As more high profile celeb photo hacks hit the headlines, the mother of One Direction, Harry Styles and singing sensation Adele, it’s a timely reminder that we all need to keep a careful eye on our personal mobile data. It actually quite simple to toughen up security around iCloud and Android devices – and here’s how.
The Internet of Things is more than just a wave of hype – it’s already here thanks to smart TVs, automated heating systems and a wide range of other connected devices. And it’s only going to get bigger as more everyday items connect to the internet. But what does it mean for every day users?
Check this infographic to find out.
Identity theft is surging as Financial Fraud UK releases new figures outlining the scale of losses in 2015. It’s a growing problem, but one that can be successfully addressed if we accept that companies will be hacked, our data will be lost and we, as individuals, also need to take steps to protect ourselves.
The Internet of Things is beginning to take off and so are the vulnerabilities as the head of the US intelligence services and Israel’s prime minister warn. There’s also the curious case of Samsung smart TVs recording your conversations, a website that is openly selling stolen personal information, the UK tax man being hacked and hacks targeting Amazon and WordPress users that you need to be aware of. The FBI are also moving in on online predators all over the world, UK shrinks are a hit with ransomware and a US hacker gets two years despite his ‘I’m really really sorry’ pleading. Haven’t we heard that before?
Banking Trojans target UK users, lots of dosh lifted by hackers and it barely raises a whimper in the mainstream media, potential problems for Asda online stores as the Walmart-owned company ignores information on vulnerability and a lot more including four million UK Facebook users posting their full address on the social network platform and the UK government thrashing around for voluntary cyber-security experts. Mmm.
It’s always busy in the world of cyber skulduggery and tech advancements, so much so that it’s impossible to cover off all the developments. That said there are some stand out stories from the last few weeks not least the artificial intelligence Barbie doll, that when discarded in the corner could well be spying on you. Yes, you read that right. Ransomware has also got a bit more insidious; it used to penetrate your computer via phishing emails but is now being implanted in software vulnerabilities. Hacktivist group Anonymous have also issued a ‘how-to hack-ISIS’ guide, Hilton Hotels has been hit by a big POS hack and UK chancellor George Osborne has implied that some of us are going to die if GCHQ’s cyber threats team doesn’t get more money. Mmmm.
Unsurprisingly this week’s headlines have featured a lot of jaw jaw about Talk Talk who with three cyber breaches in a year clearly do not listen listen. People are upset, disturbed and not a little angry. One website is advising customers how to get out of their contracts. M&S and British Gas have also experienced some cyber embarrassment – as have their customers who have had personal details put on public view. A botnet consisting of 900 CCTV cameras has been discovered while out of work Russian IT workers may just well be gearing up for an assault on Western critical infrastructure, because – they’re out of work.
Malware that scoops up banking details, UK cyber-crime officially recognised as a seriously growing threat, SSL padlock symbol fraud, Adobe Flash riddled with yet more flaws, near nuclear meltdown and drone hit list using mobile phone recognition numbers revealed.
Straddling the divide between autumn and winter Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. Its origins lie in the period of time when the Celtic nations dominated Europe and people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. The idea of divide still holds today and perhaps nowhere more prominent than the surface and light world of the everyday internet and the dark, mysterious and sometime malevolent world of the deep web where hackers and cyber criminals have their being and surface to wreak havoc.
US law enforcement hauls high-profile hackers into the law courts, Russian government unsurprisingly supports hacking, WordPress sites targeted by malware, Tesco remains silent on photo site hack, chip giant Intel aims to protect computers on wheels (cars) and some cyber students creepily ‘kill’ human dummy – with remote hacks.