Monthly Archives: September 2016

You can now earn $1.5 million for hacking the iPhone

Private exploit seller Zerodium has tripled the price of iOS rewards -- and Android is on the radar, too.  By Charlie OsborneSeptember 30, 2016 Image: CNET   A private exploit seller has tripled the reward for Apple iOS exploits and is now offering $1.5 million for valid attacks against fully patched iPhones and iPads. Zerodium…
Read more

Hackers Infect Army of Cameras, DVRs for Massive Internet Attacks

 The Wall Street Journal. Drew FitzGerald   Hackers used an army of hijacked security cameras and video recorders to launch several massive internet attacks last week, prompting fresh concern about the vulnerability of millions of “smart” devices in homes and businesses connected to the internet. The assaults raised eyebrows among security experts both for their…
Read more

Where ransomware goes next: Your phone, your TV, your servers

Cyber-cops list cryptoware as their 'dominant concern' and warn that it will target more devices and aim for higher-value targets.  By Steve Ranger | September 29, 2016 Online crime is getting more sophisticated, warns Europol.  Image: iStockphoto   Europol's latest annual Internet Organized Crime Threat Assessment report paints a rather grim portrait of digital criminality…
Read more

Microsoft expands Windows Insider Preview Edge browser bug bounty program

The Redmond giant's bug bounty scheme has grown to include additional vulnerabilities.  By Charlie OsborneSeptember 29, 2016  The Microsoft Edge on the Windows Insider Preview bug bounty program has been expanded, with researchers asked to hunt down a wider range of security flaws. screen-shot-2016-09-29-at-07-52-35.jpg   On Wednesday, Security Program Manager in the Microsoft Security Response…
Read more

HOW POLICE TRACE CELLPHONES IN IEDS LIKE THE ONES IN NYC

Author: Andy Greenberg. Andy Greenberg : 09.28.16. Getty Images   A cellphone makes a convenient detonator for an improvised explosive device. But it’s also one of the most conveniently trackable devices under the eye of American law enforcement. Less than 48 hours after a bomb exploded in a dumpster on a streetcorner in the Chelsea…
Read more

macOS Sierra iCloud features aren’t ready yet

Last week, I warned users to be skeptical of the new macOS Sierra storage features. Prominent blogger Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo gave an object lesson in a post describing the disappearance of all his home Mac Desktop and Documents folders thanks to a bug. Here's what happened.  By Robin Harris for Storage Bits…
Read more

What is ransomware? 1 in 3 small businesses ‘clueless’ to the danger

New research suggests that SMBs have a long way to go before getting up to speed with today's cyberthreats.  By Charlie OsborneSeptember 28, 2016 Symantec   A third of small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) have no idea what ransomware is or how devastating the malware can be, highlighting a series lack of understanding which could…
Read more

Microsoft Removes Windows Journal Due to Security Flaws

By Eduard Kovacs on September 27, 2016   Microsoft has decided to remove the Windows Journal application from its operating systems due to the discovery of several vulnerabilities that can be exploited through specially crafted Journal files. Windows Journal is a note-taking application available in Windows versions from XP Tablet PC Edition through Windows 10.…
Read more

Officials Are Scrambling to Protect the Election From Hackers

Author: Lily Hay Newman.  09.27.16 GettyImages-513185760.jpg    Ian Thomas Jansen-Lonnquist/Bloomberg/Getty Images   As the United States barrels toward November elections, officials are still looking for last-minute fixes to ensure that the patchwork of voting technology used around the country can fend off the increasingly troubling prospect of hacker attacks. And in the latest of those efforts,…
Read more

Thousands of Cisco devices still at risk of unpatched NSA zero-day flaws

The tools may have been mistakenly left behind by the NSA following an operation.  By Zack Whittaker for Zero Day | September 27, 2016 (Image: Shadowserver)   Hundreds of thousands of routers and firewalls are still at risk of exploitation by hacking tools linked to the NSA, which last month were leaked online. A group calling…
Read more