Half of anti-malware products fail to recognize notable threats

Only two solutions scored a perfect 100 percent. Of course, you get what you pay for, and if you rely on free products to protect your most valuable data; you have to question how much you really value it ! A recent report looks into the detection rates of a...

India Bans 47 More Chinese Apps

India has banned 47 more Chinese apps just weeks after blocking the highly popular video-sharing platform TikTok and 58 others over national security and privacy concerns, an information ministry official and media reports said Monday. Tensions between the world's two most-populous nations soared last month after a Himalayan border clash that left...

Instacart Customers’ Data Is Being Sold Online

Names, credit card data, addresses, and information on transactions as recent as yesterday are being sold online. Buzzfeed says information including “names, the last four digits of credit card numbers, and order histories” appearing to belong to 278,531 Instacart accounts is available to buy. (Though it’s impossible to verify that...

Catalonian Politician’s Phone Targeted by Spyware

One of Catalonia’s most senior politicians has been warned his mobile phone was targeted using spyware its makers say is only sold to governments to track criminals and terrorists. WhatsApp believes the attacks occurred over a two week period in April to May 2019, when a total of 1,400 of...

HOWTO: Delete Your Houseparty Account & App

With the recent rumours of the Houseparty being hacked, many people are rushing to delete the app; but are not quite thinking that they also need to delete their account too. Here's how to do both in the right order: Send an email to support@houseparty.com In the subject line, type Delete...

Was Houseparty Hacked ?

Group videochat app Houseparty has been caught up in some controversy with claims that users' social media accounts have been hacked after installing and using the app. Across Twitter complaints have been flooding in of hacked Spotify, Netflix and facebook accounts; but these have been strong denied by the app...

Marriott Hacked Again

The Marriott hotel group has been hacked again for the 2nd time in 2 years. Marriott's rewards scheme company Bonvoy - which holds contact details (name, mailing address, email address, and phone number); loyalty account information; additional personal details; partnerships and affiliations; and preferences Hotels  that data was exposed. Marriott...

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Zoom Admits Its Video Calls Are Not Secure

Zoom, the video calling app is seeing a massive surge in users in recent weeks as a result of the COVID-19 virus outbreak; and is used by many people, companies and Governments as countries put populations on lockdown. But recently Zoom has admitted that its calls are unencrypted and insecure....

Uber reveals a sharp increase in Govt requests for customer data

Uber said the number of law enforcement demands for user data during 2018 were up27% on the year earlier, according to its annual transparency report published Wednesday. Uber said the rise in demands was partly due to its business growing in size, but also a “rising interest” from governments to...

GateHub and RuneScape Gaming Portals Hacked

"Password data and other personal information belonging to as many as 2.2 million users of two websites—one a cryptocurrency wallet service and the other a gaming bot provider—have been posted online, according to Troy Hunt, the security researcher behind the Have I Been Pwned breach notification service. One haul includes...

Spanish brothel chain leaves internal database exposed online

A Spanish brothel chain running "men's clubs" in Barcelona and Valencia has left a database exposed online without a password, leaking troves of sensitive information such as details for thousands of escort girls, customer reviews, and the club's very own financial details. The compromised server exposed the details of 3,350...

WhatsApp hackers can ruin your life by sending fake messages to your contacts

Whatsapp hackers could use a scary ‘vulnerability’ to crack into people’s accounts and send fake messages. This could prove devastating, as attackers could destroy people’s relationships or careers by sending false texts. The vulnerability was discovered by a team of security experts at Check Point Research. Investigators alerted WhatsApp to...

Group dating app 3fun exposed sensitive data on 1.5 million users

More than 1.5 million users of a group dating service had their personal data exposed — including their real-time location — because of a vulnerability in the app. The app, 3fun, bills itself as a “private space” where you can meet “local kinky, open-minded people.” But the data wasn’t private...

Revealed: Microsoft Contractors Are Listening to Some Skype Calls – VICE

Contractors working for Microsoft are listening to personal conversations of Skype users conducted through the app's translation service, according to a cache of internal documents, screenshots, and audio recordings obtained by Motherboard. Although Skype's website says that the company may analyze audio of phone calls that a user wants to...

Facebook sues two app developers for click injection ad fraud

Facebook has filed lawsuits against two app developers accused of generating fraudulent revenue using the social media giant’s advertising platform. The company announced the legal action in a blog post Tuesday. “The developers made apps available on the Google Play store to infect their users’ phones with malware,” said Jessica...

CafePress Hacked, 23M Accounts Compromised

CafePress, the custom T-shirt and merchandise company, acquired by Snapfish for more than $25 million (£20 million) in November 2018, has been hacked. According to various reports, the breach that compromised more than 23 million accounts happened on February 20.

HOWTO: Download Your WhatsApp Data Report

If you spend a ton of time on WhatsApp, you might wonder what WhatsApp and Facebook (the own WhatsApp by the way) - know about you. Well, you can download a copy of your WhatsApp "Data Report". This contains details of all your chats, new contacts, pictures & videos sent...

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HOWTO: Block A Contact In WhatsApp

There are plenty of reasons where you might want or need to block contacts on WhatsApp. Everything from stalkers, online abuse, cyber bullying, obscene and unwanted messages. When you block a contact, you won't be able to send or receive messages from them, you won't be able to make or...

HOWTO: Hide Your WhatsApp Profile Picture

Sometimes you might want to hide your WhatsApp profile picture in chats or if you are a member of a few groups, you might want to keep under the radar to start with. Do not fret ! You can choose if everyone, no-one, or only your contacts see your picture....

HOWTO: Lurk On WhatsApp

When you send and receive messages on WhatsApp, the chat windows display two blue ticks in the bottom right hand corner. When a message has been delivered you will see one blue tick, when the other person has read your message you will see two. Now its safe to say...

HOWTO: Turn Off Last Seen in WhatsApp

WhatsApp's last seen feature allows you to see when someone last checked WhatsApp, but also allows other users to see see when you last checked. If a contact hasn't disabled last seen, it will appear under their name at the top of an open chat.  To disable last seen on...

HOWTO: Send Your Location in WhatsApp

There might be times where you are in an emergency situation & you need to send or share your location to a contact or group on WhatsApp. This could be very useful if you are in an accident or feel that you are being stalked or followed. You can Share...

HOWTO: Enable FaceID /TouchID For WhatsApp

Its always a good idea to secure access to you mobile devices with fingerprint and facial recognition scanners - and if your device will allow it, you can use the same security features to to secure access to your apps. Now it's possible for Apple iOS users to set their...

Google Chrome Browser Update

Google has released a new stable version of its Internet surfing software equipped with a patch for a zero-day vulnerability reportedly being exploited in the wild. The flaw can allow an attacker to gain full access to the victim’s machine. If you are a Chrome user, it's recommended that you...

TikTok Fined For Violating Child Privacy

Video sharing app TikTok has received the largest ever fine from a US regulator for violating children's privacy, resulting in login issues for many of its users.  The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) alleged that the Musical.ly app, now owned by TikTok, illegally collected personal information from children under the age of...

SCAM EMAIL ALERT: The decision to suspend your account. Waiting payment.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Scam Email Alert We have had reports come into us over the past months regarding this SPAM mailer attempting to scare users. This scam has been around for about 3 years, but has really seen a large increase since the Collection series of leaks (which you can read about...

SCAM: Security Notice. Someone have access to your system.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Scam Email Alert We have had reports come into us over the past months regarding this SPAM mailer attempting to scare users. This scam has been around for a year or so, but has really seen a large increase since the Collection series of leaks (which you can read...

TECH BASICS: What is Yubo ?

Yubo has attracted a lot of attention recently after rebranding itself from Yellow, not all of that attention good. The platform touts itself as a friendship app to meet & connect with people all over the world. However, many privacy concerns have been raised over the app and its focus...

Yubo – Digital Parenting Safety Tips

Yubo - Keep Your Teenager Safe: Talk to them- make sure they know how to stay safe online, don't be embarrassed to talk about inappropriate online content and look out for secretive/reserved behaviour when it comes to their devices Look at the Yubo guidelines- there's one for users and one...

Yubo – Digital Parenting Safety Tips

Keep your teenager safe: Talk to them- make sure they know how to stay safe online, don't be embarrassed to talk about inappropriate online content and look out for secretive/reserved behaviour when it comes to their devices Look at the Yubo guidelines- there's one for users and one for parents...

Yubo – ‘Tinder for Teens’

Keep your child safe online. Yubo, a teen focused app that encourages children to rate, chat and send pics & videos to other users, has attracted a lot of attention from teens and the media. It's been called Tinder for Teens, because of its ease of interaction with other users...

How My Instagram Account Got Hacked

In an article posted today by security researcher Matt Broddy, there's a very good walkthrough of how on an Instagram user figured out that his profile was hacked and how. It's definitely worth a read and some sound advice at the end too on how to prevent it happening to...

Snapchat Looking to Make Public Snaps Permanent Forever

It looks like Snapchat is pondering a new angle to attract attention; making public snaps become permanent. Thats right. Snapchat, which rose to prominence primarily as a sexting app (because users could share content with each other fairly anonymously, knowing it would disappear in a few seconds) is now thinking...

Dailymotion Suffers Attack

Dailymotion announced that some of its users accounts were the target of a credential stuffing attack. Their security team discovered the unauthorized access attempts and stopped them. After the discovery, the French video upload site Dailymotion started logging users out and initiated the password reset procedure. The email to users includes a...

TECH BASICS: What Is MacOS ?

MacOS is a computer operating system made by Apple for use on their Apple Mac range of computers. Operating systems are essentially the software that allows users to interact with their computing device (computer, phone, tablet, smart watch etc). Apple only makes operating systems that run on their own make...

TECH BASICS: What Is Windows ?

Windows is computer operating system made by Microsoft. Operating systems are essentially how users interact with their computing device (computer, phone, tablet, smart watch etc.) 

Facebook, Whatsapp and Instagram Users Will Soon Be Able To Message Each Other

Facebook is planning to link Whatsapp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger together to allow users to message contacts across the three platforms. Facebook is planning to merge all these services together to build a larger collective user-base to rival that of Apple’s iMessage or Google’s messaging services. It's long been a...

Cybercriminals Using Fortnite For Money Laundering

In an investigation by The Independent, The Battle Royale title has been named as a popular and profitable method for criminals to launder stolen money by exploiting Fortnite’s V-Bucks currency. While most of these exchanges take place over the darknet using Bitcoin as the method of payment; a number have appeared...

Instagram Explains “7%” Filter Rumours

You may have seen a ton of "7%" posts around over the last few months, but it has been around January 2018; but instagram notes that its gathered more popularity lately gaining thousands of likes. It was claimed by many Instagram users that the platform only shows followers 7% of...

Google Fined €50m For GDPR Breaches

Google has been hit with a 50 million euros (£44m) fine for breaking EU data protection laws. The fine, issued by the France’s data protection office (CNIL), Google guilty “for lack of transparency, inadequate information and lack of valid consent regarding the ads personalisation.” “Users are not able to fully understand...

Facebook Looking To Buy A Security Company

They say no news is bad news, but Facebook just cannot seem to take a seat lately. Late last year, it recruited British Member of Parliament Nick Clegg as its Head of Global Strategy paying him in the region of over £1million per year; now it has been reported that...

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TECH BASICS: What Is A Tablet ?

A tablet is a handy computing device many people use in their daily lives. Tablets have a large screen which you can touch, type on and interact with. Tablets are larger in size than a mobile phone but smaller than a laptop and desktop computer. Being portable, Tablets make it...

TECH BASICS: What Is Facetime ?

Facetime is a video calling application made by Apple for use on Apple products. Facetime allows you to make and receive video calls from your iPhone, iPad, MacBook and iMac computers. Facetime will only allow you video call people using Apple devices and is similar to the well known video...

What Is Credential Stuffing ?

Definition Credential Stuffing (also known as Attack Takeover - ATO); is an automated brute force hacking technique where an attacker uses scripts to try to gain access to a website/service/database, using data gathered from historic data breaches and custom built word lists. Hackers are continually searching for or buying login...

How To Enable Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) In Fortnite

Enabling Two-Factor Authentication for any service is a must, but for very popular games like Fortnite - it's even more important; allowing you to protect your account & v-bucks from hackers. Here's how to do it: 1. Account Settings > click on Password & Security to access Fortnites' security settings...

Android 9 Brings Significant Security Advancements

With Android 9 (also called Android Pie), Google focused on aspects such as platform hardening, anti-exploitation, hardware-backed security, and user privacy, each with its own set of enhancements and new features. With Android 9 (also called Android Pie), the Internet search giant focused on aspects such as platform hardening, anti-exploitation,...

Women are attacked on Twitter every 30 seconds: Amnesty International

Women of color are most frequently targeted, according to Amnesty International. A study of tweets received last year by 778 female U.S. and U.K. journalists and politicians revealed that they were attacked on Twitter approximately every 30 seconds. The "Troll Patrol" project, a joint effort by Amnesty International and Element AI, a...

Worst Passwords of 2018 Revealed

Yep, some people just do not learn. Here's the data from a recent report listing the most frequently used insecure passwords from a poll of poor hapless internet users. It's hard to think that some people would use some of these to protect their accounts and services - we wonder...

New Office365 Phishing Attack

Heads Up everyone, signs are that there are new Microsoft Office365 phishing emails on the rise. The new form found by Xavier Mertens (SANS), pretends to be an email non-delivery report (NDR). Clicking on the link sends you to a phishing site where users are prompted to enter their Microsoft...

Vine founder and CEO Colin Kroll has died

Kroll, 34, died of an alleged drug overdose, according to TMZ. Kroll faced criticism throughout his career. At Vine, Kroll was fired for poor management, and had made some female colleagues uncomfortable with some of his behavior, Recode reported earlier this year. At HQ Trivia, his promotion to CEO came shortly after...

Google+ Second Data Breach.

Google+ was scheduled to shut its doors in August 2019, but the second security breach in only a few months has caused the company to move its plan forward a few months to April. In that case, it might be a good idea to delete your account sooner rather than...

17yr Old Girl Auctioned Off For Marriage On Facebook

With only 7,500 moderators and 2.2 billion users, Facebook must act more responsibly to protect against human rights violations, writes Susannah Birkwood. On 3 November, a 17-year old girl from South Sudan's Eastern Lakes State got married. Normally, there'd be nothing unusual about that in a country in which a...

After Mega-Breach, Marriott May Pay for New Passports

Victims of the massive Marriott International data breach, which exposed data for 500 million customers, including some passport numbers, may be able to claim for a new passport. Marriott made the statement to The Washington Post mirroring the GDPR stipulations that "if citizens can prove material or non-material damage" they...

European Commission publishes first ‘Watch List’ of pirate web sites

The Watch List has four focus areas: websites providing copyright-protected content, e-commerce platforms, online pharmacies as well as physical marketplaces. The list will be updated every two years. The EU is looking to start tackling the issue of online piracy - digital as well as counterfeit goods, with this list....

Mum Faces Anger For Turning 1yr-old Son Into An Instagram “Influencer”

A mother who turned her one-year-old son into a social media "influencer" has tried to defend her actions out after facing backlash for using the baby as a "revenue tool". Stacey Woodhams from Brentwood, Essex, runs the Instagram page for her little boy, Ralphie, which has 15,000 followers.Pictures of the perfect-looking baby...

Marriott Starwood Data Breach & Identity Theft Scams

On Friday 30th November 2018, Marriott Hotel Group announced that they had a data breach of their Starwood guest reservations database exposing over 500 million customer records. Anyone booking and checking in/out of Starwood brand hotels from 2014 - 2018 is impacted; also all Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) membership card...

DATA BREACH: Marriott Hacked – 500 Million Records

Marriott's Starwood Members database has been breached, exposing details of over 500 million members. Marriott confirms that it has found that hackers had unauthorised access to the entire database and had copied data continuously since 2014. Data stolen includes: Name Mailing address Phone number Email address Passport number Starwood Preferred...

Dolce & Gabbana Instagram “Hacked”

Dolce & Gabbana is blaming a hacker for offensive remarks about Chinese people that were communicated via company officials’ Instagram accounts. The offensive statements appear to come from show co-founder Stefano Gabbana during Instagram conversations with critics who complained about the ad campaign. Screenshots of these online exchanges were then later...

Black Friday Cyber Monday Scams #1

The weekend is upon us and the world is losing its mind trying to pick up deals over the Black Friday / Cyber Monday weekend. This also means there is a step up in scams also trying to grab your attention too. Fake Apps Beware of fake deals apps or...

Black Friday Cyber Monday Scams #1

The weekend is upon us and the world is losing its mind trying to pick up deals over the Black Friday / Cyber Monday weekend. This also means there is a step up in scams also trying to grab your attention too. Fake Apps Beware of fake deals apps or...

DATA BREACH: High Tail Hall Porn Gaming Site Hacked

411,000 users of animal sex game site High Tail Hall have been alerted today that they’ve been victims of a massive security breach. They’ve had their email addresses, physical addresses, IP addresses, names & orders taken in the data leak. No financial data was compromised; but that's probably the least...

DATA BREACH: High Tail Hall Porn Gaming Site Hacked

411,000 users of animal sex game site High Tail Hall have been alerted today that they’ve been victims of a massive security breach. They’ve had their email addresses, physical addresses, IP addresses, names & orders taken in the data leak. No financial data was compromised; but that's probably the least...

EA Origin Client Bug Exposes Gamers Data

The bug occurs when you use the EA Origin client but request to edit your account on EA.com," he said. "The EA Origin client will spit out an auto-login URL, in which the token is basically the equivalent of your active username and password. The Auto-Login URL feature was not...

Instagram User Data Download Tool Leaks Passwords

Earlier this year, Instagram started letting users download a copy of their data, including everything they’ve ever uploaded to the platform, such as photos, videos, comments and profile information. Unfortunately, a recent issue with the feature resulted in some users’ passwords being exposed. The “Download Your Data” tool, which Instagram...

Brewhouse & Kitchen Pub Chain Wifi Data Breach

The personal details of thousands of beer drinkers were left exposed thanks to a Wi-Fi provider proving leakier than a smashed pint glass. Brewhouse & Kitchen is a small chain of pubs with 23 locations across the UK. These include locations in London, Nottingham, Chester, Cardiff and Bristol. Patrons attempting...

Google Addresses Slow Android Security Update Cycle

Google has long been criticised for the long delays between Android upgrades. While iPhone users are merrily chowing down on regular OS updates, Android users have to wait for long intervals, with lower cost handsets never seeing an update at all during their lifespans. Google's update framework, Project Treble, seeks...

Cloudflare Launches Android & iOS Apps For Its 1.1.1.1 DNS Service

Cloudflare has launched mobile apps for its 1.1.1.1 DNS service. Mobile apps for Android and iOS are now available for download on their app stores. Cloudflare is offering a free alternative DNS service with privacy features which allows users to avoid ISPs tracking, profiling and selling their web browsing habits....

WordPress GDPR Plugin Compromised

Vulnerabilities in the popular WordPress GDPR Compliance plugin, which has over 100,000 active installations have been exploited compromising thousands of websites. The plugin is designed to help websites and online shops become compliant with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). It supports plugins such as Contact Form, Gravity Forms, WordPress Comments,...

Free Download: iPhone User Guide for iOS 12.1

In preparation for the Apple Fall Event in NYC scheduled for Tuesday October 30th 2018, Apple has released the iPhone User Guide for iOS 12.1 -we expect to see the next version of the operating system released then too. iOS 12.1 new features include: Group FaceTime Video CallingDual SIM SupportCamera...

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Google Maps Adds “Follow” Feature To Rival Facebook Pages For Businesses

Google Maps has been busy with update after update lately; but most interesting is a feature that allows users to "Follow" businesses. This means users can keep updated on news from the restaurants, bars, or stores they select from within the Maps App. Source: Techcrunch After building a Business Profile using Google...

Gab – Racist-Friendly “Uncensored” Social Network Banned By PayPal

Gab, the "free speech social media platform" used by people like Robert Bowers; the suspect in Pittsburgh's synagogue shooting - is losing support. PayPal has banned Gab, while hosting company Joyent has reportedly given the site until Monday, Oct. 29 to find a new home. Stripe, another well-known online payment service, is...

Badoo Stops Daters Ghosting

Either when looking for dates or hooking up, ghosting is a habit that sites and apps are looking to address, merely because it pisses users off (unless you are the one doing the ghosting of course !) Now dating platform Badoo has started to stop it on their site. If...

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Apple Blocks Police Hacking Your iPhone

Digital forensics company Grayshift markets its GrayKey hardware product to Law Enforcement Agencies, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Secret Service and some UK police forces and other agencies around over the world - to enable them to retrieve data from Apple products. In March 2018 Grayshift (based in USA)...

How To Use Two-Factor Authentication In iOS

Two-Factor Authentication is an extra layer of security for your Apple ID designed to make sure only you can access your account, even if someone else has found out your password. Two-Factor Authentication ensures you can only login to your account on devices you trust - i.e. your iPhone, iPad,...

How To Turn On Automatic Updates – iOS

One of the most important ways to stay safe online and keep your data secure is to make sure you always have the latest security updates installed on your iPhone & iPad. Luckily there is a very simple way to make sure you are always covered - use the Automatic...

Create Stronger iOS Device Passcodes

Apple has long made it awkward for users to create stronger "memorable" numeric passcodes; it has kept a 5 digit length or if you want something more secure & harder to guess you always had to choose a password with letters and numbers. Well now the Apple hipsters have removed...

“Android Nearby” To Cut Spam Notifications

Google has just announced that Android Nearby Notifications will no longer be sending spam messages to users after 6th December 2018. Google is shutting off Physical Web beacon notifications - meaning spammers and unscrupulous developers will not be spamming users based on their location - i.e. passing coffee stores, department...

What Is An Operating System ?

Operating systems are essentially how users interact with their computing device (computer, phone, tablet, smart watch etc.) There are many different types of operating systems in use in computers, but some of the most common are: WindowsAndroidiOSMacOSChrome Logically, the operating system is computer software that "makes" the hardware from a...

What Is Linux ?

Linux is an open-source operating system that runs on computing devices. Operating systems are essentially how users interact with their computing device (computer, phone, tablet, smart watch etc).  Linux is the brainchild of developer Linus Torvalds, and has been adopted by many companies across the world as an inexpensive platform...

TECH BASICS: What Is A Data Breach ?

A Data Breach is where data held by a company, service, website has been exposed, leaked or accessed by unauthorized people / computers. Typically data breaches occur through and because of insecure websites or internet servers. Hackers attempt to break into the databases & computer systems of companies all across...

TECH BASICS: What Is Google ?

Google is the name of an internet company in California, USA. Google started life as an internet search engine. Today it is an extremely large global corporation that makes many products and services, but is still best known for search engine. Amongst others google owns the following products and services...

DATA BREACH: Cathay Pacific Airlines

Hong Kong based airline Cathay Pacific has announced it has recently suffered a data breach affecting its passenger database. WHO: Cathay Pacific & Hong Kong Dragon Airlines LOCATION: Hong Kong USERS EFFECTED: 9.4m USER LOCATION: Global WHAT: Credit Card numbers, CVV, Email, Passport Numbers If you are impacted by this,...

DATA BREACH: 8 Adult Websites

SITES BREACHED: wifelovers.com, asiansex4u.com, bbwsex4u.com, indiansex4u.com, nudeafrica.com, nudelatins.com, nudemen.com, wifeposter.com USERS: 1.2 Million USER LOCATION: Global DATA BREACHED: Email Address, Names, Passwords, IP Addresses Group of adult websites breached. User account number are believed to be inflated due to a large amount of fresh accounts created after user bans. Following...

Facebook Facing Massive Data Breach Fines

Facebook has been no stranger to data breaches, having suffered a few this year too. A few months ago it was fined a mere £500,000 as a result of the Cambridge Analytica scandal that occurred before the European GDPR regulations came into force. This time, their latest data breach (an...

New McAfee Anti-Virus Tech Support Scam

A new tech support scam pretending to be from McAfee was discovered last week that is harvesting credit card details and personal information of its victims. The scam works via browser popup that indicates your McAfee subscription has expired. A "Renew" button on the page opens a dialogue box to...

Access All Data Apple Holds On You

Apple has updated its privacy pages to now allow US, Canadian, Australian & New Zealand user to be able to see all the information Apple has collected about them. European users have had this ability since the GDPR regulations came into force earlier this year. The requests typically take around...

Spotify Scam Steals Your Apple ID

A new report has highlighted a phishing scam doing the rounds, aimed at stealing Apple ID's. The scam works by hackers sending you a false email receipt for a 1 year Spotify subscription at $150.99. credit: reddit/the101maham The receipt offers you a link to "Review Your Order" which takes you...

DATA BREACH: British Airways

UK airline British Airways has revealed that it was the victim of a massive sophisticated data breach that harvested the payment card details of over 380,000 passengers. Company:British AirwaysNumber Impacted:380,000Breach Period:21 Aug 2018 -> 5 Sept 2018Region Impacted:GlobalBreached Data:- Full Names- Home Address- Email Address- Credit Card Number- Credit Card...

Google Tracks Your Credit Card Purchases

Mastercard sells your credit card purchase information to Google. Google and Mastercard struck a secret deal worth around $10m; where Google gets access to the shopping data of Mastercard customers, so they can measure the impact of online ads. Google announced the 'Store Sales Measurement' tool last year describing it as...

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Twitter Could Soon Say Who To Unfollow

There have been sightings of Twitter recommending user accounts to UNFOLLOW. https://twitter.com/MattNavarra/status/1034898091894349829?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Slate confirmed this with Twitter but they refused to say if the new suggestions will be rolled out live. The test appears to be part of Twitter’s ongoing effort to boost engagement and user satisfaction by using software...

Twitch: Users Private Messages Exposed

Twitch has alerted users that a "glitch" in an message archiving function has resulted in a random mismatch of messages ending up in the wrong users message archives. Twitch alerted users by email: "On May 5, 2018, Twitch removed a legacy feature called Messages and provided users the ability to...

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Staff Ego’s & LinkedIn Oversharing Introduce A Massive Corporate Security Risk

Everybody loves to boast and brag about their work achievements, what they do, where they work and people they have worked with. Professional networking sites like LinkedIn & Xing are hotbeds for industry professionals to list their skillsets, connect with bosses, co-workers, ex-colleagues and future employers. Typically, members accounts contain...

US Gov Forcing Facebook to Allow It To Wiretap Messenger Conversations

Numerous reports over the last few days show that the US Department of Justice (DoJ) is aiming to pressure a judge into forcing Facebook to decrypt the messages of a trial suspect allowing it to wiretap calls. Facebook had previously refused. On August 14, the judge in the case heard...

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Instagram Account Takeover Hack

Reports of a new curious hack that takes over Instagram accounts are repeatedly circling. There are numerous reports of hacks on Reddit, and a Google Trends search shows a spike in searches for "Instagram hacked" on Aug. 8, and again on Aug. 11.It's not clear how hackers are gaining access to...

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Friend or Foe

Friends can be worse than enemies.  Do you have a friend who is always on their phone, tweeting this, insta that, whatsapp groups with mutual friends, facebooking selfies, IM'ing pics of the bar you're in, pinning the next bar or foursquaring the pre-drinks at YOUR apartment. All these are nearly...

Spy Hacked UK Woman’s Tinder Acct To Get Fighter Jet Secrets

A spy posed as the woman to sweet talk an RAF servicemen into revealing highly sensitive details about the F-35 Lightning II fighters. The UK Ministry of Defence confirmed the account had been hacked – but denied any secrets about the jet had been passed to an as-yet unknown third party. The spokesman...

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Fortnite For Android Release Raises Security Concerns

The Android release of the unbelievably popular game Fortnite has raised security concerns as Epic Games (the developers) look to sidestep the security of the Google Play store, publishing the game directly from themselves forcing users to lower the security settings on their devices to install it on their devices....

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France Bans Mobile Phones In Schools

The French government has passed a law banning the use of mobiles by children under the age of 15 in schools. The ban includes all personal mobile devices (phones, tablets, laptops etc); pupils are allowed to take the devices with them but they must be switched off from the time the...

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Blackmail & Sextortion

Top Holiday Scams & Security Tips To Avoid Them: Blackmail & Sextortion So, you are on vacation and things are moving on with someone you have met & hooked up with. While you are testing the waters or fooling around, they want you to send them some pictures. Then some...

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TimeHop Data Breach – 21m Accounts

Timehop - the historical post/content reminder network has reported a large data breach impacting over 21 millions user accounts: On July 4, 2018, Timehop experienced a network intrusion that led to a breach of some of your data. We learned of the breach while it was still in progress, and...

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Texts & Sexts

Top Holiday Scams & Security Tips To Avoid Them: Texts & Sexts - you know whats gonna happen to those pics you were asked for. Just don’t be surprised when they are passed around and the rest of the people around the pool are sharing them too within hours. Sexting...

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Relax, Don’t Do It – Don’t Download That App…Just Yet

Top Holiday Scams & Security Tips To Avoid Them: Don’t download that app - groups chatting and laughing “ohh you gotta download this app”. Mostly these will be malicious android apps extracting your data from your phone, including your address book and private pictures.     Read more of our...

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Nothin Wrong With A Little “Bump” & Grind ?

Top Scams & Security Tips To Avoid Them: If it seems too good to be true, that sexy him/her passes by and gets a little handsy before giving you the eye and walking on. Yup, you check to see if your phone, wallet/purse is still there and phew. But what...

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Basic Instagram Security Tips

New to Instagram ? Here are a few basic tips you can use right now to secure your Instagram account: Pick a strong password. Use a combination of at least six numbers, letters and punctuation marks (like ! and &). It should be different from other passwords you use elsewhere...

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“Child-Lifting” Rumours On WhatsApp Lead To Mob Murders In India

The last few months has seen a trend of mob rule, lynchings, assaults and murders in the rural areas of India fuelled by false accusations, rumours and "fake news" over WhatsApp. In many instances, single messages lead to 20 or even 30 murders. Villagers, suspicious and fearful of strangers in...

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Tax For Using Social Media in Uganda

The govt of Uganda has imposed a tax on the public to use social media sites, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn: The tax was proposed by long-time leader Yoweri Museveni, who complained of online gossip & fake news in a letter in March and urged the finance minister to raise money...

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Text, Text, Scam, Text…

Social Engineering scams up close and personal - don't fall victim to this hack. Top Scams & Security Tips To Avoid Them: You're on vacation, having a few drinks and laughs round the pool with a few folks you've just met. Things are going great, a few messages back and...

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Facebook Unblocked Your Blocked Contacts !

On Monday, Facebook revealed that a bug had affected the privacy settings of 800,000 users. The bug allowed users who'd been blocked on Facebook and Messenger to become unblocked — without those who blocked them knowing about it. Facebook call this a "bug". Reports from Mashable, state that the lapse exposed...

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The Chat-Up

Top Scams & Security Tips To Avoid Them: Your eyes meet across a crowded bar... The chat starts, "where're you from", you friend on Facebook, drinks flow and you get to know each other better. After connecting on Facebook, the hot guy or girl you are chatting to will start...

THE BASICS: What Is Twitch ?

Twitch is a live streaming video platform owned by Twitch Interactive, a subsidiary of Amazon. The service launched in 2011 as a spin-off to video streaming platform Justin.tv. Twitch is primarily used by gamers to publicly stream live game play to an internet audience. Twitch currently has over 140 million...

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Rihanna Stalker Ordered To Give Police Access To Social Media Accounts

Los Angeles Police have obtained a warrant forcing Rihanna stalker Eduardo Leon to give them access to his social media accounts as part of his felony stalking case. Entertainment site TMZ previously reported that Leon broke into Rihanna's home, telling the police he stayed there all night waiting for her to come...

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I Spy Free WiFi

Top Scams & Security Tips To Avoid Them: We wrote in a previous article, Not all wifi networks are safe to use. As part of out holiday security tips series, we'll explain why that innocent little "Free WiFi" sign could spell BIG trouble for you. Yeah we all do it,...

Adidas Security Breach

Sports company Adidas has released a statement informing customers that it is investigating a security incident adidas today announced that it is alerting certain consumers who purchased on adidas.com/US about a potential data security incident. On June 26, adidas became aware that an unauthorized party claims to have acquired limited...

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HeroRat – Android Malware

A new strain of Android malware has been discovered that exploits Telegram to communicate back to its masters converting the compromised device into part of a wider botnet. The malware runs on all Android versions: however, affected users need to accept permissions required by the app (sometimes including activating the...

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Love Or Loathe The New FB ?

Facebook's charm offensive starts to take stride with a one minute TV advert being aired across US networks. (Post Updated With Clearer Video) Take a look and see what you think here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4zd7X98eOs Facebook Apologises (Sort-of) The new campaign comes on the back of the now mostly forgotten Cambridge Analytica...

Beware the Selfie-Helper

Top Holiday Scams & Security Tips To Avoid Them: Beware the Selfie-Helper... We've all been there, out with friends in a club or bar; we take a few pics and selfies here and there as the night goes on, a few with the bar staff a few with guys /...

Tumblr Users Hit With Viral Spam Hoax

It appears that nearly 150,000 Tumblr users were taken in by another chain-mail hoax this week. The speed of which it was able to spread comes from Tumblr's Reblog feature, which is pretty much the same as Twitters Retweet function. The post spread across accounts warns that the users account...

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Hide Specific WhatsApp Thread Images From Appearing In Your Gallery

WhatsApp is rolling out a new feature that lets you stop media in chat threads automatically downloading to your phones' media gallery. Although it's still only a test version of WhatsApp messenger for Android the new feature adds an option to hide all received media from specific chat threads in the gallery of...

Always Pack a Batt(ery)

Tech Sec Holiday Tips: Be careful when using USB sockets to charge your phone. In some airports, clubs and bars the public power sockets can be hacked by scammers to extract data from personal devices when you innocently plug them in for a charge. Always try to carry a portable...

Top Ten Holiday Tech Scams & Security Tips To Avoid Them

Top Ten Holiday Scams & Security Tips To Avoid Them: Scam 1:  Don’t Post Your 'Tick Pics - Excited about receiving the tickets for your festival or your cheeky 1 week all-inclusive holiday in Marbella ? Don’t share pics of those tickets online! Scammers search social media platforms looking for images...

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Ticketmaster UK Hacked

Ticketmaster issued a warning to its customers this morning that it had suffered a malware attack, exposing 45,000 customers data to hackers. The virus managed to access and copy UK customers data that have accounts on Ticketmaster International, Ticketmaster UK, GETMEIN!, and TicketWeb websites. The virus copied people's names, addresses,...

Don’t Post Your ‘Tick Pics

Top Holiday Scams & Security Tips To Avoid Them: Excited about receiving the tickets for your festival or your cheeky 1 week all-inclusive holiday in Marbella ? Don’t share pics of those tickets online! Scammers search social media platforms looking for images of plane tickets, gig & festival tickets to...

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THE BASICS: What Is Social Engineering ?

SOCIAL ENGINEERING - The art of human manipulation to extract information without the subject knowing. Social Engineering is typically used by scammers to get details such as passwords and credit card numbers, but also more subtle pieces of information that will allow an attacker to reach much further into your...

THE BASICS: What is Signal Messenger ?

Signal is a secure messaging app, that provides text messaging and voice call services. Signal uses strong encryption algorithms to encrypt the message connection between your device and the person you are communicating with. The service does not store any of your messages or call logs on its servers. Signal...

THE BASICS: What is Skype ?

Skype is a internet based messaging service, best know for its free video calling service. It is still widely used but more popular applications are now also providing the same services as Skype meaning it isn’t attracting as many new users as the other services. One advantage it has is...

15 Quick Tips to Get Your Bird Happy

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THE BASICS: What is WhatsApp ?

WhatsApp is a messaging service predominantly used on mobile phones. The main attraction for WhatsApp users is that it addresses two fairly fundamental issues with mobile messaging apps - cost and compatibility. The two most common mobile phone operating systems are Google Android and Apple iOS. If you use one...

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THE BASICS: What is Twitter ?

Twitter is an internet based social network who’s main feature is that it allows users to post messages, pictures and short videos into a long ever flowing public message thread. Although that might sound hectic and confusing; its simplified somewhat in that users tend to search and post content on...

THE BASICS: What is YouTube ?

Youtube is a video sharing platform where users can view and upload video content. Each users' space is arranged into “Channels” and users can arrange their uploaded videos into “Playlists”. As well as regular users, companies like TV news channels, film studios & record labels also have accounts on the...

THE BASICS: What is an App ?

An App is a short term used to describe small application that runs on mobile computing devices (phones, tablets). Before the advent of the smartphone, mobile phones mostly did two or three things - mainly, they were just that, phones. If you wanted to take professional photos, surf the web,...

Tip – Don’t Let Free Wifi Cost You

Free Wifi - Too Good To Be True ? Yes we all like a deal don’t we - especially when we travel. But always be wary of free wifi hotspots, but probably not for the reasons you might think... When talking security and free internet access - most experts will...

TIDAL – User Data Leaked

The music streaming service Tidal appears to have suffered a data breach exposing details of its userbase. Reports are centred around a report by a Norwegian business paper that received a hard drive containing details of streaming figures. There is keen interest in this as its rumoured that Tidal is...

WHAT IS: GDPR ?

On 25th May 2018, a new law will be implemented to protect the data and privacy of European citizens worldwide, the General Data Protection Regulation. The increase of data breaches reported showed that there is a clear need for greater data protection in the increasingly interconnected world. The changes are...

Klout Closes on GDPR Deadline Day

Klout is being shutdown on 25th May 2018. The Klout platform ran a social media influencer score rating system that allowed users to gauge their popularity, visibility and perception to others across multiple social media platforms. It assessed your post frequency, responses and interactions then gave you a score and...

WHAT IS: Facebook ?

Facebook is an internet based social network. People can sign up for a free Facebook account and can then find and connect with other Facebook users (typically these tend to be friends and acquaintances that you would already now, old school friends, members of a social club or work colleagues...

Twitter Passwords Unmasked – Staff Able To View 330m Users Passwords

Just in time for the weekend ( and #WorldPasswordDay ), Twitter announced that they detected a bug in their internal systems that protects users account passwords so internal staff cannot see them - this bug left all 330m+ passwords open to view inside the company. As a precaution, Twitter Chief...

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Twitter: Mute Specific Words or Hashtags

You know the scene, you're out or working late and you are recording a tv show to watch later, brand new movie has just come out and you ABSOLUTELY don't want to catch a glimpse of any spoilers at all... Well the mute settings on Twitter means you can cut...

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Old Posts Don’t Matter, Right ?

Yet another high profile Twitter user has been caught up in all shades of trouble because they didn't clean house and sanitise their old posts and timeline. We were tempted to create a new category on the site called "Seriously ?", we might still do that - but for now...

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Facebook: Want To See All Photos You’ve Ever Been Tagged In ?

Had a Facebook account for a few years and not quite sure on what posts / pictures you have been tagged in (including all those messy ones in bars clubs and also the private ones your ex has probably uploaded of you out of spite) ? Well, you can check...

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Twitter: Mute Users or Suspicious Followers

Many people follow a large amount of Twitter users, sometimes during a specific event (movie reviews, band gossip or an upcoming tv show) or sometimes to build a bigger and better Twitter profile. During or after this you might want to quieten down your timeline to cut out the random...

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US Border Agents Checking Facebook Profiles

Social media accounts are being checked for political views in the wake of President Donald Trump's immigration ban. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will soon begin collecting social media data from all immigrants entering the United States, part of what agency officials call an effort to more effectively screen...

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Glasgow Teens Warned Social Media Posts Could Harm Job Prospects

The Glasgow Evening Times has reported that over a 1000 students at GCU (Glasgow Caledonian University) are going to be warned on the longterm repercussions of reckless social media posts next week. The interactive sessions are designed to inspire young people to consider a career in cybersecurity and have the backing...

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Android Keyboard App Leaks Data of 31 Million Users

Ai.type - the virtual keyboard app for Android has suffered a massive data breach. The company database was discovered unprotected online, exposing the names, phone numbers, locations and Google queries of its 31 million users. This discovery has again raised questions about the unacceptable and ridiculous amount of data that Android apps...

HOW-TO: Create A Strong Password

Following on from our series of Tips & Tricks - we always recommend you change your passwords regularly; but while changing them is good - using a strong password is key and changing your passwords regularly is the key. But what is a strong password I hear you ask ?...

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Uber’s 57 Million User Hack Coverup

Uber has not only hacked, suffered a massive data breach impacting over 57 million users, hid it for over a year - but paid the hackers $100,000 to keep it quiet and delete the stolen data. Hackers stole data including users names, email addresses and phone numbers. 600,000 Uber drivers...

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Watch Out For Shopping Season Scams

In the lead up to Christmas we are hitting full shopping season... Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Christmas itself. This also means that its high season for scammers and hackers who treat this time of year as their biggest time of year, targeting shoppers during the shopping rush. Here's...

UK Cash Converters Hacked

High street money lender and pawnbroker, Cash Converters - announced  believes customer data may be in the hands of a malicious third party after a suspected breach of its old website and receiving a ransom demand. Cash Converters has sent an email informing customers of the incident and forced users...

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WHAT IS: The Darknet ?

The Darknet The darknet is name given to parts of the internet that are not accessible without special browsing software. If you have heard of “the darknet” you may have also heard of phrases like deepweb, surface web and TOR. The Web (WWW, The World Wide Web - The Surface...

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WHAT IS: Bitcoin ?

Bitcoin is a digital currency (cryptocurrency). A form of payment that only exists online. You can use it to buy products and services online from places that accept that as a form of payment - like they do with paypal, credit and debit cards, etc - a small but growing...

TECH BASICS: What is a Hacker ?

A Hacker A hacker is typically a bad, technically savvy person who will look to steal something you own/use or to disrupt your digital life in some way. This could be by infecting your PC, phone or tablet with a virus and / or stealing your passwords or financial details....

WHAT IS: A Virus / Malware ?

A very basic explanation of computer virus is a program that can and will do bad things on your computer or electronic device. Computer viruses usually do one of a few things: Steal your personal information (like bank and credit card details, passwords, email addresses, photos etc.) Delete or change...

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LokiBot – Android banking malware that turns into ransomware

New Android banking trojan malware called "LokiBot" comes with ransomware capabilities which are triggered if the user tries to disable the malware's admin rights or when victims try to remove it. Once the ransomware feature is activated, LokiBot "encrypts" all of the victims' data. The malware is also capable of stealing victims' contacts, reading...

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FB, Google & Twitter Execs Explain Russian Paid US Election Ads

During the 2016 US election, it was rumoured that Russia had purchased adverts across popular social media platforms, targeting specific demographics of people and injecting content subject to their sensitivities - immigration, terror threats from some nationalities, racial social issues, gun control etc. All of these with the perceived intent...

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T-Mobile alerts hundreds customers of SIM card hijack attempts

T-Mobile has been contacting hundreds of customers since 10th October after a bug on their website leaked personal data (email address, account number and IMSI number). Hackers had known about the vulnerability since at least August 6, when a researcher by the name of Moim uploaded a tutorial on YouTube on how...

Twitter Boosts User Safety

Twitter is taking action after a storm of complaints against social media companies for not doing enough to protect its users and their inability to police their own sites. Starting in later this month, Twitter is updating its collection of Twitter Rules. The changes begin on the 27.10.2017 by widening...

KRACK – All WPA2 Wifi Devices Can Be Hacked

With the KRACK vulnerability publicized this week, anyone who uses a Wi-Fi-enabled device may be at risk for sharing unencrypted traffic with potential attackers who bypass WPA2 network security. The WPA2 security protocol is used by routers and devices to encrypt people’s activity. Attackers who want to exploit the newly revealed...

Why Watching Porn On Your Mobile Is a REALLY Bad Idea

Watching adult content on a mobile phone, particularly on Android devices potentially leaves yourself at risk of having your viewing habits, history and "preferences" being exposed and also catching a nasty dose of malware. The urge to have a cheeky peep at online porn from your ever handy smartphone might...

How Much Does It Cost To Get Your Dog’s Teeth Cleaned?

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Make Your Pets Calm

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XSplit Breach – Password Change Alert

XSplit warned users to change passwords. Notice from their site: Attention Broadcasters:If you are currently or have in the past used XSplit to stream to Twitch, please read this carefully.It has come to our attention that various data on XSplit’s servers have been compromised. In particular, your XSplit credentials (account...

Linkedin Passwords Leaked

FIRST THINGS FIRST THIS MORNING, if you use the business networking site linkedin, before you read any further - log in and change your password now. Last night it was reported that an "encrypted" copy (actually a hashed version) of 6.5 million users passwords was posted on a Russian hacking...

TalkTalk Places Customer Details Openly On Internet

Greystone Telecom, adopted child of TalkTalk and provider of telecommunications to the business community, is unwittingly sharing customer and contract details with the world: but TalkTalk doesn't care. The details include customer and contract prices, copies of sales orders and spreadsheets showing how things are going at the subsidiary which...

TicketWeb Customer Database Hacked

Customers of UK ticketing agency TicketWeb, a subsidiary of TicketMaster, received phishing emails from the company over the weekend after its direct email marketing system was hacked. Users received an email that told them their current version of Adobe Acrobat Reader was out of date, and asked them to upgrade...

German Police Use FaceBook Photos to Hunt Down Crooks

Police in the German state of Lower-Saxony will soon use their networks of Facebook “friends” to find missing persons and hunt out suspected criminals, according to the state’s interior minister. The decision to use social media in manhunts follows the completion of a pilot scheme in the northern city of...

Safer Internet Day – 7th February 2012

On Safer Internet Day, more than 100 events in 30 European countries will encourage children, their families and teachers, to discover the digital world together. This is the ninth annual Safer Internet Day, celebrated in more than 70 countries worldwide as part of a global drive to promote safer Internet...

Saudi Group Hack 400,000 Israelis

A Saudi Arabian hacking group claims it has leaked information on up to 400,000 Israelis, including names, addresses and credit card details. The data dump follows a reported attack on Israeli websites and has already led to fraudulent use of the sensitive info. Credit card biz Isracard said it had...

iMessage Still Leaks Your Messages To Stolen iPhones

Victims of iPhone theft have discovered that remotely wiping the nicked kit won't stop iMessage content being delivered to the thief, who can continue to respond under the owner's name. The flaw was spotted by one David Hovis, whose wife had her iPhone lifted and promptly deactivated the mobile number,...

Siri Allows iPhone Security Overide

Siri - the Apple iPhones' voice controlled personal assistant poses a vast security threat to your data, if left in its default mode - even when your iPhone is locked. The default setting for Siri allows it to accept and execute voice commands on a locked iPhone.  Activating the app...

Microsoft Denies XBox Live Network Hack

Microsoft have denied a claim that Xbox Live has been hacked. The Sun newspaper in the UK reported that hackers "hacked into thousands of Xbox Live accounts to steal millions of pounds"  this morning; but Microsoft have denied that the Live network had been compromised and had said that gamers...

iPhones Overtake Blackberrys In Business World

Mobile workers are giving up almost an hour every working day in sleep and exercise time, thanks to being able to work on the mobile devices which almost half of them had to pay for. The figures come from iPass, provider of single-log-on services for remote workers, which gathered the...

Diaspora Co-Founder Dies Aged 22

Open-source social network Diaspora has launched a redesigned alpha version of its software, with invites going out to users of the site hours before it was confirmed that co-founder Ilya Zhitomirskiy, 22, had died. Diaspora is considered by some to be an alternative to Facebook's silo effect, with users supposedly being...

Valve Confirms Steam Hack

The recent Steam hack may have compromised users' credit card numbers and other personal information, according to a message sent to Steam users from Gabe Newell, head of Valve. The company is certain the hackers gained access to a database with this encrypted information, but don't know if they took...

“socialbots” Steal 250Gb of Facebook Data

A small array of scripts programmed to pass themselves off as real people stole 250 gigabytes worth of personal information from Facebook users in just eight weeks, researchers said in an academic report to be presented next month. The 102 “socialbots” included a name and picture of a fictitious Facebook...

iPad2 LockScreen Passwords Bypassed in 5 Seconds

The password protection of an iPad 2 running iOS 5 can be circumvented in less than five seconds with just three simple steps. Bypassing the unlock screen on iPad 2 can be accomplished by first pressing the power button until the power-off screen is displayed. Users then need only to...

4yrs In Jail For Inciting Riots Using Facebook

In the fallout of the August Riots across the UK, two men from the the North West of England were sentenced to 4yrs in jail for trying to incite riots in towns by postings on Facebook - even though their attempts didn't result in any rioting. Civil liberties groups are...

Twitter “Stalker App” Scam

A "Stalkers app" doing the rounds on Twitter is actually a phishing scam, security watchers warn. The Stalkers app, which purports to be officially sanctioned and to track people who are "stalking your Twitter", is promoted via messages linking to the application, which does nothing except coax victims into handing...

BlackBerry Hand London Rioter Details To UK Police

BlackBerry UK has broken silence over the role its devices played in helping disaffected London yoof co-ordinate riots in Tottenham, Brixton, Enfield and Walthamstow this weekend. The smash 'n' burn attacks on High Street stores and vehicles on Saturday and yesterday came days after the death of Mark Duggan, who...

Facebook Blocks Chrome Data Exporter

Facebook has blocked a Google Chrome extension that let you export information about your Facebook "friends" so that data can be shuttled into competing services. Known as Facebook Friends Exporter, the extension had become particularly popular of late as a means of moving "friends data" into Google's latest Facebook challenger...

Wi-Fi Security Confuses Most Users

Two out of five UK home users don't have a clue about how to change the security settings of their home wireless network. The 21st century equivalent of a failure in understanding how to program home video recorders was exposed in a survey commissioned by privacy watchdogs at the Information...

Friendster Hacked ? Site Emails Users Passwords in Clear

Multiple users have reported receiving spam emails containing their Friendster password in plain text. The appearance of the suspicious emails to registered Friendster addresses (widely reported by numerous Twitter users on Thursday) has spawned fears that Friendster database might have been hacked. An alternative theory is that a partner of...

Facebook Leaks Access to Millions of Profiles

Facebook has leaked access to millions of users' photographs, profiles and other personal information because of a years-old bug that overrides individual privacy settings, researchers from Symantec said. The flaw, which the researchers estimate has affected hundreds of thousands of applications, exposed user access tokens to advertisers and others. The...

Osama bin Laden Dead Pictures Are Virus Trap

This just in from the FBI's department of the bleedin' obvious: if someone emails you with pictures of Osama bin Laden's bullet-riddled corpse, this is probably an attempt to compromise your computer with viruses rather than a public-spirited effort intended to confirm that he really is dead. According to the...

Skype on Android Vulnerabilities

According to a post at Android Police, confirmed by Skype, the Android version of the popular VoIP app exposes extensive user data. The Android Police report says user IDs, phone numbers, chat logs, and other data is exposed by the vulnerability. User data is stored unencrypted in sqlite3 databases, and...

Facebook fixes Hotmail reset bug

Facebook has plugged a password reset glitch involving users who linked their social network profiles to Hotmail webmail address. The flaw, discovered by Turkish security researcher Serkan Gencel, also created a possible mechanism for cyber-criminals to lift Facebook passwords linked to Hotmail accounts. Gencel privately informed Facebook of the flaw...

WordPress.com hack exposes confidential code

The company that maintains the WordPress.com blogging platform said hackers gained root access to its servers and made off with sensitive code belonging to it and its partners. Wednesday's advisory from Automattic is the latest to detail a breach on a company entrusted to keep customer information private. The company,...

LinkedIn Adds New Share Button

LinkedIn announced a new platform Wednesday for the business social networking site, offering websites and developers easy tools to embed “recommend” buttons, company-profile boxes and contact widgets on third-party websites, as well as a way to log in to other sites using LinkedIn. Just like Facebook. Calling it “a new...

WordPress Vulnerability in BackWPup Plugin

A remote execution vulnerability has been discovered in Wordpress backup utility BackWPup. According to Sydney (Australia) company Sense of Security, which published the advisory along with a proof-of-concept, the vulnerability allows local or remote PHP files to be passed to a component of the utility. “The input passed to the...

Profile Spy Worm Spreading Fast Over Twitter

Twitter has been struck by a virally spreading worm that attempts to make money by scamming users into filling out surveys and viewing advertisements. The rogue Twitter app is known as Profile Spy and gets installed by people who are tricked into believing it can tell them who has been...

How To Disappear From Facebook Photos and Videos

You will notice that on your profile, that the number shown next to the link to your photos & albums is larger than the amount of pictures of you have uploaded of yourself, or that the number changes sometimes. That's because this figure shows the number of pictures you are...

20,000 Underage Users Kicked Off Facebook Every Day

Facebook has revealed that about 20,000 children are kicked off the social networking site every day for lying about their age. Despite efforts to enforce the age limit policy, many underage children join the site by pretending to be older than they are. Mozelle Thompson, Facebook’s chief privacy adviser, told the Australian Federal...

Which Social Networks Do You Use ?

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Aussie Teen Party Cancelled After 175k Reply to Facebook Invite

An excellent news article in the Sydney Morning Herald this weekend by Ben Grubb showing you how not to advertise your party on Facebook : A New South Wales teen says she has called in the police after her Facebook birthday party invite went viral with more than 175,000 people...

Facebook Justin Bieber Scam

“I can’t believe a GIRL did this just because of Justin Bieber.” This is the title of the latest "likejacking" / "clickjacking" scam thats hitting Facebook Bieber fans hard. This message is being posted on Facebook walls enticing you to click on a video - but stay away from it....

Facebook Asks You What You Think About Its Privacy Policy

On Friday, Facebook offered its users a sneak peak at a major overhaul in how the site intends to present its privacy policy, and asked whether they like the idea. The facelift follows waves of criticism over user privacy on the site in the last year, including over the sheer...

Facebook Profile Follower Tool Scam

Scammers are attempting to tap into users' concerns about social network privacy with a tool that supposedly allows surfers to monitor who's stalking them on Facebook. The rogue applications supposedly offer information about who has viewed one's Facebook profile, and how many times it has been viewed. In reality the...

Facebook Link for Windows Live

Facebook Chat first went global on Windows Live Messenger a few weeks ago, having previously only been accessible in six regions. In a windows team blog post, Microsoft explained that since Facebook Chat on Windows Live Messenger went worldwide, 2.5 million more people connected to Windows Live Messenger using their...

More Clickjacking Exposure for Facebook Users

Facebook users have been subjected to another round of "clickjacking" attacks that force them to authorize actions they had no intention of approving. The latest episode in this continuing saga, according to Sophos researchers, is a set of campaigns aimed at Italian-speaking users of the social network. The come-ons promise...

Facebook Embedded App on GSM SIM Cards

The Dutch smartcard company Gemalto NV has developed an application that embeds Facebook on SIM cards, letting GSM phone users stay connected on Facebook without data plans. This move will open up Facebook connectivity to all mobile phone users and break the requirement for the need to have a newer...

Facebook Shows You Security Love on Valentines Day

Facebook was showing the love this Valentines Day - giving all its users a nice tight hug letting us all know we are safe and secure ! As we reported a few days ago, Facebook are starting to roll out encryption for user access. This means you will be getting...

HTTPS for Facebook

This week, Facebook announced HTTPS support for all communication between its servers and end users’ web browsers.  This is the right thing for Facebook to do in light of recent proof that session hijacking of Web 2.0 applications is both easy and increasingly common with tools like Firesheep.  While HTTPS...

Facebook Groups – Automatically Adding Friends

In October 2010 Facebook adjusted some privacy features and one of these changes was an amendment to the Groups function. Traditionally there are 3 types of groups available to be created in Facebook : Open Closed Secret Open Groups - were open to all Facebook members to join as they...