YouTube joins Facebook and Twitter, disabling accounts targeting Hong Kong protests

August 23, 2019

Google has announced that it has shut down 210 YouTube channels after it discovered that they were behaving “in a coordinated manner.” The YouTube channels were uploading videos “related to the ongoing protests in Hong Kong,” and were said to be using a variety of methods (including VPNs) to disguise their origin. Why would such a thing be done? Well, no doubt to influence public opinion. And there’s not necessarily…

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Block newly-registered domains to reduce security threats in your organisation

August 22, 2019

It’s no secret that there are a lot of websites on the internet hosting malicious content whether they be phishing pages, scams or malware itself. Every day we hear of new attacks, there’s a common denominator of either a user having clicked on a link to a fraudulent website or a site having played host to code that pulled a malicious payload down from a third-party server. Security products generally…

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Smashing Security #142: Mercedes secret sensors, smart cities, and ransomware runs riot

August 22, 2019

Darknet Diaries host Jack Rhysider joins us to discuss how cities in Texas are being hit by a wave of ransomware, how Mercedes Benz has installed a tracker in your car (but not for the reason you think), the security threats impacting smart cities, and a new feature coming to your Facebook app. All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast,…

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Microsoft warns of wormable vulnerabilities in Windows

August 14, 2019

On the second Tuesday of every month, regular as clockwork, Microsoft releases a bundle of security patches for its software and urges companies and home users to update their systems before vulnerabilities are exploited by malicious hackers. Sure enough on this month’s Patch Tuesday, earlier this week, the company rolled out updates for its customers, but amongst them are fixes for two critical vulnerabilities which could be exploited by a…

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Smashing Security #140: Love, PINs, and 8chan

August 8, 2019

Is the PIN you use for your bank card secure? How did one woman get duped into giving a romance scammer $200,000? And Cloudflare and other online services take aim at a vile corner of the internet… 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 week by Maria Varmazis. Hosts:…

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Amazon now lets you opt-out of having humans review your Alexa conversations

August 5, 2019

Apple has completely paused letting contractors listen to Siri voice recordings worldwide (and says it will offer opt-out later), and Google – feeling hot under the collar after German regulators started an investigation – has stopped its contractors listening in Europe. Now it’s Amazon’s turn to respond to growing concerns about sensitive personal conversations recorded by digital home assistants are being reviewed by third-party contractors. Bloomberg reports that Amazon has…

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Apple’s Siri contractors will no longer hear you having sex, making drug deals

August 2, 2019

Google may have been forced by regulators (temporarily at least) to stop its subcontractors listening to audio captured by its smart speaker, but Apple clearly sees the benefit of not waiting until it receives a stern letter from the authorities. Last week The Guardian reported that – like Amazon and Google – Apple was farming out a small percentage of audio recordings made by its Siri digital assistant to third-parties…

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Smashing Security #138: Logic bombs, brain data exploitation, and Digga D tweets

July 25, 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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Police arrest man after Lancaster University hacking attack

Police have arrested a 25-year-old man from Bradford in connection with a data breach at Lancaster University. Earlier this week, Lancaster University admitted that it had fallen victim to what it described as a “sophisticated and malicious phishing attack” which resulted in “breaches of student and applicant data.” According to the UK-based university, records related to undergraduate applications for 2019 and 2020 were accessed by an unauthorised party – which…

July 24, 2019
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