If you're a LinkedIn user, you may want to consider changing up your password today, as well as those of any other accounts that share the same login credentials. While nothing has yet been confirmed, LinkedIn said it's currently "looking into reports of stolen passwords," reports of which are flowing through Twitter and other areas of the Internet, as well as on a Russian forum where one member claims he uploaded 6,458,020 hashed passwords.
Malware writers figured out long ago that infection rates go up when you target current trends. Potential victims who aren't particularly computer savvy tend to let their guard down when an email arrives related to current events, and with the London Olympics less than two months away, malware writers are getting a head start by sending out malicious Olympic themed emails.
Are all the stories about seamless Wi-Fi switching and Google Street View wardriving getting you down? Is your WPA2 password, well, "password"? Fear not, worried Wi-Fi lovers; researchers from Institut Polytechnique Grenoble and the Centre Technique du Papier have you covered -- literally -- with their spiffy new Wi-Fi blocking wallpaper.
Hewlett-Packard chief executive Meg Whitman might as well have been wearing a Boogeyman costume when addressing a crowd in London during an HP customer event. While there, she warned listeners that a mega-sized cyber terrorist attack is pretty much a foregone conclusion, that it's mostly a matter of when, not if, it will happen. But fear not, HP will be there to save the day, if you call upon the company.
Adobe issued a security update to address a “critical” zero-day vulnerability (CVE-2012-0779) in its Flash Player browser plugin this past Friday. The said vulnerability, according to Adobe, is already being exploited in the wild.
Check Point appears to be on a mission to prove you don't need to pay for full-fledged PC security, a motto that sits well with Maximum PC readers and enthusiasts in general. Starting today, you can download Check Point's ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus + Firewall 2013, purportedly "the most complete free Internet security solution for consumers," at absolutely no charge. You can't beat the price, but can you beat the security?
Hundreds of thousands of infected PCs could be without Internet access beginning July 9, 2012, the day the FBI is planning to pull the plug on servers it seized that had been used to push ads to computers infected with a malware Trojan called DNSChanger. Systems infected with DNSChanger end up being redirected to the servers that were once under the control of the cybercriminals, but now belong to the FBI.
Give a man a virus and he'll wreak havoc on a single machine. But teach a man to phish and, well, he'll become a pain in the ass for potentially thousands of computer users. Unfortunately, phishing is a 'skill' every two-bit hacker acquires right off the bat, but not all of them move on to bigger and more insidious things. Some phishers concentrate on honing their craft in hopes of not only ensnaring the gullible and less computer savvy, but even sophisticated ones. Security firm ESET warns of a new phishing method that has popped up in the last few weeks.
Browser plugins like Flash and Java have always had their fair share of critics, but the clamor against them seems to be getting increasingly louder. Many of these critics no longer seem content with merely criticizing them, and instead want such plugins to be dispensed with at the earliest. Well, they now have a reason to pop the celebratory bubbly as Mozilla is working on incorporating a click-to-play mechanism for plugins in future versions of its flagship browser.
Cody Kretsinger, the 24-year-old who hid behind his online handle "Recursion," may end up facing jail time for his participation in an organized security breach of Sony Pictures Entertainment last year. There's no need to call Kretsinger an "alleged" hacker, he readily admitted his role in the hack attack, and it's now up to a California judge to decide how much time he'll spend behind bars, if any.