PINDROP BLOG

Author: Jonah Berg-Ganzarain

July 20, 2017
Credit Card Gangs Using Online Courses to Recruit Potential Fraudsters
Credit card fraud gangs are becoming more strategic in their efforts to exploit the public. These groups are expanding their operation to create remote learning courses, teaching potential fraudsters how to succeed, according to a new report from Digital Shadows. In a report released this week, Digital Shadows combed through hundreds of criminal forums and consistently…
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July 18, 2017
New Data Shows Attackers Focusing More Attention on iOS
A new report released this morning by Skycure shows that attackers are beginning to focus more and more of their attention on iOS, even as attacks on Android are leveling out . This would be the first time in iOS’s 10 year history that attacks on that platform have outpaced that of its main competitor, Google’s Android.   The…
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July 10, 2017
Illinois Legislature Considers First of Its Kind Geolocation Privacy Law
The state of Illinois is about to put into law a bill making it illegal to track a user’s location via their phone without the consent of the user. The Illinois Geolocation Privacy Protection Act (HB 3449) was passed by the senate and house in Illinois and is expected to be signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner…
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June 22, 2017
Lawsuit Filed After Personal Data of Nearly 200 Million Voters Exposed
A few days after the personal data of nearly 200 million registered American voters was accidently exposed online due to an “improperly configured security setting”, some of the people affected by the breach have filed a class-action lawsuit against the analytics company responsible for the leak. A total of 1.1 terabytes of data were available…
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June 15, 2017
Study Finds Concerning Flaws in VoLTE Platforms
In recent years as VoLTE (Voice over LTE) services have grown more popular and the nation’s four largest cellular networks have adopted it, security concerns have begun to arise. In a new study presented at the Symposium on Information and Communications Technology Security (SSTIC) three researchers from P1 Security found new vulnerabilities and confirmed old ones regarding…
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June 7, 2017
Apple Announces New Anti-Tracking Feature for Safari
Apple on Monday announced new technology for its Safari browser called Intelligent Tracking Prevention that reduces cross-site tracking by further limiting cookies and other website data. This decreases the amount of tracking advertisements that advertisers can use on Safari’s desktop and mobile browsers, currently the fourth most popular desktop browser and most popular mobile browser.…
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May 31, 2017
Preventing Forgery With Paper Fingerprinting
In a new study out from a UK based research team, scientists have discovered an inexpensive and easy-to-use way to validate the authenticity of any paper document solely by taking a picture of it with a camera. Capturing the random interweaving of the wooden particles that are used to make up paper, the research team…
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May 24, 2017
DDoS Attacks Continue to Grow in Intensity, Shorten in Length
In a new report, Imperva researchers shed some light on how DDoS attacks are evolving and becoming at once more complex and briefer. In the first quarter of this year, 80 percent of all attacks lasted less than an hour with 90 percent of all network layer attacks lasting less than 30 minutes, compared to only 78 percent…
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May 5, 2017
New Report Highlights Increasing Strength of DDoS Attacks
The number and intensity of DDoS attacks have sharply increased in the first quarter of 2017, according to a new report by Neustar. There have been more than twice as many DDoS attacks of more than 50 Gbps in the past year as compared to 2016, with 45 percent of attacks being more than 10 Gbps and 15 percent being at least…
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April 19, 2017
Android Sensor Attack Can Guess PINs with 94% Accuracy
With each new generation of smartphone, manufacturers are adding more and more sensors to enhance the user’s experience, but this also means that more and more apps are asking for blanket permission to use those sensors. This proliferation of sensors and permissions is creating serious privacy and security issues, as researchers at Newcastle University established with a new…
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