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Time to Tighten Up Device Security | Avast

Lawmakers urge better security for smart devices

The first indication that internet of things (IoT) devices posed a real security threat came in October 2016 when a botnet — made up of devices such as security cameras infected with Mirai malware — attacked Dyn, a provider of DNS services.The attack came in the form of a DDoS (distributed denial of service) assault on Dyn’s servers. By firing off multiple requests every second, the attack took down websites all over the USA and Europe, as DNS servers were overrun with requests from millions of infected devices.

Freely shared personal information plays part in Neiman Marcus hack

Data that you share on social media could end up for sale on the Dark Web. The luxury retailer Neiman Marcus is the latest victim of a data breach. At the end of January, Neiman Marcus notified their online customers that unauthorized individuals attempted to access customer’s online accounts by trying various login and password […]

How to create strong, unique passwords for all your accounts (and remember them!)

One of the best ways to protect yourself online is by using strong passwords. Yeah, right. You’ve seen the rules before 1. Use long, strong passwords that mix letters, numbers, special characters, and capital letters 2. Avoid using the same password on different websites. But since we have so many to remember, the average is 19 per […]

Taking a closer look at cracked Ashley Madison passwords

People create terrible passwords. As simple as this might sound it unfortunately remains news to millions — if not billions — of individuals who use the Internet. As proof, we’ll take a look at a selection of passwords that were revealed in the Ashley Madison leak. Regardless of any shortcomings Ashley Madison had in terms […]

Computer-aided sniper rifles the latest things controlled by hackers

For those of you keeping track, you can add high-tech sniper rifles to the growing list of Things That Can be Hacked. The vulnerability that allowed two security researchers to break into the computer guidance system of a sniper rifle is the same that allows hackers to access baby monitors and home routers. Simply put, the […]

Are the hacks on Mr. Robot real?

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Last night the pilot episode of MR. ROBOT, a new thriller-drama series aired on USA Network. The show revolves around Elliot who works as a cyber security engineer by day and is a vigilante hacker by night. I watched the episode and then sat down with Avast security expert Pedram Amini, host of Avast’s new […]