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Launch Day Data Breach Of Trump Supporter Dating App
‘Donald Daters’ app experiences data breach on launch day, and that’s not the only issue. It’s tough to be a Donald Trump supporter in today’s political climate. Appointed officials are being chased out of restaurants by protestors, alt-right members are being punched, and now, fans of the president who... Read more
Google+ Going Away (For Real This Time) After Massive Leak
Did you know it was still going? As social media platforms go, there are a handful of major players standing out from among a countless slew of other websites and apps. Some are niche tools, like J-Date or DateACowboy.com, that cater to a specific target audience. Others, like LinkedIn,... Read more
Facebook Could Face Billions In Fines Over Data Breach
It’s more bad news for Facebook. Facebook had to announce last week that yet another cybersecurity and privacy fiasco has taken place with its users’ information. 50 million of those users were compromised, by their estimate, along with a potential 40 million more. By exploiting the tokens related to... Read more
Vishing Attacks Rise 350%
New report reveals alarming increase in voice fraud incidents. There seems to be no end to the number of ways scammers can target your data, and new methods crop up almost every day. From the highest skill sets involved in cybercrime and hacking to the most ordinary, mundane social... Read more
Uber To Pay $148,000,000 Over 2016 Data Breach  
This brings an end to one of several high-profile legal battles Uber is currently involved with across the world. News has emerged that the ride-hailing firm Uber is to hand over $148 million to settle ongoing legal action over the 2016 cyber-attack the company tried to hide, and that exposed data... Read more
Facebook Breach Compromises 50 Million Accounts
Hackers exploit vulnerability in Facebook’s ‘View As’ feature to access 50 million user accounts. In the mad rush to be the king of data collection and use, Facebook has had quite a few privacy slip ups over the years. Perhaps that’s why the public response to today’s announcement of... Read more
Malicious Code Causes WordPress Sites To Redirect To Scams
Outdated plugins exposed WordPress sites to hackers. Earlier this month, security researchers uncovered an alarming find: thousands of WordPress sites had been attacked and had malicious code injected into their pages. By going after vulnerabilities in outdated plugins, hackers caused these pages to redirect to tech support scams. These... Read more
Mirai Botnet Creators Helping FBI Will Avoid Jail Time
The three young hackers expected to be sentenced to work for the FBI instead of jail time. The three notorious hackers behind one of the most powerful pieces of malware ever used on the open internet, the Mirai Botnet, have been working with the FBI for more than a year…according to documents filed in a... Read more
Highly-Skilled Hackers? More Like User Error
Reports find data breaches more often caused by human error than cyber attacks. The Identity Theft Resource Center continues to track year-over-year record-setting numbers of data breaches that compromise millions of consumer records every year. These attacks take many forms, including malware installed on point-of-sale systems, ransomware, phishing and... Read more
Uber, Lyft Spoofed For Phishing
The inevitable threat to new tech hits lift-sharing services. The internet has given birth to a whole new way for hardworking individuals to earn a serious income. In today’s gig-economy, employers and workers all over the world can connect for both one-and-done opportunities and years’-long working relationships. Unfortunately, this... Read more
No, Your iPhone Isn’t Listening To Everything, Apple Says
Apple¬†have¬†insisted¬†in a letter to US Federal authorities that despite the number of conspiracy theories going around, iPhones only listen to their users when they use the ‚ÄėHey Siri‚Äô trigger phrase. Apple¬†has also said that there is a clear visual indicator¬†that lets users know when Siri is listening, to a... Read more
Third Hacker Jailed For Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton Nude Photo Hack
The fourth man involved is due to be sentenced next month. On Tuesday 28th August, a 26-year-old male found himself sentenced to nine months in prison for his part in the 2014 hacking of the online iCloud accounts of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, a host of other celebrities, and stealing the private information, including nude photos. The photos were later posted online and a basic... Read more
Facebook Dumps Its Data-Gathering VPN
A popular television commercial brought a new phrase to the public vernacular: “That’s not how this works… that’s not how any of this works.” The woman in the commercial obviously has no clue how Facebook works as she shows her friends all the photos she’s posted to her wall…... Read more
Airbnb Sues New York Over New Law That Demands Disclosure Of Host Information 
Airbnb, the specialist short term renter has announced that it is suing the city of New York. The move is a response to a law passed in July, that legally requires the company to share hosts’ names and addresses with the authorities on a monthly basis. Airbnb claims that the... Read more
AI Pornography Deepfakes Are Dangerous Ground
AI-created “deepfake” videos can be shockingly realistic, causing terrifying concern for misuse. When a video of a foul-mouthed former President Barack Obama (NSFW) went viral last year, it was good for a laugh. The straight-laced favorite leader was finally letting loose and saying the things he wanted to say!... Read more
Banks Warned Of Global Cyberattack
The FBI warns financial institutions of suspected upcoming unlimited operation attack. In cybercrime, an “unlimited operation” (also called an ATM cashout) happens when hackers gain access to a financial institution’s account information and PINs, change the balances in different customers’ accounts, and then use that balance and login information... Read more
Google Sued For Allegedly Tracking Phones Regardless Of Privacy Settings 
Google is being sued for tracking mobile devices even when users have asked them not to. The Lawsuit alleges that Google is illegally tracking the movements of millions of iPhone and Android phone users even if they think their privacy settings have been set to prevent it. The plaintiff’s... Read more
Teen Pleads Guilty In Apple Hacking Case
Kids these days, right? A little juvenile mischief used to involve shoplifting a pack of gum or spray painting your name on a bridge outside of town. Now, it involves hacking into the world’s first trillion-dollar company, Apple, over the course of about one year. An unnamed Australian teenager–his... Read more