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.
It’s rewind time! Check out an amazing year in YouTube statistics
Ever since the first cat-playing-piano video surfaced online, these fluffballs have ruled the internet. Today, there is no better way to share funny clips of your pet riding a Roomba than via YouTube. A website that started out with a clip of a guy standing next to a bunch of elephants at the San Di
Google brings its security keys to iPhone
iPhone users can now employ their devices as a physical security key for logging into first-party Google services.  The tech giant extended its Advanced Protection Program to include the iPhone platform, adding another log-in factor to the sign-in process. The two-factor authentication serves as
NSA reveals major Windows security flaw
The US National Security Agency alerted Microsoft to a major flaw in its Windows 10 operating system which could have exposed users to hacking or surveillance. Microsoft quickly responded by announcing that it had rolled out a software update to fix the vulnerability.  The NSA made the revela
Australian bushfire donation site hit by data stealing malware
A website set up to collect donations for victims of Australia’s bushfires has fallen victim to a credit card skimming attack.  Researchers at Malwarebytes reported in a Twitter post that Magecart groups infected the site by implanting a card-skimming script on the checkout page of the website
1 million dollars & a Model 3 up for grabs in Tesla’s hacking challenge
A million-dollar payday and a free electric car are up for grabs in Tesla's latest hacking challenge. Elon Musk’s electric vehicle manufacturing venture announced that it was returning to the “Pwn2Own” hacking competition, which is due to be held in Vancouver in March as part of the CanSec
Microsoft’s new OST says company won’t use data for profiling & advertising
Microsoft published a new version of its Online Services Terms following accusations that the company was violating the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  The allegations came from the Dutch Ministry of Justice over Microsoft’s collection of telemetry data from Office 365 Plus a
Ransomware payments quadrupled in 2019 – Survey 
A recent survey found that 15% of those that suffered a ransomware attack in 2019 paid the attackers. The figure quadrupled from the previous year when only 4% of ransomware victims paid the ransom.   Although the overall number of attacks is down from 12% in 2018 to 10% last year, the Dark Rea
Google Assistant updated with new privacy features
Google is rolling out a slew of new features for its YouTube and Assistant apps that are designed to strengthen user privacy.  At the CES 2020 earlier this week, Google revealed that one of the additions for Assistant will allow users to delete their history of voice commands by saying, "Hey Go
Michigan school district closed due to ransomware attack
Students at three public schools in Michigan had their winter break extended after a  ransomware attack paralyzed several servers.   The December 27 hack against Richmond Community Schools affected telephones, copiers and classroom technology. The hackers requested a payout of $10,000 in Bitco
Greta Thunberg’s name used in malware attack
Hackers used Greta Thunberg’s name to try and steal financial credentials during the Christmas season. Researchers from SophosLabs unveiled a coordinated campaign that attempted to deliver Emotet malware to unsuspecting victims around the globe. The cybercriminals behind the scheme sent out mali
Chinese hackers bypass two-factor authentication 
A Chinese government-linked hacking group is believed to be behind a wave of worldwide attacks, bypassing two-factor authentication (2FA) in the process.  According to a report by Dutch cyber-security firm Fox-IT, the group is targeting government entities and service providers in fields like he
New Trojans sneak into Google Play Store
Researchers have found new malware in eight Android apps distributed through the Play Store. The tech giant Google responded to the revelations by deleting only one. The Venus malware was discovered by French cybersecurity agency Evina, which warned users that the malicious software takes the for