What is Ransomware? What is WannaCry Ransomware? How it spreads? What can you do to prevent infection?

What is Ransomware? Ransomware is a malicious software that encrypts the files and locks device, such as a computer, tablet or smartphone and then demands a ransom to unlock it. Recently, a dangerous ransomware named ‘Wannacry’ has been affecting the computers worldwide creating the biggest ransomware attack the world has ever seen. This has affected … Read more

Hacker gets $15000 reward for finding bug in Facebook

Bengaluru-based Anand Prakash found a vulnerability on Facebook which could have been used to hack into any user account easily without any user interaction. This could give full access to view messages, credit/debit cards stored under payment section, personal photos and much more. According to a post on Prakash’s blog, he stated that, “Whenever a user forgets his … Read more

YouTube’s release of ‘The Interview’ a chance to show off paid video chops

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Google’s decision to screen Sony Pictures’ film “The Interview” may help legitimize its YouTube platform as a serious rival to paid video streaming services, Netflix and Amazon.com. Sony Pictures made the controversial film available online on Wednesday, expanding distribution of a comedy that triggered a destructive cyberattack against the company that has been blamed on … Read more

ICANN is the latest organisation to be hacked, claims critical data was protected

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Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers or ICANN, the global authority on providing unique web addresses across the world, was breached by hackers. According to the blog post by ICANN, hackers used ‘spear fishing’ to break into its systems in late November. Email messages were sent to ICANN staff members which appeared to be … Read more

North Korea terms Sony hack accusations as ‘groundless slander,’ seeks joint investigation

North Korea said US accusations that it was involved in a cyberattack on Sony Pictures were “groundless slander,” and that it wanted a joint investigation into the incident with the United States. An unnamed spokesman of North Korea’s foreign ministry said there would be serious consequences if Washington refused to agree to the probe and continued … Read more

Online Identity Theft is rising: Here’s how to protect yourself against it

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Criminals stole personal information from tens of millions of Americans in data breaches this past year. Of those affected, one in three may become victims of identity theft, according to research firm Javelin. Whether shopping, banking or going to the hospital, Americans are mostly at the mercy of companies to keep their sensitive details safe. … Read more

Sony hacking: Company warns employees that fraudsters could misuse stolen data

Sony Pictures Entertainment advised its current and former employees to be on the alert for fraudsters looking to use their stolen data, which included detailed personal information. In what is Sony’s most detailed description on the types of data stolen, the company listed information such as social security numbers, credit card details, bank account information, … Read more

In North Korea, hackers are a handpicked, pampered elite

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Despite its poverty and isolation, North Korea has poured resources into a sophisticated cyber-warfare cell called Bureau 121, defectors from the secretive state said as Pyongyang came under the microscope for a crippling hack into computers at Sony Pictures Entertainment. A North Korean diplomat has denied Pyongyang was behind the attack that was launched last … Read more

FBI warns firms of destructive malware use by hackers

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has warned that cyber-hackers have used malicious software to launch destructive attacks in the US. A five-page confidential warning was issued to US businesses on Monday, according to Reuters news agency. The software would make it impossible to recover any lost data, the FBI said. The warning follows … Read more