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After Receiving 65,000 Complaints, Microsoft Files Suit Against Tech Support Scammers
Dec 20, 2014 - 10:32 PM - by ekim68
Tech support scammers have been around for a long time and are familiar to just about all of our readers. But last month, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it had issued lawsuits against several culprits responsible for tech support scams. Now Microsoft has announced that it too is going after tech support scammers.
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Flashlight App infected your smartphone?
Dec 20, 2014 - 7:26 PM - by simr
simr's Avatar Here's an excerpt from a tripwire article regarding Snoopwall's Threat Assessment Report on the top 10 searched flashlight apps in the Google Play Store:
A group of researchers at Snoopwall—a technology solution that detects and blocks spyware and malware on a variety of platforms—found that the most widely used flashlight apps are furtively stealing personal information stored on users’ mobile devices...

...These seemingly harmless apps, which have accumulated half a billion downloads, have put the privacy and security of users at risk simply by requesting overzealous permissions that users unknowingly adhere to, including permission to:
Modify or delete the contents of your USB storage
Change system display settings
Precise location (GPS and network-based)
Write Home settings and shortcuts
View all network connections

..If your app is able to modify your phone’s storage and/or write settings, it is recommended that you reset your phone. A factory reset and/or complete wipe might be necessary.
I encourage everyone to read the full tripwire and Snoopwall articles.

Regarding resetting your phone, the Snoopwall article also recommends:
Because some of the Flashlight Apps write settings and have access to your device storage, it may be to install additional backdoors or remote access Trojans (RATs), therefore you might need to reset your phone completely after an uninstall of your favorite Flashlight App. Some might even wish to go to FACTORY RESET or a WIPE.
Check this article out as well, from McAfee.

There are also those who disagree with the articles linked to above.

What do you think?
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Google's 'End-to-End' Tool For Email Encryption Edging Closer To Release
Dec 17, 2014 - 10:28 PM - by ekim68
Earlier this year, Google announced that it was working on a Chrome extension that would bring PGP-like end-to-end security for Gmail, ensuring the emails used with such a tool can't even be read by Google itself, nor anyone else other than the users exchanging information. The tool is still in the works, but the company has released an update about its progress and stated that the extension could be released as "alpha" sometime next year.
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From Lycos to Ask Jeeves to Facebook:
Dec 16, 2014 - 1:00 PM - by ekim68
Tracking the 20 most popular web sites every year since 1996.
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The SSD Endurance Experiment: Two freaking petabytes
Dec 05, 2014 - 12:38 PM - by ekim68
More than a year ago, we drafted six SSDs for a suicide mission. We were curious about how many writes they could survive before burning out. We also wanted to track how each one's performance characteristics and health statistics changed as the writes accumulated. And, somewhat morbidly, we wanted to watch what happened when the drives finally expired.
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