Cyber Security Alerts

DuckDuckGo Tracker Radar Exposes Hidden Tracking

DuckDuckGo Tracker Radar is a best-in-class data set about trackers that is automatically generated and maintained through continuous crawling and analysis. This data set is now publicly available to use for research and for generating tracker block lists. And, the code behind it is now open source. We use it ourselves to power the tracker […]

Google’s AI And Deep Learning Researcher Warns About AI-Fueled ‘Mass Population Control’ [Opinion]

Data is capital. Technologists and privacy advocates have been warning about – and campaining against – the prevailing, arguably exponentially growing, tendency of state-aided and private companies to mine, gather, repackage, and monetize user data. Probably the biggest story of the week, a saga that has occupied the headlines of media outlets worldwide – the […]

Watch a Drone Take Over a Nearby Smart TV

For all the focus on locking down laptops and smartphones, the biggest screen in millions of living rooms remains largely unsecured, even after years of warnings. Smart TVs today can fall prey to any number of hacker tricks—including one still-viable radio attack, stylishly demonstrated by a hovering drone. At the Defcon hacker conference today, independent […]

Election Security Threats: From Misinformation to Voting Machine Flaws

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Black Hat: LeapFrog Tablet Flaws Let Attackers Track, Message Kids

Several serious privacy flaws in a kid’s tablet were disclosed this year at Black Hat, which could allow a bad actor to track or send messages to children. LAS VEGAS – Serious vulnerabilities have been disclosed in LeapFrog’s tablet for kids, the LeapPad Ultimate, once again throwing child data privacy into the spotlight. The LeapPad […]

Apple Upgrades Bug Bounty Program: Adds Macs, $1M Reward

Apple is opening its once-private bug bounty program to all researchers, as well as boosting vulnerability payouts and expanding the product scope to include MacOS. LAS VEGAS – Apple is giving its bug bounty program a much-needed makeover. The device manufacturer in a Thursday Black Hat USA 2019 session said it will open the historically […]

14 Best WordPress Security Plugins to Lock out the Bad Guys

Before we dive into some WordPress security plugins, let’s start with an example. Say you buy a new house. This exciting new investment requires a hefty down-payment you’re probably not used to spending. And, of course, you’re hit with inspection fees prior to buying. Then comes the mortgage and insurance payments, all of which come […]

6 of the Best Free Contact Form Plugins for WordPress

Web forms are essential for common data collection tasks, such as collecting email addresses, visitor information, feedback, surveys and member registrations. Even the humble contact form is usually found on most websites. Searching for the term “contact form” on the WordPress Plugin Directory yields thousands of results! To help navigate the volume of options and […]

Louisiana Gov Declares Emergency After Cyberattacks Plague Schools

Attacks on at least three school districts and likely others have prompted the state’s first emergency due to cyberattack. After a rash of public schools were hit with ransomware, Louisiana’s governor has declared a statewide state of emergency. School districts in the northern part of the state – including Monroe City, Morehouse Parish and Sabine […]

‘WannaCry Hero’ Avoids Jail Time in Kronos Malware Charges

Marcus Hutchins, also known by his online alias MalwareTech, has been spared jail time in his sentencing for the creation of the Kronos malware. Marcus Hutchins, the researcher hailed for squashing the WannaCry ransomware outbreak in May 2017, has been spared jail time over the creation of the infamous Kronos banking malware. The 25-year-old British researcher […]