Dropbox Didn’t Actually Delete Your ‘Deleted’ Files

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Dropbox recently restored years-old “deleted” files for some customer accounts by accident, drawing attention to a potential privacy problem.  Files supposedly deleted by customers from the company’s servers were instead retained for as long as eight years, according to several reports over the past few weeks. The company apologized for what it has described as… Read more »

Canadian energy firms at risk from cyber, bomb attacks: CSIS

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Canada’s main spy agency last year warned energy companies about an increasing risk of cyber espionage and attacks on pipelines, oil storage and shipment facilities and power transmission towers using homemade explosives, according to a classified document obtained by Reuters.  The Canadian Security Intelligence Service warning last May highlights an additional risk for the energy… Read more »

The Dumb ‘Smart’ Gear That Someone’s Gonna Hack in 2017

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A collaboration between beauty company L’Oreal and generally solid tech upstart Withings, this Wi-Fi hair brush (yes, you read that correctly) has an onboard microphone (again, yep) that listens to hair as you brush to identify hair issues. Simultaneously, various sensors count brush strokes, measure brushing patterns, and determine how much pressure you’re applying to your… Read more »

‘Messenger always gets shot’: Hackers say the Canadian government doesn’t want their help

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In Canada, the government appears to still have no formal policy or public guidelines, which makes it difficult for those who do find flaws to know what to do, or how the government might respond.  “There’s no formal process,” says Imran Ahmad, a partner at the law firm Miller Thomson who works with clients on cybersecurity… Read more »

Yahoo: How do state hackers break in?

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Yahoo has revealed that login details for up to one billion accounts have gone missing.  The massive breach was discovered while it investigated a separate attack that had compromised data on about 500 million accounts. Yahoo said it suspected a state-sponsored attacker was involved in both thefts.  How can it be sure? Source: BBC Technology News Date: December… Read more »

Carleton University computers infected with ransomware

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Students at Carleton University are being warned that some of its computers have been infected by ransomware — a type of computer virus that uses encryption to effectively hold files hostage in exchange for payment.  “Any system accessible from the main network, that is Windows based, may have been compromised,” the school’s computing and communications services department wrote…. Read more »

Hackers hit San Francisco transport systems

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San Francisco’s transport agency has been hit by a hack attack that led to customers being able to travel for nothing. The hackers have made a ransom demand of 100 Bitcoin, which amounts to about $70,000 (£56,000 ; €66,000).  As a precaution, staff shut off all ticketing machines on the network. Source: BBC Technology News Date: November 29th,… Read more »

Deutsche Telekom fault affects 900,000 customers

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Deutsche Telekom has confirmed up to 900,000 customers have had their broadband service cut off following a possible hack of its hardware.  Internet access, phone connections and TV reception for those with a certain router have been affected. Source: BBC Technology News Date: November 29th, 2016 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-38130352 Discussion 1) Is there anything you could do if you… Read more »

Why hackers might be drawn to your smart light bulbs

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The technology that can turn on the lights in your home with a simple swipe on your smartphone may seem really cool. Thing is, hackers could have their eye on the same thing.  New research by Dalhousie University PhD student Colin O’Flynn and colleagues in Israel has found smart bulbs could be susceptible to infiltration — so… Read more »

Tech firms seek to frustrate UK internet history log law

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Plans to keep a record of UK citizens’ online activities face a challenge from tech firms seeking to offer ways to hide people’s browser histories.  Internet providers will soon be required to record which services their customers’ devices connect to – including websites and messaging apps.  The Home Office (the UK department responsible for the… Read more »