Security Articles

Short URLs have been cracked for spying

  • 17/04/2016 at 23:07 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • Technology

Tech EyeResearches testing the boundaries of privacy in short URLs have cracked them, allowing for potential spying.

You probably use short URLs in your every day life: on Twitter, in emails, maybe on your blog. They are both convenient and, we once thought, secure. But researchers have managed to crack the miniature web addresses, and it turns out they may have never been the safe bet we assumed.

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Experts: Quicktime for Windows is “bug bait”

  • 16/04/2016 at 23:44 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • News

Apple and MalwareExperts are warning that Quicktime for Windows, a popular programs for creatives, could pose a serious security risk and should be removed.

According to TrendMicro, two new vulnerabilities have been found to impact Quicktime. These advisories, released earlier this week, are titled  ZDI-16-241 and ZDI-16-242.

Once upon a time, these vulnerabilities would have been patched by a security update. But Apple has announced that they will no longer be providing security patch updates for the program, leaving the program wide open for those who continue to use it.

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Intel 6th Gen Core vPro Processors feature enhanced Security

  • 23/01/2016 at 18:22 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • Technology

Intel 6th gen core vpro Processors Intel 6th Gen Core vPro Processors were announced this week with newer features and focusing more on security, though is not exactly a new technology from Intel. With every new generation of processors, it has added new layers of security. Intel has also launched Intel Authenticate, which will require this new line of processors in order to function. This process does not only aim to make the users more secured, but also to make the process easier for them. The press release then goes on and talks about the performance of the new processors. Actually, it will be similar to the current generation Skylake processors. The only addition here will be the security features.

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Apple iCloud security flaw may have allowed celeb nude photo leak

  • 02/09/2014 at 22:57 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • Technology

NSA Spy ViewExperts now believe that a massive leak of celebrity nude photos taken with smartphones may have been caused by Apple iCloud.

The security flaw comes from the auto-update from to iCloud. A number of intimate photos of female celebrities, many of which they believed to have been deleted, were actually uploaded to the Apple backup service. But from there, it isn’t clear what might have occurred.

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Security firms struggle with Apple iMessage spam

  • 22/08/2014 at 23:08 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • Platforms

Apple and MalwareThose with Apple devices, both computer and mobile, may have noticed a growing number of spam messages being sent across the board. That is thanks to a vulnerability with iMessage, which allows spammers to easily send their “offers” to any Apple owners.

In a very short time, 30% of all mobile spam has become the domain of spammers using iMessage, the messaging service by Apple. It is a growing problem that has security firms working over time in an attempt to combat it.

According to reports, one particularly aggressive and widespread spam campaign has managed to up mobile spam in particular. All it takes is a little bit of coding and it is being sent off to Apple devices all at once.

These spam messages are usually selling something, such as knockoff designer items and accessories. Anything could potentially be sent, however, such as messages attempting to connect with “contest winners”, or collecting fake debts as a means to mine financial information. The possibilities are as endless as they are with email spam.

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17-Year-Old finds major PayPal security flaw

  • 06/08/2014 at 23:39 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • Technology

PayPal LogoThree months after announcing a security flaw he has found in their system, a 17-year-old hobby researcher has decided to come forward due to a lack of response from PayPal.

Referred to as the Paypal Complete 2-Factor Authentication(2FA) Bypass Exploit, an eBay account could essentially be used to bypass the two-tier security system in place to keep others from accessing PayPal funds. It did not have to be the PP account associated with an eBay account to do so.

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Security researchers plan to expose USB risks

  • 31/07/2014 at 21:37 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • Gadgets

USB StickTwo researchers are looking to change the way you think about USB drives. Mainly, to get you to dismiss the notion that they are safe to use. Or to pass around.

USB drives have become a bit of a dinosaur, thanks to cloud storage, SD and micro cards, p2p sharing and desktop transmission applications like Dropbox. But some people still use them, and they are a frequently gifted business item used as a promotional tool from many corporations.

The problem besides their age and lack of functionality in a world of big storage needs? They are flat out dangerous.

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