cybersecurity

October 15, 2018

At the end of last month, Facebook made a bombshell disclosure: As many as 90 million of its users may have had their so-called access tokens--which keep you logged into your account, so you don't have to sign in every time--stolen by hackers. Friday, the company put the actual number at 30 million. Here's how to see if you were one of them, and if so, what the hackers got from your account.

October 14, 2018

Facebook on Friday revealed that hackers had stolen extensive information from 14 million users in the hack it announced last month. The company said an estimated 30 million people were affected by the hack, downgrading its initial estimate that information on 50 million users had been compromised.

October 12, 2018

Leaders of the U.S. intelligence community focused on security threats posed by China, with little attention paid to Russia, during an annual oversight hearing by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Wednesday.

October 11, 2018

In an investigation that began in July 2017 and concluded this month, GAO testers discovered some shocking security problems. In many cases, the weapons and systems still used default passwords. In others, unauthorized access could be obtained with “relatively simple tools”; in one case, it took nine seconds.

October 07, 2018

China’s growing expertise with computers is a bigger threat to the United States than Russia’s attempts to influence American elections. That claim comes from the U.S. Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats. He warns that China is on a path to possibly become more powerful than any other country.

October 07, 2018

The risks to U.S. tech companies from Chinese cyberespionage have accelerated. Tech companies from both countries have been pitted against one another, as an enormous amount of American technology is produced in China due to the cheap costs, Ives said, and competition over who will cash in on the technology of tomorrow -- in particular, artificial intelligence -- is extremely fierce. Security concerns are virtually promised to be an issue for many years to come.

October 05, 2018

The bill will rebrand DHS’s main cybersecurity unit known as National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) as the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection Agency, spinning the headquarters office out into a full-fledged operational component of DHS on the same level as Secret Service or FEMA.

October 05, 2018

An explosive report published by Bloomberg Businessweek on Thursday claimed the Chinese military sabotaged circuit boards used by dozens of major American companies and government contractors by implanting a tiny chip that gave the People’s Liberation Army backdoor access to supposedly secure systems. The report cited a U.S. investigation long in progress but only now revealed to the public.

October 04, 2018

When apps wants to access data from your smartphone's motion or light sensors, they often make that capability clear. That keeps a fitness app, say, from counting your steps without your knowledge. But a team of researchers has discovered that the rules don't apply to websites loaded in mobile browsers, which can often often access an array of device sensors without any notifications or permissions whatsoever.

October 04, 2018

Facebook recently announced the largest breach in the company’s history. The breach affected about 50 million users, allowing hackers to take over their accounts. If you use Facebook, you may be wondering what to do next. Here are a few steps you can take.

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