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Don’t have your account hijacked. Secure your online accounts with more than a password, says Google

Research published at the end of last week argues that the typical user can significantly harden the security of their online accounts by linking a recovery phone number that can send an alert if there is suspicious activity on the account.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.


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Google and Facebook scammed out of $123 million by man posing as hardware vendor

Even the most tech savvy companies in the world can fall for business email compromise.

A Lithuanian man has this week pleaded guilty to tricking Google and Facebook into transferring over $100 million into a bank account under his control after posing as a company that provided the internet giants with hardware for their data centers.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.


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Google Play is flooded with hundreds of unsafe Android anti-virus products

A new study has closely examined whether 250 security products for Android smartphones are capable of protecting users at all.

The results are in… and disturbing.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.


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Google in hot water after not revealing it had hidden a secret microphone in home alarm product

As if some folks weren’t concerned enough about the infiltration of potentially privacy-busting devices into the home, Google has admitted it did not disclose that it hid a secret microphone inside its Nest Secure product.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.


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Smashing Security #115: Love, Nests, and is 2FA destroying the world?

Is two factor authentication such a pain in the rear end that it’s costing the economy millions? Do you feel safe having a Google Nest in your home? And don’t get caught by a catfisher this Valentine’s Day.

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by B J Mendelson.


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Automatic 4K/HD for YouTube extension pulled from Chrome Store for pop-up ad abuse

A popular browser extension has been removed by Google from the Chrome Web Store after it started spamming users with irritating pop-up advertisements.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.


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tripwire.com

Google Chrome extension warns if your password has been leaked

Google has released an optional extension for its Chrome browser that will trigger a visual warning if it determines you are using a username/password combination that it knows to be unsafe.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.


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8-year-old ‘scared to death’ after hacked Nest security camera warns of missile attack

A California family has described the ‘sheer terror’ it experienced after its smart security camera began broadcasting a bogus warning that three North Korean missiles were heading to the United States.

Read more in my article on the Bitdefender BOX blog.


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Smashing Security #112: Payroll scams, gold coin heists, web giants spanked

Business email compromise evolves to target your company’s payroll, how the world’s largest gold coin was stolen from a Berlin museum, and are internet giants feeling the heat yet over data security?

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by people hacker Jenny Radcliffe.


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TheHackerGiraffe says he’s retired from hacking smart TVs to promote PewDiePie

TheHackerGiraffe, the hacker who breached innocent users’ unsecured printers, Google Chromecast streaming devices, and smart TVs to promote the PewDiePie YouTube channel, has announced his retirement.


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Smashing Security #109: Grinches target Amazon and Reddit, stealing Christmas from the poor

Join us for our special Christmas episode as we tell tales of printer hacking, website defacement, Grinches, and how Google is snooping on your private YouTube videos.

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by The CyberWire’s Dave Bittner.


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Google admits Google Plus hit by *another* privacy flaw, speeds up site’s closure

Google has admitted that Google Plus suffered another security failure last month, allowing the personal information of 52 million users to be accessed by third-party apps and developers without permission.


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tripwire.com

Malicious Chrome extension which sloppily spied on academics believed to originate from North Korea

Computer users are being reminded once again to take care over the browser extensions they install after security experts discovered a hacking campaign that has been targeting academic institutions since at least May 2018.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.


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Smashing Security #106: Google Maps, Fed phishing, and Grinch bots

How are scammers stealing your money through Google Maps? Why did the FBI create a fake FedEx website? And how are US senators hoping to stop Grinch bots ruining Christmas?

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Maria Varmazis.

And don’t miss our special bonus interview about passwords with Rachael Stockton of LastPass.


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Google chose not to go public about bug that exposed Google Plus users’ data

The really big news today is not that Google is shutting down Google Plus (who cares?), but rather that Google knew months ago that user data had been exposed and kept the fact quiet.


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If an extension goes rogue, everything you do in your browser is compromised

The official Chrome browser extension for Mega.nz was compromised with a malicious update, stealing passwords and private keys.

Keep your browser extensions to a minimum, and always be wary if they ask for elevated permissions.


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