Tag: privacy

Microsoft's Skype was the platform of choice for cyber criminal communications, even though more secure alternatives exist, a study by Flashpoint concludes.

When Cybercrooks Chat, Privacy isn’t Everything

In-brief: a survey of cyber criminal groups by Flashpoint revealed that secure messaging apps are becoming more popular, but that security isn’t the only thing motivating online criminals. 

The Online Trust Alliance said it was merging with The Internet Society (ISOC), bringing its consumer focused privacy and security efforts to the home of the IETF. (Image courtesy of NASA.)

Online Trust Alliance to merge with Internet Society

In-brief: The Online Trust Alliance, which has focused on issues related to privacy and security on the Internet of Things, is merging with The Internet Society, home of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the groups said in an announcement Wednesday.

AIG has started offering personal cyber insurance to wealth families and individuals, the company announced on Monday.

The Rich Aren’t Like Everyone Else: They Have More Cyber Insurance

In-brief: Insurance giant AIG announced Monday that it has started offering cyber insurance to protect individuals and families from ransomware attacks, data theft and cyber bullying. But don’t go looking to sign up at Wal-Mart: the service is only available to AIG’s high net worth customers. 

A researcher demonstrated a method for hacking smart television using an attack hidden in a broadcast signal. (Image courtesy of The New York Public Library.)

Researcher Says 9 in 10 Smart TVs Vulnerable to Broadcast-based Attacks

In-brief: a security researcher demonstrated a broadcast-based attacks on smart televisions, almost three years after a similar demonstration by researchers at Columbia. More than 90 percent of smart TVs may be vulnerable – but carrying out an attack may be challenging. 

The Eview 07 GPS tracker is used to protect activists in Columbia. An investigation found that it could also be used to spy on them, or reveal their whereabouts. (Image courtesy of Eview.)

GPS Tracker Used as Anti-Kidnapping Device Leaks Users Location, Info

In-brief: research into GPS tracking devices used by the government of Columbia to help protect journalists and activists reveal a raft of serious security and privacy holes:  more evidence of endemic insecurity in the connected device space.