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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on July 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    How to Protect Your Smartphone’s Data, and Avoid Being Hacked 

    The government hack of an iPhone used by a San Bernardino killer serves as a reminder that phones and other electronic devices aren’t impenetrable vaults.

    While most people aren’t targets of the NSA, FBI or a foreign government, hackers are looking to steal the financial and personal information of ordinary people. Your phone stores more than just selfies. Your email account on the phone, for instance, is a gateway to resetting banking and other sensitive passwords.

    Like washing your hands and brushing your teeth, a little “cyber hygiene” can go a long way toward preventing disaster.

    Lock your phone with a passcode
    Failing to do so is like leaving your front door unlocked.

    A four-digit passcode – and an accompanying self-destruct feature that might wipe a phone’s data after too many wrong guesses – stumped the FBI for weeks and forced them to bring in outside help. Using six digits makes a passcode 100 times harder to guess. And if you want to make it even harder, you can add letters and other characters to further increase the number of possible combinations. These are options on both iPhones and Android.

    The iPhone’s self-destruct feature is something you must turn on in the settings, under Touch ID & Passcode. Do so, and the phone wipes itself clean after 10 failed attempts. But the 10 attempts apply to your guesses, too, if you forget your passcode, or if your kids start randomly punching in numbers. Android has a similar feature.

    Both systems will also introduce waiting periods after several wrong guesses to make it tough to try all combos.

    Biometrics, such as fingerprint scanners, can act as a shortcut and make complex passcodes less of a pain.

    Use encryption
    Much to the FBI’s displeasure, iPhones running at least iOS 8 offer full-disk encryption by default. That means that the information stored on the phone can’t be extracted – by authorities or by hackers – and read on another computer. If the phone isn’t unlocked first, any information obtained would be scrambled and unreadable.

    With Android, however, you typically have to turn that on in the settings. Google’s policy requires many phones with the latest version of Android, including its own Nexus phones, to offer encryption by default. But, according to Google, only 2.3 percent of active Android devices currently are running that version.

    Set up device finders
    Find My iPhone isn’t just for finding your phone in the couch cushions.

    If your device disappears, you can put it in Lost Mode. That locks your screen with a passcode, if it isn’t already, and lets you display a custom message with a phone number to help you get it back.

    The app comes with iPhones, but you need to set it up before you lose your phone. Look for the Find iPhone app in the Extras folder.

    Meanwhile, Activation Lock makes it harder for thieves to sell your device. The phone becomes unusable – it can’t be reactivated – without knowing its Apple ID. The feature kicks in automatically on phones running at least iOS 7.

    If all else fails, you can remotely wipe the phone’s data. While your information will be lost, at least it won’t end up in the hands of a nefarious person.

    There isn’t anything comparable built into Android phones, but Google’s Android Device Manager app, along with a handful of others made by third parties, can be downloaded for free from the Google Play app store.

    Back up your phone
    If you do have to remotely wipe the phone’s data, it’s comforting to know that you won’t lose all your photos and other important data. It’s helpful, too, if your toddler dunks your phone in a glass of water.

    As mentioned before, apps such as Find My iPhone and Android Device Manager will allow you to do this, provided you set them up ahead of time.

    Keep your software up to date
    Software updates often contain fixes to known flaws that might give hackers a way into your device.

    On iPhones, Apple prompts you to get the update.

    It’s more complicated with Android because updates need to go through various phone manufacturers and wireless carriers first. But do install updates when asked.

    For the latest tech news and reviews, follow Gadgets 360 on Twitter, Facebook, and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

    Tags: Android, Apple, Encryption, Mobiles, Smartphones

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  • jkabtech 4:17 am on December 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Deloitte hacked, says ‘very few’ clients affected 

    Few details on the breach. Global accounting firm Deloitte has acknowledged it was the victim of a cyber attack last year that it said affected the data of a small number of clients.

    Deloitte said in a statement that attackers accessed data from the company’s email platform, confirming some details in a report by the Guardian.

    The attack appears to have targeted the firm’s United States operations.

    It was discovered in March this year and could have begun as early as October 2016, according to the Guardian. Deloitte’s statement did not confirm those details.

    The breach at Deloitte, which says its clients include 80 percent of Fortune 500 companies, is the latest in a series involving organisations that handle sensitive financial data, a trend that has rattled lawmakers, regulators and consumers.

    Earlier this month, the US Securities and Exchange Commission and credit monitoring bureau Equifax both reported that confidential filings and sensitive personal data were compromised by hackers.

    Deloitte said it contacted government authorities immediately after it became aware of the incident, and notified each of the “very few clients” that had been affected.

    The Guardian said Deloitte had contacted six clients. The company did not name the clients, confirm the number of clients it had contacted or say what type of data was stolen.

    “No disruption has occurred to client businesses, to Deloitte’s ability to continue to serve clients, or to consumers,” the statement said.

    Deloitte said it had implemented a “comprehensive security protocol,” after the incident was discovered, using internal and external experts to help respond.

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  • jkabtech 1:26 am on September 11, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    HBO hacked, ‘Game of Thrones’ script stolen 

    Terabytes of programming copied.

    US cable channel HBO said hackers had stolen upcoming programming including unbroadcast episodes of popular series such as the global hit show “Game of Thrones”.

    While Time Warner-owned HBO declined to provide specifics of the programming taken, Entertainment Weekly reported that the theft included a script for an unaired episode of the hit fantasy show.

    “As most of you have probably heard by now, there has been a cyber incident directed at the company which has resulted in some stolen proprietary information, including some of our programming,” HBO chairman Richard Plepler wrote in a message to employees.

    Plepler called the hack “obviously disruptive, unsettling, and disturbing for all of us”.

    HBO’s technology team and outside experts are working on assessing the extent of the hack and securing systems.

    The company refused to comment on reports that unbroadcast episodes and scripts were among the data hacked, citing an “ongoing investigation” by unspecified law enforcement officials.

    Entertainment Weekly reported that hackers stole 1.5 terabytes of data and had already posted online unbroadcast episodes of “Ballers” and “Room 104,” along with “a script or treatment” for next week’s episode of “Game of Thrones.”

    Reuters and other American media received an email over the weekend from a person claiming to have stolen HBO data, including “Game of Thrones.” The show is now in its seventh season and due to wrap up next year.

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  • jkabtech 4:31 am on June 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Your smartphone could be hacked without your knowledge 

    1:50 PM ETCNBC.comSHARES

    Hacking your smartphone

    The majority of smartphone users unknowingly give hackers access to their phones by doing this one thing. CNBC’s Andrea Day explains.

    Not only can your smartphone be hacked, it can be done very easily without your knowledge.

    “At the end of the day, everything is hackable. What I am surprised about is that people sometimes forget that it’s so easy to hack into these devices,” said Adi Sharabani, the co-founder of mobile security company Skycure, who used to work for Israeli Intelligence.

    Even if a malicious attacker cannot get into your phone, they can try to get the sensitive data stored inside, including contacts, places visited and e-mails.

    “It’s important to realize that the services your smartphone relies on are much more attractive target to attackers. So for example, the photo leak that happened from iCloud where a bunch of celebrities had their photos posted all over the Internet is the perfect example,” said Alex McGeorge, the head of threat intelligence at cybersecurity company Immunity, Inc.

    Often, the hack or data breach occurs without the consumer’s knowledge, according to Sharabani.

    And it’s not just consumers that criminals target. With the rise of smartphones and tablets in the workplace, hackers attempt to attack enterprises through vulnerabilities in mobile devices.

    Both Sharabani and McGeorge perform attack simulations for clients and find that these hacking demonstrations usually go undetected.

    “It’s usually very rare that a breach that originated through a mobile device or is just contained to a mobile device is likely to be detected by a corporation’s incident response team,” McGeorge said.

    And Sharibani agrees. He says he’s still waiting for someone to call him and say that their IT department identified the attack demonstration.

    “No one knows,” he said. “And the fact that organizations do not know how many of their mobile devices encountered an attack in the last month is a problem.”

    Read MoreCost of data breaches hits $4 million on average: IBM

    But there is a silver lining, according to the wireless industry.

    “The U.S. has one of the lowest malware infection rate in the world thanks to the entire wireless ecosystem working together and individually to vigilantly protect consumers,” said John Marinho, vice president of technology & cybersecurity at CTIA, the wireless association. CTIA is an industry group which represents both phone carriers and manufacturers.

    Here are the three ways a smartphone is most likely to be breached.

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  • jkabtech 4:16 am on June 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo was hacked 

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    Even the former CEO of Twitter isn’t protected from the occasional security hack. Earlier this afternoon, three tweets were sent from Dick Costolo’s account claiming to be from a group called OurMine.

    The tweets have since been deleted and the Twitter account belonging to OurMine has been suspended.

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    However, according to Costolo, it wasn’t his Twitter account that was hacked.

    Dick Costolo tweet

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  • jkabtech 1:16 am on June 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Time Inc. confirms reports that social networking site Myspace has been hacked 

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  • jkabtech 11:31 pm on June 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Mark Zuckerberg’s LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram accounts have been hacked 

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  • jkabtech 11:01 pm on June 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    NFL Twitter hacked, shares Goodell ‘death’ hoax 

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  • jkabtech 6:51 am on April 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Report: 1.5 million Verizon customers hacked 

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  • jkabtech 1:20 am on March 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Report: 1.5 million Verizon customers hacked 

    Thursday, 24 Mar 2016 | 4:22 PM ETCNBC.com

    A pedestrian talks on his cell phone while walking past the Verizon Communications Inc. headquarters in New York. Andrew Harrer | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesA pedestrian talks on his cell phone while walking past the Verizon Communications Inc. headquarters in New York.

    More than 1.5 million Verizon Enterprise customers had their contact information leaked on an underground cybercrime forum this week, according to cybersecurity blogger Brian Krebs.

    A security vulnerability, now fixed, provided an opening for the attacker, the business-to-business arm of the mobile and telecom giant told KrebsoOnSecurity. The breach involved basic contact information, not propriety network information, the company told Krebs.

    Prices of the customer data ranged from $10,000 to $100,000, Krebs reported.

    Verizon, used by almost all Fortune 500 companies, is widely known for its cybersecurity prowess, and releases an annual report on avoiding cyberthreats, Krebs wrote.

    Verizon told CNBC that impacted Verizon Enterprise customers are being notified, and no data about consumer customers was involved.

    For the full story, read more at KrebsOnSecurity.com.

    — CNBC’s Ryan Ruggiero contributed to this report.

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