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Viber app description: “We created this app to spy on you”

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Remnants of the widely-reported hack by the Syrian Electronic Army, or just some disgruntled employee in Viber leaving his mark? We’re not entirely sure. All we know is that the description of the Viber app should not be that. Spotted by our fellow editor Chris Southcott (he should be writing this, but he’s sort of┬ábusy at the moment), the Viber description on the iOS app says, “We created this app […]

Obama administration charges PRISM leaker Edward Snowden with espionage

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US prosecutors have filed a complaint against the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who was responsible for leaking thousands of documents revealing the PRISM program, charging him with espionage, according to some reports. Prosecutors have also asked Hong Kong law enforcement to detain Snowden on a provisional arrest warrant. View this document on Scribd According to reports by RT and Washington Post, Snowden has been charged with espionage, theft and […]

Developer scrapes 200k+ students’ personal information, exam results after finding security flaw

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(Screenshot by Terence Huynh) A developer has managed to scrape the personal information and the national examination results of over 200,000 students in India; after he found a security flaw in the Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations exam results website. Debarghya Das, a software intern at Google, wrote on Quora that he initially tried hacking into the system before the day of the exam results were released in order […]

ASIO targeted by Chinese hackers, blueprints for new building stolen

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ASIO’s new building – its blueprints have been allegedly stolen by Chinese hackers (Image: ASIO) Chinese hackers have managed to steal the blueprints of a new $630 million building that will become home to the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, according to a report by the ABC’s Four Corners. The plans, according to the report, include the communications layout of the new building, server locations, and even information about its security […]

LivingSocial hacked – 50 million customers and email addresses affected

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Daily deals website LivingSocial (second only to Groupon) has disclosed that they have been hacked and that the attacker accessed the names, email addresses and “encrypted” passwords of 50 million customers worldwide. “We recently experienced a cyber-attack on our computer systems that resulted in unauthorized access to some customer data from our servers. We are actively working with law enforcement to investigate this issue,” the site told customers. “We are […]

New Android malware found, can bypass app verification process

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Image: lwallenstein/Flickr (CC) Android users, look out because there is another malware in the wild. A mobile security research firm has found 32 apps infected with a new malware called BadNews that pretends to be a third-party advertising network and pushes out a well-known SMS fraud app to infected devices. Lookout Mobile Security discovered the malware in 32 apps across four developer accounts on the Google Play store – with […]

South Korean banks, broadcasters suffer cyber attack – blame pointed at North Korea

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Image: chispita_666/Flickr The South Korean government is trying to the cause of a malware attack that has “partially or entirely crippled” the networks of several broadcasters and banks in the country. While there have been no confirmation of who conducted the attack, initial reports are indicating that its northern neighbor, North Korea, is to blame. According to Yonhap News Agency, at least three broadcasters (KBS, MBC and YTN) and two […]

Evernote passwords reset after user information compromised

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Evernote in a recent blog post announced that it has implemented a service-wide password reset. This was due to a security breach where hackers attempted to “access secure areas of the Evernote service”. Evernote has instructed users to log in to the website to reset their password before logging in to desktop and mobile clients.

ABC Australia hacked – nearly 50,000 user credentials posted online, half cracked in 45 secs

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Someone has claimed that they have hacked into the ABC and has posted 49,561 users and moderators online – including email addresses and encrypted versions of passwords. The leak appears to be from the ABC message boards (mainly because that is the only part of the ABC that requires login). The ABC has confirmed that the hack took place on the website for a show called Making Australia Happy, aired […]

Scam website claims you can pay to get your account verified (It doesn’t, if you’re asking)

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Fake accounts claiming to verify you are now abundant on Twitter; but we have come across a scam that claims to be able to be the “quick and easy way” to get the beloved blue tick that, surprisingly, everyone now wants. The scam website in question, verifymytwitter.com, looks like the official website – like most scams. The website uses the same background and colour scheme, and even features the blue […]

FACEBOOK HACKED! (No data, however, was compromised)

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Image: Tom Solari/TECHGEEK.com.au Facebook has confirmed that they too have been a victim of a “sophisticated attack”, citing a vulnerability in Java. This comes after, a few weeks ago, Twitter confirmed that they too were attacked (resulting in over 250,000 names and passwords being stolen) and hinted that the same Java vulnerability was used. The social network said that last month they discovered the attack after finding that a mobile […]

Group claiming to be Anonymous targets 2Day FM after prank call

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Image: gaelx/Flickr (Creative Commons) A message posted on YouTube claiming to be from Anonymous has threatened 2Day FM – the station which broadcast a prank call which then led to the tragic events last weekend that saw the nurse apparently take her own life. “You are directly responsible for the death of another human being… We have found you guilty of murder,” Anonymous said in the video. “You have placed […]

GIVEAWAY: Win a copy of Bitdefender Antivirus 2013

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As part of our end-of-the-year celebrations, we usually hold giveaways at this time. This year, we are kicking this off by giving you a chance to win one of ten copies of Bitdefender Antivirus 2013 (worth $75). Bitdefender is known for being the best in performance compared to other antivirus systems, with independent testing from AV-Test showing that Bitdefender topping its competitors. And what you get includes antivirus, antimalware and […]

Research: Cheap, battery-operated jamming device can kill an entire 4G network

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The technology behind the 4G networks, LTE, has been found to be vulnerable to simple jamming techniques, with researchers proving their hypothesis by using a cheap, battery-operated jamming device aimed at a small portion of the LTE signal to take down an entire base station. The research, from Virginia Tech, notes that there are “about eight” weak points that can be used to jam an LTE signal. Normally, in order […]

Skype security hole allows anyone to hijack your account with only your email address

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A new security hole has been discovered in the latest version of Skype, allowing users to gain control of your account. And it appears pretty simple, all you need to do is to know the user’s email address. According to The Next Web, who have reproduced the attack and verified the vulnerability, the email address is used to create a new account with that email address before resetting the password […]