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Study Claims 20 Million VPN Users in China on Netflix

Netflix has more than 20 million users in China that are accessing the service through VPNs, according to a new study from British digital research firm GlobalWebIndex. The researchers noted VPN activity in accessing Netflix in several countries across the world, including countries where Netflix has launched but the catalog is lacking. As for countries […]

PSN and Xbox Live Taken Down by Lizard Squad DDoS

Last night at approximately 14:00 CEST, both Sony’s Playstation Network and Xbox Live were taken down by a group of hackers who go only by the moniker “Lizard Squad”. Reports from Sony’s status page say the service is still online, however no users have been able to successfully login for the past two days straight. […]

Businesses Are Lacking a Mature Patch Management Process

Although 2014 saw vulnerabilities like ShellShock and Heartbleed along with several data breaches on major retail stores and banks, most businesses still don’t have a full-fledged patch management process or a strong system to track sensitive data, according to a survey by Trustwave. The 2014 State of Risk Report by Trustwave said that as many […]

Turla Malware Targets Universities, Military & Intelligence Linux Machines

According to recently revealed research from the security scientists at Kaspersky Lab, a new form of Linux malware has been discovered, dubbed Turla, which closely mimics many of the same core functions as the the open source operating system in order to stay stealthy and avoid persistent forms of detection. The Turla malware is a […]

UK Firms Consider Hiring Ex-Hackers as Security Experts

Almost three-quarters of UK-based companies have admitted that they are facing a shortage in security skills, while some organizations said that they would certainly consider hiring a former hacker to stay safe from cyber crooks, says a report from KPMG. A survey by KPMG involving 300 senior HR and IT experts from organizations with more […]

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Government Spy Program Uses Airplanes To Collect Phone Data

The US Justice Department has been reportedly using special electronic devices on airplanes to simulate phone towers in order to collect user data from unsuspecting Americans. This program was originally created to catch criminals, but it collects information from innocent citizens as well, as reported by the Wall Street Journal. The allegations suggest that the […]

Credit Unions Hit Hard By Home Depot Breach

The Home Depot breach has hit credit unions across the US hard, costing up to $60m, almost double that of the Target breach, according to new reports. Credit Union Times reports that that a survey conducted by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) throughout October found that 7.2m credit union cards were breached by the […]

Online Black Market Trade is Booming Says New Study

Trading on online black markets is at an all-time high according to new research from Experian, which states that over 110 million items have been traded between cybercriminals in 2014 alone. This is a 40 percent increase on 2013 and a staggering 300 percent increase on 2012. The vast majority, 96.5 percent in fact, of […]

Anonabox Kickstarter Campaign Faces Severe ‘Scam’ Allegations

Anonabox made headlines when its Kickstarter campaign raised over half a million dollars in just three days but just as quickly as the tiny Tor router made news it’s facing some backlash with some Redditers claim that the same hardware is available for purchase in China. Ever since they launched the crowdfunding campaign, there has […]

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PIPCU Drop Charges Against UK Man For Streaming Piracy

A UK-based man held in custody for more than two weeks after police raided his illegal Premier League streaming HQ in Manchester has had all the charges against him dropped. PIPCU (The Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit) officers traveled 200 miles from their London office to carry out a raid (assisted by Greater Manchester Police) […]

iPhone 6 Still Vulnerable to Touch ID Hack

Lookout Security has confirmed that the iPhone 6 is vulnerable to the same fingerprint-spoofing technique that we saw with its predecessor in the iPhone 5s. By creating a copy of a fingerprint that can be lifted from a shiny surface using a specialized glue (normally reserved for criminal investigations and forensics labs), hackers can create […]

USB Immunizer Protects Against Autorun Viruses

There is an ever growing number of viruses taking advantage of portable devices, like USB drives, of late. By default, whenever you plug a storage device in your computer, Windows automatically enables the auto-play function, which runs a file called autorun.inf. Such malware uses “autorun.inf” as a vector of transmission infects your computer. Photo: Incase […]

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Telus Releases First Transparency Report

Canadian telecom Telus has published its first transparency report, revealing over 100,000 official requests from authorities. The Vancouver-based company tells us that it received 103,500 requests last year, 56,800 of which were emergency requests, reports the Toronto Star. The remaining requests were data already publicly available in directories. 4,300 requests were made with a court […]

NOAA Slow to Fix Weather Satellite Vulnerabilities

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is behind schedule in updating its newest satellite systems and, as a result, is facing serious security vulnerabilities. The Department of Commerce Assistant Inspector General issued an urgent report to NOAA Under Secretary Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan. The report refers to an audit on NOAA’s IT security […]

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This Professor Will Spend One Year of His Life Without Privacy

Someday someone will read your email messages without your permission or login to your Facebook account – maybe even find out you read this news. Perhaps someone will casually glance through your shopping receipts, or an intelligence agency might handpick you for special attention based on personal data bought from a vendor. In fact, some […]

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UK Prison Faces Fine for Losing Prisoner Data

The Ministry of Justice in the UK has been fined £180,000 for losing an unencrypted hard drive containing sensitive data on 3,000 prisoners. The hard drive was lost last year and pertains to inmates at Erlestoke prison in Wiltshire. The fine was instituted by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). Data on the disk included details […]