Stalker zoomed in on Japanese idol’s eyes to find out where she lived

October 12, 2019

This is horrific. According to media reports, an obsessed fan assaulted a J-Pop star after determining where she lived by zooming in on selfies she had posted on social media, and examining the reflection in her eyes. 26-year-old “fan” Hibiki Sato attacked Japanese idol Ena Matsuoka outside her home, after zooming in to a reflection of a sign in her eyes’ pupils in a photograph she had posted online. According…

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Smashing Security #149: Falling in love with fraudsters

October 10, 2019

We take a trip to Staten Island, New York, to hear how a case of cyberstalking resulted in the arrest of 20 alleged mobsters, learn about the nude photo-loving insider threat at Yahoo, and discover how fraudsters might be boosting Match.com’s profits. All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this…

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Ransomware victim hacks attacker, turning the tables by stealing decryption keys

October 9, 2019

Normally it works like this. Someone gets infected by ransomware, and then they pay the ransom. The victim then licks their wounds and hopefully learns something from the experience. And that’s what happened to Tobias Frömel, a German developer and web designer who found himself paying a Bitcoin ransom of 670 Euros (US $735) after his QNAP NAS drive was hit by the Muhstik ransomware. However, Frömel didn’t just put…

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Toms Shoes newsletter “hacked by a nice man”

October 7, 2019

Footwear retailer Toms has had its email newsletter compromised by someone who calls himself “a nice man”. As Motherboard reports, someone going by the name of “Nathan” sent an unauthorised message to the firm’s newsletter subscribers with the subject line “Toms hacked by a nice man.” And, rather than be told about the hottest deals for flip-flops, slip-ons and espadrilles were instead advised to spend a little less time looking…

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How a GIF could let a hacker view your WhatsApp messages

October 7, 2019

If you think you get funny looks when you tell folks you don’t have a Facebook account, just wait until you see the baffled reaction you receive from friends and family when you break it to them that you’re not on WhatsApp either. All of which means that I don’t have to worry about the latest vulnerability that was found in the extraordinarily-popular messaging service. A security hole could have…

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A short history of hacked billboards and road signs

October 3, 2019

Hacked roadside billboards are in the news again, so it felt like a good time to take a look back on some of the more notable incidents that have caught the media’s attention in the past… January 2009 No, you don’t have to worry about a botnet bombarding you. It’s zombies in Austin, Texas, you have to watch out for. “ZOMBIES AHEAD” May 2012 Practical jokers meddled with a a…

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Hack strikes Words with Friends and Draw Something, amid claims 218 million players’ details breached

September 30, 2019

Players of the popular Words with Friends and Draw Something smartphone games are being advised to change their passwords following what sounds like a security breach at game developer Zynga. Zynga, which also develops other hit games such as FarmVille and Mafia Wars, posted an advisory earlier this month that the account login details of “certain players” of Draw Something and Words with Friends “may have been accessed”, and shared…

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Hearing aid manufacturer hit by cyber attack slashes profits by $95 million

September 26, 2019

Demant, the manufacturer of Oticon hearing aids, has said that it expects losses of up to 650 million kroner (approximately $95 million) following a cyber attack earlier this month. The company’s servers suffered what it described as a “critical incident” on September 3, disrupting the production and distribution of its products. Details remain sketchy, but the fact that the company shut down IT systems across multiple sites and business units…

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Smashing Security #147: Don’t Snapchat and drive

September 26, 2019

LastPass Enterprise makes password security effortless for your organization. LastPass Enterprise simplifies password management for companies of every size, with the right tools to secure your business with centralized control of employee passwords and apps. But, LastPass isn’t just for enterprises, it’s an equally great solution for business teams, families and single users. Go to lastpass.com/smashing to see why LastPass is the trusted enterprise password manager of over 33 thousand…

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