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CATEGORY ARCHIVES: hacking

FBI WARNS: HACKERS WREAKING HAVOC THROUGH HOME SECURITY DEVICES

In a public service announcement last week, the FBI warned residents with camera and voice-capable smart devices that hackers are targeting them with swatting attacks that stem from stolen email credentials. Swatting is an attack in which ill-meaning attackers make a fake emergency call to the police, calling law enforcement and S.W.A.T teams into action on a fake premise. The hoax call usually mentions an immediate life threat so that law enforcement will scramble to arrive ASAP and in full force. This type of attack causes damage on both sides of the dangerous prank – police, who are taken away from other critical tasks, and homeowners whose hacked devices were used for the call, who are left confused and shaken or worse. Some health-related and even violent consequences of these situations have also been reported.

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Pop Stars Hacked during Spotify Wrapped 2020

For 320 million Spotify users around the world, December kicked off with some fun statistics in Wrapped, the streaming service’s yearly review: Most streamed artist, most played song, top podcasts... But it’s 2020, "the Year to Forget", and no parade can go on for long without some rain. During Spotify’s Wrapped 2020, the most popular streaming service in the world suffered a pretty wild security breach that targeted both popular musicians and their music labels.

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Coffee Machine Hacked – and THIS IS Just The Beginning

The alarming concept of IoT cyber attacks sends us straight to a dystopic vision of crashing automatic cars, and smart elevators stuck in place with evil music playing in the background. Looming over the excitement for next generation technology is a cloud of worry about the cyber implications of connecting everyday devices to the internet. While we’re sure that a hospital whose critical scanning machines are being held captive by ransomware will pay up, we don’t tend to stop and think about our small day-to-day actions that may be affected as well. If your printer was held hostage by ransomware before a critical meeting, and you had to pay $100 to free it – would you?

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Thousands of Magento Online Stores Hacked

Many online merchants use Magento, a leading digital commerce platform, to host their online store. Last week, thousands of these merchants found themselves under attack. This massive, automated campaign dubbed “Cardbleed” by Sansec, because of its ability to steal credit card information from online store customers, is the largest of its kind to date.

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Know Someone Attending College? Is That University Using ThreatSTOP?

College admission forms ask for just about everything under the sun from you when determining whether or not you'll be eligible to attend the following Fall. But what lengths do they go to, to protect the information they collect.

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