Medical scams: Educate yourself and your loved ones

| | Tips & Advice
We’ve covered the dangers and necessary defenses against various scams, including romance scams, supply chain scams, financial scams, lottery scams, and vishing scams, but now we turn our attention to what could be the most personal and invasive of scams – the medical scam ... Read More

DIDs approved to W3C recommendation

| | identity
Yesterday was a major milestone in the evolution of the Web. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) announced it was overruling the objections of Apple, Google, and Mozilla and approving W3C Decentralized Identifiers (DIDs) 1.0 as a W3C Recommendation.  ... Read More

Facial recognition in Oz

| | Security News
Despite concerns from privacy advocates, Australia is currently the only democracy in the world that uses facial recognition technology to aid Covid-19 containment procedures. Police ensure that Western Australian citizens are following the seven-day quarantine rule by sending periodic text messages that require the quarantined person to send a response ... Read More

If you were a queer girl in the 2000s, you were on LiveJournal

This article is part of a multi-article series celebrating Pride month and the role the internet has played in the history of the LGBTQIA+ community.  I became a blue-haired, combat-boot wearing teenager with the Millennium, turning 13 three months after the world didn’t end on Y2K. I knew how to ... Read More

Deepfake video call: New effort discovered

| | Security News
Since I wrote about the creation and weaponization of deepfake videos back in October 2020, the situation has worsened. Earlier this month, several European mayors received video calls from Vitali Klitschko, the mayor of Kyiv. These calls turned out to be impersonations, generated by tricksters. The mayor of Berlin, Franziska ... Read More

Kids are forming hacking groups online. Here’s what to do about it.

| | Tips & Advice
When people hear the word “hacker,” they probably picture a man sitting alone in a dark room in front of a computer. He has a black screen with green computer code in front of him. Maybe he’s wearing a hoodie with the hood pulled up. (He’s definitely wearing a hoodie ... Read More

Malware-as-a-service is spreading among teens

| | Threat Research
Sometimes when you’re doing research, you stumble across something unexpected. That’s what happened to the Avast team when they were investigating ransomware. They found something that seemed like regular ransomware, but there were a few weird things that caught their eye. The first: The requested ransom fee was only $25.  ... Read More

ToddyCat claws at Asian governments

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Researchers are monitoring an advanced persistent threat (APT) codenamed ToddyCat that has been linked to attacks on government and military entities in Europe and Asia since at least December 2020. Using an unknown exploit to deploy the Chopper web shell, the group targets Microsoft Exchange servers to activate a multistage ... Read More

Vishing scams on the rise: How to protect yourself

Vishing scams have quickly become another major security threat for people around the globe. And although Interpol has cracked down in recent days, the risk of being targeted — and falling victim — to vishing scams has reached new heights ... Read More

The secret gay history of the modern internet

David Bohnett was born 13 years before the Stonewall Revolution, which kicked off the modern day gay civil rights movement in 1969 – and his early life tragically mirrored the struggle. His first lover took his own life because he couldn’t reconcile his religion and his sexuality; he was in ... Read More