Security
Computing

Third-party Minecraft community lost 7 million user passwords, and didn’t inform users

Minecraft community Lifeboat is under fire after a series of security errors facilitated a major breach, with up to seven million users thought to be affected.
Cool Tech

Don't be fooled by its cute exterior; This robotic guard can tase people who get unruly

The National Defense University in China unveiled the country's first "intelligent security guard," equipped with on-board cameras, an SOS button, and a taser.
Computing

Kaspersky battles back against CryptXXX ransomware

The Russian software firm Kaspersky has updated its RannohDecrypter tool, adding functionality that allows it to combat efforts to extort users via the potent CryptXXX ransomware.
Mobile

Cyber Police ransomware can lock your Android device and ask for payment

Forget about malware. A new ransomware can affect over 500 million Android devices worldwide without any user interaction on the part of the victim. Paying the ransom won't free your device, so here's what you need to do.
Computing

Snowden accused of accelerating adoption of encryption

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has made claims that Jonathan Snowden's whistleblowing and public release of national security data accelerated encryption development and distribution by many years.
Computing

Exploit breaks Windows out of the AppLocker, to the dismay of IT admins everywhere

Microsoft may want to look to fix a newly discovered security hole, after it was found that a simple tweak to regsvr32 allows anyone to bypass protections put in place by system administrators using AppLocker,
Computing

How the DMCA silences cybersecurity experts, and makes all of us more vulnerable

The DMCA was designed to stop the distribution of pirated digital content, but its language forces cybersecurity experts to work under constant threat of legal action from companies that don't want their vulnerabilities known.
Computing

Federal judge voices concerns over FBI and NSA surveillance

The FBI and the NSA have come under fire in comments from Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court Judge Thomas Hogan, which were made last November but only released to the public this week.
Computing

Researchers discover your PC’s RAM is even easier to hack than thought

Previously, the methodology required for a Rowhammer attack was largely difficult to execute or extremely time-consuming — but new research suggests that might no longer be the case.
Mobile

60 Minutes asked a security firm to hack an iPhone, and the result is disturbing

Apparently encryption isn't enough to protect our privacy. As part of an experiment, 60 Minutes enlisted hackers in Berlin who were able to easily break into a congressman's iPhone after finding out only his phone number.
Web

The U.S. hosts the most malicious websites in the world

Research from German security firm G Data reveals that the U.S. hosts more malicious websites than any other country in the world, representing a clear threat to Internet users who may find themselves duped.
Mobile

Malware watchdog: Here’s what Google does to keep Android devices uninfected

Google did a bang-up job keeping its users safe in 2015, by scanning more than 400 million handsets a day and keeping a vigilant eye on its Play Store, making sure that no more than 0.15 percent of all users experienced some form of…