Category Archives: security

Apple plays along with Russian demands. Company will keep its servers in Russia

Ever since 2014 Russia tried to make Apple to host its data servers in Russian territory. Now it turns out that the Reds have managed to accomplish this goal; Apple will move some of its servers onto Russian soil. In accordance to Russian law, the government there will have full access to the data kept in these servers: names, addresses, phone and e-mail contacts etc. It is unknown if iCloud data will also be accessible to them. Apple will have to keep every bit of data gathered for six months before removing it.In other words, American corporation and Russian government are now working ...

Firefox will soon start blocking add-ons in Private mode

Some of the web browser add-ons have a nasty habit of collecting data about our Internet usage, even when we turn to Private mode. This, thankfully, will now change, at least in Firefox: Mozilla’s browser will receive the option to turn off any and all add-ons when working in Private mode. Mozilla did not say when will this feature be introduced, but it is said to happen soon. Tweet Vote on HN ...

Apple FaceTime allowed its users to eavesdrop on other people

Bug in FaceTime app’s programming allowed the callers to eavesdrop on the receivers of the call. All they had to do was to add themselves to the talk before the receiver picked it up and voila, they were suddenly receiving all the audio from the receiver even before she/he picked it up. Apple has temporarily closed down FaceTime’s group chats and is currently working on a fix that should be available this week. Tweet Vote on HN ...

Huge leak of Russian data, or how the Reds finally got the taste of security leak

Like WikiLeaks, only this time it is the eastern colossus that got hit. 108 gigabytes worth of secret mails, documents and recorded talks from Kremlin have just been released online. The culprit is a newly created group of hacktivists called Distributed Denial of Secrets, or DDoS; group has been created in December 2018 by a collective of white hat hackers, journalists and researchers operating from the darknet (parts of the Internet that cannot be found by a simple browser search), whose supposed mission is to dig out hard to find data for beneficial use. According to Emma Best, one of the ...

Russian Internet users will be forced to register their web-connected devices

Russia joins the list of countries fighting with online anonymity. Russian government (that is, Putin) has implemented a law bill according to which, starting on February 2020, every device connected to the Internet will have to be registered beforehand. This bill is supposed to help fight illegal trade of, for example, stolen smartphones, but it is not hard to figure out that it will give the Russian government means to trace anyone online using their MAC address or IMEI number. What is more, registration will not even be free, but will cost 100 ruble per device.The bill will supposedly ...

773 million e-mail addresses, 21 million passwords – one of the largest leaks in the history

Long story short, people from Wired, a monthly American magazine on technology, have recently found out that a large, combined hacker attack under the code name ”Collection#1” have gathered over 87 gigabytes of e-loot. Among it are 773 million e-mail addresses, which perhaps is not bad in itself, and 21 million passwords to some of these addresses, which is bad indeed. All this data has been gathered over a number of lesser attacks and has all been stored on the Mega hosting platform. It is not improbable that your address and password are among them; it might be wise to change ...

Firefox 69 will block Flash Player by default

Firefox 69, the newest version of this classic web browser, will not support Flash Player. The old plug-in is generally considered to be an old and unhandy relic of the old times and is being pushed out more and more in favour of HTML 5 or other, newer ones. Firefox 69, which is supposed to come out on September 2019, will block that plug-in by default. Consumer version of the browser will completely stop working with FP at 2020. Tweet Vote on HN ...

Oh, right, another grand theft data. This time it was Pentagon that got robbed

This type of thing should really move us more, but I am afraid that we have recently been oversaturated with groundbreaking news of various leaks, e-robberies and other Internet mischief. Now we are simply jaded and largely indifferent to most of them. Anyway, back to the point: two days ago the press has been informed that personal data of 30 thousand of Pentagon employees have been stolen. The leak has been caused by, reportedly, negligence of one of Pentagon’s subcontractors in setting up proper protection for the network it was using. We do not know which subcontractor is that. ...

Fake Flash application installs bitcoin miner on your PC

Good guys from Palo Alto Networks have just discovered that 113 of Flash app sources online have been infected with a nasty bot. The program’s name is XMRig and it is a silent bitcoin mining device – it will use your computer’s resources to mine e-currency and send it to a set receiver (tip – not you). Miner does not spy on the infected user, but its activation does add a significant strain to the computer’s hardware.Flash is an application that is slowly dying out, but some of us are still using it. If you do, make sure to download yours from a trusted ...

Say bye bye to Google Plus

Long story short, Google has allowed personnal data of 500 thousand of its users to be stolen, failed to inform us about it and now backs off by turning off the Google + service. Long story a bit longer: Google + social service will be closed down for most of its users in ten months. Why? Well, because the fact that almost nobody uses G+ anymore, the more important reason is Google’s negligence in making sure that our Google + accounts are safe & in informing us when they no longer are. An unknown person or group of people have managed to break into Google + and steal data of 500 ...