Cyber criminals do not discriminate. Businesses of all shapes and sizes, even home users, are not immune to today’s cyber threats. Prior to ransomware, remediation was possible. Users would get infected with malware and the user would run their antivirus to remove it and resolve the negative impacts the infection left on the computer. Now, ransomware has made that impossible. Ransomware is a malicious form of software that encrypts, or locks, user’s files and demands a payment in order to unlock them. An antivirus could remove the malicious software, but it still doesn’t decrypt the files. Therefore, remediation is no [...]
330 Million people urge to change their password.
Thursday, 3 May 2018
Twitter has confirmed that they found no sign of a “data breach or misuse by anyone” during their investigation. However, they did tell 330 million users to change their passwords. Due to a bug discovered with password hashing.
More to come…
When you set a password for your Twitter account, we use technology that masks it so no one at the company can see it. We recently identified a bug that stored passwords unmasked in an internal log. We have fixed the bug, and our investigation shows no indication of breach or misuse by anyone.
Out of an abundance of caution, we ask [...]
Online ads can be annoying, but they are more than just an irritation. Such advertising often contains damaging software that can place the unwary at risk.
Avoiding the frustration of such intrusive advertising is becoming a real priority. According to Pagefair, which oversees advertising methods online, the application of ad-blocking extensions increased by 30% worldwide in 2016. Users are choosing white space over web ads, thanks to software. Google Chrome browser will soon be armed with a new feature to ensure that ads failing to meet certain standards will be blocked automatically.
This announcement is proving to be controversial in some markets but is set [...]
Time to change your privacy settings on your social media profiles… Again
Exclusive: Profile data was scraped without user consent or knowledge to “build a three-dimensional picture” on millions of people.
A little-known data firm was able to build 48 million personal profiles, combining data from sites and social networks like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Zillow, among others — without the users' knowledge or consent. The bucket, labeled “lbdumps,” contained a file that unpacked to a single file over 1.2 terabytes in size. The file listed 48 million individual records, scraped from public profiles, consolidated, then stitched [...]