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  • Microsoft Will Warn Users About Suspected Attacks By Government Hackers

    Microsoft Will Warn Users About Suspected Attacks By Government Hackers

    Microsoft users will now be notified if a state-sponsored attacker tries to break into their accounts, the company said in a blog post. The announcement comes the same day as a Reuters report that Microsoft did not warn Hotmail users their email accounts had been accessed by a group associated with the Chinese government. Read More

  • Six Lessons From Cybersecurity Superhero Training Crunch Network

    Six Lessons From Cybersecurity Superhero Training

    One of my distinct grade-school memories is filing out of fourth grade class, nervous, but excited to miss a portion of math class. We were having our quarterly disaster-survival drill; instructing students on what to do in case disaster strikes. While working through yet another attempted malicious cybersecurity attack it dawned on me, why can’t we apply this diligence and training… Read More

  • Patreon Hacked, Gigabytes Of Data And Code Leaked

    Patreon Hacked, Gigabytes Of Data And Code Leaked

    Maker-funding site Patreon was hacked last week resulting in the dump of gigabytes of code and user data. User passwords were encrypted using bcrypt which suggests they are mostly safe but some users have found their data in the trove. Founder Jack Conte wrote: There was unauthorized access to registered names, email addresses, posts, and some shipping addresses. Additionally, some… Read More

  • Kill The Password

    Kill The Password

    There are a myriad of problems with the password in the modern computing context. We are no longer signing onto a single mainframe. We have multiple applications in use across various platforms. That means we are forced to remember far too many passwords. This causes people to use silly ones like 1234 or the same password across multiple sites, not even attempting to be secure. Think… Read More

  • Apple Denies Any Breach Of Its Systems In Celebrity Photo Leak

    Apple Denies Any Breach Of Its Systems In Celebrity Photo Leak

    Apple has released an official statement in response to accusations that its iCloud storage system might be somehow behind the recent leak of a large number of nude or otherwise private celebrity photos, whose victims included Jennifer Lawrence. In the statement Apple denies any breach within its systems, but does concede that celebrity accounts were compromised by attackers using standard… Read More

  • Hacking The Bottom Line Crunch Network

    Hacking The Bottom Line

    Where is your data, and how quickly can you safely reach it? These questions are top of mind now that cloud and mobile apps like Dropbox, Google Apps, iCloud and mobile banking apps pervade our everyday lives at home and at work. By 2020, there will be an estimated 6.5 connected devices per person. And as more devices—from baby monitors to cars and pacemakers—get Internet… Read More

  • Notes From Crazytown, Day Three: Black Hat Breakdown Crunch Network

    Notes From Crazytown, Day Three: Black Hat Breakdown

    So far this week, at Black Hat, I have learned to deeply mistrust: passwords, chip-and-PIN cards, USB devices, HTTPS connections, more than two billion phones, governments worldwide, all human societies, and my sense of the ridiculous. You should mistrust all those too! Sorry. What follows is a summary of the most eyebrow-raising talks I attended or heard about: Read More

  • Dashlane Passes 2M Users, Collects $22M For Its Client-Based Password Manager

    Dashlane Passes 2M Users, Collects $22M For Its Client-Based Password Manager

    Dashlane came to life in 2011 as a somewhat stealthy startup out of Paris that promised a smart approach to the sometimes-frustrating art of consumers managing multiple passwords. Nearly three years on, with some key product iterations under its belt, the company is announcing a couple of milestones: 2 million consumers using its products for some $1 billion in e-commerce transactions; and… Read More

  • Twitter Is Testing Two-Factor Authentication Internally, And It Can’t Come Soon Enough

    Twitter Is Testing Two-Factor Authentication Internally, And It Can’t Come Soon Enough

    In what was a mind-boggling series of events in real time, one Associated Press hack and a false tweet about the White House sent the stock market into a momentary free fall. Twitter hopes to stop intrusions like that in the future by introducing a two-factor authentication process, Wired has learned. When this offering will be available to users is unknown. The company has been working on this… Read More

  • Just Go Change Your Twitter Password Now

    Just Go Change Your Twitter Password Now

    According to Twitter, it was hacked and 250K accounts were affected, so they received emails from the company to change their password. This is not the first time this has happened, but this time it was a real hack, rather than a blend of real hacks and “false alarm” blast of emails like last time. Way to start off our weekends, Twitter. Who knows if you’ll even get the… Read More

  • Twitter’s Response To Compromised Account Situation: Accounts Were Compromised, But We Reset Too Many Passwords

    Twitter’s Response To Compromised Account Situation: Accounts Were Compromised, But We Reset Too Many Passwords

    Twitter has responded to us with a statement regarding the password reset situation. For those of you just waking up or catching wind of this, a lot of folks have been reporting that their account password has been reset because it was compromised. Read More