Millions of Facebook Passwords Kept in Plain Text for Employees to Access

Millions of Facebook Passwords Kept in Plain Text for Employees to Access

Perhaps we should all change our Facebook passwords to play it safe, following news that Facebook kept, from as early as 2012, “hundreds of millions” of user account passwords in plain text, making them available to some 20,000 employees, writes KrebsOnSecurity following a tip from a source at Facebook. According ... Read More
North Carolina’s Orange County Hit by Third Ransomware Attack in Six Years

North Carolina’s Orange County Hit by Third Ransomware Attack in Six Years

Orange County in North Carolina suffered its third ransomware infection in six years, the local government announced on its website on Monday. The attack, probably stemming from a phishing email, a very common practice in such situations, crippled the county’s IT infrastructure and left a number of departments struggling with ... Read More
EU Hits Google with Third Antitrust Fine for Illegal Search Ad Practices

EU Hits Google with Third Antitrust Fine for Illegal Search Ad Practices

Google was fined almost €1.5 billion ($1.7 billion) by the European Commission for an antitrust violation, the legislative body announced. Labeled as “outright prohibition,” Google was fined for abusive practices regarding competition policy, the third fine it has received over a two-year span. The case was identified in 2016 and ... Read More
EU Ready to Take On Cross-Border Attack with New Europol Protocol

EU Ready to Take On Cross-Border Attack with New Europol Protocol

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In about two months, two years will have passed since the WannaCry ransomware attack, a large-scale, global security incident that spread through the EternalBlue exploit targeting computers operating on outdated Windows systems. It affected over 300,000 computers that were still using vulnerable software such as Windows Vista and Windows 7, ... Read More
Facebook Faces Criminal Investigation over Data Handling Partnerships

Facebook Faces Criminal Investigation over Data Handling Partnerships

Facebook Faces Criminal Investigation over Data Handling Partnerships Facebook’s troubles seem never-ending, as the company now faces a criminal investigation by federal prosecutors for its data-sharing practices and partnerships with global tech companies, writes the New York Times. More than 150 companies including Netflix, Spotify, Apple, Microsoft, Sony and Amazon ... Read More
DARPA to Develop $10 Million Open Source Voting System

DARPA to Develop $10 Million Open Source Voting System

The US election might be different in 2020 thanks to a project by DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), the US Department of Defense research division, aiming at bullet-proofing voting machines by moving away from proprietary software that can’t be properly evaluated for bugs, writes Motherboard. $10 million is invested ... Read More
Google Takes Down 2.3 Billion Ads, Almost 60 Million Phishing Scams

Google Takes Down 2.3 Billion Ads, Almost 60 Million Phishing Scams

Google’s bad ads report for 2018 is out, and according to Director of Sustainable Ads Scott Spencer, 2.3 billion non-compliant ads were taken down for violating policies, almost 1 billion fewer than the 3.2 billion ads detected in 2017. Many represented malvertising and phishing scams for tech support, bail bonds, ... Read More
Verizon Study Shows Mobile Devices among Top Entry Points for Hackers, Ransomware Remains Most Successful Attack

Verizon Study Shows Mobile Devices among Top Entry Points for Hackers, Ransomware Remains Most Successful Attack

The Facebook data breach of 2018, probably the biggest of the year, illustrates better than any other example that no company, big or small, is immune to hackers. One would expect a company of Facebook’s size to sustain top-tier research and development for cybersecurity, but last year’s breach prove it’s ... Read More
Accused OneCoin Scam Orchestrator Arrested in Los Angeles

Accused OneCoin Scam Orchestrator Arrested in Los Angeles

OneCoin founder Konstantin Ignatov was arrested at the Los Angeles airport on March 6 on allegations of wire fraud and cryptocurrency scams, the Manhattan US attorney’s office announced. An US investigation concluded that OneCoin is in fact a “multibillion-dollar pyramid scheme involving the sale of a fraudulent cryptocurrency.” Established in ... Read More
Columbia Surgical Specialists Pays Almost $15k Ransom Following Ransomware Attack

Columbia Surgical Specialists Pays Almost $15k Ransom Following Ransomware Attack

A ransomware attack on Spokane, Washington-based Columbia Surgical Specialists on Jan. 9 resulted in unauthorized access of medical records of almost 400,000 patients, the healthcare provider said in a press release. Although the FBI and security companies advise organizations not give in to hacker demands, the company paid almost $15,000 ... Read More