Tag Archives: Cybersecurity

Scammers are creating Netflix lookalikes to target people staying at home, study finds

by Dalvin Brown, USA Today

Scammers are focusing more attention on people looking to stream content from Netflix during what has quickly become the stay-at-home era.

Researchers at the cybersecurity security firm Check Point recently released a study noting a substantial rise in the number of cyberattacks performed by websites posing as the streaming giant in the wake of the ongoing coronavirus crisis. 

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Working from home makes you vulnerable to hackers. Here’s how to stay safe

by Laura Hautala, c|net

Now’s the time for good tech hygiene, too.

Working at home can leave you open to hackers, even in normal times, and these aren’t normal times. With millions of people in the US under orders to stay home to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, many more people are now working in their personal space, sometimes on their personal computers or phones. That makes a much wider target for hackers, cybersecurity experts say.

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Hackers exploit critical vulnerability found in 100,000 WordPress sites

by Dan Goodin, ARS Technica – 

Flaw in ThemeGrill plugin lets attackers wipe sites clean and possibly take them over.

Hackers are actively exploiting a critical WordPress plugin vulnerability that allows them to completely wipe all website databases and, in some cases, seize complete control of affected sites.

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Phillips smart bulbs could compromise your Wi-Fi network

by Rachel Kaser, TheNextWeb

A new report this week revealed that your cool smart light bulbs from Philips are potentially vulnerable to hackers — in fact, your whole Wi-Fi network could be compromised. So take our word for it: update now.

This news comes from cybersecurity research firm Checkpoint, which published a blog post exposing the flaw. When this was originally pointed out several years ago, companies found a way to stop what was at the time a bulb-hopping attack. Checkpoint says that, while this fix was deployed at the time, the basic vulnerability in the Hue bulb is still there, and can still be used for mischief.

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These Android apps got caught engaging in a sketchy practice that could drain your wallet

by Andy Meek, BGR

Well, it seems we’re starting 2020 off with a string of sketchy Android app news, with a new report identifying a set of so-called “fleeceware” apps to steer clear of. And this report follows the group of apps we told you about only a day ago which bombard users with ads, drain their phone’s battery, and more.

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