Online Security

  • 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 break-in 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: E-commerce 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 May 1, 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...
  • Crowdfunding website Kickstarter hacked February 17, 2014

    Kickstarter, the fundraising platform used by millions of people to raise capital for creative projects and businesses, said on Saturday that hackers had gained access to some of its customers' data earlier in the week but that the breach had been repaired. "No credit card data of any kind was accessed...
  • Hackers use previously unknown Internet Explorer 10 flaw in new attacks February 14, 2014

    San Francisco: A previously unknown flaw in a recent version of Microsoft's Internet Explorer web browser is being used to attack Internet users, including some visitors to a major site for US military veterans, researchers said Thursday. Security firm FireEye discovered the attacks against IE 10 this week, saying that hundreds...
  • Yahoo email accounts hacked, passwords stolen January 31, 2014

    New York: Usernames and passwords of some of Yahoo's email customers have been stolen and used to gather personal information about people those Yahoo mail users have recently corresponded with, the company said Thursday. Yahoo didn't say how many accounts have been affected. Yahoo is the second-largest email service worldwide, after...
  • NSA developing a quantum computer to crack privacy codes: Report January 3, 2014

    The US National Security Agency is trying to develop a computer that could ultimately break most encryption programs, whether they are used to protect other nations' spying programs or consumers' bank accounts, The Washington Post reported on Thursday. The report, which the newspaper said was based on documents leaked by former...
  • 1 in every 14 Americans a victim of identity theft December 13, 2013

    Washington: The US government says 1 out of every 14 Americans age 16 or older was a target or a victim of identity theft, a crime imposing a heavy emotional toll on many of its victims. According to a national household survey of 70,000 people issued by the Bureau of Justice...
  • How to protect your email, social networking and other online accounts December 5, 2013

    New York: Security experts say passwords for more than 2 million Facebook, Google and other accounts have been compromised and circulated online, just the latest example of breaches involving leading Internet companies. Some services including Twitter have responded by disabling the affected passwords. But there are several things you can...
  • Cyber experts uncover 2 mn stolen Facebook, Google, Twitter passwords December 5, 2013

    Boston: Security experts have uncovered a trove of some 2 million stolen passwords to websites including Facebook, Google, Twitter and Yahoo from Internet users across the globe. Researchers with Trustwave's SpiderLabs said they discovered the credentials while investigating a server in the Netherlands that cyber criminals use to control a massive...
  • BlackBerry user Barack Obama says he's not allowed iPhone for 'security reasons' December 5, 2013

    Washington: The troubled mobile phone maker BlackBerry still has at least one very loyal customer: US President Barack Obama. At a meeting with youth on Wednesday to promote his landmark healthcare law, Obama said he is not allowed to have Apple's smart phone, the iPhone, for "security reasons," though he still...
  • Twitter, New York Times, Huffington Post hacked by Syrian group August 28, 2013

    San Francisco: Media companies including the New York Times, Twitter and the Huffington Post lost control of some of their websites Tuesday after hackers supporting the Syrian government breached the Australian Internet company that manages many major site addresses. The Syrian Electronic Army, a hacker group that has previously attacked media...
  • Six ways to keep your data safe from spying June 15, 2013

    London: Phone call logs, credit card records, emails, Skype chats, Facebook message, and more: The precise nature of the NSA's sweeping surveillance apparatus has yet to be confirmed. But given the revelations spilling out into the media recently, there hardly seems a single aspect of daily life that isn't somehow subject...
  • After Twitter, LinkedIn boosts security with two-step verification June 1, 2013

    Mountain View: LinkedIn is joining the crowd of Internet services tying account security to mobile phones. In a change announced on Friday, the roughly 225 million users of LinkedIn's online professional networking service can now choose to require a code to be sent to their phones whenever an attempt is made...
  • An 'e-vil empire' thrives on USSR's old domain name .su May 31, 2013

    Moscow: The Soviet Union disappeared from the map more than two decades ago. But online an 'e-vil empire' is thriving. Security experts say the .su Internet suffix assigned to the USSR in 1990 has turned into a haven for hackers who've flocked to the defunct superpower's domain space to send spam...
  • Twitter adds two-step verification to logins for added security May 23, 2013

    New York: Twitter is adding an extra security measure to users' accounts in an effort to prevent unauthorized logins. Twitter said in a blog post Wednesday that users will be able to enroll in a login verification program. For those who sign up, Twitter will send a six-digit code using a...
  • 10 must-know tips on how to keep your passwords strong and secure February 28, 2013

    New York: Rarely does a week go by without news of another hacking incident, whether it's Chinese hackers accused of breaking in to The New York Times' computer systems or Burger King finding its Twitter account taken over by pranksters. Security threats aren't new and have long been part of online...
  • Hackers who targeted Facebook attack Apple, infect Macs February 20, 2013

    Boston: Apple was recently attacked by hackers who infected Macintosh computers of some employees, the company said Tuesday in an unprecedented disclosure describing the widest known cyber attacks targeting Apple computers used by corporations. Unknown hackers infected the computers of some Apple workers when they visited a website for software developers...
  • Facebook hacked, no data compromised February 16, 2013

    San Francisco: Facebook said on Friday it had been the target of an unidentified hacker group, but it found no evidence that user data was compromised. "Last month, Facebook security discovered that our systems had been targeted in a sophisticated attack," the company said in a blog post posted on Friday...