Privacy Watch Weekly – 2016-08-05

This ATM Hack Allows Crooks to Steal Money From Chip-and-Pin Cards

Forget about security! It turns out that the Chip-and-PIN cards are just as easy to clone as magnetic stripe cards.

It took researchers just a simple chip and pin hack to withdraw up to $50,000 in cash from an ATM in America in under 15 minutes.

We have been told that EMV (Europay, MasterCard and Visa) chip-equipped cards provides an extra layer of security which makes these cards more Shuts Down Forever! End of Biggest Torrent Search Engine

Over two weeks after the shutdown of Kickass Torrents and arrest of its admin in Poland, the world’s biggest BitTorrent meta-search engine has apparently shut down its operation.

The surprise shutdown of Torrentz marks the end of an era.
<!– adsense –> was a free, fast and powerful meta-search engine that hosted no torrents of its own, but combined results from dozens

Hack Apple & Get Paid up to $200,000 Bug Bounty Reward

So finally, Apple will pay you for your efforts of finding bugs in its products.

While major technology companies, including Microsoft, Facebook and Google, have launched bug bounty programs over last few years to reward researchers and hackers who report vulnerabilities in their products, Apple remained a holdout.

But, not now.

On Thursday, Apple announced at the Black Hat security

Sharks get bad rap when viewed with ominous background music

In a new study, researchers found that the background music in shark documentaries affects viewers’ perceptions of sharks. The researchers suggest that ominous background music could hinder shark conservation efforts.

Despite expectations of privacy, one in four share sexts, study finds

A new study from Indiana University researchers shows that although most people who engage in sexting expect their messages to remain private, nearly one in four people are sharing the sexual messages they receive.

Hacking the business model of adware, scareware, other unwanted software

A team of researchers is offering the first public view into practices that deliver unwanted advertising and software bundled with legitimate downloads. Their research suggests that some of the affiliates that distribute such software may be complicit in the scheme, which provides layers of deniability that they are installing unwanted software.

Chris Barnes: Five Ways To Make Sure Social Media Doesn’t Give You A Headache

Photo by Flickr user Jason Howie

This past June, over 1.71 billion active users logged onto Facebook. Who knows who has been looking at your profile …

Read more: Social Media, Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, Online Privacy, College News

4 Flaws hit HTTP/2 Protocol that could allow Hackers to Disrupt Servers

If you think that the HTTP/2 protocol is more secure than the standard HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol), then you might be wrong, as it took researchers just four months to discover four flaws in the HTTP/2 protocol.

HTTP/2 was launched properly just in May last year after Google bundled its SPDY project into HTTP/2 in February in an effort to speed up the loading of web pages as well as

Stacey Cohen: Why Every Personal Brand Deserves an Early Start: One Florida high school’s forward-thinking course is jumpstarting students’ professional lives

Most of us couldn’t have predicted that one day, so much of our lives would be public. Young adults growing up in the early days of social media hadn’t yet learned that posting online is like carving in stone — that photo of you and friends celebrating spring break is mighty hard to erase.

Read more: Personal Branding, Personal Development, Education, College, College Admissions, Social Media, High School, Starting College, College Applications, Career Advice, Reputation, Online Privacy, Curriculum, Teenagers, Teen Blogs, Education News

Live-streaming crime

In a new study, researchers examine the legal rights of people to record and live stream and any potential right to be free from being recorded and streamed in public places.

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Bitcoin Price Drops 20% After $72 Million in Bitcoin Stolen from Bitfinex Exchange

Yet another blow to Bitcoin: One of the world’s most popular exchanges of the cryptocurrency has suffered a major hack, leading to a loss of around $72 Million worth of Bitcoins.

Hong Kong-based Bitcoin exchange ‘Bitfinex’ has posted a note on their website announcing the shutdown of its operation after discovering a security breach that allowed an attacker to steal some user funds.


Telegram Hacked? Turn ON Important Security Settings to Secure your Private Chats

We have heard a lot about data breaches nowadays. And if you think that switching to an encrypted messaging service may secure you and your data, then you may be wrong.

No good deed today can help you protect yourself completely.

Reuters and several media outlets are reporting that the phone numbers of 15 Million users in Iran and more than a dozen accounts on the Telegram instant messaging

Sophos Intercept stops ransomware in its tracks – try the beta today!

Sophos EndpointWe’re excited to announce the upcoming launch of Sophos Intercept, ushering in a new era of endpoint protection for modern threats. It’s our new signatureless anti-exploit, anti-ransomware, and anti-hacker technology that includes root-cause analytics and advanced malware cleanup – all managed via the Sophos Central Admin console.

You’ve undoubtedly seen countless headlines about crippling ransomware attacks that cost people hundreds of millions of dollars each year. With Sophos Intercept, we’ve integrated powerful ransomware protection that’s capable of automatically stopping ransomware attacks as soon as they’re detected and rolling back damaged files to a known and safe state.

Intercept also includes advanced anti-exploit technology that blocks zero-day threats without the need for traditional file scanning or signature updates. In addition, we’ve added automated forensic reporting that traces attacks back to their origins, pinpoints additional infection points, provides advanced cleanup of malware, and offers prescriptive guidance for strengthening your organization’s security posture. Sophos Intercept also includes comprehensive deep-cleaning technology, which hunts spyware down that other traditional AV misses and rips out deeply embedded, lingering malware to make remediation a snap.

At launch later this year, Sophos Intercept can be installed alongside existing endpoint protection to fend off unknown exploit variants and stealth attacks that traditional cybersecurity software might miss – all with minimal impact to system performance. Intercept will be available as part of our own Sophos Central-managed lineup as Endpoint Ultimate, which combines Endpoint Advanced and Intercept into a dynamic, complete endpoint protection solution.

We’ll be rolling Intercept out later in 2016, but we invite you to take it for a spin today alongside our advanced endpoint protection. If you’re already a Sophos Central customer, simply contact your partner for a beta code; if you’re new to Sophos, please sign up for a free 30-day trial account of Sophos Central to get started. A public beta program is due to open later.

We hope you enjoy using Intercept and we look forward to your feedback as we perfect this incredible product!

Filed under: Corporate Tagged: beta, enpoint protection, ransomware, Sophos Central, Sophos Intercept

Sophos Web Gateway highly commended in the 2016 SC Awards

SC Magazine Awards 2016Sophos Web Gateway was recently recognized by a panel representing the audience of SC Magazine, as the highly commended solution in the Excellence Awards: Threat Solutions Web Content Management Solution category at the 2016 SC Magazine Awards Europe.

Each year, hundreds of products are entered in the Excellence Awards: Threat Solutions categories. Each product is judged by a panel representing a cross-section of SC Magazine readership, which is comprised of large, medium and small enterprises from all major vertical markets including financial services, healthcare, government, retail, education and other sectors. Entrants are narrowed down to a select group of finalists before undergoing a rigorous final judging process to determine the winner in each category.

Tony Morbin, Editor in Chief, SC Magazine UK had this to say about Sophos Web Gateway:

“It is so important to encourage and praise innovation, recognize those who raise the bar, and reward exemplars who facilitate best practice. Sophos Web Gateway is a great example of this within the industry.”

The SC Magazine Awards Europe are well known as one of the most prestigious awards for information technology (IT) security professionals and products. The awards recognize the best solutions, services and professionals that work around the clock to defend against the constantly shifting threat landscape in today’s marketplace.

Learn more about Sophos Web Gateway.

Filed under: Awards, Corporate Tagged: SC Magazine Awards, Sophos Web Gateway

Beware! Advertisers Are Tracking You via Phone’s Battery Status

Is my smartphone battery leaking details about me?

Unfortunately, YES!

Forget about supercookies, apps, and malware; your smartphone battery status is enough to monitor your online activity, according to a new report.

In 2015, researchers from Stanford University demonstrated a way to track users’ locations – with up to 90 percent accuracy – by measuring the battery usage of the phone over

Android Will Alert You When A New Device Logs-in Your Google Account

Google has rolled out a new feature for Android users to keep its users account more secure: Native Android Push Notification when a new device accesses your Google account.

Google has already been offering email notification for newly added devices, but since people usually ignore emails, the tech giant will now send a push notification to your device screen, giving you a chance to change

Hacker Selling 200 Million Yahoo Accounts On Dark Web

Hardly a day goes without headlines about any significant data breach. In the past few months, over 1 Billion account credentials from popular social network sites, including LinkedIn, Tumblr, MySpace and were exposed on the Internet.

Now, the same hacker who was responsible for selling data dumps for LinkedIn, MySpace, Tumblr and is now selling what is said to be the login

FBI ‘Double Agent’ Pleads Guilty to Selling ‘Classified Information’ to China

An FBI electronics technician has pleaded guilty to acting as a Chinese secret agent and passing along sensitive information about the Feds to a Chinese government official.

Kun Shan “Joey” Chun, 46, admitted in federal court in Manhattan on Monday that he violated his security clearance on several occasions between 2011 and 2016 in an effort to pass on secret information to China in exchange

Sophos is at Black Hat 2016 this week. Are you?

black hatIt may be hot outside in the Las Vegas sun but we’ll be keeping cool inside the Mandalay Bay Hotel, hanging out with other industry experts that will also be at Black Hat this week.

We’ll be there on August 3 and 4 and we’d love to meet you.

If you’re coming to the event, make sure you stop by booth #208 and say hi to us.

There’ll be demos and presentations of our latest and greatest products, along with some fun freebies.

We’ll be giving away an Apple Watch to one booth visitor. And, of course, there’ll be SOCKS!

We look forward to seeing you there!

Filed under: Corporate, Events Tagged: Black Hat, Black Hat 2016, Sophos

Pokémon GO Creator’s Twitter Account Hacked — Pika, Pikaaaa!

Twitter account of another high-profile CEO has been hacked!

This time, it’s Niantic CEO John Hanke, the developer behind the world’s most popular game Pokémon GO.

And it seems like Hanke is so busy with its newly launched game Pokémon GO that he hasn’t noticed or took any measures against it even after over 12 hours of the hack, as the tweets made by hackers are still displaying on his

Best Password Manager — For Windows, Linux, Mac, Android, iOS and Enterprise

When it comes to safeguarding your Internet security, installing an antivirus software or running a Secure Linux OS on your system does not mean you are safe enough from all kinds of cyber-threats.

Today majority of Internet users are vulnerable to cyber attacks, not because they aren’t using any best antivirus software or other security measures, but because they are using weak passwords to

Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Campaign also Hacked in Attack on Democratic Party

There’s a lot more to come from the DNC Hack.

The Associated Press confirmed yesterday that the computer systems used by Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign were hacked as part of the recent Democratic National Convention (DNC) hack.

Last week’s email dump containing almost 20,000 emails from top DNC officials was just the beginning, which led DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz to


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