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Password-pilfering app exposes weakness in iOS and Android vetting process

Highlighting crucial weaknesses in Apple's and Google's processes for admitting new titles into their competing app stores, both companies have ejected a third-party Instagram app after discovering it probably pilfered user passwords and pictures.

InstaAgent, as the app was called, marketed itself as a program that tracked people who visited a user's Instagram account. It had between 100,000 and 500,000 downloads from Google's Play Store and was in the top charts of the iOS App Store. But behind the scenes, an app developer said earlier this week, the app sent users' Instagram login credentials to a server controlled by the InstaAgent developer. Google was the first to pull the app. Apple later followed. Read more...


Ransomware Now Gunning for Your Web Sites

One of the more common and destructive computer crimes to emerge over the past few years involves ransomware — malicious code that quietly scrambles all of the infected user’s documents and files with very strong encryption.  A ransom, to be paid in Bitcoin, is demanded in exchange for a key to unlock the files.

Ransomware being the new big thing, is very common on windows. However, The newest randsomware called linux.encoder.1 no longer targets individuals but Websites. Specifically linux web servers.

It gets access through third party add-on software.

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Anonymous carries out its threat, releases identities of alleged Ku Klux Klan members

Members of the hacker group Anonymous released what they called a list of Ku Klux Klan members and sympathizers on Thursday. The document, uploaded on Pastebin, contains hundreds of names and aliases. Among them is Frazier Glenn Miller, the white supremacist who killed three people at a Jewish community center in Kansas City.

The release came three days after the group was mistakenly credited with posting a separate list containing the names of several current lawmakers, like Sens. Dan Coats (R-IN), John Cornyn (R-TX), John Hardy Isakson (R-GA), and Thom Tillis (R-NC). None of them was named in the document posted on Thursday. Read more...


New type of auto-rooting Android adware is nearly impossible to remove

 Researchers have uncovered a new type of Android adware that's virtually impossible to uninstall, exposes phones to potentially dangerous root exploits, and masquerades as one of thousands of different apps from providers such as Twitter, Facebook, and even Okta, a two-factor authentication service.

Behind the scenes, however, the apps use powerful exploits that gain root access to the Android operating system. Read more...



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Snowden a 'human rights defender,' say European politicians

Government-secret leaker Edward Snowden should be granted protection because his leaks were in defense of human rights, the European Parliament said in a symbolic vote Thursday.


In a 285-281 vote, the parliament passed a nonbinding resolution that called on European Union member states to protect Snowden from "extradition or rendition by third parties" because of "his status as whistle-blower and international human rights defender."

The resolution also asks EU countries to drop any criminal charges against Snowden. Read more...


Senate passes controversial cybersecurity-cyberspying bill 74-21

 The Senate overwhelming approved the so-called Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) on Tuesday. The measure would allow companies to share consumers' data with the US government in the event of security breaches or cyber attacks—all in the name of cybersecurity.

Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower, had declared the measure—which now goes to a conference committee between the House and Senate—a "surveillance bill." In essence, the measure provides corporate America with legal immunity when sharing data about hacks and digital breaches with the Department of Homeland Security.




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