If there were a way to inject internet straight into one’s bloodstream, ones and zeros would course through Bojan’s veins. Bojan eats, lives, and breathes online both professionally as a cybersecurity reporter and privately as an avid gamer. Bojan learned the dangers of malicious online agents the hard way. He fell victim to a ransomware attack that corrupted years’ worth of research data. The jolting experience made him realize that even the most experienced individuals can fall prey to criminals, if they forgo the basic tenets of online safety. He joined the DataProt team to inform the uninformed and help them avoid the mistakes that cost him a whole lot of stress.
Avast and AVG Firefox add-ons back online
AVG and Avast Online Security extensions are back online after reportedly conforming to Mozilla’s data privacy policy. The extensions are designed to warn users if a URL they are visiting is malicious, phishing, or a scam site.  But earlier this month, Mozilla removed four extensions from t
Twitter for Android users told to update app over security bug
Do you use an Android smartphone to access Twitter? If you do, be sure to update the app as soon as possible. A December 20 post on the official Twitter blog revealed a vulnerability in the Twitter for Android app “that could allow a bad actor to see nonpublic account information or to control
Apple offers $1 million for smartphone and desktop hacks
Apple’s previously private bug-hunting club has been opened up to all security researchers, who now have a chance to earn big bucks for discovering flaws in Apple operating systems.    The Apple Security Bounty information page outlines the program’s rules and rewards, revealing that maxim
Two-factor authentication statistics: A good password is not enough
Jimmy’s email was just hacked. The next day he woke up with a bunch of charges on his credit card he was certain he never made. Jimmy is frustrated and irritated. But what he doesn’t know is that a simple two-factor authentication app could have saved him from all of this trouble. He used
Thousands of Ring accounts exposed in data leak
More than 3,000 Amazon Ring camera users reportedly had their personal information exposed in a recent data leak.  According to BuzzFeed News, the leak compromised the login credentials of Ring customers, potentially allowing hackers access to payment information, addresses and even camera foota
Canada’s leading lab-test provider hit by massive data breach
One of Canada’s largest medical services companies revealed that millions of customers had their personal information stolen in a data breach in late October.  Hackers may have obtained addresses, passwords, dates of birth, and health card numbers of 15 million LifeLabs customers. The private
Romanian hacker duo jailed
Members of the infamous Bayrob Group have been locked up after being found guilty by an Ohio court on 21 charges related to cybercrimes.  The two Romanian nationals, Bogdan Nicolescu and Radu Miclaus, ran the cybercrime ring out of Bucharest, infecting 400,000 computers with malware, and swindel
Vietnamese Hackers With Government Ties Target Auto Makers
Corporate espionage may have been the motive behind the hacking of networks belonging to leading global car manufacturers BMW and Hyundai. German media reported last week that the attacks are believed to have taken place earlier in the year, involving a group with alleged ties to the Vietnamese g
Who you gonna call? Check out the latest mobile phone usage statistics
Do you remember how old you were when you got your first cell phone? If you were born in the 80s, chances are you didn’t get your hands on a mobile device until your late teens or early 20s. Well guess what, the mobile phone market has undergone a dramatic transformation. Today, even your preschoo
Avast and AVG browser extensions caught collecting user data
Online security browser plug-ins created by Avast and AVG to protect users have been caught spying on them instead.    The culprits, Avast Online Security, Avast SafePrice, AVG Online Security, and AVG SafePrice, were found to be unnecessarily collecting vast amounts of data about users’ bro
Chat app Discord becomes the next generation Silk Road
The infamous dark web marketplace Silk Road might be dead, but its spirit has been resurrected in an unusual place - on a gaming chat app. CBS News recently discovered an underground ring of cybercriminals selling illegal goods through a gaming network called Discord. Crooks have set up private g
DOJ rolls out indictment against Russian ‘Evil Corp’ members
The US Department of Justice announced charges against two Russian nationals who are accused of developing the Dridex banking Trojan to steal more than $100 million. The indictment names Maksim Yakubets and Igor Turashev as members of a Russia-based cybercriminal group known as "Evil Corp." It