It’s a bit of a cliche to warn every December that online security faces tougher challenges than ever in the year ahead. But for the past few years, it’s been true every time. Across 2020, we saw rises in cybercrime threats and dollars lost to hacks, leaks, and ransomware attacks. The numbers are still trickling… Continue reading What the Worst Security Threats of the Year Tell Us About 2021
As of Monday night, Congress has officially passed a new COVID-related stimulus bill. On top of issuing a one-time $600 payment to many Americans, the bill included a range of disparate regulation, including a bill with a big impact: Illegally streaming for a profit can be charged as a felony. The definition of just what… Continue reading Has the Government Just Made Illegal Streaming a Felony?
A new phishing campaign has found a unique solution to hiding malicious URLs: Turn them into Morse code. That’s right, the 1800s’ most popular form of telecommunication is making a comeback, and it wants your security information. How it works Phishing relies on tricking readers into opening up a seemingly legit email, clicking a link,… Continue reading Phishing Attackers Are Using Morse Code Now
Ticketmaster has been fined $10 million for hacking a rival company. Yes, you read that right, Ticketmaster has been fined just $10 million for using stolen passwords and URL guessing to access the confidential data of a rival. We don’t know exactly which rival it is (court documents kept it confidential) but what we do… Continue reading Ticketmaster Fined Millions for Hacking Rival Company
Privacy is officially a selling point in 2021, as the privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo has surpassed 100 million daily searches. The world is decidedly less trusting of tech companies and their mysterious motives in recent years, and who could blame them? Between what feels like daily security breaches and nefarious data mining techniques, the average… Continue reading DuckDuckGo Reaches 100 Million Daily Searches
Twitter has announced Birdwatch, a system for letting its users identify and flag tweets which may be misleading. The company has been under scrutiny in the past few years for its handling of misinformation. Notably, last year it began flagging tweets from high profile users such as Donald Trump for perpetuating fake information, then eventually… Continue reading Twitter to Crowd-Source Reporting of Misleading Tweets via Birdwatch
The Biden administration is off to a fun start, as the new White House website is reportedly housing a secret message to coders in hopes of bolstering the country’s cybersecurity measures. Over the last four years, the White House website lost a lot of credibility. From removing the Spanish translation option to erasing mentions of… Continue reading The New White House Website Is Secretly Recruiting Coders
In the past week, Apple has released an iCloud Passwords extension for the Google Chrome web browser. This will mean that any passwords saved on a user’s iPhone or iPad can, finally, also be accessed on a Windows PC running Google Chrome. The iCloud Passwords extension has had a slightly shaky start – users this… Continue reading Will iCloud Passwords for Chrome End Other Password Managers?
The most recent update to ProtonVPN is causing a headache for some of its users, as it’s reportedly leading to Windows 10 crashing and the fabled ‘blue screen of death’. The issue arose after users on social media started posting screengrabs of the Windows error message, and it became clear that these weren’t isolated incidents.… Continue reading ProtonVPN Update Crashing Windows 10 for Some Users
The rise of ransomware has been well documented, but a new study has shown the sheer extent of its growth in 2020, during which it was responsible for 81% of all financially motivated cyberattacks. It’s an expensive business for the companies involved – according to the report, the average cost of a ransomware breach in… Continue reading Ransomware Accounted for 81% of Financial Cyberattacks in 2020