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Your Passcode Is Protected by Fifth Amendment, Says Court

Your Passcode Is Protected by Fifth Amendment, Says Court

Can the police compel you to give up your iPhone passcode? Not according to one federal court’s ruling. Doing so would be a violation of your Fifth Amendment rights. The case in question involved two insider trading suspects and the Securities and Exchange Commission’s desire to get at evidence it believed was present on the defendants’ work-issued iPhones. Unfortunately for …

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Apple’s New iOS 9 Requires 6-Digit Passcodes

If you use TouchID to unlock your iPhone and iPad, the idea of typing in a passcode seems quite Stone Age – but plenty of iOS users still punch in a four-digit passcode every time they unlock their devices. That’s about the change. The new iOS set to debut this fall, iOS 9, is changing your passcode from four digits …

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Your Security Questions Aren’t Providing Much Security

Everyone’s favorite food is pizza, so when a site asks you to provide an answer for the security question What’s your favorite food, don’t say pizza. Providing answers to security questions is something we’re all very familiar with, as it’s been a tool for account security and recovery for a long time. But are these security questions even that secure? …

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Starbucks: Bad Passwords, Not Hackers to Blame for App Thefts

If you use the Starbucks app to pay for your morning coffee, you might want to check your bank account. And then strengthen your password. After reports emerged saying hackers had gained access to user accounts and used its app to siphon money away from unsuspecting customers, Starbucks has hit back, saying that these reports are false. Blogger Bob Sullivan …

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Edward Snowden on Your Laughably Bad Passwords

“The best advice here is to shift your thinking from passwords to passphrases. Think about a common phrase that works for you that’s too long to brute force and also make them unlikely to be in the dictionary,” says American living in exile Edward Snowden. The famed NSA contractor who exposed America’s massive surveillance empire sat down with HBO’s John …

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Uber Denies Breach After User Info Goes Up for Sale

Uber says that it has found no evidence of a security breach following reports that user data has popped up for sale on dark web sites. Motherboard reports that thousands of active Uber accounts are currently for sale on sites like AlphaBay market – some for as cheap as $1 and up for $5. Of course, having one’s Uber login …

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‘123456’ Is Still the Most Common Password, So, Congrats Guys

Congratulations are in order, as a year of corporate data spills and leaked Jennifer Lawrence nudes failed to move the most stubborn among us. Privacy be damned, people still enjoy the ease and comfort of the most simplistic, easily-sussed passwords imaginable. For another year, the most common password was ‘123456’. After that? ‘Password’. The data comes from SplashData, who compiles …

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Dropbox: We Were Not Hacked

According to reports, hundreds of Dropbox usernames and passwords were leaked online as a preview to a larger alleged leak of 7 million accounts. As The Next Web reports, a thread appeared on reddit pointing to files with the leaked account details, saying, “Here is another batch of Hacked Dropbox accounts from the massive hack of 7,000,000 accounts. To see …

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Millions Of Gmail Passwords Leaked

According to various reports, starting with Russia’s CNews, nearly five million Gmail usernames and passwords were leaked, and published to a Russia Bitcoin forum. You can see the original report in Russian here, but The Daily Dot recaps: Much of the information is old and potentially out-of-date, Google representatives told Russian media, so the so-called “leak” may be more accurately …

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Over 1 Billion Online Usernames, Passwords Reportedly Stolen

Wow, this is a big one. A first reported by The New York Times, Hold Security discovered that a Russian crime ring has stolen 1.2 billion user name and passwords combinations and over 500 million email addresses from 420,000 websites “including household names and small Internet sites”. The Times reports: Hold Security would not name the victims, citing nondisclosure agreements …

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Identity Theft Could Soon Be A Reality For eBay Users

Identity theft is a constant concern for those who entrust their personal information to Internet companies. Now millions of users are at risk following a massive cyber-attack that recently hit eBay. Last week, we reported that eBay was hit by a massive cyber-attack when hackers broke into the company’s database that hold customers’ personal information. While no financial information was …

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eBay Hack Leads to Official Investigation by Multiple States

Earlier this week, eBay revealed that an ongoing investigation of their own had revealed a a “small number” of employee login credentials had been compromised, giving attackers access to their corporate network. Now, it appears that they will face external probes from various state Attorneys General. “The magnitude of the reported eBay data breach could be of historic proportions, and …

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eBay Hacked, Wants You to Change Your Passwords

If you receive an email from eBay later today asking you to change your password, you should definitely take their advice. The company has just confirmed a cyberattack that may have affected millions of users, exposing personal information like usernames, passwords, and email addresses. As the result of an ongoing investigation, eBay learned that a “small number” of employee login …

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Twitter Warns a Bunch of Users of Hack, Resets Their Passwords in Error

An email sent to some Twitter users warning them that their accounts may have been compromised was sent in error, according to Twitter. “Twitter believes that your account may have been compromised by a website or service not associated with Twitter. We’re reset your password to prevent others from accessing your account,” said Twitter in an email to some users. …

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Yahoo Warns Users Of Big Yahoo Mail Hack Attempt

Yep, time for another announcement about an issue with Yahoo Mail. Yahoo announced that it identified a “coordinated effort” to gain unauthorized access to Yahoo Mail accounts, though it didn’t say how many. As others have pointed out it must be a substantial number since they bothered to make the announcement. The company said it took “immediate action” to protect …

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HBO ‘Builds Addicts’ One Shared HBO Go Password at a Time

HBO wants you to become addicted to their shows, and it turns out they don’t really care if you do it somewhat nefariously. You think you’re sticking it to the man when you steal your buddy’s HBO Go password to binge on Game of Thrones? Wrong. According to HBO CEO Richard Plepler, you’re simply playing into their hands. “To us, …

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Millions Of Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Twitter And LinkedIn Passwords Compromised

Two million user passwords from Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other sites were reportedly stolen and posted online. Daniel Chechik at Spider Labs posted about the findings, which is actually a follow-up to a June post about the Pony botnet controller. At the time, it was found that about 650,000 website credentials had been stolen from Facebook, Yahoo, Google …

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Sony Resetting Some PSN Passwords After Detecting “Irregular Activity”

It’s been two years now since the PSN was down for a month following an attack orchestrated by members of Anonymous. Since then, Sony has done everything in its power to protect its infrastructure and the accounts that reside on it. That sometimes includes resetting passwords without telling anybody about it until after the fact. Some PSN users tried to …

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Nymi Bracelet: Tech-Accessory May Replace Passwords

Is this the future of passwords? A rather simple bracelet that tracks your heartbeat? Bionym, a Canadian start-up says, Yes! The Nymi bracelet uses your unique cardiac rhythm as your password, authenticating that you are who you say you are with a wireless connection to your device. The company promotes use with computers, smartphones, cars, etc. It also is advertised …

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Tumblr Tells iOS Users to Change Passwords, Download Security Fix

Tumblr has just released a “very important” security update for their iOS app that they say will address a significant flaw that allowed for passwords to be compromised in “certain circumstances.” In order to make sure your account is secure, Tumblr says you should download the update and change your password. If you’ve been using the same password for Tumblr …

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Twitter Suggests News Orgs Designate Twitter-Only Devices to Protect Themselves in Light of Recent Hacks

In light of the recent hacking attacks that have hit news organizations around the world, Twitter has warned news outlets that they expect the attacks to continue. “There have been several recent incidents of high-profile news and media Twitter handles being compromised. We believe that these attacks will continue, and that news and media organizations will continue to be high …

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CISPA Add-On Banning Employers from Seeking Facebook Passwords Killed

As you probably know, on Thursday the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, better known as CISPA. The bill, which aims to help the government react to cybersecurity threats by making it easier to share information between itself and private companies, saw bipartisan support. Opponents of CISPA have argued that the bill is a …

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5th Amendment Protects Child Porn Suspect from Compelled Decryption

A man accused of housing child pornography on multiple hard drives will not be forced to give authorities access, after a Wisconsin judge rules that doing so would violate his 5th Amendment rights against self-incrimination. The case involves Jeffrey Feldman, a software engineer with a degree in computer science from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Suspected of possessing child pornography, FBI agents …

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Twitter May Be Getting More Serious About Two-Factor Authentication

Is Twitter ramping up their efforts to implement two-factor authentication to make your accounts more secure? Two-factor authentication (2FA), generically, is any approach to authentication that has multiple layers. Around the web (like with Google for instance), it is usually applied with a combination of a password and mobile alert. When a new device/location attempts to log on to a …

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New Laws Banning Employers From Asking For Facebook Passwords Go Into Effect

The new year brings with it a number of things, including new laws. One of those laws, going into effect in California and Illinois, seek to protect your privacy during the employee screening process. At 12:01 a.m. on Monday morning, a new law went into effect banning employers from requesting Facebook passwords from potential or current employees. The law is …

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Cybersecurity Awareness Month Is Nearly Over, But Here Are Some Password Tips

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, but it’s almost over. Here’s what the Department Of Homeland Security says about it: Today, we are more interconnected than ever before. Not only do we use the Internet to stay connected, informed, and involved, but we rely on it for all of our day-to-day needs. The nation’s critical infrastructure relies heavily on …

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“Password” Remains Top Password, “Jesus” Cracks the Top 25

People: What are you doing? This is just getting sad now. Remember all of those password leak stories you’ve seen in the last few months? How many? One? Two? Three? More? While most of those leaks fall on the shoulders of the network security of the companies involved, they still reveal a shocking truth: People are terrible when it comes …

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Two Password Protection Bills Signed in California

A few months ago, multiple reports surfaced of employers abusing their power to extract social media passwords from current of prospective employees – and the topic gained a lot of traction around the country. Bills were introduced in state legislatures as well as on the national level to deal with the practice of employers asking for employee passwords. Lawmakers succeeded …

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Change Your Password: Blizzard’s Battle.net Service Was Hacked

Nothing is secure in today’s digital world. You can implement the most powerful security that money can buy, and somebody will still find a way around it. Blizzard probably thought they had some of the best security in the world, but hackers made short work of it this week. Blizzard’s Mike Morhaime announced late last night that Blizzard and it’s …

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