There’s an oft-repeated adage in the world of cybersecurity: There are two types of companies, those that have been hacked, and those that don’t yet know they have been hacked. MySpace, the social media behemoth that was, is apparently in the second category.
The same hacker who was selling the data of more than 164 million LinkedIn users last week now claims to have 360 million emails and passwords of MySpace users, which would be one of the largest leaks of passwords ever. And it looks like the data is being circulated in the underground by other hackers as well.Read more
A seemingly benign group of hackers is taking over the social media accounts of big personalities in the wake of the leak of hundreds of millions of LinkedIn passwords.
The group claims to have recently hacked the accounts of, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Persson, actor Sawyer Hartman, and pop star David Choi, among others. The only thing these targets have in common is that they are relatively famous, and all have a LinkedIn account. It’s unclear how the hackers are taking over the accounts, but there’s some circumstantial evidence that supports the theory that they might be using passwords stolen from LinkedIn back in 2012.Read more
Quite literally, every day someone gets hacked. Whether that's a telecommunications company having its customer data stolen, or another chain of businesses being ripped for all the credit cards it processes, today one hack just seems to melt into another.
Over seven million user accounts belonging to members of Minecraft community “Lifeboat” have been hacked, according to security researcher Troy Hunt. He said he will upload the data to his breach notification website “Have I Been Pwned?”, which allows people to check if their account is compromised and that it includes email addresses and weakly hashed passwords.Read more
It's basically the company's plot to kill the password in cold blood, by replacing it with smartphone user authentication via an uncrackable collection of biometric readings.
Abacus would lock or unlock devices and apps based on a cumulative "trust score" -- as your phone continually monitors and recognizes your location patterns, voice and speech patterns, how you walk and type, and your face. Like many things Google, it sounds miraculous. Your phone will just know it's you. And infosec pundits who believe we're stuck in password-hell Groundhog Day because "regular" people won't do security if it's inconvenient, will rejoice.Read more
A security researcher has discovered a number of vulnerabilities in Lenovo’s SHAREit app, the worst being the use of “12345678” as a hard-coded, default password. The problems have been patched in the software’s latest release.
SHAREit is an app found on many of Lenovo’s products to allow users to share files across devices. Some ThinkPad, and IdeaPad computers, along with Lenovo smartphones, were impacted by the bug. Core Security found four vulnerabilities in the app but the password issues stick out the most. In one of its advisories, Core Security found that when the app is receiving files, it sets a password on a Wi-Fi hotspot.Read more
Look on the bright side! There’s one good thing that comes out of all those website breaches every year: Security researchers get to comb through all those lists of usernames and passwords to remind us just how bad most of our passwords are.
Now that we’re well into 2016, password management company SplashData just released its annual round-up of the worst passwords of 2015. The report is based on more than 2 million passwords that leaked online during the year. One trend the company found in 2015 is that while users are coming up with longer passwords (that’s good), they are simple and not random.Read more
The cable giant acknowledged that email addresses and passwords of up to 320,000 customers may have been stolen.
The company said it doesn't know yet how data was compromised but speculated it was either attacks against other companies that store TWC subscriber information or malware downloaded in phishing attacks on customers. Cyberattacks against businesses are nothing new but have ramped up in recent years as hackers find new ways to exploit security holes. Hackers often sell stolen customer data on the black market and force companies to acknowledge shoddy data-protection practices.Read more
There’s a lot to be said about passwords. First, every year new generations discover the Internet and keep making the same mistakes as their predecessors, who in turn do not learn from their own mistakes.
Second, even the old residents of the Internet want to know how to invent and remember several really good and unique passwords. And third, technology forges ahead, including developments created by cybercriminals. In earlier times, a six-symbol password was safe enough, now users need to invent combinations. And this comes hand in hand with two-factor authentication technique, smartphone fingerprints scanners and other security measures.Read more
You should be very careful while visiting websites on the Internet because you could be hit by a new upgrade to the World's worst Exploit Kit – Angler, which lets hackers develop and conduct their own drive-by attacks on visitors' computers with relative ease.
Many poorly-secured websites are targeting Windows users with a new "Cocktail" of malware that steals users' passwords before locking them out from their machines for ransom. Yes, stealing Windows users' passwords before encrypting their data and locking their PCs for ransom makes this upgrade to the Angler Exploit Kit nastier. Here's How the New Threat Works:Read more
Passwords have been around since the early days — in 200 B.C., the Romans used them on a day-to-day basis to organize and manage actions of military units. With the evolution to the digital age, everyone and their grandmother has acquired a password or two.
With that said, this protective measure becomes very unreliable and insecure when people use passwords improperly. Experts analyzed how users protect their online accounts in a recent research study. As it turned out, almost one third of those surveyed have two or three similar passwords for ALL of their accounts. Moreover, one in seven respondents uses ONE password for all of their accounts.Read more