CryptoLocker, a nasty ransomware, is now targeting home users

CryptoLockerA particularly nasty piece of malware, called CryptoLocker, is now targeting home internet users, after initially focusing on professional users.  It first surfaced in early September 2013 and prevents people from using their computers by locking the screen and holding files for ransom. This includes photos, music files, word documents and other information and of course all of your online identity information.

 

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Sony’s PlayStation 4 successfully hacked

Sony's PlayStation 4 successfully hacked Not even a month after its release, the PS4 has experienced a serious hack. Hacker Reckz0r has figured out a way to hack the PS4 and play pirated games on it. Obviously, this is quite a coup  for the hacker, considering how expensive Playstation games can be, and Reckz0r has decided not just to keep the information to himself. Reck0r has published a tutorial on how to jailbreak the PS4.

 

 

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US retailer hacked – 40 million card details stolen

US retailer Target becomes the target of hackersIt looks like Christmas is being heralded with another massive credit/debit card hack.  US retailer, Target, has issued a statement saying that its systems were breached between November 27th and up until December 15th.

The company said: “We began investigating the incident as soon as we learned of it. We have determined that the information involved in this incident included customer name, credit or debit card number, and the card’s expiration date and CVV (the three-digit security code).”

 

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What do your passwords say about you?

passwordHere at BullGuard, we spend a lot of time talking about major hacks and security breaches, often at some of the biggest companies in the world, and while it’s important protect your computer with complete security suites like BullGuard Internet Security, it’s also important to have strong passwords.

If you consider how much data is stolen every year, a large proportion of those thefts can be attributed to bad passwords.

 

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Yahoo will encrypt all internal data by early 2014

Yahoo encriptionData encryption is a massive topic these days, especially with the increase in people utilizing online banking services, and storing music, photos and other personal information in the Cloud. Data encryption changes data through the use of algorithms and ciphers so that it becomes unreadable. It originated from the government, who used data encryption to pass along secret military information electronically.

 

 

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