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WikiLeaks exposes hacks by spies

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The latest revelations from WikiLeaks suggest that the CIA has been using its hacking tools to compromise hard and software products made by tech majors such as Google, Apple, Microsoft and Samsung. The report also claims the spy agency has developed an automated multi-platform malware attack and control system for… Read more »

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Office 365 gets security thumbs up

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Around 60 million businesses have adopted Office 365 as their cloud-based office suite of choice. While its in-built security features are viewed in a positive light, they can also be augmented with add-ons. The specific characteristics that customers favour include Active Directory – which is easy to integrate with in-house… Read more »

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Voice recognition apps may be used for advertising

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A recent thread on the community website Reddit seems to indicate that mobile phones may be getting used for some rather dubious advertising methods. Smartphone users have been reporting that their phones seem to be listening in on their personal conversations and then serving up advertising or newsfeeds which relate… Read more »

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Voip phones at risk

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Security analysts have demonstrated that it is possible to access Voip (voice-over-internet-protocol) phones, and they have been able to listen to calls and even manipulate the system to dial expensive premium rate numbers. Access was apparently gained via default passwords but the manufacturer in question, Snom, has said the research… Read more »

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Easy-to-use ransomware packages now for sale on dark web

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Cyber thieves are turning entrepreneurs and are now selling ransomware packages on the dark web. Ransomware is a type of malware which, once installed on a machine, encrypts all the data making it unusable until a ransom is paid and the encryption is removed. One of the common packages for… Read more »

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Russian hackers find major gaps in train network security

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A group of Russian hackers are claiming that they have been able to access European train networks’ computer systems. The group claim that the flaws they have discovered could allow a train to be controlled remotely and could ultimately lead to a hijack or even a derailment. These expert hackers… Read more »

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Adele fans notice site bug when purchasing tickets

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Since singer and songwriter Adele announced her new and long-awaited tour for 2016, her first since 2011, fans have been clamouring to purchase tickets. But some have told the BBC that they were able to see the addresses and credit card details of other customers as they made their purchase… Read more »

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WhatsApp web service under attack by malware

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A security flaw in the messaging service WhatsApp has been discovered. The bug is able to spread malware and ransomware so that victims end up having to pay to restore their own accounts. The breach apparently only affects the web-based service and as soon as it was discovered, a patch… Read more »

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Unencrypted fingerprint data found on HTC smartphones

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Security experts have discovered a route to unencrypted fingerprint data stored on HTC smartphones. It is an increasing trend for smartphone users to be asked to unlock their handsets with fingerprint data as well as to perform other functions on the phone, such as authorising purchases. But security experts have… Read more »

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Malicious bug exposes Android users to hackers

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Researchers who recently discovered a bug in the Android mobile operating system say that it is very serious and one of the worst flaws they have come across. The researchers are from the US security firm, Zimpherium, and claim that millions of devices may be affected. The bug has apparently… Read more »

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