The FBI today warned about a significant spike in victims and dollar losses stemming from an increasingly common scam in which crooks spoof communications from executives at the victim firm in a bid to initiate unauthorized international wire transfers. According to the FBI, thieves stole nearly $750 million in such scams from more than 7,000 victim companies in the U.S
I’ve talked about the Ashley Madison breach before, but the news keeps coming. Today’s video covers, tragic suicides, new attack details, a CTO hacker, and criminals extorting the victims.
It’s pretty impressive to know an 18 year old Italian teenager is already finding vulnerabilities in OS X. However, I hope he learns to disclose them responsibly, and starts informing vendors first. This week, news surfaced of a zero day privileges escalation flaw in the latest version of OS X Yosemite
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Prosecutors from New York, London, Paris, and Madrid wrote an op-ed in yesterday’s New York Times in favor of backdoors in cell phone encryption. There are a number of flaws in their argument, ranging from how easy it is to get data off an encrypted phone to the dangers of designing a backdoor in the first place, but all of that has been said before. And since anecdote can be more persuasive than data, the op-ed started with one: In June, a father of six was shot dead on a Monday afternoon in Evanston, Ill., a suburb 10 miles north of Chicago.
This is a story of a very high-tech kidnapping: FBI court filings unsealed last week showed how Denise Huskins’ kidnappers used anonymous remailers, image sharing sites, Tor, and other people’s Wi-Fi to communicate with the police and the media, scrupulously scrubbing meta data from photos before sending.