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Lizard Squad Hackers Hit Xbox Live. Despite promises to leave Microsoft's Xbox Live platform and Sony's PlayStation Network alone, hacker group "The Lizard Squad" is back.

Lizard Squad Hackers Hit Xbox Live

Late on Sunday, the hacker group tweeted a warning that Xbox Live would be next on their list of targets. Not one hour later, the hackers posted a series of tweets: "Xbox (360) Live #offline", "One more thing: Tell KimDotcom to take his vouchers and shove them up his fat a**", "XBL attack was done with the help of our associates from LNO: @LNOuNiTy @LNOVenom @Guidelines @we_are_lno", and "Haha "Xbox" is trending Worldwide. We're back :)" Reports of the outage were logged by users in the UK around 5 AM GMT on Monday, in line with the Lizard Squad's tweets. Microsoft has not commented on the disruption of service, but Xbox Live's status is still listed as "Limited" for the Xbox 360 in the US.

Xbox Live is reportedly fully restored in Europe according to internet security group Finest Squad. A Starting Point for Ensuring Student Online Privacy. Our society is struggling with issues regarding individual privacy.

A Starting Point for Ensuring Student Online Privacy

Heated debates are occurring on topics that range from whether the government should be allowed to conduct mass surveillance of citizens to the information that companies should be allowed to collect based on one's computer activity -- and what they should be allowed to do with it. There are also concerns about the security of personal data in general -- consider the data breach at Target last year. Military Spouses Hacked, Threatened by Alleged ISIS Sympathizer. A hacker purporting to be an ISIS sympathizer breached the social accounts of a U.S.

Military Spouses Hacked, Threatened by Alleged ISIS Sympathizer

Marine's wife Tuesday, threatening her then using her Twitter feed to threaten at least four other military spouses and the Obama family, two of the spouses confirmed to NBC News. The FBI is investigating the breach and the online threats, said Liz Snell, a Marine wife, whose Twitter and Facebook accounts were hacked. Snell's husband was deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan five times. The FBI pulled down Snell's Twitter account on Tuesday morning, she said, and Snell removed her compromised Facebook profile. NBC News contacted the FBI, seeking confirmation that the agency is investigating the matter. 10 Ways to Avoid Fraud. Scam artists in the U.S. and around the world defraud millions of people each year.

10 Ways to Avoid Fraud

They use the phone, email, postal mail, and the internet to trick you into sending money or giving out personal information. How to Keep Your Personal Information Secure. Protecting your personal information can help reduce your risk of identity theft.

How to Keep Your Personal Information Secure

There are four main ways to do it: know who you share information with; store and dispose of your personal information securely, especially your Social Security number; ask questions before deciding to share your personal information; and maintain appropriate security on your computers and other electronic devices. Keeping Your Personal Information Secure Offline. Disposing of Old Computers. Getting rid of your old computer?

Disposing of Old Computers

You can ensure its hard drive doesn’t become a treasure chest for identity thieves. Use a program that overwrites or wipes the hard drive many times. Or remove the hard drive, and physically destroy it. Understand Your Hard Drive Computers often hold personal and financial information, including: passwordsaccount numberslicense keys or registration numbers for software programsaddresses and phone numbersmedical and prescription informationtax returnsfiles created automatically by browsers and operating systems. Computer Security. Scammers, hackers, and identity thieves are looking to steal your personal information – and your money.

Computer Security

But there are steps you can take to protect yourself, like keeping your computer software up-to-date and giving out your personal information only when you have a good reason. Use Security Software That Updates Automatically The bad guys constantly develop new ways to attack your computer, so your security software must be up-to-date to protect against the latest threats. Most security software can update automatically; set yours to do so. How to Take Good Care of Your Laptop Computer.

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How to Take Good Care of Your Laptop Computer

As tempting as it might be to drink coffee, soda, water or any other liquid near your laptop, accidents can happen all too easily. Alternatively, use a cup with a cover on it, so even if it does spill, the liquid doesn't go anywhere. Military Spouses Threatened by ISIS Affiliate on Twitter, Facebook. A group claiming to be affiliated with the ISIS militant group hacked the Military Spouses of Strength Twitter account Tuesday morning and sent threats to a group of military spouses on Twitter and Facebook.

Military Spouses Threatened by ISIS Affiliate on Twitter, Facebook

The group called themselves the Gasper CyberCaliphate Sadz and claimed to be aligned with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) pursuing a "Cyber Jihad. " Members of the group took over the Twitter account for Military Spouses of Strength, replaced the profile photo, and sent the threatening messages to the spouses using their full names. The same cyber terrorism group, which said it's associated with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), hacked U.S. Central Command's You Tube and Twitter accounts in January. ISIS Threatens Military Families Via Social Media.

Anonymous: We've taken down 800 ISIS Twitter accounts - Feb. 10, 2015. Hacking group Anonymous claimed responsibility for targeting nearly 800 Twitter accounts, 12 Facebook pages and over 50 email addresses because of their links with ISIS.

Anonymous: We've taken down 800 ISIS Twitter accounts - Feb. 10, 2015

Twitter (TWTR, Tech30) did not respond to a request for comment. Facebook (FB, Tech30) said it had shut down 11 of the 12 pages listed by Anonymous because they breached its rules. Hackers are stealing your tax refund - Feb. 10, 2015. Last year alone, hackers stole more than 6.5 million Social Security numbers. The number of SSNs stolen this year might be significantly higher, given the recent Anthem hack of 80 million customers. Report: Using Malware, Hackers Steal Millions From Banks. Putting in place a sophisticated digital racket, hackers were able to steal millions of dollars from up to 100 banks in what the Russian cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab is calling "the most successful criminal cyber campaign we have ever seen.

" Kaspersky, which helped uncover a piece of malicious software in the systems of bank computers, says the scheme worked like this: First the hackers were able to install malicious software on computers by phishing bank employees. That led to the infection of hundreds of machines. The hackers kept watch until they found the computer of an administrator. That's when they recorded the screen and keystrokes to learn the system.

Cookies: Leaving a Trail on the Web. Have you ever wondered why some online ads you see are targeted to your tastes and interests, or how websites remember your preferences from visit to visit? The answer may be in the “cookies.” A cookie is information saved by your web browser, the software program you use to visit the web. Cookies can be used by companies that collect, store and share bits of information about your online activities to track your behavior across sites. Bank Hackers Steal Millions via Malware. Photo PALO ALTO, Calif. — In late 2013, an A.T.M. in Kiev started dispensing cash at seemingly random times of day.

No one had put in a card or touched a button. Ghostery. Cell Phone Security - How to Secure your Phone and Stop Spy Software Apps - SpyzRus.net. There are a few simple steps you can take to increase your cell phone security and stop anyone installing spy software on your mobile phone. This is part of my series of articles aimed at keeping your phone safe from cell phone spy and monitoring software, you might want to check out: How to Check for Spy Software and How to Remove Spy Software from Your Cell Phone. The focus of this article is Prevention. Who Needs to Secure their Cell Phone? Phone surveillance. Phone surveillance is the act of performing surveillance of phone conversations, location tracking and data monitoring of a phone.

Before the era of mobile phones, these used to refer to the tapping of phone lines via a method called wiretapping. 9 Calif. law enforcement agencies connected to cellphone spying technology. Remotely Monitor Cell Phones and Computers with Mobistealth. Smartphone Monitoring.

FTC sees privacy threats in the 'Internet of Things' - Katy Bachman - POLITICO. As consumers buy up fitness trackers, Internet-connected thermostats and even Web-enabled cars and toothbrushes, the Federal Trade Commission has a message: It’s watching. The agency is warning that as millions of new smart devices make people’s daily lives more convenient, they’re also collecting reams of personal information that raise new privacy and data security concerns.

Story Continued Below. Privacy, security threats in the &apos;Internet of Things&apos; If HIPAA is helpless in protecting information on fitness trackers, and voice-controlled TVs, smart thermostats and Internet-accessible appliances do almost nothing to ensure privacy, what will the convenience of connected things eventually cost consumers? The Federal Trade Commission warned last month about the serious privacy and data security risks, noting that the number of Internet-connected devices will double, to 50 billion, by 2020. The Five Biggest Threats to Your Kids’ Privacy, and What You Can Do About Them. Net Threats. Malware. Malware, short for malicious software, is any software used to disrupt computer operation, gather sensitive information, or gain access to private computer systems.[1] Malware is defined by its malicious intent, acting against the requirements of the computer user, and does not include software that causes unintentional harm due to some deficiency.

The term badware is sometimes used, and applied to both true (malicious) malware and unintentionally harmful software.[2] In law, malware is sometimes known as a computer contaminant, as in the legal codes of several U.S. states.[6][7] Spyware or other malware is sometimes found embedded in programs supplied officially by companies, e.g., downloadable from websites, that appear useful or attractive, but may have, for example, additional hidden tracking functionality that gathers marketing statistics. Malware Free Download and software reviews. Mobile Malware: Small Numbers, but Growing. THE warning was dire: A small security company revealed a flaw in millions of smartphones that could allow dangerous software to masquerade as a legitimate app and seize control of a phone. The threat was a big conversation topic at this year’s Black Hat security conference. Which nation-state is behind the sophisticated, stealthy Regin malware?

Symantec Security Response has discovered a new malware called Regin which, they say, "...displays a degree of technical competence rarely seen and has been used in spying operations against governments, infrastructure operators, businesses, researchers, and private individuals. " Identity Theft. FDIC: Identity Theft & Fraud. 10 Ways To Protect Yourself From Identity Theft. Protect Yourself from Malware. How Do I Protect Myself Against Malware? Local & North Carolina state news from Raleigh, NC.

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