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Dating apps pose US corporate security risk, says IBM

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The millions of people using dating apps on company smartphones could be exposing themselves and their employers to hacking, spying and theft, according to a study by International Business Machines. IBM security researchers said 26 of 41 dating apps they analyzed on Google’s Android mobile platform had medium or high severity vulnerabilities, in a report published on Wednesday.IBM did not name the vulnerable apps but said it had alerted the app publishers to problems. Apps such as Tinder, OkCupid and Match have become hugely popular in the past few years due to their instant messaging, photo and geolocation services. About 31 million Americans have used a dating site or app, according to a 2013 Pew Research Center study. IBM found employees used vulnerable dating apps in nearly 50 percent of the companies sampled for its research. Using the same phone for work and play, a phenomenon known as “bring your own device,” or BYOD, means users and their employers are both open to potential cyberattacks. “The trouble with BYOD is that, if not managed properly, the organizations might be leaking sensitive corporate data via employee-owned devices,” said the IBM report. IBM said the problem is that people on dating apps […]

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Poverty breeds cyber crimes, says DSWD

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TAGBILARAN CITY – Poverty is still the culprit. The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is partly right as it cited “Poverty and lack of stringent laws,” one of the root causes, have generated what it called cyber pornography and cyber prostitution at the advent of technological advances. Reducing, if not eliminating, the occurrence of cyber crimes that continue to prey on innocent minors has pushed the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to hold the four-day 2nd round of ASEAN Conference on Working Toward a Cyber-Pornography-Free Southeast Asia at Bohol Tropics Resort Club in this capital city on April 22-26, 2013. The conference has considerably identified some factors that contributed to the proliferation of the cyber pornography and cyber prostitution. And it appears it’s determined to combat these cyber crimes by understanding its dynamics and realities and through inter-country linkages in this part of the globe, says the DSWD. These factors include the public’s lack of essential information on the phenomenon; lack of essential information on how to address cyber-pornography and cyber-pornography; and non-cooperation by cyber-cafe owners and operators in disclosing any information of their users which makes tracking of victims and perpetrators almost impossible, says DSWD. It […]

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Accused Russian Hacker Can Be Sent to U.S., Dutch Court Says

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A Russian accused of taking part in the most prolific computer-hacking organization ever uncovered by American authorities can be extradited to the U.S. after a Dutch court rejected his bid to serve any sentence in the Netherlands. Vladimir Drinkman failed to plausibly show “that the U.S. won’t comply with treaty obligations,” The Hague-based court said in a statement on its website today. The U.S. was first to ask for Drinkman’s extradition and Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten was within his rights to ignore a separate extradition request from Russia, the court said. Drinkman will appeal the decision, his lawyer, Bart Stapert, said by phone. Drinkman has been at the center of a 2 ½-year legal tussle over whether he should be sent to the U.S. for prosecution. Stapert told the Dutch court on Jan. 13 that sending his client to the U.S. with no provision for his return would mean the end of his family life if he were convicted and sentenced. Drinkman, a 34-year-old Muscovite has been fighting extradition to the U.S. since he was arrested while vacationing in Amsterdam in June 2012. Federal prosecutors in New Jersey indicted him and four other men in July 2013 on charges of […]

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A Notorious Hacker Says There’s One High Tech Gadget He Absolutely Refuses to Use

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dward Snowden’s Russian handler says the NSA contractor turned hacker refuses to use an iPhone… because the NSA can spy on it at will. Forbes reported in 2013 that documents dumped by Snowden showed the NSA had developed spyware for all smart phones. But now, according to Tech Times, Snowden’s attorney Anatoly Kucherena claims the iPhone is particularly vulnerable. Edward never uses an iPhone; he’s got a simple phone. The iPhone has special software that can activate itself without the owner having to press a button and gather information about him; that’s why on security grounds he refused to have this phone. Snowden is the first to reveal the NSA’s spyware tactics. Tech Times says the Snowden leaks revealed an entire panoply of things they could use to hack an iPhone: Succeeding leaks showed that the NSA developed spyware that would target iPhones, allowing intelligence agencies to access messages, live microphone feeds, data contained in the devices and location data. While it was not made clear whether the program was a success, Apple again denied being involved in the development of such a spyware. Apple says it has never worked with the NSA to come up with a back door to its […]

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Hong Kong crime rate fell to 41-year low in 2014, says police chief

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Hong Kong’s crime rate dropped by 7.1 per cent in 2014 from the previous year – marking a 41-year low, Police Commissioner Andy Tsang Wai-hung announced today. Speaking to legislators during a briefing on last year’s law and order situation, the overall crime rate was 936 cases per 100,000 people, Tsang said. This was the first time that the rate dipped below 1,000 cases since 1973. A total of 67,740 crimes in all categories were reported last year, a 7.1 per cent year-on-year decrease. from 72,911 in 2013. Among the 19 categories of crimes, robbery posted a decrease of 38.2 per cent in the number of cases and burglary fell 24.4 per cent. As the crime rate dipped, so did arrests. A total of 33,679 people were arrested for crimes last year – an 8 per cent year-on-year drop. “Compared with other large cities such as Singapore, Tokyo and Paris, Hong Kong’s overall crime rate is at a relatively low level”, making it one of the safest cities in the world, Tsang said. Serious drug offences were also down by 18.2 per cent, wounding and serious assault down 8.7 per cent and criminal intimidation 4.9 per cent lower than 2013. […]

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Security Company Says 20 Million Credentials Stolen From Russian Dating Website

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Hackers have stolen the user names and e-mail addresses of 20 million members of a Russian dating website and offered the information for sale online, according to a Web security company. Easy Solutions, the fraud-detection software-maker who unearthed the breach, did not identify the hacked website in its online statement, but the Bloomberg news agency said it was a St. Petersburg-based site called Topface. Topface CEO Dmitry Filatov said the company had no proof of the breach but was investigating, the report said. “The list [of web credentials stolen by the hackers] appears to be international in nature with hundreds of domains listed from all over the world,” Daniel Ingevaldson, chief technology officer at Easy Solutions, said in his company’s statement. The largest chunks of web credentials used by people who logged in to the dating website are from Hotmail, Yahoo and Gmail, Ingevaldson said. Hackers will use stolen credentials to try and access bank accounts and e-mails by exploiting online users’ tendency to select the same password for various websites, he added. Fifty percent of the hacked credentials belonged to people based in Russia and 40 percent came from the European Union, Bloomberg reported. source: http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/security-company-says-20-million-credentials-stolen-from-russian-dating-website/514890.html

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Man says credit card info stolen at Buckhead restaurant

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 Powered by Max Banner Ads    A local man wants to find the people who stole his credit card information. He believes his card, along with others, was compromised at a restaurant. It’s a story that’s more and more common, according to one security expert. The man says he had his card on him, but an alert from his credit card company said it was being used 60 miles away. “My card never left my possession. They just somehow accessed my card number and then encoded that onto a credit card,” said Garn McCown. McCown got an alert saying someone had used his credit card 5-6 times in Jasper, Georgia, Sunday night, so he got in his car and drove to the locations. “I finally got a picture of the security tape and found the people that did it,” he said. He says police helped him get surveillance from a Dollar General store. The picture shows a man and woman swiping a card with his information. He believes his card was compromised the last time he used it at a Buckhead restaurant. “They think that they had that happen to a number of other people, but they’re not sure yet. […]

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Bank of England says lenders must do more to shore up cyber defences

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 Powered by Max Banner Ads (Reuters) – Britain’s banks must do more to protect themselves and the wider financial system from growing and evolving cyber crime, the Bank of England said on Friday. Worried by the increasing rate of attacks on banks by Internet hacks, the BoE surveyed 36 financial firms and banks in Britain and found no immediate critical shortcomings in their defences. Read More….

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Mayor says attack on library website was ‘random’

Mayor says attack on library website was ‘random’

BUNDABERG mayor Mal Forman has spoken about the hacking of the Bundaberg Regional Libraries website over the weekend. “As you know, there was hacking of our library website,” Cr Forman said at a press conference this morning. Cr Forman said the council’s staff had the website back under control by midnight. “Our staff reacted very […]

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