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DARPA verses Computer Viruses

There's no doubt about it. One of the biggest threats to computer technology is the computer virus. It can lead to ID theft, malware, even crimes like sextortion. There seems to be no end in sight. But one government agency vows to fight this epidemic. DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) brings top tech security experts to fight viruses. The event is called Cyber Grand Challenges (CGC). This event will test auto programs that look for computer vulnerabilities. Then, can [...]

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Will Hackers Target The Republican Convention?

Next week, the National Republican Convention will take place in Cleveland, OH. Already, there's talk of hackers targeting this election process. Will hackers target the Republican Convention? Cyber security is a top concern. According to CIO (chief information officer) Max Everett, they're already a number of 'phishing' incidents and hackers looking for weak spots. Everett assures there hasn't been many specific threats, yet. It's not just opposing threats that worry Everett. Hackers associated with the Russian government attacked the Democratic [...]

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Alert: Acer Customer Database Hacked

Computer and smartphone maker Acer's database was severely compromised early this week. The database leaked massive amounts of information, including credit card numbers. That info is in the hands of hackers and cyber criminals. The breaches lasted for almost a year: between May 2015 and April 2016. Acer is notifying customers about this breach. Acer doesn't say how many customers were compromised. It could be in the millions. Data lost include credit card numbers, names, and addresses. Acer VP Mark Groveunder [...]

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Twitter Alert: Millions of Passwords Leaked!

Twitter leaders told users their accounts were at risk. They announced a database with almost 33 million usernames and passwords may be at risk. Twitter didn't give the exact number of customers were notified. But it's believed millions have been notified so far. Millions are changing their passwords. Twitter security officer Michael Coates is confident the database wasn't stolen from Twitter's computers. According to LeakedSource, this is more of a consumer issue than a Twitter issue. They believe information was [...]

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Zuckerberg’s Social Media Accounts Hacked

Yes, even Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has accounts in other social media outlets. Two of them, Twitter and Pinetrest, were hacked this past weekend. An organization called OurMine Team claimed responsibility. Nobody has verified how the hacks took place. But it's widely believed Linkedin massive password dump a few weeks ago. In May 2016, millions of passwords and other pieces of user information were somehow leaked. Linkedin contacted the hacked users and instructed them to reset their passwords. It's easy [...]

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Consumer Alert: Introducing The Malware Diet

Summer is literally just a few weeks away. Many of us are toiling, sweating and sacrificing to get that beach body or get into that dream swimsuit. Your fellow beach companions aren't the only ones watching. Hackers and cyber criminals are, too. According to Intel security, 88% of people have clicked on pro-diet or pro-weight loss diet pop-up ads, even though many know what pop-up ads can lead to.  Of the 15,000 people, nearly a third have purchased a diet [...]

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Privacy and Security Concerns Deter Online Users

Over the last several years, there has been a lot of concerns online: hacking, ID theft, sextortion, government surveillance. These privacy and security issues deter online users, and it affects consumers and businesses alike. Almost half of online consumers have been deterred from the Internet in some way, according to a study by the Department of Commerce. In fact, 30% of the 41,000 household studied say such concerns deter them from at least two Internet activities. These activities are: Banking/financial [...]

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The Sextortion Epidemic

Quite some time ago, I wrote a story of a predator who manipulated hundreds of underage girls to take inappropriate photos of themselves. He threatened to blast the photos online to the world if they didn't send him more inappropriate photos. I wish I could tell you this was an isolated incident. But I can't. According to the Justice Department, sextortion is the biggest growing threat to children and underage teens today. Sextortion is enticing someone to commit inappropriate sexual [...]

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Security Alert! Millions of Emails Hacked!

In today's tech world, hacking and ID theft are on the increase. Not only that, they're getting bolder and bolder. Some even brag about what they're doing. A young Russian hacker stole over 232 million email accounts and passwords. The emails come from various places. Over 57 million of them come from Mail.ru accounts. Mail.ru is a major Russian email service. Around 40 million came from Yahoo, 33 million came from Microsoft Hotmail, 24 million came from Gmail. According to [...]

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Are You Ready For EMP?

You go to sleep. You wake up only to find your computer or smartphone doesn't work. Neither does anyone else's. You can't even use your credit/debit cards because that system is kaput. You can't fill up on gasoline because the electronic pumps aren't working. Welcome to the world of an EMP. This isn't a sci-fi movie plot. Political leaders like Defense Department analyst Michael Maloof are extremely concerned of what an EMP could do to our computers, communications, banks, cars, [...]

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