, cyber thieves may have been able to get their hands on account numbers and personal information, such as names and date of birth. Now with these …

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Paypal kills MEGA’s account under US Senate pressure

The MEGA filelocker site was never designed to please US regulators. In-fact, if anything it was designed as a real middle finger to the establishment, after its predecessor, MegaUpload, was torn down in early 2012 and its founder, Kim Dotcom arrested in a raid on his New Zealand home. With …

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Reddit to kill anyone’s nude photos if they ask

Reddit is taking a stance on personal privacy and has enacted a new policy in its latest administrative changes update that will mean if anyone complains about a nude or sexually suggestive photo of themselves being disseminated on the site, it will be removed without question. Ultimately, any such photo …

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CITIZENFOUR wins an Oscar and Snowden does an AMA

snowden

CITIZENFOUR, the recently premiered documentary by Laura Poitras about the beginning of the Edward Snowden NSA revelations, has won an Oscar for “Best Documentary” at this year’s Academy Awards ceremony. The film shows Snowden’s efforts to expose the gross abuses of the US government’s National Security Agency, along with the help of Laura Poitras …

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Spies probably have the keys to your phone

SIM

Everything your phone transmits to and receives from your network providers phone tower is encrypted, so that only the network operator can receive your calls and data and route them as you request. This is all encrypted with a set of keys on the sim card inside your phone and another set …

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Google warns against FBI demands for expanded hacking

Currently, government agencies and local police forces in the US, are only able to obtain permission to hack into the computers and other electronic devices of suspects in their region and only then once they have a warrant. However, now the FBI and other organisations want to expand that power …

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HTTP/2 is finished and will be coming to your browser soon

HTTP2

The Internet Engineering Task Force has just reached a consensus and finished finalising the next major update, to the HTTP standard that we all use every day. The specification  builds upon and is an alternative to, but does not obsolete, the HTTP/1.1 standard that was first introduced in 1999, that we currently use whenever …

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Kaspersky claims NSA hid spyware in HDD firmware

Hot off of the heels of breaking news on the biggest digital bank heist run in history, Kaspersky labs, the anti-malware firm, has released a new batch of information that indirectly paints the NSA and the US government as having inserted malware into the firmware of commercial hard drives. While …

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