Tag Archives: internet

Free Books for Learning to Code, The Fate of the Galaxy Note 7, and More in Liberty Technology’s Links of the Week

There has never been a better time to learn a programming language. O’Reilly Books now has a section on their website for free ebooks about programming. Samsung’s long battle with the notoriously temperamental Galaxy Note 7 has ended in discontinuation, after reports of replacement phones exploding. Yahoo has filed a patent for posters that will […]

Huge IOT Attack now Publicly Available, A Credit Card That Defends Against Fraud, and More in Liberty Technology’s Links of the Week

The Internet of Things-based botnet attack that silenced security researcher Brian Krebs’ blog for a short period was a chilling reminder of how insecure most IOT devices still are. The source code behind the attack has been released, and that means more hackers can perform similar attacks wherever they choose. The biggest vulnerability in your […]

Handing The Reigns of Censorship to Hackers, an Incredible Tech Partnership and More in Liberty Technology’s Links of the Week

Information security researcher and journalist Brian Krebs’ site was hit with a truly massive DDOS attack. The attack was mostly performed not with bot-netted computers, but with unsecured internet of things devices (like smart alarms, thermostats, refrigerators, and televisions). Unsecured equipment so widely distributed could mean that we’ve democratized the means to censor any site […]

Exploding Handsets, Internet Under Attack: Liberty Technology’s Links of the Week

Hard drive manufacturer Seagate is in the middle of a lawsuit filed by its own employees for leaking their tax information in a phishing attack. The future of the global economy may look grim from down here, but there could be a bright future for industry in space.  Samsung recently recalled the Galaxy Note 7 […]

The Handover of the Internet, The History of Ransomware, and how to Hack on $50 – Liberty Technology’s Links of the Week 09/09/2016

A lot of opinion is mixed in with the facts on the US government’s handover of the internet to ICANN – but it’s clear that something has got to give. Fake a USB ethernet adapter with a $50 linux computer, and you can fool a computer into spitting out its own password. Ransomware continues to […]

Liberty Technology’s Links of the Week 09/02/2016

You might have heard about the Dropbox hack – security expert Troy Hunt says it’s worse than originally thought, a lot worse.  Modular smartphones were the big-ticket idea a few years ago, though many everyday consumers didn’t quite get it. Google has announced the suspension of their modular smartphone project, Project Ara. Artificial intelligence is […]

New Phishing Tactic Targets Voicemail Users – Here’s What to Look for

Stop and think before you click on anything. Xavier Mertens of the SANS Internet Storm Center has released information on a clever phishing attack designed to look like a voicemail message from someone at a company the victim is familiar with. Often, phishing attempts will be disguised as documents like bills or reports. The victim […]

Liberty Technology’s Links of the Week – 08/12/2016

Facebook recently announced that they would be circumventing ad-blocking browser addons. The Adblock Plus team was quick to find a workaround, but they’ll have to be even quicker to keep up with Facebook’s next move. Researchers have discovered a vulnerability affecting up to 100 million Volkswagens, and it could render the vehicles’ remote locking systems […]

2016 Cisco Midyear Security Report Released, the Key Takeaways

Ransomware is the most profitable malware type in history, and Cisco predicts that ransomware as a whole will become more sophisticated, destructive, and dangerous as time goes on. Attackers continue to innovate, and defenders are struggling to plug the holes in their networks. The 2016 Cisco Midyear Security report was released last week, and Cisco’s […]

Liberty Technology’s Links of the Week – 07/15/2016

Ransomware is designed to get you to pay for access to your files, but there’s a new ransomware variant that asks for ransom and just deletes your files. Cisco’s Talos has more details in their report.  “Null” is the computer science concept/term used to represent a value of 0. Null Island is a “place” at 0°N […]

Liberty Technology’s Links of the Week – 07/01/2016

Newfound vulnerabilities in Norton and Symantec security software could allow hackers to infect machines simply by sending emails containing malicious code. A study conducted on 200 resold hard drives concluded that 78% of them contained personally identifiable information or other sensitive data, even when they were supposed to have been wiped totally clean. Tesla teased […]

Liberty Technology’s Links of the Week – 06/24/2016

“Hospital innovation” is not a phrase you really expect to hear in tech. Hospitals are usually running on outdated technology, or they’re investing in new technology that makes the patient experience unpleasant. Today’s entrepreneurs have a chance to change the way medicine and technology interact, and they might just be able to make it better […]

Hacks Every Week – How to Keep Your Data Safe

Change your passwords. In 2012, the extremely popular professional networking site LinkedIn was hacked. Originally, the estimate on compromised passwords was around 6.5 million. That figure isn’t small, but this May, LinkedIn publicly acknowledged that 117 million passwords were actually compromised in the attack. CNN reports that hackers have been selling the exposed data from […]

Liberty Technology’s Links of the Week, 06/17/2016

The FBI’s new facial recognition tool was built rather quietly, and reports state that it has access to way more photos than originally estimated. Features in cars are coming to depend ever more on connection to the internet, and yet we can’t secure them properly. What can be done to protect our smart vehicles? Earth […]

Liberty Technology’s Links of the Week – 06/03/2016

Google’s self-driving cars just get more and more sophisticated. Their newest upgrade? They recognize when to honk! Bloatware that comes pre-installed on a computer isn’t just a pain because it takes up space. The preloaded update systems on computers from OEMs like Asus and Dell actually open your computer up to exploits. Elon Musk thinks […]

Android Malware Posing as Legitimate Apps, Stealing Bank Account Info

FireEye reports that they have identified an Android malware family named SlemBunk that is actively phishing for specific financial institutions’ customer login credentials. SlemBunk monitors app activity on the phone, and when a targeted bank app is launched it injects a phishing overlay onto the legitimate login screen – stealing any credentials that the user […]

Liberty Technology’s Links of the Week – 05/13/2016

Keep your software updated. A huge vulnerability has been discovered in 7-Zip, the popular compression software, that is affecting antivirus and other programs with devastating results. Do you know where your old phones go? Well PBS NewsHour  shipped off some GPS trackers for “recycling” and the results are surprising. Antibiotics often have some noticeable effects […]

Liberty Technology’s Links of the Week 04-15-2016

USB-C is the latest, greatest USB protocol, but it has flaws big enough to convince anyone to be wary of third-party cables (they can fry your equipment or steal your data, if engineered in a certain way) — that’s why the committee behind USB-C is putting a safety net in place to catch bad cables. […]

Liberty Technology’s Links of the Week, 4/1/2016

MIT has had a hand in the development of lots of innovative consumer products like Lego’s Mindstorms robotics sets and the Guitar Hero series of games. Now MIT is letting their developers release anything they make as open-source, without any hurdles to jump. Apple is opening its web browser Safari a little bit more to […]