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

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

Hikvision patched a critical flaw that allowed attackers to access and manipulate cameras and DVRs as well as hijack 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.

DHS detects stingrays in DC, but can't find the surveillance devices

DHS detects stingrays in DC, but can't find the surveillance devices

The Department of Homeland Security says rogue stingrays, or unauthorized cell-site simulators, have been used in Washington, D.C., but it is incapable of finding them.

Panera Bread blew off breach report for 8 months, leaked millions of customer records

Panera Bread blew off breach report for 8 months, leaked millions of customer records

As many as 37 million customer records were exposed thanks to a security vulnerability that Panera Bread chose to ignore for eight months.

Saks, Lord & Taylor hacked; 5 million payment cards compromised

Saks, Lord & Taylor hacked; 5 million payment cards compromised

Hackers managed to lurk on the network of Saks Fifth Avenue, Saks Off 5th, and Lord & Taylor for nearly a year and steal the payment card data of 5 million customers.

US wants 5 years' worth of social media history from visa applicants

US wants 5 years' worth of social media history from visa applicants

Extreme vetting may get even more extreme under a new proposal that asks U.S. visa applicants for their social media accounts, email addresses, and phone numbers.

Baltimore's 911 dispatch hacked, CAD system down for 17 hours

Baltimore's 911 dispatch hacked, CAD system down for 17 hours

Baltimore’s 911 dispatch system was hacked over the weekend, causing the Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system to be down for over 17 hours.

GoScanSSH malware targets Linux systems but avoids government servers

GoScanSSH malware targets Linux systems but avoids government servers

A new strain of malware aimed at Linux-based SSH servers is actively trying to avoid infecting government or military systems.

Microsoft to ban 'offensive language' from Skype, Xbox, Office and other services

Microsoft to ban 'offensive language' from Skype, Xbox, Office and other services

Microsoft will ban "offensive language" and "inappropriate content" from Skype, Xbox, Office and other services on May 1, claiming it has the right to go through your private data to "investigate."

Atlanta officials still 'working around the clock' to resolve ransomware attack

Atlanta officials still 'working around the clock' to resolve ransomware attack

Federal officials, Microsoft and Cisco are working with the city of Atlanta to resolve the attack, but Atlanta's mayor won't say if the city paid the $51,000 ransom.

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