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.

Forcing users to log into Google Chrome without consent raises privacy concerns

Forcing users to log into Google Chrome without consent raises privacy concerns

Google defends the forced login to Chrome when you access a Google-owned site, updating the Chrome privacy policy to reflect the new changes.

Brewery became victim of targeted ransomware attack via job vacancy ad

Brewery became victim of targeted ransomware attack via job vacancy ad

Hackers took a job ad on the Arran Brewery website and posted it on international recruitment sites. One of the resumes submitted as a result had a Dharma Bip ransomware payload.

State Department confirms breach of unclassified email system

State Department confirms breach of unclassified email system

The U.S. State Department confirmed it suffered a data breach of its unclassified email system. It says less than 1% of employees were affected.

Sophisticated mobile spyware Pegasus found in the US and 44 other countries

Sophisticated mobile spyware Pegasus found in the US and 44 other countries

Ten Pegasus operators deployed the Pegasus spyware for cross-border surveillance and may be violating U.S. law.

Ransomware hits UK's Bristol Airport, affects flight information screens

Ransomware hits UK's Bristol Airport, affects flight information screens

Ransomware is being blamed for non-working flight information screens at Bristol Airport in the UK over the weekend.

New GandCrab ransomware variant hammers Florida school district

New GandCrab ransomware variant hammers Florida school district

A GandCrab ransomware attack, combined with a Comcast outage, caused a Florida Keys school district’s computer system to be down for a week.

Hackers clone Tesla Model S key fob in 2 seconds to steal car

Hackers clone Tesla Model S key fob in 2 seconds to steal car

Belgium researchers quickly cloned the key fob of a Tesla Model S designed by Pektron. Tesla fixed the vulnerability, but McLaren, Karma and Triumph systems are also likely vulnerable.

British Airways hack was by same group that compromised Ticketmaster

British Airways hack was by same group that compromised Ticketmaster

The British Airways hack involved a highly targeted approach using 22 lines of skimmer code by the group that compromised Ticketmaster.

More popular Mac App Store apps secretly steal user data, send it to remote servers

More popular Mac App Store apps secretly steal user data, send it to remote servers

Researchers caught more popular Mac App Store apps secretly stealing users’ data and sending it to a remote server. Apple is working to remove the apps.

Bad OpSec led to the downfall of teenage DDoS-for-hire group leader

Bad OpSec led to the downfall of teenage DDoS-for-hire group leader

A UK teenager and leader of a DDoS-for-hire group pleaded guilty to three counts of making fake bomb threats that affected thousands of students and resulted in the grounding of a United Airlines flight.

Over 3,700 exposed 3D printers open to remote attackers

Over 3,700 exposed 3D printers open to remote attackers

Thousands of exposed 3D printers open to remote attackers could be used for sabotage, espionage, or spying. OctoPrint responded with a guide to safe remote access.

7,500 MikroTik routers compromised, traffic forwarded to attackers

7,500 MikroTik routers compromised, traffic forwarded to attackers

Attackers have exploited a flaw in thousands of unpatched MikroTik routers, sending traffic to unknown attacker-controlled IPs.

Five Eyes threatens to force encryption backdoors, says 'privacy is not absolute'

Five Eyes threatens to force encryption backdoors, says 'privacy is not absolute'

The Five Eyes government intelligence alliance issued an encryption ultimatum to tech companies and device makers.

Bitfi removes unhackable claim from crypto wallet

Bitfi removes unhackable claim from crypto wallet

Bitfi struck the ridiculous unhackable claim from its crypto wallet, while Bitfi backer John McAfee taunts hacker with offer of $20 million for hack.

Cryptojacking attacks spiked in first half of 2018

Cryptojacking attacks spiked in first half of 2018

Cryptojacking attacks, fileless malware, and malware with small file sizes all increased in the first half of 2018 as cyber thugs tried to use more covert tactics.

Microsoft Windows Task Scheduler zero-day and PoC exploit disclosed via Twitter

Microsoft Windows Task Scheduler zero-day and PoC exploit disclosed via Twitter

There’s a Windows zero-day in the wild, and CERT knows no practical solution until Microsoft patches.

Listening-Watch wearable system provides secure 2FA

Listening-Watch wearable system provides secure 2FA

Listening-Watch, a new wearable two-factor authentication system that uses browser speech sounds, is resilient to proximity and remote attacks.

Google discloses man-in-the-disk attack flaw in Fortnite Android app

Google discloses man-in-the-disk attack flaw in Fortnite Android app

Epic Games hit back after Google publicly disclosed the security vulnerability in the Fortnite Android app installer earlier than the 90-day request.

Android 'Triout' spyware records calls, sends photos and text messages to attackers

Android 'Triout' spyware records calls, sends photos and text messages to attackers

Researchers identified new Android spyware with extensive surveillance capabilities being bundled into legitimate apps.

Microsoft disrupted Russian hacking campaign aimed at US midterm elections

Microsoft disrupted Russian hacking campaign aimed at US midterm elections

Microsoft brings down the hammer on Russian hacking campaign aimed at US midterm elections.

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