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Your phone's gyroscope could let hackers guess your PIN

Security researchers have documented a way to unlock a target's phone using readings from "zero-permission" sensors. Apps can access sensors such as the accelerometer and gyroscope without special permissions. The readings can be used to deduce your PIN.

WordPress plugin used by 300,000 websites hides a secret backdoor

A popular website plugin used by over 300,000 publishers contains a backdoor that could be used to compromise sites. The plugin recently changed hands, allowing the attackers to purchase a widely-used plugin that could be silently updated to spy on users.

IT leaders turn to AI to defend against AI-powered cyberattacks

Over 90% of cybersecurity leaders are concerned hackers will use AI to attack their company, according to a new report. Faced with increasingly sophisticated threats, businesses are looking towards defences which use AI to proactively respond to attacks.

HP admits to installing keylogger on hundreds of laptops

HP has admitted to installing a keylogger on hundreds of its laptops. Some of the company's most popular models are among those affected. The code was discovered inside HP's keyboard driver software by a security researcher investigating laptop keyboards.

Botnet of 100,000 routers could unleash cyberattack at any moment

A botnet of 100,000 home broadband routers is lying dormant and could be activated at any time, according to a security researcher. A new strain of the virulent IoT malware Mirai is being used to amass devices, perhaps in preparation for a major attack.

Nokia: Android smartphones biggest malware target in 2017

Android smartphones accounted for the majority of malware attacks over the past year, behind devices running Windows. The figures come from Nokia's Threat Intelligence Lab which warned more needs to be done to keep mobile users secure.

Antivirus software could help malware infect your PC

An antivirus software exploit could allow malware to escape quarantine and infect your system. A vulnerability found in several antivirus solutions gives an attacker a way to bypass usual mechanisms and gain full control of sensitive filesystem areas.

Op-Ed: MIT — Rethinking the realities of Augmented Reality

Sydney - Between the teeming hordes of hype merchants and the very meagre actual products, augmented reality is taking some baby thinking steps into practical things. MIT is looking at making AR safe for users.

Equifax website has been hacked again with fake Flash update

Equifax, the credit rating reporting agency that exposed personal data of nearly 150 million people, (and recently was awarded a contract by the IRS to confirm taxpayer's identities), appears to have been hacked — again.

Rise in websites using your CPU to mine cryptocurrency

More websites are including cryptocurrency miners that use your device's CPU to generate digital coins. After a miner was found on The Pirate Bay last month, more torrent sites have added scripts. Hackers are also adding miners to websites they hijack.

CCleaner malware might have been designed to steal trade secrets

The malware found bundled with popular computer maintenance software CCleaner was designed to compromise machines at some of the world's biggest tech companies. The discovery suggests the attack was more significant than first thought.

Small businesses suffer as ransomware epidemic grows

Small businesses are suffering from a ransomware epidemic. Firms have paid out a total of over $300 million in the past year, leaving them unable to make investments to develop their business. Recovering from the data loss can be an even greater struggle.

8 billion Bluetooth devices at risk of attack

Security researchers have discovered a flaw in Bluetooth that leaves almost every Bluetooth-enabled device vulnerable. It gives the attacker the ability to run malicious code. It's an example of what could go wrong with the Internet of Things.

Security-minded web browser Cocoon goes free for all

A free web browser is aiming to offer privacy-minded Internet users a safer way to navigate online. Cocoon uses cloud technology to proactively protect against hacks, ransomware and malicious sites. It also comes with encryption and an IP address shield.

Google pulls 500 Android apps over spyware backdoor fears

Google has removed over 500 Android apps from Google Play after security researchers discovered they could be used to download spyware. All the apps used an advertising network that contained code capable of stealing data from users.

Shipping industry at risk of cyberattacks by hackers and pirates

Hackers are increasingly targeting shipping firms to extract business information, attempt audacious frauds and steal goods from vessels. Members of the security industry warned shipping firms are often unaware of the dangers.

Microsoft sees cyberattacks as part of the 'fabric of society'

Microsoft has warned that artificial intelligence could "reset" cybercrime and the techniques used to combat it. AI is being used to tackle emerging threats but is also powering a new generation of malware created by elite attackers.

Cybersecurity is a $81.7 billion market — startups raking it in

Last year, investors put $3.5 billion into cybersecurity companies via more than 400 deals, according to CB Insights. And those numbers may well go up this year — the first quarter of 2017 set a five-year record for deals in the private security space.

U.S. nuclear power plants have been hacked, reports DHS

Washington D.c. - Russia's meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election is small potatoes compared to what the FBI and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) revealed Thursday night. Allegedly, Russian hackers have been targeting our nuclear power plants.

Windows XP updated to defend against 'nation-state' cyberattacks

Microsoft has taken the highly unusual step of releasing a new set of Windows security updates for unsupported operating system versions. The company said the patches come in the wake of WannaCrypt and provide protection against "nation-state actors."

Researchers warn Mac computer users to watch for new ransomware

Security researchers have warned that two dangerous new strains of malware have been spotted online, including a ransomware attack. It specifically targets Apple Mac computers, making it one of very few campaigns to stray away from Windows.

Studying network traffic helps track malware

A new study shows the analysis of network traffic, especially that directed towards suspicious domains, allows administrators to detect malware infections before the invading malware can do most of its damage.

Malware infecting 250 million devices could be a 'catastrophe'

An invasive form of malware believed to be attached to a Chinese firm could spell "global catastrophe," according to the cybersecurity firm that discovered it. The software has the power to gain near-complete control of targets, including spying on files.

OneLogin password manager breached, user data decrypted

Popular password management service OneLogin has reported a serious breach of its security systems which may have allowed attackers to access user data. The company told its customers that the perpetrators could have decrypted stored passwords.

Pirated Windows copies helped to spread the WannaCry ransomware

The WannaCry ransomware that made its way around the globe last week may have been aided by the use of pirated Windows versions. According to security researchers, the widespread use of illegal copies gave it a foothold in some regions.

Microsoft to patch Office exploit that allows code execution

Hackers have been caught using compromised Microsoft Word files to install malware on target computers. The flaw, yet to be patched by Microsoft, is in active use in the wild and can be used to silently run code and download executable files.

Malware made by the NSA released by Shadow Brokers group

Malware allegedly built by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) has been released online by hacking group Shadow Brokers. The tools have been confirmed to be authentic by cybersecurity experts but some of the software seems to be dated.

Android Security Report – Malware installs drop by 50 percent

Google has published its third Android Security Report, detailing the progress it has made in securing its ecosystem and keeping users safe on their devices. Play Store malware distribution has fallen, although the number of affected devices has risen.

Malware found preinstalled on almost 40 Android phones

Security researchers have discovered an alarming number of Android phones come with serious malware preinstalled. Devices seemingly fresh from the factory had malicious apps integrated with their storage and equipped with system privileges.

Chrome hackers use 'missing fonts' to get you to install malware

A new scam and malware campaign targeting Google Chrome users is claiming to help fix "missing fonts." The popup window claims a new font must be installed for websites to load correctly. Clicking OK downloads money-making malware.
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