Monthly Archives - May 2019

Samsung Will Soon Offer Smartphones With 64MP Image Sensor

Samsung is upping the ante in the smartphone world. The company recently announced that they will be introducing 48-mp and 64-mp image sensors for smartphones launching in the fall of 2019. Both sensors employ the company's Isocell Plus and Tetracell technology. The former was designed to reduce light leakage, and the latter utilizes four pixels as one to allow for superior digital photography in low-light conditions. Barely six months ago, the South Korean tech giant launched 32-MP and 48-MP Isocell sensors used in...

Amazon Sellers Dealing With Increased Hacking And Fraud

Amazon has a problem. If you're an Amazon shopper, that means you have a problem. The company recently revealed that more than a hundred sellers using the company's platform were victims of what the company is describing as an "extensive fraud operation." Only a few specifics are known about the conduct of the fraud operation. The best available evidence suggests that the hackers behind it employ phishing tactics to trick Amazon sellers into giving up their login credentials, which allows them to...

Stolen Personal And Medical Information Was Found Online

Jeremiah Fowler, a researcher with Security Discovery recently found an unprotected Elasticsearch database owned by a company called SkyMed on the internet.  According to his findings, the database was configured such that it was open and visible to any browser. This allows anyone who stumbles across it to edit, download, or even delete data without administrative credentials. The database contained a total of 136,995 patient records with histories going back thirty years in some cases. It also included a variety of...

Google Giving More Flexibility To Private Data Removal

Tech giant Google recently unveiled the next step in its plan to put more power in the hands of users when it comes to their own data.  The most recent change involves the introduction of a new auto-delete feature tied to your Google account. It will allow you to set your Location History, Web data, and App Activity data to auto-delete after a set period of time defined by you. With the way things currently work, users have two options.  They...

Scammers Now Use Google Ads To Steal Information

There's a new scam afoot that involves using Google Ads. We're frankly surprised that it's working, but apparently, it's drawing some unsuspecting customers in. It appears to be an organized campaign. The unknown scam artists are creating ads with phrases like: "Amazon.com - The best place to get dream products. Best deals - Best support - Best price." "Paypal.com - Discover how easy and safe it is to pay for goods and shop. Free Return Shipping.  180-day Refund Windows.  No...

Email Providers Found To Have Signature Vulnerabilities

 A team of security researchers has uncovered a serious flaw in several major email clients you need to be aware of. The flaw allows hackers to fake verified signatures, which gives their phishing and other email-based attacks the appearance of legitimacy.     According to research conducted by the team, the following email clients are vulnerable to this exploit: Thunderbird Apple Mail with GPGTools iOS Mail Microsoft Outlook Mailpile Roundcube K-9 Mail Airmail MailMate Evolution KMail GpgOL What The Risks Are Ostensibly, an email signature...

Android Wifi Hotspot App Leaks Network Passwords And Information

Do you use an Android App called 'WiFi Finder'?  If so, be advised that your network password has likely been exposed, based on research conducted by Sanyam Jain, of the GDI Foundation. Jain discovered an unprotected database online associated with the app that contained more than two million network passwords. He reported his findings to Zack Whittaker of TechCrunch, and the two of them spent more than two weeks trying to contact the Chinese-based developer to no avail. When that effort...

New Ransomware Looks Like An Anti-Virus Installation

Dharma is a highly successful ransomware strain. It recently has been made even more successful by a change in the way the hackers controlling it are deploying it. The first part of their latest campaign remains unchanged.  They rely on well-crafted phishing emails to lure employees in. The key difference, however, lies in the particulars of the newly crafted emails. In a nutshell, the group has begun imploring email recipients to protect their systems by installing the latest antivirus software.  The emails include...

Report States Bots Account For 20 Percent Of Web Traffic

How much of the web's traffic would you estimate to be fake, if you had to guess?  The answer to that question might surprise you.  According to the 2019 Bad Bot Report published security firm Distil Networks, the answer is just over twenty percent.  20.4 percent to be precise. More than one-fifth of all traffic on the web is generated by bots. As staggering as that figure is, it's actually down slightly from last year. Distil Networks says not to read...

Popular Android Apps Banned For Sending User Data To China

A major Chinese developer is in hot water with Google from an extensive BuzzFeed investigation which revealed that the company's apps were abusing user permissions, allowing the company to commit fraud on a massive scale. As a result of BuzzFeed's findings, Google took the step of removing six different apps made by the company down from the play store. This was including a popular selfie app that boasted more than fifty million downloads. The apps were all products of the DU...