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.
Lithuanian hacker zeroing in on Manchester (why?), banks developing ‘red teams’, spies clumsily revealing secrets, Android devices shipping with pre-loaded spyware, ten hackable baby monitors and the Internet of Things, and only pen and paper can provide the highest security level… it’s never a dull week in the world of tech security.
The past week has been full of stories about hacking military equipment and the potential for some sort of devastating cyber-attack. There’s also been the rather embarrassing incident for security software vendor BitDefender, who had a server hacked and customer details taken. And UK regulator Ofcom has confirmed what many people suspect, there’s a lot of smartphone addicts out there.
From out-of-control cars and hacks that come beaming into your radio riding the notes of a song, to the perils of ‘butt dialling’ and the inevitable growth in cybercrime it’s a week full of hacking shenanigans, more flaws and disturbing insights.
The fall-out from the hack of the Milan-based Hacking Team continues with all sorts of revelations about how the powerful would like to continue spying on the largely powerless. Adobe Flash vulnerabilities continue to be revealed while the US National Security Agency will be pretty hacked off following the discovery of its latest spying techniques. Meanwhile users of a website that facilitates affairs must be feeling nervous as hackers promise to spill the beans on names, addresses and even sexual fantasies.
Password management company LastPass hacked, but it’s safe; inside the mind of a teenage ransomware creator; Iran is rampant in its cyber-attacks across the Middle East; Israeli hackers break into Foxconn and more devilish doings in the world of cyber space
There have been some spectacular advances in technology propelling the human race onwards and upwards. Of course, we naturally and correctly celebrate these successes. But there have also been some significant fails, but we don’t talk about them, do we? But others failures should be embraced as a way of saying welcome to the human race. And in that spirit here are some tech fails that will probably make you feel better about your own trips, stumbles and occasional headlong plunges into the abyss.
The mobile payment arena is characterised by lots of payment platforms and proprietary digital wallets, and not a lot of retailers accepting them. Apple has changed the game with Apple Pay, its astute partnerships with banks and retailers, and its security. But are mobile payments set to become commonplace?
The craze for wearable tech is just building up ahead of steam. But when interconnected wearables become common, today’s smart watches will seem like yesterday’s clunky grey box PCs. The enticing thing about wearable devices connecting with each other is the amazing potential but with great opportunity comes great risk and unless security is nailed down from the beginning we could see wearables becoming just as hackable as today’s computers.
If you’re set to move to Windows 8 or 8.1 you may be shocked, appalled, delighted at the changes over previous operating systems. It might seem a bit late in the day to offer advice given that Windows 8 and 8.1 have been around for a while now but these operating systems are preloaded on a lot of new computers and if you’re in the market for a new device a little advice won’t go amiss. However, like anything new it can take a bit of time to get up to speed with all of the changes. Some of these are big improvements while some seem to be born from an innate need to tinker. But once you are used to it, there will be no looking back so here’s a few tips to speed you on your way.