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.

Dow Jones watchlist of high-risk businesses, people found on unsecured database

Ransomware attacks hit Florida ISP, Australian cardiology group

Ransomware attacks hit Florida ISP, Australian cardiology group

Ransomware attacks might be on the decline, but that doesn't mean we don't have new victims. A Florida ISP and an Australian cardiology group were hit recently.

Bare-metal cloud servers vulnerable to Cloudborne flaw

Bare-metal cloud servers vulnerable to Cloudborne flaw

Researchers warn that firmware backdoors planted on bare-metal cloud servers could later be exploited to brick a different customer’s server, to steal their data, or for ransomware attacks.

Meet the man-in-the-room attack: Hackers can invisibly eavesdrop on Bigscreen VR users

Meet the man-in-the-room attack: Hackers can invisibly eavesdrop on Bigscreen VR users

Flaws in Bigscreen could allow 'invisible Peeping Tom' hackers to eavesdrop on Bigscreen VR users, to discreetly deliver malware payloads, to completely control victims' computers and even to start a worm infection spreading through...

North Korean hackers target Russian-based companies

North Korean hackers target Russian-based companies

The North Korean Lazarus APT group is going after the Russians. Russian hackers, however, needed less than 20 minutes in 2018 to completely pwn an organization.

2.7M recorded medical calls, audio files left unprotected on web

2.7M recorded medical calls, audio files left unprotected on web

Every call made to 1177 Swedish Healthcare Guide service since 2013, and answered by the subcontractor Medicall, was stored on an unprotected server.

Disastrous cyber attack on email provider wipes US servers and backups

Disastrous cyber attack on email provider wipes US servers and backups

A cyber attack on email provider VFEmail caused “catastrophic destruction,” with hackers wiping the servers and backups.

Popular electric scooters can be remotely hacked

Popular electric scooters can be remotely hacked

Researchers warned that Xiaomi M365 scooters can be remotely hacked from 100 meters away to slam on the brakes or to accelerate.

Android phones can be hacked remotely by viewing malicious PNG image

Android phones can be hacked remotely by viewing malicious PNG image

Android users are being told to patch their Android OS Nougat (7.0), Oreo (8.0) and Pie (9.0) as soon as updates are available after a bug related to PNG images was found.

Vendor allegedly assaults security researcher who disclosed massive vulnerability

Vendor allegedly assaults security researcher who disclosed massive vulnerability

A security researcher alleges the COO of Atrient assaulted and threatened him after disclosing a massive vulnerability in an Atrient product.

Nest Secure had a secret microphone, can now be a Google Assistant

Nest Secure had a secret microphone, can now be a Google Assistant

The Nest Secure system had secret microphone that can now make the Nest Guard security hub double as Google Assistant device.

Hijacked Nest devices highlight the insecurity of the IoT

Hijacked Nest devices highlight the insecurity of the IoT

Internet of Things (IoT) devices, such as Nest cameras and thermostats, continue to be hacked. To prevent that, follow smart password practices and turn on 2FA.

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