ONLINE SECURITY

  • Popular websites not serious about user password security? 31 minutes ago

    London: Very few of the online giants give detailed guidance about the importance of providing secure passwords when users create or update accounts, shows research. "In the seven years of conducting this study, there has not been the level of improvement one might have expected," said lead researcher and professor Steven...
  • 5 simple ways to make your email safer in case of a hack attack 6 days ago

    Los Angeles: The Sony hack, the latest in a wave of company security breaches, exposed months of employee emails. Other hacks have given attackers access to sensitive information about a company and its customers, such as credit-card numbers and email addresses. One way hackers can sneak into a company is...
  • Syrian Electronic Army hackers force message on websites via Gigya November 28, 2014

    Los Angeles: A US firm that helps connect more than 700 companies with customers through social media says a Syrian group hacked the company's web address to upload a message to other websites. Gigya CEO Patrick Salyer outlined what happened in a blog published Thursday. At around 6:45 AM Eastern Time, the...
  • Russian website streams hacked webcam footage from around the world November 21, 2014

    London: A child playing in Bucheon, South Korea. An empty crib in Absecon, New Jersey. Cattle feeding in Behamberg, Austria. Footage from more than 100 countries is being streamed from bedrooms, office buildings, shops, laundromats, stables and barns. Experts have a message for anyone with a webcam, baby monitor or home...
  • US State Department's computers hacked, email shut down November 17, 2014

    Washington: The US State Department has taken the unprecedented step of shutting down its entire unclassified email system as technicians repair possible damage from a suspected hacker attack. A senior department official said Sunday that "activity of concern" was detected in the system around the same time as a previously reported...
  • Apple issues security warning for iCloud following reports of password stealing attempts October 23, 2014

    San Francisco: Apple has posted a new security warning for users of its iCloud online storage service amid reports of a concerted effort to steal passwords and other data from people who use the popular service in China. "We're aware of intermittent organised network attacks using insecure certificates to obtain user...
  • Millions of Google passwords leaked online; check if yours is safe September 11, 2014

    New Delhi: A database containing about 4.93 million usernames and passwords of Google accounts was posted on a Russian Bitcoin security forum. The user posting the data claimed that about 60% of the logins in the leak were active could be accessed successfully using the leaked credentials. The same Google account password...
  • Celebrity nude photos leak clouds iPhone 6 launch, Apple shares slump September 4, 2014

    New York: Apple shares were on track Wednesday for their worst day since January just days ahead of the launch of its latest iPhone, with one brokerage warning of a stock downgrade unless its new products show better promise for profit growth. Shares of the smartphone maker slumped 4 per...
  • Celebrity nude photos leak: Key questions and answers about your files stored online September 3, 2014

    New York: The theft of nude photographs from celebrities' online accounts has thrown a spotlight on the security of cloud computing, a system used by a growing number of Americans to store personal information over the Internet. On Tuesday, Apple acknowledged the security breakdown and blamed it on intruders who were...
  • Apple admits celebrity nude photos were stolen from iCloud but denies security breach September 3, 2014

    Los Angeles: Apple said Tuesday that hackers obtained nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence and other female celebrities by pilfering images from individual accounts rather than through a broader attack on the company's services. Meanwhile, numerous sharing sites removed images of the stars apparently in response to copyright complaints. However, experts say there...
  • Celebrity nude photos leak: It's time to change some important settings on your smartphone September 2, 2014

    New Delhi: Nude photos purportedly showing many top stars took the Internet by storm. Word of the images began spreading early Sunday and multiple reports suggest that the photos had been obtained by hacking into iCloud accounts. Apple says it is investigating whether any iCloud accounts had been tampered with. Cybersecurity...
  • Is Apple's iCloud bug to be blamed for the celebrity nude photos leak? September 2, 2014

    Los Angeles: The FBI said Monday it was addressing allegations that online accounts of several celebrities, including Oscarwinner Jennifer Lawrence, had been hacked, leading to the posting of their nude photographs online. The agency did not say what actions it was taking to investigate who was responsible for posting naked photos...
  • Beware! The Facebook 'colour change' app is a scam that tries to hack into your account August 8, 2014

    New York: Have you tried to change the colour scheme of your Facebook profile lately? Beware of a virus attack as a "colour change" malware is back and has already affected over 10,000 people around the world. The malware has been fixed by Facebook repeatedly but it has resurfaced again,...
  • Yahoo to join Google to create a secure email system August 8, 2014

    Yahoo said it will join Google to create a secure email system by next year that could make it nearly impossible for hackers or government officials to read users' messages, The Wall Street Journal reported. The move comes as large technology companies unite to beef up their defences against government intrusion...
  • Russian hackers steal 1.2 billion passwords affecting 420,000 websites August 6, 2014

    New York: Russian hackers have stolen 1.2 billion user names and passwords in a series of Internet heists affecting 420,000 websites, according to a report published Tuesday. The thievery was described in a New York Times story based on the findings of Hold Security, a Milwaukee firm that has a history...
  • European Central Bank hacked, blackmailed July 25, 2014

    Berlin: The European Central Bank said Thursday that email addresses and other contact information have been stolen from a database that serves its public website, though it stressed that no internal systems or marketsensitive data were compromised. The security breach involved a database serving part of the website that gathers registrations...
  • Following hacker attack, Spotify users will need to upgrade Android app May 28, 2014

    San Francisco: Spotify is requiring people listening to its popular music service on Android devices to install new software as a safeguard against a recent security breach. The breakin so far has only resulted in unauthorised access to one user's account, according to a Tuesday disclosure posted online by Oskar Stal,...
  • eBay hacked, 145 million records accessed in 2nd largest breach in US history May 22, 2014

    Boston: eBay said that hackers raided its network three months ago, accessing some 145 million user records in what is poised to go down as one of the biggest data breaches in history, based on the number of accounts compromised. It advised customers to change their passwords immediately, saying they were...
  • eBay hacked, asks all users to change passwords May 22, 2014

    New York: Ecommerce site eBay is asking users to change their passwords after a cyberattack compromised a company database containing customers' names, encrypted passwords, email addresses, physical addresses, phone numbers and dates of birth. The company said Wednesday that there is no evidence that any financial or credit card information was...
  • Microsoft releases fix for Internet Explorer security hole, rescues XP users May 2, 2014

    Boston: Microsoft is helping the estimated hundreds of millions of customers still running Windows XP, which it stopped supporting earlier this month, by providing an emergency update to fix a critical bug in its Internet Explorer browser. Microsoft rushed to create the fix after learning of the bug in the operating...
  • Heartbleed bug spooks 39 per cent of the Internet users: Survey April 30, 2014

    San Francisco: Most Americans who recently learned about a major breakdown in Internet security have been trying to protect themselves but a group nearly as large is unaware of the threat, according to a new survey. The findings released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center provide a gauge on how Web...
  • Hackers exploit Heartbleed bug to attack Canada tax agency, more expected April 15, 2014

    Boston: Canada's tax-collection agency said on Monday that the private information of about 900 people had been compromised as hackers exploited the "Heartbleed" bug, and security experts warned that more attacks will likely follow. The breach allowed hackers to extract social insurance numbers, which are used for employment and gaining access...
  • Major sites vulnerable to Heartbleed; check where all you need to change your passwords April 14, 2014

    The Heartbleed bug has caused anxiety for people and businesses. Now, it appears that the computer bug is affecting not just websites, but also networking equipment including routers, switches and firewalls. The extent of the damage caused by the Heartbleed is unknown. Here is a list of the sites that...
  • White House, spy agencies deny NSA exploited Heartbleed bug April 13, 2014

    Washington: The White House and US intelligence agencies said neither the National Security Agency nor any other part of the government were aware before this month of the "Heartbleed" bug, denying a report that the spy agency exploited the glitch in widely used Web encryption technology to gather intelligence. The White...
  • 3 things you can do to protect yourself from the Heartbleed bug April 13, 2014

    The "Heartbleed" bug has caused anxiety for people and businesses. Now, it appears that the computer bug is affecting not just websites, but also networking equipment including routers, switches and firewalls. The extent of the damage caused by the Heartbleed is unknown. The security hole exists on a vast number of...
  • Heartbleed bug could affect any device connected to the Internet. Here's how to protect yourself from it April 12, 2014

    New York: It now appears that the "Heartbleed" security problem affects not just websites, but also the networking equipment that connects homes and businesses to the Internet. A defect in the security technology used by many websites and equipment makers have put millions of passwords, credit card numbers and other personal...
  • What is Heartbleed and why is it a big deal? April 10, 2014

    New York: Millions of passwords, credit card numbers and other personal information may be at risk as a result of a major breakdown in Internet security revealed earlier this week. The damage caused by the "Heartbleed" bug is currently unknown. The security hole exists on a vast number of the Internet's...
  • Heartbleed Bug: Passwords, credit cards, sensitive data at risk April 9, 2014

    New York: Passwords, credit cards and other sensitive data are at risk after security researchers discovered a problem with an encryption technology used to securely transmit email, e-commerce transactions, social networking posts and other Web traffic. Security researchers say the threat, known as Heartbleed, is serious, partly because it remained undiscovered...
  • Many Pinterest accounts hacked, boards filled with butt images March 28, 2014

    New Delhi: Many Pinterest users on Twitter are complaining that their Pinterest accounts have been hacked and their boards filled with butt images. Techcrunch reports that one of their editor's accounts was also hacked and flooded with spam. Pinterest users are advised not to click on any pins that look suspicious and...
  • Sudoku-puzzle-like passwords that change every minute for better security March 17, 2014

    London: Ever fancied a password that changes every minute? One may soon be available, with engineers developing a new password technique that uses visual patterns and resembles a Sudoku puzzle. "The problem of passwords is that they are very weak, they are always getting hacked, and also, from a user point...