Monthly Archives - September 2015

Hackers cash out directly from ATM’s, no longer need to steal your card first!

Ever wondered what black hat hackers do in their spare time? Well, now we know... they come up with ways to make ATM's pay money without the need to insert a legit card!  The process is simple as described in the article.  The ATM's just spits out money to whoever has the access setup using special malware that was created and voila... instant cash!  At least this stops them from stealing our money but you still need to watch [...]

Another high-risk Android vulnerability discovered, Google publishes a fix

If you thought Android's Stagefright bug was a big deal, there is yet another Android bug that has been discovered by researchers.  Bricking vs Full Permissions... which do you feel is worse? Either way the unfortunate part about this new bug as well as other bugs recently found in Android is that even though Google is quite to publish fixes to them, handset manufacturers and telecom companies are slow at pushing them to customers.  In fact, you may never [...]

Microsoft is rolling out Uber, PayPal and Evernote add-ins for Outlook

Microsoft is enhancing everything these days in order to catch up with the internet and everybody else!  Go Microsoft... you might just take back the world... err, the technology race!  But jokes aside, these integrations will certainly make life easier and allow even Cortana to more easily perform tasks for us with a quick "Hey Cortana..." Read the full article for more impressive integrations here: Microsoft is rolling out Uber, PayPal and Evernote add-ins for Outlook

HTC Caught Storing Fingerprint Data in Unencrypted Plain Text

In this day and age, how can any company feel that storing any information, let alone fingerprints, in an unencrypted format makes any sense?  Surely someone at HTC must have been sleeping during that meeting!  Android OEM's better wake up and smell the lawsuit coffee coming soon to a fingerprint reading phone near them... Apparently it is not only HTC doing this but many Android OEM's as well. Will this make consumers think twice about using a fingerprint reader for biometric [...]

Ahmed Mohamed and the Homemade “Clock”

What happened this week in Irving, TX tells us that we need to do more to help today's youth feel like they can innovate and not be arrested just because of the color of their skin or ancestry!  Everyone from Hilary Clinton to Barrack Obama and even Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg has cited how crazy this story is... Let our children innovate and show it off to their teachers and fellow students.  Teach our children to not hide these [...]

Are Russian Hackers Using Monkey Videos to Attack U.S.?

We hear about new technology hacks and malware on a weekly basis, but did you know how easy it actually is to hack many different technologies out there and that there are many people who can do it?  Apparently some new information that shows Russia has been hacking U.S. intelligence information has come to light.  If you are unsure what a Monkey Video is, then this is a very interesting article indeed and you should read it. Read more here: Are [...]

How to kill Wi-Fi Sense password sharing in Windows 10

Do you think it is wise to share your password?  What is the reason you put a password on something? No, and to keep unwanted people out of course!  This new feature in Windows 10, where when you connect to a Wi-Fi network you are given the opportunity to share this network with friends and consequently an encrypted version of the Wi-Fi password as well. Wi-Fi Sense is not so big a deal, in general, except maybe you don't [...]

Microsoft releases its light version of Windows 10 for the Internet of Things (IoT)

The Internet of Things (IoT) is here and it is here to stay!  Microsoft is making sure Windows 10 is on everything by releasing a version of its latest operating system for use on all Internet-connected devices.  This is a great thing for Microsoft and for the world at large and is a welcome change to what has been a fragmented technology over the last 2 decades.  All of our devices will be able to more easily communicate with [...]

Researchers wirelessly hack a Corvette’s brakes using an insurance dongle

Hacking is everywhere and cars are no exception these days.  Now the brakes on a corvette have been hacked by researchers.  The security vulnerability has since been patched and uploaded to the insurance dongles but who knows how many of them out there don't have updates or what other vulnerabilities there could be in such devices that researchers or nefarious hackers might find and exploit int he future?  Only time will tell but let's make security and vulnerability detection [...]

Google is Now Part of Alphabet. Inc

Google is at it again... this time a company restructure puts it front and centre in the news making everyone wonder what is going on.  What is Alphabet? Why Alphabet? It is a great move on Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin's part.  Now we get to see how they will fill in the rest of the "Alphabet". Read more about Google now being a part of Alphabet Inc. and their use of the Alphabet in all of the sub-companies!