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Your Personal information is Out There: The Largest Government Hack Ever!

David Smothers July 21, 2015

When the Office of Personnel Management began investigating a data breach, it was already a dire situation, with 4.2 million federal workers’ information stolen. Then things got worse. And worse. During the investigation of the hack, the OPM found a second theft, the existence of which was first reported back in June. But today, we… Continue Reading »

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Online Cheating Site AshleyMadison Hacked

David Smothers July 20, 2015

Large caches of data stolen from online cheating site AshleyMadison.com have been posted online by an individual or group that claims to have completely compromised the company’s user databases, financial records and other proprietary information. The still-unfolding leak could be quite damaging to some 37 million users of the hookup service, whose slogan is “Life… Continue Reading »

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Should You Trust a Site to Check If Your Gmail Password Was Leaked?

David Smothers September 12, 2014

In the wake of the latest leak involving 5 million Gmail addresses and (some) passwords, the advice was the same one we give in every situation like this: Change your password — especially if you re-use it on multiple services and websites. But if you’re checking to see if your email address and password is… Continue Reading »

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Apple Now Warns You If Your iCloud Is Accessed from the Web

David Smothers September 8, 2014

Following last week’s celeb-photo-hacking-scandal, Apple has started sending email notifications that warn people that their iCloud accounts have been accessed from web. This is the first step to what we’ve been told will be a more secure iCloud future. Now when you login to your account from a web browser—or when somebody else does—you’ll get… Continue Reading »

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Apple Is Investigating the Celeb Nude Leaks

David Smothers September 2, 2014

Apple is investigating several iCloud account violations that may have resulted in hackers spreading leaked photos of naked female celebrities online. “We take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report,” an Apple spokesperson told Recode. Apple has not commented on how exactly hackers got their pathetic, pervy hands on the private photos… Continue Reading »

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Now Neiman Marcus Customers’ Credit Cards Have Been Hacked

David Smothers January 17, 2014

Target’s not alone in its credit card hacking woes: this week, high-end retailer Neiman Marcus acknowledged that credit and debit cards used in its brick-and-mortar stores have been compromised. Shopping sure seems dangerous lately. In a statement to security journalist Brian Krebs, a Neiman Marcus spokesperson says the retailer was alerted about a possible breach… Continue Reading »

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WTF! We Got Hacked: Iran Sure Did Pick a Bad Time to Hack into the Navy’s Computers

David Smothers September 27, 2013

Obama barely got a chance to catch his breath after announcing historic talks with Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, when some discouraging news came across the wires. Presumably while all this good diplomacy was going down, Iranian hackers broke into unclassified Navy computers. Oh brother. The good news is that the Navy doesn’t think any important… Continue Reading »

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Yup, the NYTimes and Twitter Outages Started With Simple Phishing

David Smothers August 28, 2013

As we strongly suspected earlier, the hackers that briefly took over the Twitter and New York Times domains yesterday didn’t use brute force or fancy hacks to get in. The LATimes reports that the Syrian Electronic Army used phishing emails to get username and password credentials for several employees Melbourne IT, the registrar for both… Continue Reading »

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The Difference Between Antivirus and Anti-Malware (and Which to Use)

David Smothers August 21, 2013

[via lifehacker] Antivirus is a confusing matter: it’s called antivirus, but there are tons of other types of malware out there. So…do those programs also scan for spyware, adware, and other threats? Here’s how to make heads or tails of it all, and which tools you can trust to keep your PC clean. We may… Continue Reading »

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Adobe’s Creative Cloud Has Already Been Pirated

David Smothers June 20, 2013

Adobe’s shift to cloud-based software provision for its new Creative Cloud design suite was partly motivated by anti-piracy concerns. Which, of course, means… it’s already been pirated. Just one day after the official roll out of Creative Cloud, a certain Ching Liu has already uploaded a torrent link to The Pirate Bay which provides a… Continue Reading »

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