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Data Dealer Opens Minds and Virtual Wallets

A new game on Kickstarter is in development called ‘Data Dealer’ teaches people about personal cyber security by letting you buy and sell as much virtual ‘personal data’ as possible to make a profit and rule as a powerful Data Mogul.

Recently our Josh Cannell wrote about a troubling vulnerability that could exist in 99 percent of Android devices where malware could bypass the Android security model. Well, we have some encouraging news, Google has released a patch to fix the security hole, the update has been release to OEM’s and partners. Gina Scigliano, Google’s Android […]

How malware can use process memory to its advantage part 2.

Microsoft will be issuing security updates — six of the seven updates are deemed “critical,” the highest rating on the company’s severity — that address multiple vulnerabilities across its products tomorrow on Patch Tuesday.

Spammers are beating YouTube’s filters to upload pornographic images and tricking people into following a hyperlink to view more. And it comes as a premium-rate SMS, asking for age confirmation when it really is about charging you an expensive fee to view the material.

Hello Moto, do you really need all this info?

During testing, a significant amount of a security professional’s information is being sent by his older Motorola Droid x2 handset to an external server. Even more troubling is that some of this information is sent “in clear”, as in not encrypted.

New Android Vulnerability Affects 99% of Devices

Bluebox Security unveiled in a corporate blog post that their research team—dubbed Bluebox Labs—had uncovered a vulnerability that affects 99% of Android devices. The vulnerability has been reported as existing since Android 1.6 (“Donut”) and may be plaguing some 900 million devices.

Whether you’re new to surfing the Internet or an old hand, we all know the importance of keeping our systems and software updated to avoid becoming a victim of exploits, malware and other cyber threats. Exploits in particular is one area that are being targeted heavily by criminals and privacy invaders with more and more popups and/or warning screens that hit our web browsers.

Pulser, a contributor on XDA-Developers forum, discovered a bug in Skype that allows an attacker to bypass the lock screen on your Android device. According to Pulser Skype has been notified and hopefully they have it resolved or will in the near future.

Ubisoft says its customer data including names, emails and encrypted passwords were accessed by unauthorized third parties and should be considered part of the public domain now.

Almost a decade after its’ initial release, Steam has gotten so popular that, at any given time, there are millions of gamers logged in, browsing the store and playing games. Nevertheless, as with anything that becomes popular on the web, bad guys pay attention too, and look to make a profit where they can. With that in mind, let’s take a quick look at some things you may want to watch out for when gaming with Steam.

DDOS, the doorbell ditch of cybercrime

This morning, Michael Callahan of Juniper Networks posted an article on SecurityWeek.com about distributed denial of service, or DDOS, called “Take a Broader, Deeper, Wider Bite out of Cybercrime.” A DDOS attack is when numerous client systems send massive amounts of network traffic to a single web server in the hopes of making it impossible […]

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