Security Articles

‘Petya’, the latest in ransomware, hits companies across the globe

  • 29/06/2017 at 00:21 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • News

Petya RansomwareA new form of ransomware called Petya has attacked company computers at a number of major business, reaching the Ukraine, Denmark, France, Poland, Germany, Russia, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Among some of the companies effected are worldwide advertising agency WPP and Russian oil and steel firms Evraz and Rosneft. They, along with the others infected, were given a ransom demand of $300 to be paid via Bitcoin.

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Daplie Cloud project makes secure personal servers a reality

  • 04/01/2017 at 02:49 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • Gadgets

Daplie CloudDaplie Cloud project from IndieGOGO has made it possible for every the layman who doesn’t understand servers to have one of their own.

Cloud services have become the standard for content and data storage, and as mobile manufacturers in particular limit on board storage, it becomes a necessity. But the laws regarding ownership and what can be done with that data are murky at best. While you may retain the copyrights to your data, their ability to share or use it could be harder to gauge. Which is why a new crowdfunded set of personal servers may offer a solution.

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Your VISA credit card could be compromised with a single guess

  • 06/12/2016 at 02:13 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • News

Credit Card HackersVISA has claimed for some time to be doing everything in their power to secure online payments and accounts from hackers. But now a paper is claiming that a major security flaw may not exist from any fancy magnetic device, or backdoor phishing expeditions. It could be as simple as a quick guess from would-be thieves.

The paper, titled Does The Online Card Payment Landscape Unwittingly Facilitate Fraud? , was released by Newcastle University. In it, the UK based researchers claim that hackers can gain access to financial data in less than ten seconds. And it doesn’t even require anything major to do it.

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China may be mining data from your smartphone through ‘backdoor’, experts warn

  • 15/11/2016 at 23:59 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Android LogoA new vulnerability has been discovered in hundreds of thousands of Android devices, which experts say is sending data back to China for unknown reasons.

The software was created by a Chinese company called Shanghai Adups Technology Company, and according to a representative for the tech developer, it has been installed on at least 700,000 devices worldwide. Security experts at the Virginia-based Kryptowire found the software running in the background when searching for more traditional vulnerabilities.

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HTTPS pages face new risk, sensitive data stolen

  • 06/08/2016 at 17:49 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • News

Security KeyBad news! HTTPS, which has been touted as being more secure than the older HTTP, has now become a less so. An attack that steals sensitive information, such as social security numbers and email addresses, has been announced.

This is not the first time a leak has been discovered in HTTP coding. In fact, it isn’t the first time this particular exploit, HEIST, has been seen. But it has been once more proven as a threat by researchers who have warned major tech companies of the ability to continue exploiting it.

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Another Hack On The Democrats Highlights Security Issues

  • 31/07/2016 at 21:33 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • News

Security KeyThe Democratic Party are having a bad time with hackers the past few weeks. It’s been revealed that a computer network connected to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign has been compromised. Not a good look for a potential president or the Democratic Party. Internet security is a big issue nowadays with the hacks that keep coming.

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Pokemon Go causes security concerns

  • 19/07/2016 at 00:29 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • Gaming

PrivacyWe already covered Pokemon Go and the fact that it has taken over the internet and the real world in a crazy way. But as is often the case, the game is losing a bit of its shine as security concerns flood the web. Should you be worried?

Third Party Pokemon Go Scammer Apps

The first concern is third party apps that look like the game, but aren’t. These are scammer applications that have infiltrating app stores since it became such a success. They will look similar, or identical, to Pokemon Go. But when used they will either transmit information, or in the case of one, drive porn clicks on alternate sites.

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