Entries by Amer Owaida

Child abductors may use social media to lure victims, FBI warns

School closings and more screen time can ultimately put children at an increased risk of being kidnapped by strangers they met online With the pandemic-forced closure of schools and a surplus of free time on their hands, minors are currently at greater risk of encountering all manner of criminals online, warns the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center […]

Zoom to begin rolling out end‑to‑end encryption

The videoconferencing platform is making the feature available to users of both free and paid tiers The Zoom videoconferencing platform has announced that starting next week it will begin rolling out long-awaited end-to-end encryption (E2EE) to users. The feature will be released as a technical preview, with the company proactively seeking the feedback of its […]

50,000 home cameras reportedly hacked, footage posted online

Some footage has already appeared on adult sites, with cybercriminals offering lifetime access to the entire loot for US$150 A hacker collective claims to have breached over 50,000 home security cameras before going on to steal people’s private footage and post some of it online. While a considerable portion of the videos seems to have […]

Attackers chain Windows, VPN flaws to target US government agencies

Bad actors have accessed US elections support systems, although there’s no evidence to suggest that election data has been compromised, say FBI and CISA Threat actors have been chaining vulnerabilities in Windows and Virtual Private Network (VPN) services to target various government agencies, critical infrastructure and election organizations, according to a warning by the United […]

55 security flaws found in various Apple services

Five ethical hackers have earned almost US$300,000 in bug bounty rewards – so far A team of five ethical hackers have discovered a grand total of 55 vulnerabilities in a range of Apple’s services, with almost a dozen flaws rated as critical. The disclosed security loopholes – which were found over a span of three months […]

Google adds password breach alerts to Chrome for Android, iOS

The feature is part of the browser’s security improvements that were first built into its desktop version Google is bringing new security features on the Android and iOS versions of its Chrome web browser. Chrome 86, which was released earlier this week, adds features that are aimed at bolstering password protection and as well as adding a […]

Working from a hotel? Beware the dangers of public Wi‑Fi

As more and more hotels are turning rooms into offices, the FBI is warning remote workers of cyber-threats lurking in the shadows With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing an increasing number of companies to shift to remote work, employees working from home have been struggling to find a quiet, distraction-free environment for work. The hospitality industry has […]

US gov’t warns against paying off ransomware attackers

Companies facilitating ransomware payments run the risk of facing stern penalties for violating US regulations The COVID-19 pandemic has been accompanied by a surge in ransomware attacks targeting the computer systems of organizations in various industries, with an increasing number of victims opting to pay the ransom in an effort to resume operations as soon […]

5 steps to secure your connected devices

As we steadily adopt smart devices into our lives, we shouldn’t forget about keeping them secured and our data protected As we aim to make our lives simpler to manage, especially in this hurried day and age, we increasingly rely on our connected devices. With Internet of Things (IoT) and smart devices becoming cheaper and […]

Cyber Security Awareness Month is here!

A month teaching us that when everyone pitches in and does their part, then almost everyone is protected October is a month associated with many things, including stunning fall foliage displays and various global and national celebrations. In many parts of the world, people are thinking up costumes for the parties that will be happening […]