Darlene Storm

Darlene Storm (not her real name) is a freelance writer with a background in information technology and information security. It seems wise to keep an eye on new hacks and holes, to know what is possible and how vulnerable you might be. Most security news is about insecurity, hacking, cybersecurity and even privacy threats, bordering on scary. But when security is done right, it's a beautiful thing...sexy even. Security is sexy.

NASA scientist detained at U.S. border until handing over PIN to unlock his phone

NASA scientist detained at U.S. border until handing over PIN to unlock his phone

A U.S. border agent demanded the PIN code to unlock a NASA scientist's phone before letting him into the country.

'Invisible' memory-based malware hit over 140 banks, telecoms and government agencies

'Invisible' memory-based malware hit over 140 banks, telecoms and government agencies

Attackers are using 'invisible' methods of attack and malware that hides in memory instead of on hard drives to steal passwords and other sensitive data from banks and enterprises across 40 countries. Anti-forensic techniques such as...

Researchers’ quantum hacking machine may help protect against quantum computing hacks

Researchers’ quantum hacking machine may help protect against quantum computing hacks

Researchers built the first quantum cloning machine that can intercept a secure message; they believe it may help protect quantum computing networks from being hacked.

Cybersecurity and freedom of speech under President Trump

Cybersecurity and freedom of speech under President Trump

If the Pentagon can't patch in eight months, can the nation's vulnerabilities be reviewed in 60 days? Like cybersecurity, freedom of speech is also 'very sacred,' but Reuters advised reporters covering Trump to be prepared as if it...

Police lost 8 years of evidence in ransomware attack

Police lost 8 years of evidence in ransomware attack

Texas cops decided not to pay the ransom, so video evidence and Office documents dating back to 2009 were lost.

Reminder: Secret Service is monitoring social media; 2 women in hot water over posts

Reminder: Secret Service is monitoring social media; 2 women in hot water over posts

A Secret Service agent and another woman are being investigated after having negative things to say about President Trump on social media. The Secret Service agent said on Facebook that she refused to take a bullet for Trump and a...

WikiLeaks urges hackers to leak Trump's tax returns

WikiLeaks urges hackers to leak Trump's tax returns

WikiLeaks urged hackers to leak Trump's tax returns after Trump's 'breach of promise' to release them.

Russia extends Snowden’s asylum to 2020 instead of ‘gifting’ him to Trump

Russia extends Snowden’s asylum to 2020 instead of ‘gifting’ him to Trump

Russia extends Edward Snowden’s residence permit to 2020 instead of ‘gifting’ him to Trump for inauguration.

Hacker says he can get phone numbers on Facebook which are not supposed to be public

Hacker says he can get phone numbers on Facebook which are not supposed to be public

A security researcher is threatening to go public with a 'privacy leak' that allows him to get phone numbers via Facebook which are not supposed to be publicly visible.

LA college pays $28,000 ransom demand; new sophisticated Spora ransomware

LA college pays $28,000 ransom demand; new sophisticated Spora ransomware

Los Angeles Valley College paid a $28,000 ransom demand; new 'Spora' ransomware spotted in the wild.

Two of Razer's new prototypes stolen from CES booth

Two of Razer's new prototypes stolen from CES booth

Razer's CEO took to Facebook to report that some jerk stole two new prototypes from its CES booth.

Trump sides with WikiLeak’s Assange on Russian hacking claims

Trump sides with WikiLeak’s Assange on Russian hacking claims

Donald Trump took to Twitter to side with WikiLeak's founder Julian Assange over Russian hacking claims instead of believing what US Intelligence has claimed to be true.

Trump ‘knows things’ others don’t about Russian hacking

Trump ‘knows things’ others don’t about Russian hacking

President-elect Donald Trump knows 'things that other people don’t know' about Russian hacking and claimed he will reveal more this week.

Panasonic angrily refutes report about hacking its airplane entertainment systems

Panasonic angrily refutes report about hacking its airplane entertainment systems

Panasonic angrily refutes report about in-flight entertainment system security flaws after report suggested it is theoretically possible to hack airplane entertainment systems which are used by numerous airlines.

If you can't trust health-related wearables, can you trust sex robots?

If you can't trust health-related wearables, can you trust sex robots?

If health-related wearables can't be trusted from a privacy and security perspective, can sex robots be trusted to be secure and protect your privacy?

Malvertising campaign targets routers and every device connected to router

Malvertising campaign targets routers and every device connected to router

Researchers warned that cyber-savvy crooks are using a malvertising campaign that infects routers and Android devices. If a router gets pwned, then all connected devices also get pwned.

Ransomware may turn victims into attackers, infect 2 others and decryption is free

Ransomware may turn victims into attackers, infect 2 others and decryption is free

In the world of ever-evolving ransomware, one recently spotted variant is like doxware -- pay up or your passwords and files are leaked online; another has a 'nasty' option to infect two other people and have your files decrypted for...

Millions of routers allegedly backdoored with malware that can’t be removed

Millions of routers allegedly backdoored with malware that can’t be removed

One of the hackers purportedly responsible for a zombie army of Mirai-infected IoT devices, claimed he have infected millions of routers with malicious firmware which can't be removed; a victim's only recourse is to trash the router.

New botnet launching daily massive DDoS attacks

New botnet launching daily massive DDoS attacks

CloudFlare spotted a new botnet in the wild which launched massive DDoS attacks aimed at the US West Coast for 10 days in a row.

Firefox zero-day can be used to unmask Tor browser users

Firefox zero-day can be used to unmask Tor browser users

The exploit code is reportedly a near match to the code used by the FBI in 2013 to deanonymize Tor users; Mozilla is aware of the zero-day and is working on a fix.

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