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.

Critical Hikvision flaw could be remotely exploited to hijack cameras, DVRs and accounts

Secret global government surveillance: I'll spy for you, if you spy for me

Secret global government surveillance: I'll spy for you, if you spy for me

New report from Privacy International highlights the ‘dangerous lack of oversight’ for secret global surveillance networks and intelligence sharing between governments.

Tech support scams are on the rise, up 24%, warns Microsoft

Tech support scams are on the rise, up 24%, warns Microsoft

Social engineering attacks like the Microsoft tech support scams still work. Fake cold calls, fake messages on websites, and malicious emails continue to trick victims.

Cops go into funeral home, attempt to unlock phone with dead man's fingerprint

Cops go into funeral home, attempt to unlock phone with dead man's fingerprint

Florida police entered a funeral home and attempted to unlock an iPhone using the dead man's fingerprint.

Cryptomining, not ransomware, the top malware threat so far this year

Cryptomining, not ransomware, the top malware threat so far this year

Cryptominer-based attacks increased, while ransomware-based attacks decreased in Q1 2018, according to Comodo Cybersecurity Threat Research Labs.

Russia is hacking routers in global cyber attacks, US and UK warn

Russia is hacking routers in global cyber attacks, US and UK warn

In a first-of-its-kind advisory, the U.S. and U.K. warned of malicious cyber activity by state-sponsored Russian hackers who are targeting network infrastructure devices.

Busted! Cops use fingerprint pulled from a WhatsApp photo to ID drug dealer

Busted! Cops use fingerprint pulled from a WhatsApp photo to ID drug dealer

Police used a photo sent via WhatsApp and a “pioneering fingerprint technique” to ultimately secure drug convictions against 11 people.

Microsoft network engineer faces charges linked to Reveton ransomware

Microsoft network engineer faces charges linked to Reveton ransomware

A Microsoft network engineer was charged with money laundering and conspiracy linked to Reveton ransomware.

SirenJack: Hackers can hijack emergency alert sirens with a $35 radio and laptop

SirenJack: Hackers can hijack emergency alert sirens with a $35 radio and laptop

Emergency alert systems manufactured by Acoustic Technology Inc. can be hijacked and made to play any audio thanks to a vulnerability dubbed SirenJack.

Ransomware incidents double, threatening companies of all sizes

Ransomware incidents double, threatening companies of all sizes

Ransomware is the most common malware used when it comes to breaches, according to Verizon’s 2018 Data Breach Investigations Report.

Facebook secretly tried to get hospitals to share patient data

Facebook secretly tried to get hospitals to share patient data

More fallout from the Facebook privacy scandal includes the fact that the social media company has been talking with hospitals about sharing patient data with it.

Hackers abused Cisco flaw to warn Iran and Russia: 'Don't mess with our elections'

Hackers abused Cisco flaw to warn Iran and Russia: 'Don't mess with our elections'

Hackers exploited a flaw in Cisco Smart Install Client in a cyber attack against Iran and Russia, enabling them to leave the US flag and 'Don't mess with our elections' on screens.

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