Security

Network Carriers and US Authorities Mull Over Phone Tracking Database to Combat Phone Theft

April 10, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Finally, authorities are set to join hands with major networks in the US to combat phone theft cases in a more efficient and quick manner. We hear that major network providers in the country  – AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile –  will help authorities in building up a database of lost or stolen phones. The […]

Apple Rolls Out Two Java Updates in Two Days to Fight Trojan Attack on Mac OS X Machines

April 10, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Mac OS X users were panicky when an updated variant of one of the notorious Trojans started utilizing the chinks of an unpatched Java vulnerability in the OS. The vulnerability enabled the virus to hijack the system even when the user does not enter admin passwords. The Trojan was exceptional in its character that it […]

Mac Flashback Trojan Ups Threat to OS X Machines via Unpatched Java Vulnerabilities

April 3, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

A new serious threat is looming large over machines running Mac OS X. The minds behind the Flashback Trojan have updated the virus to make use of a weak spot in the Java software framework with these machines. The new variant of the Trojan is a potential threat since it can take over the system […]

Apps Accessing UDID Info Now Being Rejected on iOS Platform

March 26, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Apple has started some cleaning process, which may put many of the apps on its platform in a real soup. As part of their plan to remove apps, which access the UDID information of the user device, the review teams at Apple have started rejecting such apps on its platform. UDID is the unique identification […]

Google Wallet Gets a Major Security Fix; Brings Back the Smiles

March 1, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Finally, a security fix for the Google Wallet. An update to Google Wallet, which is major in nature, brings in core system fixes to the service, which will hopefully prevent any phishing attempts or PIN hacks. A major setback had come unto Google Wallet when it was found that credit card information can be acquired […]

Carrier IQ Row, Mobile Device Privacy Act Surfaces in Draft to Prevent Monitoring Software without User Consent

February 1, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Remember the furor that broke out when a developer revealed that major network carriers and phone manufactures are collecting data from the devices through monitoring software like Carrier IQ. Class action suits were filed against the practice, it being a crucial issue of privacy infringement in the US. Making a new development to the privacy […]

Zappos Account Holders Hacked

January 17, 2012, By George Lang

Shopping for sexy sportswear has just become a bit riskier folks. Over 24,000,000 Zappos customers may have had their personal information compromised. The company is asking account holders to change their passwords because hackers have infiltrated the database. According to MSNBC.com’s Redtape, “Cyber criminals may have accessed customers’ names, e-mail addresses, billing and shipping addresses, phone […]

Apple Security Alert: Christmas Phishing Scheme

December 27, 2011, By George Lang

A fraudulent Santa is apparently delivering some belated, coal-like email stuffers to Apple product owners, regardless if they were good or bad this year. The unwanted phishing scheme comes in electronic mail form. The security risk is a serious one for Apple product owners and is designed to obtain personal data by asking Apple customers to update their billing information. Apple product owners began […]

Sprint Decides It Does Not Pay to Be a “Carrier”

December 17, 2011, By George Lang

Sprint has decided it is not a good business decision to continue using the Carrier IQ application in its handsets. “We have weighed customer concerns and we have disabled use of the tool  so that diagnostic information and data is no longer being collected,” said Sprint spokeswoman Stephanie Vinge in a statement. “We are further  […]

Adobe Security Targeted Once Again

December 7, 2011, By George Lang

Adobe has been targeted once again, this time by a new malware scheme designed to obtain your personal banking information. If you receive an email asking you to upgrade or update any of your Adobe products by clicking on an attached file, DO NOT do it! By doing so your computer may end up infected with a nasty […]

Opinion: A New Digital, Cultural Tradition is in the Making

December 7, 2011, By George Lang

Last night I posted a photo to my personal Facebook page as I have done many times before; only, this time, not only that photo, but all the other photos in that album were posted to my wall and shared publicly without my consent. At the same time, another new Facebook glitch was surfacing in the news, allowing even […]

HTC Working to Quell Android Security Menace, OTA Update Soon

October 4, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Accepting the fact that their Android smartphones have some loopholes in security, HTC has begun working to zero in on solutions. Even as the task is being addressed, the company seems so keen to affirm that the “massive” privacy issue will not harm customer data. Due to the security defect, any app that has internet […]

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