“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

“Facebook dislike button scams spread phishing attacks and malware across social network”

facebook-dislike-button“Just days after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the social network was looking at implementing a way to dislike posts and show empathy, scammers have already begun spreading phishing attacks and malware under the pretense of offering the as-yet unavailable feature. Promising early access to the dislike button, they con Facebook users into spreading malicious links among their friends. One of the most popular dislike button scams is titled: “Get newly introduced Facebook dislike button on your profile”. This offer claims to be an “invite-only feature” that can only be activated by clicking the link provided. Further encouraging users to click, the scam offer claims to expire in a short period of time. Clicking through leads the victim to a malicious website,” reported Alistair Charlton in International Business Times.


Clicking on links like the one mentioned above, can lead to not only personal identity theft but may also lead to spam attacks and damages to your computers. “Don’t be duped. If you’re a Facebook crack-addict then try to resist the urge of falling for the latest scam, and wait for Facebook to properly roll-out new features as and when they choose,” advised computer security expert Graham Cluley.  For the full article click here