Month: October 2014

Warning! Your Private Pictures Could Land up in iCloud without Your Knowledge

Just as the notorious celebrity private photo hack on iCloud starts descending, another security leak is occasioned on Apple iCloud. The incident is reported by a security researcher and turned out to be quite worrisome enough to get on Apple users’ nerves. Jeffrey Paul, a security researcher, noticed the incident last week. He reported that when he was upgrading Mac OS X on his Apple MacBook Pro, he detected plenty of his personal files were spotted in a new place, on Apple iCloud. The researcher thought that there was only one copy of his personal data which was with his own encrypted hard disk drive, which was a remote server that Apple gained access to. He was shocked to discover the traces of his personal files on Apple iCloud which echoed in his statements “This is unacceptable,” Paul stormed on his personal blog after a few days after the incident was spotted. This American based in Berlin vented on his blog stating that “Apple has taken local files on my computer not stored in iCloud and silently and without my permission uploaded them to their servers – across all applications, Apple and otherwise.” Well, he was not the only one to be dismayed by Apple’s unauthorized access to Apple MacBook users’ files stored on the local hard disk drive; there are other victims who reported similar occurrences of data...

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White House Security Breached! Hackers Working for Russian Government

Dubious cyber activity is identified on the computer network of White House by US Government. A White House official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, revealed that hackers attacked an unclassified computer network in use by the Executive Office of the US President. Washington Post, when reached for information on who could be behind the attack, has referred to a group of hackers who were reportedly working for the Russian government. Though no severe damage has been reported on any system, but the security breach sure had caused disruption on some services, according to the Washington Post. Technical procedures have been adopted to counter the security breach activity which intruded to the restricted access to EOP network services. The White House official stated that “In the course of assessing recent threats we identified activity of concern on the unclassified EOP network.” He continued that “Any such activity is something that we take very seriously. In this case we took immediate measures to evaluate and mitigate the activity.” Some security issues are addressed, the work investigation and procedures is continuing for detection of further attacks. The official reported “Our actions are ongoing and some of our actions have resulted in temporary outages and loss of connectivity for some EOP users. Our computers and systems have not been damaged, though some elements of the unclassified network have been affected. The...

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Hackers Are Burying Malware on Victims’ Gmail Drafts

Hackers have picked up where General David Petraeus and his clandestine lover left: leaving letters in the draft folder of Gmail account they used to share. The covert technique that couple chose to exchange communications and keep their extra-marital affair secret was to write and store those love letters in the Draft folders. That way, they could avoid sending to each other’s other email accounts and leaving electronic traces. Hackers have found this astute trick to spread more malware on the sly, found by researchers of Shape Security. The security startup firm has conducted a research has published that their researchers have discovered a slew of malware files left on their clients’ network which uses a secretive “command and control” styled channel for communication. This channel allows hackers not only to connect to the malware programs, but to share updates on those malware programs, guidelines to use those malicious software and to collect stolen data. These instructions and updates being inconspicuously written and kept in Gmail drafts, these communication channels are hardly detectable. Wade Williamson, a security researcher at Shape security startup, has revealed that “What we’re seeing here is command and control that’s using a fully allowed service, and that makes it stealthy and very hard to identify. It’s stealthily passing messages back and forth without even having to press send. You never see the bullet fired.” The...

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Illegal Download Sites Bind Identity Theft Risks, MPAA Warned

If you are a frequent visitor of KickassTorrents, other torrent or any illegal download sites, then you should be apprehensive of the security of your online identity, MPAA has cautioned. The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has shown its concerns on Monday that piracy sites are not only a threat to content rights holders, rather a threat to the end users. A recent piracy report has revealed that it attempts to counteract intellectual property pirate websites on a global level since these sites are fostering malware, online identity thefts and other dangers. “It is important to note that websites that traffic in infringing movies, television shows, and other copyrighted content do not harm only the rights holder. Malicious software or malware, which puts Internet users at risk of identity theft, fraud, and other ills, is increasingly becoming a source of revenue for pirate sites.” Motion Picture Association of America, Inc., has sent a written concerns to the Director for Intellectual Property and Innovation on Monday by publishing a latest report about “notorious markets” that it has identified as been distributing illegal content globally. That’s not all; other severe risks include “such risks jeopardize legitimate e-commerce and consumers. MPAA continues to work with global partners against criminal organizations and activities in an effort to protect consumers not only from the dangers of illicit audiovisual goods and services, but other...

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Apple Pay Glitch Double Debited Funds of Bank of America Customers

If you are an Apple Pay or a Bank of America customer, then you could be charged multiple times. Many iPhone users have reported of this financial glitch stating that the new mobile payment system has charged them double when they are using the Apple payment gateway system. Earlier this week, Apple users have reported that they were charged double of each transaction they made using Apple Pay system which is to debit amount from their linked Bank of America account. Tara Burke, the spokesperson of Bank of America, has confirmed that about 1000 transactions debited through Apple Pay were debited twice from their linked Bank of America account. Bank of America was one of the Apple Pay launch partner. “We apologize for the inconvenience and we’re correcting the issue immediately, and all duplicate transactions will be refunded” said Burke. Among all the customers whose transactions were logged twice, Samuel Burke of CNN was one of them. He also stated that his major complaint was that no Apple customer support agent could rectify the issue for him when he called since they did not store logs of financial transactions. Burke reported that Apple agents had passed the issue to the Bank of America. All duplicate transactions will be addressed and resolved by the end of Wednesday, Bank of America has declared. Customers have reported that this Apple Pay glitch...

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