In May, almost 300 million hacked email addresses have been discovered – yet again – so it’s time to shore up your password defences. Most of this data was outdated and of little use, but it’s still a timely reminder that your first line of defence should be strong password. It’s a lot easier than you think to set an infinitely tough password that is next to impossible to crack. Do this and if your email address is filched of some website you can kick back and cackle with glee knowing that a hacker might have your email address but they’ll never get into any of your accounts.
As the number of smart internet-connected devices grows into billions so do concerns about lack of security, whether it’s a digital photo frame, a smart TV or even a Barbie doll. A recent attack on the Internet of Things exploited tens of thousands of printers, it was claimed. The hacker described it as fun; others said it’s the shape of things to come.
It might be argued that currently many people have little interest in smart connected devices much less Internet of Things security. But so powerful are the combined commercial interests that are driving this new technology wave that smart devices will soon be as common as electric kettles. And before we know it we’ll accept and use smart technology with as little thought as when we plug in a kettle. To give you a sense of what’s coming we’ve outlined some areas where you’re set to see the growing introduction of IoT. But you shouldn’t blindly accept these technologies just yet, because there are fundamental flaws that device manufacturers don’t tell you about. Read on.
IoT botnets unearthed, a signal of what is to come, Android malware that steals identity information hits millions while Android malware is also surging, police forces across the world are struggling to deal with the criminal activities on the dark web, another bank is hit in a Swift hack and more.
A documentary set to be released on July 9 at the cinema charts the development of the Stuxnet virus which crippled an Iranian nuclear reactor. It asks the question whether the silent cyber warfare that is currently taking place could lead to devastating real-world consequences such as triggering a global conflict.
In the past few months there has been a significant uptick in the amount of ransomware that has been detected. It’s time to take this dastardly ransomware threat seriously, if you’re not already doing so.
If you’re planning to travel for your summer holidays here are some simple but effective tips to keep you safe when you’re connecting to public Wi-Fi networks. We’ve also outlined some simple protection tools that you might find useful.
The Internet of Things isn’t something that’s going to happen in the future – it’s already here. It’s just going to get bigger – and possibly quirkier – check the top ten IoT devices that are already selling well.
iTunes lovers are targeted by fraudsters, is Adobe Flash going to stutter along for much longer, IT worker arrested in possible Panama Papers leak, ‘evil’ Santa ransomware emerges from cyber grotto, Acer hacked for one year but it’s just letting on now, New York is taken down in a massive (fictional) hack, Tor takes on the FBI and much more.
Business network LinkedIn has mailed its 400 million users about the sale of sensitive customer information which was recently put up for sale on the dark web. It hasn’t said sorry (ask the lawyers why) but it is offering advice on what its users can do to protect their accounts. Meanwhile the fall-out from the LinkedIn data sale continues to make ever growing waves. Social network platform Reddit said it has seen an increasing number of its member’s accounts taken over by other people which it believes stems from the LinkedIn data loss – some people who have accounts with both services use the same password making it easy for users of the stolen LinkedIn data to also access Reddit accounts.
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