Watching a USB Hack in Action Makes Me Never Want to Leave My Computer

Remember BadUSB, the pervasive and unfixable security vulnerability that turns every USB device into a vector for attacks against just about every computer? The one that's out in the wild now? I always knew it was bad, but this video really brought it home for me and now I want to fill my USB ports up with cement. » 12/18/14 11:05am Thursday 11:05am

Download This Free Tool to See If the Government's Spying on You

It's been over a year-and-a-half since documents leaked by Edward Snowden shook our sense of privacy to the core. Those documents proved that government is spying on us pretty much all the time. And now that we know Congress isn't going to do anything about it right away, it's time to find the tools to protect… » 11/21/14 5:14pm 11/21/14 5:14pm

FBI Planted Phishing Scam on Fake Seattle Times Page to Trap a Teen

For years, phishing scammers have been setting up fake tech support hotlines, websites—even fake Netflix logins—to plant malicious malware on unsuspecting machines. And apparently, even our own FBI has been getting on the fun. Because back in 2007, the FBI created a fake Seattle Times web page, all to catch a high… » 10/28/14 1:49pm 10/28/14 1:49pm

The Only Fix For That Terrible USB Malware Requires Epoxy

And it's only a partial fix at that. Last week, a couple of hackers released the code for malware that exploits a serious security flaw found in every single USB device, in hopes someone will come up with a fix. They've now released a partial solution themselves, and it involves coating your USB stick in epoxy. » 10/07/14 2:37pm 10/07/14 2:37pm

Turn Off Flash to Avoid 'Malvertising' Attacks

Financial scammers are infecting ads on Google's ad network, and people who visit Examiner.com are at risk. These infected ads look legit, but they use Flash-based redirection to install malware and steal financial information. And you don't even have to click on them to get infected with Zbot, the banking trojan that… » 9/30/14 3:20pm 9/30/14 3:20pm

The FBI Is Infecting Tor Users with Malware to Catch Kiddie Porn Creeps

Tor's had a tough week. Just a few days ago, the organization made the difficult announcement that an attack on their system likely stripped users of anonymity. Now, Wired reports that the FBI effort has been running a campaign to identify Tor users by installing malware on their computers for years, virtually… » 8/05/14 12:21pm 8/05/14 12:21pm

The Common Facebook Scams You Should Never Click On

It's been a little sad to watch Facebook devolve from being a squeaky clean site full of people you love to a spam-ridden wasteland. And with a fifth of the world's population using the site, you can be sure the spam is going to keep coming. So you need all the help you can get separating the good links from the bad. » 7/31/14 11:34am 7/31/14 11:34am

A New Vulnerability Could Leave Smart TVs Exposed

A new hack that requires little more than a $250 1-watt amplifier could leave your smart TV vulnerable to a man-in-the-middle attack. It's called the "Red Button" attack, after the red button on your remote that allows you to control the interactive features of your smart TV, and was discovered by two researchers at… » 6/08/14 2:00pm 6/08/14 2:00pm