Category Archives: security

Overheating phone – why does it happen and what can you do about it

Spring is coming, and along with it warmer days. Almost all of us can hardly wait for the it, but there is one thing that preferes colder climates – our phones. These devices like to overheat from a number of causes, and high temperatures outside only help them in doing that:– overuse of the phone, like too long conversations or gaming sessions– keeping the phone in cramped spaces, e.g. the bottom of a stuffed bag– battery reshaping itself due to the usage of an incorrect chargerAnd we all know what happens when a phone overheats, right? If not, just recall the grand ...

How to make sure that your Android OS smartphone is safe

So much has been said about mobile devices’ security that I do not have the heart to bore you with that same old shtick once again. Instead, I will get straight to the point; if you want to be as certain as possible that your phone is safe from e-harm, read this article and use my suggestions. Today’s article is about Android devices, but many of these tips, if not all, will count for other OS as well. This is what you should take care of:1. Turn off the automatic password typing. If you lose your phone and it ends up in someone else’s hands, they will have free access to ...

Plane, powerbank and fire or ouch, we might be facing new plane luggage regulations soon

The unfortunate event took place on February 26th. Flight from New York to Bahama had to be aborted midair after a passenger’s powerbank spontaneously erupted in flames. The situation was handed by the plane’s staff and there was no fire but nevertheless the pilot has decided to emergency land the plane in Daytona Beach. Everything went well, no one got hurt and all the passengers and plane staff exited the plane in Daytona, presumably after cursing the head off the unfortunate powerbank owner.As of now we do not know whether or not that incident will end in more rigorous ...

FBI wants Apple to unlock the iPhone of the Pensacola shootout suspect

Okay, perhaps ”suspect” is not the correct term. The phone in question belonged to a man responsible for shooting 3 and wounding 8 a couple weeks ago at the US Navy base. The request to unlock his phone has been sent by FBI General Counsel Dana Boente himself. Apple, though, states that it already shared ”all of the data” it possesses to the FBI.The suspect/perpetrator is Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, 21 years old Royal Saudi Air Force lieutenant. Alshamrani was in Pensacola to participate in their training excercises. His motivations are unknown, although a number of ...

Chinese hackers are ruling the world

Or at least trying to. Born in China and presumed to work for the chinese dictatorship hacker group APT20 has, over the course of the last few years, successfully performed series of cyber attacks. The group operated (operates?) in Brazil, Western Europe and USA. APT20’s targets were mainly the micro economy sector – small and medium ventures.Interestingly, APT20 has seemingly devised a way around the 2FA protection. It is believed that figured out a way to fool the mechanism responsible for checking the verification token’s genuineness.If you want to learn more about ...

Bulgarian job: the greatest hacker attack in the history of Europe

Bulgarian police has caught a 20-years old hacker responsible for what is the greatest (so far) hacker attack in Europe. Young hacker has managed to break into the data banks of bulgarian IRS and steal personal data of five million citizens. Considering that Bulgaria only counts a little over seven million people, the attack’s scale is really gigantic. The data stolen includes name, surname, home address and income.The hacker is a 20 years old Bulgarian. He committed theft on Monday, and the police caught him on Wednesday. The reasons behind the attack are currently unknown. Some ...

Polish police, in cooperation with FBI, caught a pedophilia website’s administrator

18 years old man has been apprehended in the Polish city of Lodz (£ód¼). He is being accused of maintaining a darknet (in short, darknet consists of websites that cannot be found by using a common browser) website containing pedophile and zoophile* material. In the man’s house, police have found hardware containing passwords to the website as well as certain amount of illegal video material. Interestingly, it is believed that the man has not received any financial compensation for his work. Nevertheless, for helping in maintaining and distributing the abovementioned materials, the man ...

Samsung upgrades the deepfake tech. One picture is now enough to create a fake video

Samsung laboratory in Russia (Russian-placed lab working on technology with the word ”fake” in its name? Hmm…) works on improving the so-called ”realistic neural talking heads” mechanism. This mechanism makes it possible to animate static pictures, and doing it so well that the fakes are difficult to recognise from real video records. The effects of Samsung’s deepfake tech can be seen in these GIFs – Samsung has managed to create very lifelike records. Those of you who are more curious about that process can look into this video, in which Samsung ...

Japan is creating its own, official malware as means of keeping national security

Yep, it is official – viruses and hackers’ attacks are now being used as war deterrents similiar to nuclear missiles. Japanese Ministry of Defense has announced that it is creating its own malware program as a means of ”defense” against any such attacks committed against it by other nations. The program is supposed to be finished by the end of the year. We do not know any details about its inner workings.Japan is not the first country to have its own e-nuclear bomb: Russia, Iran, USA, Germany and a few others have their own programs. Lets hope that, if we cannot ...