Department of Homeland Security – data breach

Data breachIn January 2014, Homeland Security has been breached by hackers, ironically. A web portal for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security containing private and financial documents for more than 110 organizations was hacked.

Apparently the companies affected had bid on a Science and Technology contract for a division within Homeland Security.  The source is currently undetermined.

 

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Neiman Marcus Data Breach

Data breachIn January, Neiman Marcus confirmed that it had suffered a data breach. Initially only a few details were released – all that was shared was that fraudulent charges were found on credit and debit cards of customers of Neiman Marcus. It did not reveal what types of data were stolen or how many customers were affected. A few weeks later, it was revealed that the data breach was much worse than originally thought. Neiman Marcus has since announced that cyber criminals had hacked into their system and had been operating within it for several months. Over 1.1 million credit and debit cards were affected.

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Are routers under the attack of hackers?

Are routers under the attack of hackers?That innocuous little plastic box sitting in the corner could be the source of attacks on your computer

Late last year we ran a blog on vulnerabilities in D-Link routers. In recent weeks hacks on routers have reportedly picked up with attacks on Linksys and Asus routers. There are even reports of hackers in Poland launching large-scale router attacks to get log-in details and passwords for online bank accounts.

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Red Handed – a Crime Reporting App for iPhone

Crime reporting appWould you report a crime via an app? Well the option is out there. iPhone app Red Handed allows you to film and post videos of any crimes you witness. Instead of an app centered around a social network, this one is more focused on social awareness. Everyone’s always filming the ridiculous things they witness around them, and uploading them to YouTube, this app is just taking advantage of existing behavior and putting it to good use.

 

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Hacktivists – Cyber rebels without a pause

Anonymous“The Internet is not some playground that corporations and governments can take basic civil liberties with and destroy them and get away with it.”

This statement by an online hacktivist pretty much sums up the ethos of many, who take it as their responsibility to protect the online world from the encroachment of government and big business. It’s what spurs and motivates many hacktivist groups to carry out high profile attacks aimed at embarrassing those in authority and mocking those who claim the Internet as their commercial playground.

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Here’s how to spot and avoid eBay scams

Ebay scamAre you wary of making purchases on eBay?

Do you sometimes see a listing and wonder whether it’s a scam?

It’s entirely likely it could be, despite eBay’s best efforts otherwise. The feedback system and the safety net of Paypal does not mean eBay is scam-free. Before we delve into how to avoid eBay scams, let’s talk about some ways to identify them.

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