Ever app users uploaded billions of photos, unaware they were being used to build a facial recognition system

Users have shared the private photos stored in their email and social networks with Ever – not realising that they were being used to feed a facial recognition system.

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RobbinHood ransomware attack brings down parts of City of Baltimore’s computer network

For the second time in a year, Baltimore city government computers have been infected by ransomware. Malicious hackers are demanding that a ransom is paid for the safe recovery of encrypted files on affected computers and servers.

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

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Smashing Security #127: I do love the Dutch

Israel strikes back at Hamas’s hacking HQ, a new sextortion email comes with a twist, and Carole saves the world with some help from hacked Roomba vacuum cleaners.

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 Malicious Life’s Ran Levi.

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$40 million worth of Bitcoin stolen from Binance cryptocurrency exchange

Binance, one of the world’s biggest cryptocurrency exchanges by trading volume, says that it has suffered a security breach that saw hackers steal more than $40 million worth of Bitcoin.

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

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Malware takes Wolters Kluwer CCH cloud accounting service offline

Wolters Kluwer, the company behind cloud accounting software CCH, has confirmed that its service was knocked offline after malware was discovered on its systems.

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An attempt to phish my Amazon Web Services account

An email arrived purporting to be from Amazon Web Services (AWS). It claimed that unless I confirmed I had given my correct contact information for a domain’s WHOIS record, a website I administer could be suspended.

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Facebook sponsored posts selling access to hacked PayPal accounts

Have you ever been curious just how much vetting Facebook does before it accepts cash for an ad or a sponsored post?

Judging by what’s popping up in some users’ newsfeeds, the answer is not that much.

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Sensitive data can lurk on second-hand hard drives

Birth certificates, photographs, names, email addresses, credit card details, social security numbers. All to be found on used hard drives for sale on eBay.

Read more in my article on the Bitdefender Business Insights blog.

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Israel bombs building containing alleged Hamas hackers

“HamasCyberHQ.exe has been removed” tweeted the Israeli Defense Force.

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HMRC to finally erase five million voice records it collected without permission

The biometric voice data had been collected without explicit consent from people calling the HMRC’s telephone hotline for advice.

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Japan is developing a computer virus to fight cyberattacks, claim reports

According to a report in the Japan Times, the Japanese Defense Ministry is considering creating “its first ever computer virus… as a defense measure against cyberattacks.”

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

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Smashing Security #126: Zombie chickens and fast-food victims

What’s the worst that can happen if you join a Hollywood hard man’s Facebook page? What drove a man to hijack a website’s name at gunpoint? And can you solve the mystery of the Canadian Hamburglar?

Find out in the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast with Graham Cluley, Carole Theriault, and special guest Mark Stockley from Naked Security.

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Michael Bublé’s Instagram suffers cock-up

Someone has posted some rather bizarre things on singer Michael Bublé’s Instagram account.

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Sky Broadband firmware update bricks routers using third-party DNS settings

Some Sky Broadband users are experiencing problems with the latest firmware update that was rolled out to their routers.

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Nine men arrested in United States for stealing millions through business email compromise and romance scams

Nine men have been arrested in the United States in connection with a string of scams that allegedly netted them a cool US $3.5 million.

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Hackers steal $1.75 million from Catholic church in Ohio

Fraudsters hacked into email system, and tricked church staff into believing that a construction company’s bank account details had changed.

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