Last Friday, a reader named Peter contacted me about a notice that appeared when he tried to sign into his Marriott Rewards account. The notice indicated that someone may have attempted to hack the account and he should change his password. Peter initiated a live chat with the Marriott help desk and was told the following:"There have recently been attempts made to gain unauthorized access to a small number of members' online accounts. I encourage you to visit Marriott.com and change your password as soon as possible to assist us in ensuring the security of your account.&… Read more
China is determining whether it should investigate three major U.S. companies following Edward Snowden's National Security Agency leaks.
China's Ministry of Public Security is getting ready to investigate EMC, Oracle, and IBM, to determine whether their technologies are being used to spy on Chinese companies and the government, Shanghai Securities News, a China-based publication, reported on Friday, according to Reuters.
In the report, Shanghai Securities News quotes an anonymous official who said China relies heavily upon the companies' enterprise technologies, which potentially puts the country and its companies in the NSA's cross hairs. The source specifically … Read more
Getting an e-mail from your employer with the subject line "Cyber Incident" usually isn't good news. Especially if you work for the U.S. Department of Energy and it's the second time this year.
The Energy Department on Wednesday notified workers that a hack in late July exposed personal information, such as the names and Social Security numbers of current and past employees, and that 14,000 people may have been affected.
Parents with baby monitors might want to listen up.
A Houston couple on Tuesday revealed to ABC News that earlier this month, the baby monitor they use for their daughter was hacked. Upon taking control over the monitor, the hacker reportedly shouted obscenities at their sleeping 2-year-old daughter. Before the parents could unplug the monitor, the hacker also shouted at them.… Read more
IT admins were given a heads-up by Microsoft on Tuesday about eight security updates -- three rated "critical" and five "important" -- that tackle vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer, Exchange, and Windows.
The company's Security Bulletin Summary for August, published on this Patch Tuesday, notes that the most severe IE holes "could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted Web page using Internet Explorer" and that the most serious Exchange Server weaknesses could similarly allow remote code execution "if a user previews a specially crafted file using Outlook Web … Read more
The Pirate Bay's new anticensor browser has proven even more popular than the site expected.
Launched on Saturday, PirateBrowser has sailed into the hands of more than 100,000 users via Pirate Bay's direct download link, says blog site TorrentFreak. The official torrent file itself has been shared by more than 5,000 people.
The browser has reached over 1,000 downloads per hour, TorrentFreak added, a volume that prompted The Pirate Bay to upgrade the connection for its downlink link.
PirateBrowser's quick appeal seems to have surprised even the folks at The Pirate Bay.
"I … Read more
U.S. President Barack Obama met with a number of tech figures Thursday to discuss the future of technology and its role in surveillance.
According to Politico, anonymous sources say the meeting was a closed-door affair, following a similar, off-the-record meeting between U.S. administrators, lobbyists and leading privacy campaigners. Both secretive meetings focused on the NSA controversy, as well as broader issues -- including the online tracking of consumer behavior and patterns.
Apple CEO Tim Cook, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson and Google computer scientist Vint Cerf were present at Thursday's gathering, according to the report. In … Read more
You can now use your Google account credentials with Mozilla Persona to log in to Web sites, but have no fear: Mozilla assures its users that Google can't track which sites you use with its service.
"Persona remains committed to privacy: Gmail users can sign into sites with Persona, but Google can't track which sites they sign into," wrote the company on its Identity at Mozilla blog, which tracks Persona development.
Mozilla added Gmail support to the log-in service on Thursday. The Google support in Persona joins support for Yahoo log-ins, as well as Persona's … Read more
VPN services like Online Shield 365 can help you protect your identity by creating an encrypted connection to prevent anyone from listening in. By tunneling your connection to a secure server, it will not only protect your online passwords but can also help maintain your Internet privacy. Keep credit card data and other financial information safe while you shop or bank online. Steganos can also protect you while you connect to risky networks, i.e. public hotspots at cafes, airports, schools, or hotels. With a click of a button the new SOS 365 provides continuous protection while you surf the … Read more
Another person with access to your computer can see your Google Chrome saved passwords through a simple series of steps. Should you be worried?
The security flaw was highlighted in a blog posted Tuesday by software developer Elliot Kember. In his blog, Kember described how your saved passwords in Chrome can be revealed in plain text, a process that any Chrome user can replicate.
In Chrome, click on the Settings icon, and then click on the Settings command from the pop-menu. In the Settings screen, click on the link to Show Advanced Settings. In the Passwords and Forms section, confirm … Read more