Month: January 2014

Neverquest Trojan: A new threat to online banking

There is no doubt in the fact that online banking is convenient and fast, but do you think it is safe as well? Believe it or not, when you go online you are under constant danger, especially while doing financial transactions. There are hundreds and thousands of threats always ready to steal your credentials. Lately, a multi-national computer security company, Kaspersky Lab discovered a new kind of malicious program to attack computers used to do online banking activities. Called as Neverquest Trojan, this latest program has been designed primarily to bypass standard online security precautions, including web injection, social engineering, and remote system access amongst others. Kaspersky Lab further notified that this Trojan can be a menace to all the users who regularly indulge in different kind of online banking activities, as it has the potential to attack any bank in any country. Kaspersky Lab’s Principal Security Researcher, Sergey Golovanov said, “Neverquest is just one of the threats aiming to take over the leading positions previously held by programs like ZeuS and Carberp.” It is also believed that due to its versatile features, it has the ability do major harm especially during the holiday season. In an analysis Golovanov further explained, when an infected user tries to login to the targeted sites, Neverquest instantly activates itself to steal login credentials of the victim. Then this Trojan sends the compromised...

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Starbucks Is Leaving Users’ Data Vulnerable to Threats!

Earlier security researcher Daniel Wood has spotted that Starbucks is storing users’ sensitive data in plain text, including their passwords. He has discovered that Starbucks iOS app is storing users’ data in plain text, on a device. Thus, users’ passwords and other app data is susceptible to data theft if a hacker would gain access to their iOS device. So, can anyone use your Starbucks mobile data to make transactions without your knowledge? What are the dangers of Starbucks iOS app vulnerabilities?      After Wood’s research findings warned and triggered a fear of data theft among Starbucks mobile users, the company came up with its explanation. Starbucks has said that the odds of data theft through the spotted vulnerability on Starbucks iOS app is “very far fetched” and no mobile users have reported that their data is compromised and misused. Additionally, Starbucks has also declared that it is working on fixing the flaw in the app by adding “extra layers of protection”. As the users’ data is stored in unencrypted, plain text, simply on an iPhone, your data stored with the Starbucks iOS app can get in to the hands of any user who can find that phone, if it is left behind. All that an unauthorized user need to do is to plug the iPhone to their laptop or desktop computer and find the file wherein the users’...

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Top Wi-Fi Boosters of 2014 to Get More from Your Wi-Fi Connectivity

Dropped Wi-Fi connectivity? Want to boost the Wi-Fi service so that you can stay hooked to your Smartphone, tablet, laptop or iPod from any place of a building? Usually the Wi-Fi access points or wireless routers are placed at a corner of a room so that nobody would trip up or to prevent unwanted damages to the device. This is one of the reasons signal tends to drop as we go to other parts of a house, far from those small boxes. To prevent this problem from hindering your Wi-Fi connectivity, leading wireless device manufacturers have brought their line-up of Wi-Fi booster devices. How to select the right Wi-Fi boosters or range extenders? You do not necessarily stick to the same brand of Wi-Fi router you are using. Features which you need to zero in on while selecting a Wi-Fi booster or range extender must be simple install, frequency matching to the Wi-Fi box, and signal strength indicator. If the frequency of your Wi-Fi box ranges from 2.4 or 5Ghz band, get a Wi-Fi booster which can boost 2.4Ghz signal, extenders which can boost those short-range 5Ghz signal or a dual-band range extenders which supports both short-range and long-range frequencies. Top Wi-Fi boosters or range extenders of 2014 1. Hawking HW2R1 Hawking HW2R1 offers the most Ethernet ports to be found on any Wi-Fi booster device. Hawking HW2R1 Hi-Gain...

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Brave New Computers and PC Trends Spotted in CES 2014

Though CES 2014 had more innovative, gorgeous and weirder gadgets to steal the show, but computers also braved new designs and technologies which made a mark at the show.  This year, PC prototypes have revealed bold new designs, displays, hardware, software and virtual technology which have ushered extraordinary trends in laptops, desktops and other computers. Latest PC trends that braved at CES 2014, Las Vegas   Modular gaming computers Razer had surprised PC enthusiasts with its extraordinary prototype, Project Christine at the CES 2014. Project Christine  pioneered modular gaming PCs wherein modules such as processors, graphics cards, and hard drives in a of a gaming PC which claim  more power will be placed in the form of uniform capsules, that they can be added or removed from of a larger frame. Though immense engineering will be required for creating and presenting a functional model of the prototype, Razer has certainly insinuated new trend in gaming desktop PCs. Goggles and virtual reality Wearable tech is certainly here to stay with the advent of new gizmos and advances in augmented and virtual reality. So, move ahead of video cards and processors no matter how powerful they are made, to embrace new 3D goggles and virtual reality. The company to usher this innovation in PC industry is Oculus Rift. As the name (Oculus Rift) rhymes with the ‘paradigm shift’, it also promises...

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Post Target, Retail Security Hacks will Increase in 2014

After Target and from Neiman Marcus retail security breaches, a greater degree of security hacks is looming this year, security analysts have warned. They foresee that combating security hacks in retail Industry will be more difficult. A security analyst at Gartner shared that those two retail security breaches were much bigger than what was found initially. Avivah Litan, a security researcher has revealed that Target security breaches were greater than 70-million customers’ data and the number of customers’ data been hacked at Neiman Marcus is still untold. “Bout of attacks” in the offing in 2014      Avivah Litan has pointed that “It’s clear that there is a new bout of attacks”. She said that the data thieves could be coming back to target more retail stores and emerging as different types of data thieves. Litan spotted magnetic strip system used in retail stores makes point-of-sale systems more vulnerable to data hacks as compared to POS systems which use credit cards with smart chips. Another cybersecurity expert has blamed on rapid technological advancements in retail industry. David Burg of cybersecurity at PricewaterhouseCoopers has said “As we use more and more technologies to collaborate among businesses, or to connect with consumers using mobile devices and other kinds of applications that allow consumers to interface with various corporations, what you have is an attack surface that keeps increasing in size and complexity,...

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