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.

Buggy Malwarebytes protection update wreaks havoc for users

Buggy Malwarebytes protection update wreaks havoc for users

Malwarebytes pushed out a protection update that gobbled up memory and CPU resources and turned off web protection; the first fix still left users with unusable or crashing computers, but the latest release resolved the issue.

Hackers lure victims with fake cryptocurrency SpriteCoin

Hackers lure victims with fake cryptocurrency SpriteCoin

Beware of the SpriteCoin double whammy: The fake cryptocurrency installs ransomware and more malware if the ransom is paid.

Hackers could have exploited flaw in all Blizzard games

Hackers could have exploited flaw in all Blizzard games

Blizzard stopped talking with the Google security researcher who discovered the flaw and bungled the silently deployed patch to stop hackers from hijacking millions of PCs.

Amazon Go grocery store: No checkout lines, ‘just grab and go’

Amazon Go grocery store: No checkout lines, ‘just grab and go’

Amazon opened its first high-tech grocery store in Seattle. With no human or self-service checkouts, cameras and sensors track what you take off the shelves.

Dark Caracal: Hacking group targets Android smartphones

Dark Caracal: Hacking group targets Android smartphones

An advanced persistent threat (APT) group named Dark Caracal used Android spyware to steal hundreds of gigabytes of sensitive data from more than 21 countries.

Pentagon considers nuclear response to retaliate for large cyber attacks

Pentagon considers nuclear response to retaliate for large cyber attacks

A draft for the Pentagon’s 2018 Nuclear Posture Review says the U.S. would consider using nuclear weapons to respond to non-nuclear attacks.

Skygofree: Powerful Android spyware with advanced surveillance tools

Skygofree: Powerful Android spyware with advanced surveillance tools

Android spyware has advanced surveillance capabilities, including turning on the mic when the victim enters specific geolocations.

Mirai Okiru: New DDoS botnet targets ARC-based IoT devices

Mirai Okiru: New DDoS botnet targets ARC-based IoT devices

Meet Mirai Okiru and brace for the DDoS botnet targeting 'billions' of ARC-based IoT devices.

Hitting the ‘wrong button’ pushed out false ballistic missile alert to Hawaii

Hitting the ‘wrong button’ pushed out false ballistic missile alert to Hawaii

Oops, emergency warning about the coming apocalypse was a false alarm.

FBI chief claims encryption is an 'urgent public safety issue’

FBI chief claims encryption is an 'urgent public safety issue’

After 25 years of "going dark" claims, FBI Director Christopher Wray says not being able to crack the encryption on devices is "a major public safety issue."

Microsoft hits the brakes, stops rolling out Meltdown/Spectre patches for AMD devices

Microsoft hits the brakes, stops rolling out Meltdown/Spectre patches for AMD devices

Blue Screen of Death errors caused Microsoft to stop rolling out Meltdown and Spectre patches to AMD devices.

Hardcoded backdoor in 12 Western Digital My Cloud NAS devices

Hardcoded backdoor in 12 Western Digital My Cloud NAS devices

Patch now to remove the backdoor in Western Digital My Cloud network storage devices that could give anyone remote access.

Attorneys for WannaCry hero turned suspect request discovery evidence

Attorneys for WannaCry hero turned suspect request discovery evidence

Attorneys for Marcus Hutchins, arrested for the WannaCry ransomware, filed a motion requesting discovery, expecting to get information to prove he was coerced to talk.

Meltdown & Spectre: Microsoft releases emergency patches, US-CERT says to replace CPU

Meltdown & Spectre: Microsoft releases emergency patches, US-CERT says to replace CPU

Two major vulnerabilities in processors — Meltdown and Spectre — affect most modern systems. Security advisories and patches are being issued.

Anonymous no more: Reusing complex passwords gives your identity away

Anonymous no more: Reusing complex passwords gives your identity away

Researchers deanonymized anonymous Tor Mail accounts, raising awareness of the implications of reusing even complex passwords when creating an anonymous account.

Researcher drops 15-year-old macOS zero-day that leads to full system compromise

Researcher drops 15-year-old macOS zero-day that leads to full system compromise

A researcher released details of a macOS kernel exploit, which has been around for more than a decade, that could allow an attacker to get root access.

Forever 21: Hackers breached payment system for 7 months

Forever 21: Hackers breached payment system for 7 months

Forever 21 confirmed hackers breached its payment system for seven months and admitted encryption was turned off on some point-of-sale (POS) devices.

Man booby-trapped boxes with exploding shotgun shells to stop package thieves

Man booby-trapped boxes with exploding shotgun shells to stop package thieves

A man 'hacked' a box to stop would-be thieves from stealing packages off his porch.

Top 25 worst, most insecure passwords used in 2017

Top 25 worst, most insecure passwords used in 2017

SplashData released a list of the top 100 most popular, and therefore dangerous, passwords used in 2017.

Loapi malware capable of destroying Android phones

Loapi malware capable of destroying Android phones

Kaspersky researchers discovered malware capable of cryptocurrency mining, launching DDoS attacks and so much more that it destroyed an Android phone after two days.

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