Turkey Blocks Encrypted Email Service ProtonMail

The Turkish government is reportedly blocking the use of ProtonMail, the world’s largest encrypted email service. Read More >>

Intel Chips Designed to Mitigate Spectre and Meltdown Vulnerabilities Will Ship Later This Year, CEO Says

Intel announced on Thursday changes to its next-generation Xeon and Core processors intended to protect users against the near-universal Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities first disclosed in January. Read More >>

Iran’s iPhone Users Blocked From App Store

Iranians have been banned from downloading apps from the App Store, Gizmodo has confirmed. Read More >>

AMD Investigating Report Detailing Critical Chip Vulnerabilities

A white paper published by an Israeli security firm on Tuesday describes 13 vulnerabilities allegedly affecting AMD chips currently being shipped to customers. Read More >>

Major Survey of IT Pros Reveals Why Everything Gets Hacked All the Damn Time

More than 1,000 security employees in as many as 17 countries participated in the survey. Most said the biggest hurdle to mounting an adequate defence against cyber threats today is the lack of skilled personnel. (Poor security awareness and an inability to sift through enormous piles of data tied for second place.) Read More >>

New Reason to Never Use Facebook’s VPN: It May Be Siphoning Your Data Even When It’s Off

Last month, we warned users against downloading Facebook’s new VPN service, known as Onavo Protect. In addition to Facebook itself being a data vampire, the company has reportedly used the service to collecting users’ VPN usage logs. That means that once you install Onavo and turn the VPN on, Facebook can see every websites you’re visiting, in addition to what service you’re using and files you’ve downloaded. Read More >>

GitHub, Struck by Record-Breaking DDoS, Walks It Off

Yesterday, the internet’s favourite code repository, GitHub, was hit by a record 1.35-terabyte-per-second denial-of-service attack—the most powerful recorded so far. Yet, the website only endured a few minutes of intermittent downtime. Read More >>

WhatsApp Co-Founder Injects Signal With £36 Million to Make Encrypted Messaging ‘Ubiquitous’

The creators of Signal, the encrypted messaging app widely used throughout the security community—as well as by journalists, activists, and others seeking to stymie government surveillance—announced on Wednesday a major shift to the organisation’s makeup. Read More >>

Surprise! Yet Another Baby Monitor Can Be Hacked by a Child

You probably think your baby is special. Every hacker in the world is just itching to catch a glimpse of that tubby little poo monster. But let’s be real—probably no one is spying on your boring baby. Read More >>

Hackers Steal Millions by Ditching Malware to Sidestep Security

Employing sophisticated scams involving social engineering, email phishing, and the harvesting of employee passwords, attackers have pilfered millions from some of the world's largest corporations—all while bypassing traditional hacking safeguards by simply avoiding the use of malware. Read More >>

Meet the 15-Year-Old Behind the Viral Campaign to End School Shootings

“I was only ten when it happened,” says Lane Murdock, a 15-year-old sophomore from Ridgefield, Connecticut. Her high school—suddenly ground zero for a national youth movement combating school gun violence—lies only 20 minutes south of Sandy Hook Elementary School. It was there, less than six years ago, that 20 children were gunned down, none more than seven years old. Read More >>

Tesla’s Cloud Hacked, Used to Mine Cryptocurrency

Hackers infiltrated Tesla’s cloud environment and stole computer resources to mine for cryptocurrency, according to the security firm RedLock. Read More >>

IT Firm Supporting Pyeongchang Olympics Reportedly Hacked Months Ago

The IT company supporting the Winter Olympics apparently never had a chance. According to CyberScoop, it was hacked well before the Pyeongchang games ever began. Read More >>

Do Not, I Repeat, Do Not Download Onavo, Facebook’s Vampiric VPN Service

Facebook is not a privacy company; it’s Big Brother on PCP. It does not want to anonymise and protect you; it wants to drain you of your privacy, sucking up every bit of personal data. You should resist the urge to let it, at every turn. Read More >>

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12,000 Social Media Influencers, Mostly Women, Exposed by Marketing Firm Data Breach

More than 12,000 prominent social media influencers from YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, and the gaming platform Twitch were exposed last month by a data breach at a marketing firm that pairs online stars with top brands seeking product reviews and endorsements, according to researchers at the security firm UpGuard. Read More >>