“Norton’s New VPN App”

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Norton has just announced the global launch of a new mobile VPN, Norton Wi-Fi Privacy. This new subscription based app, encrypts all the data you send over a public Wi-Fi network and is now available on both Apple and Android devices. Norton Company says it wants you to stay safe on public Wi-Fi, and is promising low latency. Norton also said its encryption keys are changed for every connection, so customers will get more than just a secure Wi-Fi connection.  For the full article, click here

“Hackers sweet-talked their way into the CIA director’s email account”

CIA Director John Brennan’s personal email account was hacked. According to WIRED, a news magazine, the hackers didn’t use sophisticated skills but instead “duped customer service agents at Verizon AOL,” to obtain Brennan’s cell phone number, email address, and other personal information, including the last four digits of his bank card.

This should remind us all that even the high-ranking members of the US government’s intelligence community are only as secure as their weakest safeguards and that anyone is vulnerable to attacks. For the full article, click here

“Cybercrime Costs US Firms $15 million Per Year”

“The annual cost of cybercrime to US organizations rose nearly 20% over the past year to reach an average of $15m – far greater than the global figure, according to the latest data from the Ponemon Institute (Ponemon Institute headquartered in Michigan, is a research center dedicated to privacy, data protection and information security policy.) The $15m which cybercrime costs the average US firm is a whopping 82% higher than the figure was six years ago when the first Cost of Cyber Crime study was issued by Ponemon,” reports Phil Muncaster from Infosecurity Magazine. The article by Phil Muncaster also added that the most costly crimes are related to malicious insiders, denial of service and web-based attacks but the former takes longer to address – on average 63 days in the US. For the full article, click here

“Apple Quashes Apps That Collect Personal Data”

Researchers at the mobile analytics firm SourceDNA said they found 256 apps with an estimated one million downloads that have a version of Youmi that violates user privacy. Youmi is a mobile advertising provider that gather private information, such as user email addresses and device identifiers, and route data to its company server.

The iPhone maker made the announcement a day after researchers discovered hundreds of apps using Chinese advertising software that extracts “personally identifiable user information.” The iPhone maker also announced, “Apple is kicking out applications that collect personal data in violation of the company’s privacy policies from its online store.”

Apple is working closely with developers to help them get updated versions of their apps that are safe for customers to get in the App Store and any apps using Youmi’s SDK will be removed from the App Store.  For the full article, click here