Second Florida City Decides to Pay Ransomware Hackers

A second Florida city is reportedly giving in to the hackers behind a ransomware attack, offering them $500,000 to free its computers. On Monday, Lake City authorized its insurer to send the hackers 42 bitcoins, according to The Gainesville Sun. The city itself will only pay a $10,000 deductible on its insurance policy, while the Florida League of Cities will pay the actual ransom fee. The ransomware attack occurred on…

June 26, 2019
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Chinese Cyber Spies Accused of Infiltrating Cellular Networks

A security firm is claiming Chinese state-sponsored hackers have been infiltrating cellular networks for years to steal call log and location data from high-value individuals across the world. According to Boston-based Cybereason, the hackers targeted close to a dozen global telecommunication providers in an attempt to spy on people involved in politics, government work, and military affairs. “The damage to the targeted individuals can go all the way to fully…

June 25, 2019
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Privacy Concerns Could Impact Alexa Device Sales This Prime Day

Prime Day is almost here, which means that big discounts on Echo smart speakers and other Amazon Alexa gadgets are just around the corner. But a new PCMag survey of US consumers who plan to purchase tech on Prime Day indicates that privacy concerns, including revelations that Amazon has thousands of people listening to Alexa voice recordings every day, may impact sales of these devices. Thirty-nine percent of the 1,000…

June 25, 2019
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Ransomware Recovery Firm Caught Wanting to Pay Off Hacker

(Photo credit should read Rob Engelaar/AFP/Getty Images) Be careful around companies that charge to recover a computer from a ransomware attack. A sting operation has uncovered evidence that one such ransomware recovery provider in the UK has simply been paying off the hackers to release the computers — and then charging clients to pay an inflated fee. The provider, Red Mosquito Data Recovery, specializes in rescuing machines infected with ransomware…

June 25, 2019
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Pre-Installed ‘SupportAssist’ Tool on Dell PCs Vulnerable to Bug

Pre-installed software on millions of Dell PCs has a vulnerability that malware can exploit to take over a computer. The vulnerability deals with the Dell SupportAssist software, which is ironically designed to optimize the PC and keep the firmware up to date. This gives it high-level access across the system, which can prove to be a double-edged sword. A researcher at the security firm SafeBreach, Peleg Hadar, noticed a flaw…

June 21, 2019
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Google’s New Chrome Extension Lets You Easily Report Shady Sites

Heads up, Chrome users: Google wants your help identifying suspicious websites. The Web giant this week released a new Chrome extension that warns you when you’re on a suspicious site and lets you easily report it. After installing the Suspicious Site Reporter extension, you’ll see an orange flag icon in your browser when you’re on a site that may attempt to steal your personal information or install malware on your…

June 21, 2019
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How to Log Into Windows With Your Face or Fingerprint

Ditch that Windows 10 password and log in with biometrics like your face or fingerprint via Windows Hello. Here’s how to set it up. PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn affiliate commissions from buying links on this page. Terms of use. Your laptop password is probably so ingrained in your muscle memory that you could type it blindfolded. But if you want an even faster way to log into…

June 21, 2019
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Firefox Issues Another Fix to Stop Attacks on Browser

Hackers have been abusing not one, but two flaws, in the Firefox browser to secretly deliver macOS malware to employee computers at the cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase. Two days ago, Mozilla issued a patch to fix the first vulnerability, which grabbed headlines for how hackers were actively exploiting it to take over computers. Now more details about the attacks have emerged: On Wednesday, Coinbase’s chief information security officer Philip Martin revealed…

June 21, 2019
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The Best Password Managers for 2019

Everyone Needs a Password Manager Nearly every page you visit insists you create a user account and think up a password, from dating apps to hyper-secure banking sites. The human memory can’t keep up with dozens and dozens of these. Some folks get the bright idea to use the simplest possible passwords, things that are easy to remember, like “12345678” or “password.” Others memorize one superbly random password and use…

June 20, 2019
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NASA Hack Used a Raspberry Pi

(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) In April 2018, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) was hacked and 500MB of data from major mission systems was stolen. A federal review of the incident has now revealed a Raspberry Pi was used to gain access to the system as well as the major security shortcomings present within NASA’s network that allowed the hack to succeed. As Threatpost reports, the US Office of the…

June 20, 2019
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