Darlene Storm

Darlene Storm (not her real name) is a freelance writer with a background in information technology and information security. It seems wise to keep an eye on new hacks and holes, to know what is possible and how vulnerable you might be. Most security news is about insecurity, hacking, cybersecurity and even privacy threats, bordering on scary. But when security is done right, it's a beautiful thing...sexy even. Security is sexy.

New ransomware demanded high score on anime-style shooter game not bitcoins

New ransomware demanded high score on anime-style shooter game not bitcoins

No bitcoins? No problem for victims of Rensenware...just reach an astronomically high score in lunatic difficulty mode and encrypted files would be automatically decrypted.

Microsoft reveals what data Windows 10 collects from you

Microsoft reveals what data Windows 10 collects from you

In an effort to be more transparent, Microsoft revealed more about what data Windows 10 Creators Update will collect from users' PCs and clarified what the privacy settings mean.

Project launches to find out if there is truly a link between cybercrime and autism

Project launches to find out if there is truly a link between cybercrime and autism

Is there really a link between cybercrime and autistic-like personality traits? A new project intends to find out and then feed the data into a counter-terrorism program.

What to look for in a VPN to protect your privacy

What to look for in a VPN to protect your privacy

How much a VPN can protect your privacy or anonymity really depends upon which VPN you choose. Here are some things to look for in a VPN to best protect your privacy.

New Mirai IoT variant launched 54-hour DDoS attack against a U.S. college

New Mirai IoT variant launched 54-hour DDoS attack against a U.S. college

Researchers have spotted a new Mirai variant in the wild that is better at launching application layer attacks; other researchers spotted a new Cerber ransomware variant that can evade machine learning.

iPad bomb plot allegedly led to electronic device ban on flights

iPad bomb plot allegedly led to electronic device ban on flights

A fake iPad stuffed with explosives allegedly contributed to the US and UK's ban on electronics in plane cabins.

Password-stealing flaws in LastPass Chrome and Firefox extensions

Password-stealing flaws in LastPass Chrome and Firefox extensions

Critical vulnerabilities in the Chrome extension and Firefox add-on for LastPass could be exploited to steal passwords and remotely execute code.

Private photos of more celebrities leaked in Fappening 2.0

Private photos of more celebrities leaked in Fappening 2.0

Photos and videos of more and more celebrities leak in the latest round The Fappening 2.0.

Twitter Counter hacked: Hundreds of high-profile Twitter accounts hijacked

Twitter Counter hacked: Hundreds of high-profile Twitter accounts hijacked

Hackers, allegedly Turkish, hijacked high-profile Twitter accounts, posted swastikas and hashtags #Nazialmanya and #Nazihollanda which translates to Nazi Germany and Nazi Holland.

Android devices coming with preinstalled malware

Android devices coming with preinstalled malware

Android devices were infected with malware at some point after leaving the manufacturers, but before landing in the hands of companies' employees.

CIA hacking tools targeting Windows

CIA hacking tools targeting Windows

These purportedly are a few of the 'secret' tools in the CIA arsenal that target the Windows operating system.

Dridex: First banking Trojan with AtomBombing to better evade detection

Dridex: First banking Trojan with AtomBombing to better evade detection

Dridex v4 includes an AtomBombing technique upgrade so the malware is even better at evading detection.

MWC 2017: Avast finds over 5.3 million hackable smart devices in Spain

MWC 2017: Avast finds over 5.3 million hackable smart devices in Spain

More than 150,000 of those vulnerable IoT devices were webcams, including 22,000 hackable baby monitors and webcams in Barcelona.

Indiana joins Idaho in claiming DHS tried to hack their election systems

Indiana joins Idaho in claiming DHS tried to hack their election systems

Indiana claims DHS scanned the state's electoral system tens of thousands of times without permission.

Uber to investigate female engineer’s ‘abhorrent’ sexual harassment claims

Uber to investigate female engineer’s ‘abhorrent’ sexual harassment claims

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has ordered an 'urgent investigation.'

Hacker breached 63 universities and government agencies

Hacker breached 63 universities and government agencies

A security firm claims the Russian-speaking hacker Rasputin has breached a total of 63 universities in the US and UK and government agencies in the US.

NASA scientist detained at U.S. border until handing over PIN to unlock his phone

NASA scientist detained at U.S. border until handing over PIN to unlock his phone

A U.S. border agent demanded the PIN code to unlock a NASA scientist's phone before letting him into the country.

'Invisible' memory-based malware hit over 140 banks, telecoms and government agencies

'Invisible' memory-based malware hit over 140 banks, telecoms and government agencies

Attackers are using 'invisible' methods of attack and malware that hides in memory instead of on hard drives to steal passwords and other sensitive data from banks and enterprises across 40 countries. Anti-forensic techniques such as...

Researchers’ quantum hacking machine may help protect against quantum computing hacks

Researchers’ quantum hacking machine may help protect against quantum computing hacks

Researchers built the first quantum cloning machine that can intercept a secure message; they believe it may help protect quantum computing networks from being hacked.

Cybersecurity and freedom of speech under President Trump

Cybersecurity and freedom of speech under President Trump

If the Pentagon can't patch in eight months, can the nation's vulnerabilities be reviewed in 60 days? Like cybersecurity, freedom of speech is also 'very sacred,' but Reuters advised reporters covering Trump to be prepared as if it...

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