Hackers Breach San Diego Hospital, Gaining Access to Patients'... Well, Uh, Everything

Cybercriminals recently hacked into the email accounts of staff at UC San Diego Health, potentially thieving extensive financial and medical information from its patients and employees.

2 hours ago by Masoumeh Shafiei
Privacy and security


Former eBay Manager Caught In Deranged Cyberstalking Scandal Gets 18 Months in Prison

Philip Cooke, 56, is the first of seven former high-level eBay employees to be sentenced in connection to the bizarre case—the likes of which involved company executives mailing macabre items and live insects to their victims, stalking them online, and literally stalking them.

1 day, 8 hours ago by Masoumeh Shafiei
Privacy and security


Snowden: People Who Bankroll the Spyware Industry Should Be in Prison

Famed whistleblower Edward Snowden has a new blog on Substack and, naturally, he has some opinions about the recent NSO Group controversy: namely, that people who bankroll companies like it should do time.

2 days, 4 hours ago by Masoumeh Shafiei
Privacy and security


Update Your iPhone, iPad, and Mac Right Now

If you own an iPad, iPhone, or a Mac, you should definitely go update your device right now.

2 days, 23 hours ago by Masoumeh Shafiei
Privacy and security


QR Menu Codes Are Everywhere—and Tracking You More Than You Think

That’s according to a new analysis by the New York Times, that found these QR codes have the ability to collect customer data—enough to create what Jay Stanley, a senior policy analyst at the American Civil Liberties Union, called an “entire apparatus of online tracking,” that remembers who you are every time you sit down for a meal.

3 days, 5 hours ago by Masoumeh Shafiei
Privacy and security


Kaseya Ransomware Saga Mysteriously Comes to an End, but Nothing to See Here, Folks, Just Keep It Moving

Kaseya, the cloud provider at the center of a gargantuan ransomware attack on hundreds of businesses, announced this week that it had some good news: Somehow, it had come into possession of a “universal decryptor” to unlock all of the data affected by the recent hack.

6 days, 5 hours ago by Masoumeh Shafiei
Privacy and security


Playstation Network, Steam, Banks, and More Knocked Offline by Massive Internet Outage

A massive internet outage appears to have incapacitated services connected to droves of businesses, banks, government offices, and more, knocking a variety of popular websites and services offline.

1 week ago by Masoumeh Shafiei
Privacy and security


Here’s Who Can Ask for Your Vaccination Status

The far-right Georgia rep hasn’t been afraid to fearlessly support Nancy Pelosi’s theoretical execution, blame California’s wildfires on Jewish Space Lasers, or ask whether a school shooting was actually an elaborately staged inside job.

1 week ago by Masoumeh Shafiei
Privacy and security


Malware for Macs Is Getting Bigger, More Dangerous, and It's Dirt Cheap

A disturbing element of modern cybercrime is just how easy it is to procure powerful and invasive tools—the kind that can wreak total havoc on an unsuspecting victim’s computer.

1 week, 1 day ago by Masoumeh Shafiei
Privacy and security


Presidents, Prime Ministers, and a King Among Potential NSO Spying Targets, Including French Leader Macron

These allegations have gained global attention in recent days, however, with the launch of “The Pegasus Project,” an investigation by an international consortium of journalists and researchers into the global proliferation of the firm’s commercial malware.

1 week, 2 days ago by Masoumeh Shafiei
Privacy and security


Hackers Stole a Terabyte of Data from Oil Giant Saudi Aramco

The oil and gas giant, which is owned by the government of Saudi Arabia and has an annual operating budget of some $229 billion, has apparently been targeted by a gang known as “ZeroX,” Bleeping Computer reports.

1 week, 2 days ago by Masoumeh Shafiei
Privacy and security


GOP Cyber Committee Member Dumped Microsoft Stock Not Long Before the Pentagon Nixed JEDI Deal

A freshman Congressman close to the Pentagon’s now-defunct $10 billion cloud computing deal with Microsoft apparently dumped stock in the company shortly before the contentious contract went belly up weeks ago.

1 week, 6 days ago by Masoumeh Shafiei
Privacy and security


Feds: California Men Discussed 'Terrorist' Attacks on Twitter and Facebook, Other Targets

Two California men have been indicted in connection with an apparent plot to attack the state’s Democratic Party headquarters, located in Sacramento, the Justice Department said Friday.

1 week, 6 days ago by Masoumeh Shafiei
Privacy and security


‘Anonymous’ Mobile Advertising IDs Aren’t So Anonymous, And They Are Everywhere

Most mobile operating systems are basically built to help serve you ads: whether you’re using Android or iOS, phone companies have historically assigned specific identifiers to devices, called (MAIDs), or mobile advertising IDs, that are supposed to help app developers better customize the commercials they shove in your face.

2 weeks ago by Masoumeh Shafiei
Privacy and security


Cellebrite Under Fire Again, After Cops Use Its Phone-Cracking Tech to Target a Journalist

Ahead of its planned IPO in the U.S., Cellebrite faces fresh flames after its phone-cracking tools were yet again used to violate the privacy of journalists.

2 weeks, 1 day ago by Masoumeh Shafiei
Privacy and security


Notorious Ransomware Gang REvil Mysteriously Disappears After Causing Global Havoc

The ransomware gang REvil, whose operators are believed to reside in Russia, has been tied to two of this year’s most disastrous ransomware attacks.

2 weeks, 2 days ago by Masoumeh Shafiei
Privacy and security


CISA Gets a New Director Amidst Ongoing Ransomware Dumpster Fire

Senate confirmed Jen Easterly, a longtime military and intelligence professional and former NSA employee, as the new head of the agency.

2 weeks, 3 days ago by Masoumeh Shafiei
Privacy and security


Trickbot Strikes Back

The Russian-speaking group known as “Trickbot” (which is also the name of the malware that they’re responsible for creating and distributing), has built up its infrastructure and seems to be preparing for some nefarious new campaign, The Daily Beast first reported.

2 weeks, 3 days ago by Masoumeh Shafiei
Privacy and security


C'mon, Man! Biden Asks Putin to Crack Down on Ransomware Hackers (Again)

In light of ongoing ransomware attacks originating from Russia, President Joe Biden made a phone call to Vladimir Putin on Friday, stressing that Russia should crack down on cybercriminals operating within its borders, while adding that the U.S.

2 weeks, 6 days ago by Masoumeh Shafiei
Privacy and security


China Extends Didi's Ban to 25 Apps Operated by the Ride-Hailing Giant

Chinese regulators on Friday ordered mobile stores to take down 25 more apps operated by the ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing, saying that the apps violated local laws regarding the collection and use of personal user data.

2 weeks, 6 days ago by Masoumeh Shafiei
Privacy and security