Hackers Target Avast’s CCleaner Again Using Stolen VPN Logins

Hackers recently infiltrated antivirus provider Avast in an apparent attempt to tamper with the company’s CCleaner product. The hackers breached the company by stealing the employee login credentials for a VPN client, which gave them access to Avast’s internal network, the antivirus provider said on Monday. Although the company first noticed the breach on Sept. 23, evidence shows the hackers may have first breached Avast’s network as far back as…

October 22, 2019
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Which Countries Are Hit Hardest By Ransomware?

Ransomware is a rapidly growing and insidious form of digital extortion. Like other malware, it can invade your computer in what looks like a legitimate email or document. You won’t know it’s encrypting your files until it’s done and the demand for payment for decryption arrives. And ransomware, like all things internet, is certainly not restricted just to the US. Also, it hits individuals and businesses alike; even cities have…

October 21, 2019
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Most Americans Fail in Digital Literacy

When it comes to digital knowledge, most Americans need to do more homework. (Or maybe we’re just bad at taking tests?) In a recent study conducted by the Pew Research Center, respondents answered 10 questions on a range of technical topics, including cybersecurity, privacy, and social media companies. Most of us know about phishing and cookie, but just 28 percent could identify an example of two-factor authentication, and nearly half…

October 18, 2019
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Feds Take Down Largest Dark Web Child Porn Site, Arrest 337 Users

Law enforcement has taken down the world’s largest child pornography site on the dark web and arrested its operator and 337 of its users across 38 countries. The US Justice Department on Wednesday unsealed an indictment against South Korean national Jong Woo Son for running “Welcome to Video,” a site that’s been selling child porn to users across the globe since at least 2015. Authorities actually arrested Son in South…

October 16, 2019
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Scammer Uses Fake iPhone Jailbreak for Fraud Scheme

A scammer is using an upcoming iPhone jailbreaking tool to trick users into installing shady apps. Last month, the iOS jailbreaking community rejoiced at the discovery of the checkm8 vulnerability, which promises to let iPhone owners modify the mobile OS and install unsanctioned third-party apps. That community is currently working on tool, dubbed “Checkra1n,” that’ll enable a full iOS jailbreak for iPhone models from the 4s to the iPhone X….

October 16, 2019
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Microsoft Adds ‘Tamper Protection’ to Windows Defender

With the release of Windows 10 version 1903 (May 2019 Update), Microsoft has made its operating system a more secure platform by default thanks to a feature called Tamper Protection. As ZDNet reports, Tamper Protection is a feature of Windows Defender for both corporate and consumer versions of Windows 10. When enabled, it blocks any changes to your Windows Security settings by other programs, meaning the only way to change…

October 15, 2019
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Postage Provider Pitney Bowes Hit in Apparent Ransomware Attack

(Photo: Rob Engelaar/AFP/Getty Images) An apparent ransomware attack has hit shipping provider Pitney Bowes, preventing businesses from adding postage to their packages and possibly affecting the US Postal Service from sending your mail as well. Pitney Bowes is blaming the disruption on a “malware attack that encrypted information on some systems,” which matches how ransomware infections generally operate. “Our technical team is working to restore the affected systems, and it…

October 15, 2019
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Google Adds USB-C Model to Titan Security Key Lineup

(Google’s new USB-C Titan Security Key) Google’s Titan Security Key is getting a USB-C version that can connect to the latest laptops and Android smartphones. The new model goes on sale Oct. 15 in the US for $40. To manufacture the devices, Google has partnered with security key vendor Yubico, which also offers a similar-looking USB-C key model for $50. Although security keys can be pricey, they offer the best…

October 14, 2019
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Hacker Loots Data on 250,000 Users of Dutch Prostitution Site

A hacker has stolen the personal details of 250,000 users from the Dutch prostitution forum Hookers.nl, and is seeking to sell the looted data. On Thursday, a moderator for Hookers.nl reported the data breach, which involved a vulnerability in the web software vBulletin, which is used to power forum sites across the world. The Dutch Broadcasting Foundation, also known as NOS, managed to contact the hacker, who has been trying…

October 11, 2019
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Flaw in iTunes for Windows Abused for Ransomware Attacks

Ransomware attackers have been abusing a vulnerability in the Windows version of Apple iTunes to avoid detection from antivirus software, according to security researchers. The problem deals with the Apple-created Bonjour updater that comes with iTunes for Windows, which is used to deliver software updates to the app. Security firm Morphisec has discovered it also suffers from an “unquoted path vulnerability,” which can cause the Bonjour updater to indiscriminately run…

October 11, 2019
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