Ms. Smith

Ms. Smith (not her real name) is a freelance writer and programmer with a special and somewhat personal interest in IT privacy and security issues. She focuses on the unique challenges of maintaining privacy and security, both for individuals and enterprises. She has worked as a journalist and has also penned many technical papers and guides covering various technologies. Smith is herself a self-described privacy and security freak.

Researchers find over 40,000 stolen logins for government portals

Attacking from inside, cyber crooks rake in millions from banks

Attacking from inside, cyber crooks rake in millions from banks

Crooks stole tens of millions of dollars from banks with hacks involving hidden devices and direct connections to local networks.

Hackers get into National Republican Congressional Committee's email system

Hackers get into National Republican Congressional Committee's email system

The National Republican Congressional Committee's email system was hacked leading up to midterm elections.

Microsoft, Mastercard propose universal digital identity program

Microsoft, Mastercard propose universal digital identity program

Microsoft and Mastercard say the “single, reusable digital identity” could solve identity verification issues and help with fraud prevention.

US senator proposes jailing execs, fining companies for data breaches

US senator proposes jailing execs, fining companies for data breaches

Following the Marriott breach, a U.S. senator proposes jailing senior company executives and levying multi-billion-dollar fines for data breaches.

Ad fraud botnet 3ve shut down after infecting 1.7 million PCs

Ad fraud botnet 3ve shut down after infecting 1.7 million PCs

An enormous ad fraud botnet, 3ve, was shut down after 1.7 million PCs were infected to falsify 12 billion ads per day.

Hacker adds malicious bitcoin-stealing code to popular JavaScript library

Hacker adds malicious bitcoin-stealing code to popular JavaScript library

An NPM package with 2 million weekly downloads had malicious code injected into it. Plus, more problems arise from the Windows 10 October 2018 Update.

Amazon 'technical error' exposes undisclosed number of customer names and emails

Amazon 'technical error' exposes undisclosed number of customer names and emails

Amazon isn't saying how many customers had their names and email addresses exposed due to a data leak caused by an unexplained technical error.

Russian Cozy Bear APT 29 hackers may be impersonating State Department

Russian Cozy Bear APT 29 hackers may be impersonating State Department

Russian Cozy Bear hackers may be impersonating the U.S. State Department in a large, new spear-phishing campaign, plus other cybersecurity news.

Microsoft covertly collects personal data from enterprise Office ProPlus users

Microsoft covertly collects personal data from enterprise Office ProPlus users

Experts raised privacy concerns when a data protection impact assessment found Microsoft covertly collects personal data from users of the enterprise version of Office ProPlus.

Possible BGP hijacking takes Google down

Possible BGP hijacking takes Google down

Google went down Monday as a border gate protocol (BGP) issue rerouted traffic to China, Russia, and Nigeria.

Cyber criminals abuse US Postal Service Informed Delivery for ID theft

Cyber criminals abuse US Postal Service Informed Delivery for ID theft

Criminals are abusing the US Postal Service's Informed Delivery for ID theft and fraud. Meanwhile, vulnerabilities were found in Oracle's VirtualBox, WordPress and Adobe ColdFusion servers.

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