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Yahoo finally confirm 500 million hack

We said that Yahoo! were going to confirm the massive data leak, and now they have finally got around to it. The huge breach saw a hacker making off with (at least) 500 million Yahoo accounts, and Yahoo! worryingly say that the breach was 'on behalf of a foreign government'. It's between three countries, who…

Vodafone gives new ways of barring spam

Spam phone calls are a nuisance for many, and for more vulnerable customers they can be downright dangerous. Well, Vodafone are going to give their customers new ways of discreetly blocking spam calls getting through to you. This is a response to consumer requests, as well as hitting back at a scam which saw a…

Financial scam 'every 15 seconds'

In a bid to warn you against money scams, Financial Fraud Action have said that, in the first half of 2016, there's been a finance scam once every 15 seconds. That's over a million cases of card fraud, phone fraud, cheque scams, and online hoodwinkery from January to June according to the FFA, which is…

Android bug for 900 million phones?

Android users, be warned! There's some serious security flaws that could compromise your phone, and allow criminals to get at your phone's data. And it could hit 900 million Android devices, which is a whopper of a number. The bugs were found by Checkpoint researchers, who were looking at software running on chipsets which were…

Watch out for the £20 iTunes scam

If you are someone who uses iTunes, you need to keep an eye out for a scam email that's doing the rounds, which are being sent to people with the claim that they've been charged over £20 to download a song. The email claims to be from Apple, which of course it isn't, and it…

Watch out for HummingBad Android malware

There's a new bit of malware that is wrecking Android phones, and created by a Chinese advertising company and called 'HummingBad'. It is thought that has infected 10 million Android devices around the world. Of course, you should have your Android handset shored up with anti-virus software, and if you haven't, you can choose between…

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McAfee warn about threats!

McAfee warn about threats!

The good people over at McAfee have been looking at all the threats that are out to get us in the virtual world. That's what they do, after all. McAfee Labs' Quarterly threat report (full PDF here) is bursting with warnings and things to worry you. They say: "We explore an emerging new attack method…

How to protect yourself from contactless card scams

There's reports of a new device doing the rounds which can clone 15 contactless bank cards a second. The scam involves a scanner which skims details from the cards of those who are stood nearby the scam artist. Apparently, it can capture encrypted data onto blank cards from 8cm away. The device in question, if…

Lenovo says 'dump our support'

Lenovo has warned users to uninstall their Accelerator support app, after it transpired that there's a huge flaw in it. The tech company are just one of five companies who have pre-installed this potentially dangerously software. Of course, they've preinstalled programs on their computers before, which didn't end well. Duo Security researcher Mikhail Davidov said…

Tumblr and MySpace hit by 'mega breach'

A huge, huge breach has occurred, with hundreds of MILLIONS of account details being hacked from social networks MySpace and Tumblr. And the details have been advertised for sale on the internet, which means you really should update your passwords as soon as possible. For both networks, the personal details were stolen several years ago,…

Smartphones vulnerable to hacks via USB charging

If you're thinking of plugging your smartphone into a public USB port to charge it up, be careful. A number of cafes, airports, and public transport vehicles have USB hubs where you can juice up your phone, but sadly, they can be hacked, and that will leave your device vulnerable to attack. The researchers over…

More needs to be done about ticket touts

Ticket touts and scalpers are a massive pain. Then again, so is buying tickets for events at all. The whole thing is not consumer friendly is it? While we wait for someone to do something about erroneous, inflated booking fees, there's more calls that something needs to be done about ticket touts online. It's a…

Companies offering 'free estimates' adverts to be banned

You've seen those companies that offer 'free' estimates, but then end up charging you money? Well, the businesses that do that are going to have their adverts banned, according to the Advertising Standards Authority. The ASA has banned an advert for Your Local Plumbing Company after they offered a free estimate, but then charged for…

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Check if you've been hacked

Check if you've been hacked

There's so much hacking going on at the moment, it is hard to keep up with everything. You may have been hacked, but wouldn't know where to start in a bid to find out. One of the big hacks in recent years concerned LinkedIn, with millions of customers having their details compromised. According to security…

Almost half of all phone calls are spam

British households are beset by spam phone calls, be it on your landline, or your mobile. Nuisance calls are something that everyone hates, yet there they are, pestering everyone to kingdom come. The variety isn't great, and we're all familiar with the bothersome PPI claim services, debt agencies, and accident claims nonsense. And if you…