“OurMine, the “Security” group hacking CEOS and Celebs”

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is seen on stage during the Facebook F8 conference in San Francisco, California April 12, 2016. REUTERS/Stephen Lam - RTX29NW9

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is seen on stage during the Facebook F8 conference in San Francisco, California April 12, 2016. REUTERS/Stephen Lam – RTX29NW9

Last Sunday, a security group calling itself OurMine claimed to have compromise the Twitter and Quora accounts of Google CEO Sundar Pichai. OurMine posted messages reading “hacked” and “we are just testing your security” to Pichai’s half-million followers. Other accounts hacked by OurMine also included, VC Mark Suster, Mark Zuckerberg, Zuckerberg’s sister Randi Zuckerberg, Spotify founder Daniel Ek, Amazon CTO Werner Vogels, and actor Channing Tatum. In a conversation with WIRED, an anonymous member of OurMine insisted that they are not blackhat hackers, and that they are just a security group trying to tell people that nobody is safe. Although OurMine offers in its website personal and enterprise security checks each at a different price, it also offers real security lessons free of charge, don’t reuse passwords between sites. For the full article, click here 

“Norton’s New VPN App”

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Norton has just announced the global launch of a new mobile VPN, Norton Wi-Fi Privacy. This new subscription based app, encrypts all the data you send over a public Wi-Fi network and is now available on both Apple and Android devices. Norton Company says it wants you to stay safe on public Wi-Fi, and is promising low latency. Norton also said its encryption keys are changed for every connection, so customers will get more than just a secure Wi-Fi connection.  For the full article, click here

“Hackers sweet-talked their way into the CIA director’s email account”

CIA Director John Brennan’s personal email account was hacked. According to WIRED, a news magazine, the hackers didn’t use sophisticated skills but instead “duped customer service agents at Verizon AOL,” to obtain Brennan’s cell phone number, email address, and other personal information, including the last four digits of his bank card.

This should remind us all that even the high-ranking members of the US government’s intelligence community are only as secure as their weakest safeguards and that anyone is vulnerable to attacks. For the full article, click here

“Cybercrime Costs US Firms $15 million Per Year”

“The annual cost of cybercrime to US organizations rose nearly 20% over the past year to reach an average of $15m – far greater than the global figure, according to the latest data from the Ponemon Institute (Ponemon Institute headquartered in Michigan, is a research center dedicated to privacy, data protection and information security policy.) The $15m which cybercrime costs the average US firm is a whopping 82% higher than the figure was six years ago when the first Cost of Cyber Crime study was issued by Ponemon,” reports Phil Muncaster from Infosecurity Magazine. The article by Phil Muncaster also added that the most costly crimes are related to malicious insiders, denial of service and web-based attacks but the former takes longer to address – on average 63 days in the US. For the full article, click here