Hillary Clinton Exclusively Used Personal Email While Secretary of State

Hillary Clinton's burgeoning presidential campaign is off to a rocky good start. Just a day after papers reported that the former Secretary of State would make a bid for the nation's highest office in April, The New York Times reports that Hillary Clinton used only her personal email address while serving as Secretary… » 3/02/15 10:30pm Yesterday 10:30pm

Blackphone 2 Is Probably the World's Most Secure Smartphone

"While the rest of the market is going one way, with selfie sticks and curved screens, we're going down another, to the heart of problems, sticking with privacy and security," said Silent Circle's Mike Janke at the launch of the company's new secure smartphone, the Blackphone 2. And he's not kidding — though no frills… » 3/02/15 6:17am Yesterday 6:17am

It Took Police Three Years to Fully Shut Down a Money-Stealing Botnet

Back in 2012 the Ramnit worm wriggled its way through social networks and onto the computers of over three million computers, and began to steal sensitive information like bank account details. Now, almost three years later, police have announced that the botnet behind the scourge has been fully shut down. » 2/26/15 6:00am Thursday 6:00am

Lenovo CTO: We Have No Intention Of Shipping a Superfish Product Again

Last week, news broke that many Lenovo computers were shipped with a dangerous piece of Superfish adware, which made the computers vulnerable to malicious hacks. Now, with a class action lawsuit looming and anti-virus vendors pledging to root out the adware, Lenovo's CTO has said his company is done with Superfish. » 2/23/15 6:00pm 2/23/15 6:00pm

How Creeps Will Use the Internet to Break into Your Home

Your refrigerator is sending spam. Your front door is running buggy firmware that tells you the deadbolt is locked (when it's not). And the kid next door is pirating music over your wifi network, thanks to a backdoor in your thermostat app. All the internet-enabled things that make your home "smart" are also turning… » 2/23/15 11:17am 2/23/15 11:17am

Lenovo Made An Automatic Removal Tool For Its Adware Mess

Lenovo's pre-installation of the Superfish adware is one of the biggest fuck-ups the company could have made, but at least it's cleaning up fairly quickly: it created a custom uninstall tool to clean your computer of the program and its certificates, and in a responsibly transparent move, also posted the source code… » 2/21/15 11:00am 2/21/15 11:00am

Lenovo Joins the Malevolent Side of the Online Advertising Industry

On Wednesday evening, the news began to break on Twitter. Computer security analysts had discovered something nefarious about a piece of advertising software called Superfish, which comes pre-installed on cheap Lenovo laptops like the Yoga 2. Superfish was leaving the laptops wide open to takeover by malicious… » 2/20/15 2:10pm 2/20/15 2:10pm

Your Phone's Battery Use Lets Spies Track Your Movements

Spies and cops can use your smartphone to track your movements. That's no mystery—most smartphones come with a GPS chip that makes it pretty damned simple. So if you don't want to be tracked, you just turn off the GPS feature, right? Unfortunately, there is another way prying eyes can follow your movements:… » 2/20/15 11:10am 2/20/15 11:10am

How to Remove Superfish Adware From Your Lenovo Computer

We recently learned that PC manufacturer Lenovo is selling computers preinstalled with a dangerous piece of software, called Superfish, that uses a man-in-the-middle attack to break Windows' encrypted Web connections for the sake of advertising. (Here's a list of affected products.) » 2/20/15 10:45am 2/20/15 10:45am

It's Been Three Months And The State Department Is Still Hacked

Back in November, we learned that the State Department's unclassified networks had been hit by an unidentified group of hackers, causing the department's email and websites to go offline, and prompting some awkward conversations with the IT guys. And according to a WSJ report, the State Department still hasn't managed… » 2/19/15 8:59pm 2/19/15 8:59pm

How to Test Your PC for the New "Superfish" Security Vulnerability

Security researchers have discovered a vulnerability in a piece of adware called Superfish that makes your computer vulnerable to all kinds of attacks. Superfish ships preloaded on many Lenovo computers, but can also be installed on any machine. Here's what's going on and how to test if you're infected. » 2/19/15 2:24pm 2/19/15 2:24pm

How (and Why) to Ditch Dropbox and Sync Files with BitTorrent Sync

Dropbox (and similar cloud services) are awesome, but they don't give you that much control, security, or privacy over your files. If you want to take control into your own hands without losing the features of cloud syncing services, BitTorrent Sync is the service for you. Here's how to use it. » 2/19/15 12:47pm 2/19/15 12:47pm