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When contractors attack: two years jail for vengeful IT admin

An IT contractor working for an IT consultancy company took it upon himself to perform an act of revenge against the firm he worked at, after they complained about his performance. The charge he faced was breaking into the network of a company in Carlsbad, California. And it got him two years in prison. What happened? Deepanshu Kher was helping a client to transition to a Microsoft Office … [Read more...]

FBI warns of increase in PYSA ransomware attacks targeting education

On March 16, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) issued a “Flash” alert on PYSA ransomware after an uptick on attacks this month against institutions in the education sector, particularly higher ed, K-12, and seminaries. According to the alert [PDF], the United Kingdom and 12 states in the US have already affected by this ransomware family. #FBI reporting notes a recent … [Read more...]

5 common VPN myths busted

Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are popular but often misunderstood. There are many misconceptions about them—misconceptions that may be stopping people from adding a useful layer to their security and privacy defenses. So, let’s do some myth busting. 1. VPNs are for illegal activity Some people think that VPNs are only useful for doing things like torrenting, accessing geo-locked … [Read more...]

International Women’s Day: Women in tech name their heroes

Happy Monday! And if you haven’t yet checked the significance of this day—March 8—before grabbing coffee, today is International Women’s Day (IWD). Since March 19, 1911, the year the very first IWD was observed in several European countries, millions of people have been calling for women to be given more rights, which includes the right to work, vote, and hold public office. A few years later … [Read more...]

Omegle investigation raises new concerns for kids’ safety

Social media site Omegle is under fire after an investigation found boys using the platform to expose themselves on camera, and adults exposing themselves to minors. Omegle users are paired with a random stranger who they can socialize with via text or video chat. An investigation by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) found boys and adults exposing themselves on camera, after its … [Read more...]

North Korean hackers charged with $1.3 billion of cyberheists

The US Department of Justice recently unsealed indictments detailing North Korea’s involvement in several global cyberattack campaigns against institutions in the financial and entertainment sectors, and money laundering schemes in certain US states. The first unsealed indictment is for hacking activities done by three computer programmers from North Korea. Prosecutors name Jon Chang Hyok … [Read more...]

Clubhouse under scrutiny for sending data to Chinese servers

The audio-chat app Clubhouse is the latest rage in the social media landscape. What makes it so popular and, now it’s part of the social media landscape, can we trust it? The Clubhouse app Clubhouse was launched about a year ago and was initially only used by Silicon Valley’s rich and famous. It is different from other social media in that it focuses on the spoken word. Clubhouse … [Read more...]

Yandex sysadmin caught selling access to email accounts

Yandex, a European multinational technology firm best known for being the most-used search engine in Russia, has revealed it had a security breach, leading to the compromise of almost 5,000 Yandex email accounts. The company says it spotted the breach after a routine check by its security team. They found that one of their system administrators with access to customer accounts was allowing … [Read more...]

Android emulator abused to introduce malware onto PCs

Emulators have played a part in many tech-savvy users’ lives. They introduce a level of flexibility that not only allows another system to run on top of a user’s operating system—a Windows OS running on a MacBook laptop, for example—but also allows video gamers to play games designed to work on a different platform than the one they own. Recently, ESET revealed a campaign that targeted users of … [Read more...]

Google FLoC puts ad trackers on a cookie-free diet

Cookie tracking is dying and Google needs a replacement. It’s betting on FLoC, an ad tracking technology that lets it understand people’s behaviour while respecting their privacy. Google has announced that its tests show promising signs that FLoC is working. Is this a milestone on the road to more privacy, or just better concealed tracking technology? Let’s have a look. What are … [Read more...]