DavidGilbert99 writes "A tragic story has emerged from a small village in east Romania where a man is reported to have killed himself and his four-year-old son after finding malware on his computer demanding a payment of £13,000 or face time in jail. The man clearly believed the demand was real and came from Romanian authorities to have taken such terrible action. A suicide note left to his wife said: "I received a warning [on my computer] that said I have to pay 70.000 lei [£13,000] or go to prison for 11 years. I don't think it's normal what I've done...I apologise to all of you...I don't want Nicusor to suffer because of me...I can't stand going to prison. I can't.""Link to Original Source
DavidGilbert99 writes "A bitcoin mining company, which rents out most of its network to individual customers, says it is expanding its network and by the end of this month will have a processing capacity of 2.5 petahashes per second — which based on the claims made by another bitcoin miner this week could see CloudHashing.com churn out up to $20 million worth of bitcoin per month."Link to Original Source
concertina226 writes "In Alabama, a teenager used Yik Yak to make school shooting threats at Marblehead High School last month, while in Orange County, California, threatening posts on the app caused a bomb scare at San Clemente High School and the school had to be locked down and searched by a bomb squad.
"The app was made for college-age users or above, for college campuses and to act as a virtual bulletin board, so it acts as local Twitter for their campus," app co-founder Brooks Buffington told CNN.
"One of the things we were planning to do is to essentially geo-sense every high school and middle school in America, so if they try to open the app in their school, it will say something like 'no, no no, looks like you are trying to open the app on a high school or middle school and this is only for college kids,' and it will disable it and the app won't work."
But is this enough to protect young people? In the UK, we've already had enough problems with Ask.fm, a social network where users can ask questions and send messages to each other anonymously."Link to Original Source
DavidGilbert99 writes "A 21-year-old man from the central Russian city of Surgut has been charged with buying a smartwatch which could have been used to secretly record audio and video. If found guilty the man could face up to four years in jail and/or a $8,000 fine. It is unclear if this is the beginning of a wider clampdown on wearable devices in Russia or an isolated incident."Link to Original Source
DavidGilbert99 writes "While most people are toiling in their bedrooms to try and optimise their graphics cards to most efficiently crack the complex mathematical equations needed to mine a bitcoin, one Seattle-based bitcoin enthusiast has taken things to a whole new level. Dave Carlson has two warehouses full of purpose built mining rigs running 24/7 and which are mining an estimated $8 million every month — though his electricity bill is a bit high...."Link to Original Source
DavidGilbert99 writes "A report from security firm Tripwire puts into stark reality the security issues surrounding routers at the moment. The report says that four out of five of the 25 best-selling SOHO routers on Amazon have security vulnerabilities — and more worryingly — 34% of the affected models are vulnerable to publicly-documented exploits. After the revelations about the Asus routers last month, and The Moon worm on Linksys routers earlier this month, it's not a good time to be a router manufacturer."Link to Original Source
DavidGilbert99 writes "Google bid $10 billion for WhatsApp before Facebook sealed a $19 billion deal this week, as well as trying to get WhatsApp founders to sign a deal which would see WhatsApp paid to tell Google when anyone else was looking to buy the popular messaging app."Link to Original Source
DavidGilbert99 writes "Just as marketeers and advertisers will tailor ad campaigns depending on what audience they are talking to, the criminals behind mobile malware campaigns are now evolving to create malicious apps which target a specific region or country depending on regulation, smartphone usage and which app stores they use."Link to Original Source
DavidGilbert99 writes "The dogecoin community is looking to leverage the billion members of the world's largest social network by launching a tipping app which will allow anyone with dogecoin to tip/transfer them to their friends straight from your wall..."Link to Original Source
DavidGilbert99 writes "Following on from the success of his Go Away Cameron extension for Chrome allowing users bypass any blocks put in place by UK ISPs late last year, developer Steven Goh has launched Jerky, a "porn browser" app for Android which he says will allow you to visit whatever site you want without anyone tracking your movements or browsing history"Link to Original Source
DavidGilbert99 writes "It seems like Samsung's legal eagles love a day in court. No sooner had they agreed to end their disputes with Google, hey are now targeting UK-based vacuum cleaner firm Dyson, for what Samsung called intolerable and groundless litigation which hurt its reputation to the tune of almost $10 million. Dyson says it is amazed that "a company over 100 times bigger than Dyson is so worried.""Link to Original Source
DavidGilbert99 writes "The Forbes website is the latest victim of the Syrian Electronic Army who claimed they defaced the website and hijacked three social media accounts related to Forbes because: "Many articles against the SEA were posted on Forbes, also their hate for Syria is very clear and flagrant in their articles.""Link to Original Source
DavidGilbert99 writes "DDoS attacks have been getting progressively bigger. Last year we saw the 300Gbps attack on Spamhaus while this week we saw the 400Gbps attack on one of CloudFlare's clients. The Spamhaus attack used DNS amplification while this week's attack used NTP amplification which has an amplification factor of 206x. Now, according to CloudFlare's CEO Matthew Prince, attackers are actively experimenting with another protocol, SNMP, which has an amplification factor of 650x. As Prince says: "Buckle Up""Link to Original Source
DavidGilbert99 writes "Google loves to tell anyone who will listen about the benefits of its open source mobile software Android and how it helps drive rather than stifle innovation. The ruth is somewhat different. If you want access to what most people think of as Android (with Gmail, Maps, Search and Google Play access) then you have to pay and you have to agree to a strict set of criteria, as newly discovered documents show, including pre-installing all of Google's apps and using them as default options within your smartphone/tablet."Link to Original Source
DavidGilbert99 writes "The largest recorded DDoS attack happened this week, when CloudFlare reported it was under attack at a volume of around 400Gbps. This, however is just the beginning. With 4,500 misconfigured servers out there, the potential for much larger attacks is clear, and Tim Keanini, CTO of Lancope, believes that within a year we will see attacks of up to 800Gbps."Link to Original Source