Change your password! Yahoo confirms data breach of 500 million accounts SEPT 23rd 2016
Yahoo last night confirmed earlier reports that information pertaining to the unprecedented number of “at least” half a billion user accounts was stolen in a 2014 breach.
That may include names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (the vast majority with the password-hashing function bcrypt) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers.
Twitter says government requests for data still climbing SEPT 23rd 2016
The growth in the number of government requests for user information that Twitter received over the past 6 months has slowed dramatically from its rapid increase over the past few years, according to its latest transparency report.
Government requests for account information were up only 2% more - and affected 8% more accounts - during the first half of 2016 than in the previous 6 months.
YouTube is cleaning up and it wants your help! SEPT 23rd 2016
Google is well aware that the hair-raising comments of YouTube users have turned the service into a fright fest.
It’s tried to drain the swamp. In February 2015, for example, it created a kid-safe app that would keep things like, oh, say, racist/anti-Semitic/homophobic comments or zombies from scaring the bejeezus out of young YouTubers.
Now, Google’s trying something new: it’s soliciting “YouTube Heroes” to don their mental hazmat suits and dive in to do some cleanup.
FBI Director James Comey wants you to cover your webcam SEPT 16th 2016
Director of the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) James Comey puts tape over his webcam and he wants you to do it too.
Speaking at the recent Center for Strategic and International Studies conference on Wednesday, Comey likened covering your cam to locking your car and the door to your home.
Comey has spent 2016 generating headlines.
Google offers $200,000 for Android-busting exploit SEPT 15th 2016
Google has just announced a big-money bug-chasing competition for Android - and this one is a contest with an interesting twist.
Teen sues parents over embarrassing childhood photos on Facebook SEPT 15th 2016
An 18-year-old woman is suing her parents for posting embarrassing, intimate tot shots of her onto Facebook and ignoring her pleas to take them down.
According to The Local in Austria, the woman, who can’t be named, claims that her progenitors have posted some 500 images of her since 2009.
Google to slap warnings on non-HTTPS sites SEPT 9th 2016
How do you shame an unencrypted website?
The bard might advise that your sites be foul, undigested lumps, and the developers scullions! Rampallians! Fustilarians!
Then he’d likely threaten to tickle their catastrophes and their venomous toad-tainted nonencryptiousness.
Sidestepping your lockscreen with an innocent-looking USB stick SEPT 9th 2016
Here’s something that’s supposed to happen, and it’s jolly convenient, too.
If you plug a USB ethernet dongle into a Windows or OS X computer and the system supports it, then the operating system will activate the needed drivers, fire up the device, configure the network interface and get you online.
Cryptomining malware on NAS servers - is one of them yours? SEPT 8th 2016
SophosLabs has just released a report on a new way that crooks are distributing a strain of malware that makes money by “borrowing” your computer to mine a new sort of cryptocurrency.
A few years ago, cryptocoin mining was a popular pastime. Cryptocurrencies work by making participants perform huge numbers of cryptographic calculations until they get lucky and “mine” a coin. The more computers you could call upon, the better your chance of paydirt.
Spotify explains its new "give us your data" policy AUG 31st 2016
A spot of cryptographic bother is unfolding in Mozilla’s security policy discussion forum at the moment.
It’s one more thing to worry about when someone asks you, “How do I know when to trust an HTTPS certificate?”
HTTPS is the protocol that puts the padlock into your browser’s address bar, and it does two equally important things:
Dropbox hack leads to 68 million passwords dumped online AUG 31st 2016
Earlier in the week, Dropbox forced password resets after stumbling across user credentials online that it believes were stolen in a 2012 breach.
Our security teams are always watching out for new threats to our users. As part of these ongoing efforts, we learned about an old set of Dropbox user credentials (email addresses plus hashed and salted passwords) that we believe were obtained in 2012.
Our analysis suggests that the credentials relate to an incident we disclosed around that time
You’ll need to update your password if you signed up to use Dropbox before mid-2012 and if you haven’t changed that password since then, Dropbox said.
3 tips for better security and privacy on Snapchat AUG 31st 2016
In the past few years, Snapchat has become the social media app of choice for the younger set, largely due to its ephemeral content. Users send images and videos (called Snaps) that are meant to be quickly viewed - as they expire soon after being seen - though the app also supports plain-ol’ text chats too.
For a long time, the app was pretty bare-bones, with a very minimal interface and little instruction or help on how to customize your experience or your account. Thankfully, as the app has matured there are now more options to help Snapchat users take control over their security and privacy.
Is Facebook's People You May Know putting users at risk? AUG 10th 2015
What is a friend, exactly? It’s a tricky question.
Too tricky even for the computing might of Facebook.
The Social Network is still some way short of total omniscience, so its Menlo Park boffins (apparently unconvinced by our ability to identify friends unaided) have to resort to rummaging through our virtual stuff looking for clues pointing to undeclared, undiscovered “People You May Know“.
Opera announces data breach: stored passwords stolen for 1.7M users AUG 30th 2016
Opera was once a proudly Norwegian browser that was different from the rest in more than just look and feel.
Most other browsers used one of three main core components: Microsoft’s, Mozilla’s or WebKit’s. (WebKit originated from Apple but has now diverged into separate development streams used in browsers like Apple’s Safari, and browsers like Google’s Chrome.)
But Opera had its own rendering engine, the complex heart of any browser that’s responsible for converting HTML source into a visible, clickable, usable web page.