Those Facebook ‘challenges’ can expose you to hackers

Sharing photos and information as part of a game or challenge can threaten your social media security, an expert warns.

Eric Stann-Missouri • futurity
April 30, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: social-media artificial-intelligence internet privacy security hackers featured society-and-culture

Watch out for the latest internet scam: sextortion

"A perpetrator could say, 'I have these images of you and will publish them unless you…' to get more images or even in exchange for money."

Caroline Brooks-Michigan State • futurity
April 22, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: internet money hackers featured society-and-culture crimes

‘Surfing attacks’ could let hackers read your texts

Surfing attacks use ultrasonic waves to control your phone from afar. They could let hackers make calls or read texts, all without you knowing.

Brandie Jefferson-WUSTL • futurity
Feb. 28, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: privacy security hackers mobile-devices featured science-and-technology voice-technology ultrasound

Knowing the motive is key to stopping hackers

Hackers have a range of motives for the cyberattacks they pull off. Understanding more about those motives could help stop web defacements.

Caroline Brooks-Michigan State • futurity
Feb. 7, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: internet privacy security hackers science-and-technology crimes

Cybercriminals gang up to pull off a job, then disband

"...the ones causing the most damage are loose groups of individuals who come together to do one thing, do it really well... then disappear."

Caroline Brooks-Michigan State • futurity
Jan. 16, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: internet security hackers society-and-culture crimes

Your car could be at risk for cyber attacks

Smart cars are vulnerable to cybersecurity breaches, some of which could even be lethal. Companies need to catch up to protect consumers, researchers say.

Caroline Brooks-Michigan State • futurity
Dec. 19, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: electronics cars security hackers science-and-technology

Laser pointers can hijack your virtual assistants

Virtual assistants like Alexa, Siri, or Google Assistant are vulnerable to hijacking via "Light Commands" with as little as a regular laser pointer.

Nicole Casal Moore-Michigan • futurity
Nov. 6, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: light sensors security hackers science-and-technology voice-technology

Privacy and security threats lurk in these everyday choices

"We provide online service, app, and content providers with detailed information about our whereabouts, our thoughts, our feelings, our moods, and our life patterns."

Boston University • futurity
Oct. 28, 2019 ~1 min

Tags: social-media internet privacy security hackers mobile-devices featured science-and-technology society-and-culture crimes

‘Genetic hacking’ is a risk of online genealogy

Your search for long-lost cousins could open you up to "genetic hacking." And unlike credit card information, you can't just cancel your old genome and get a new one.

Andy Fell-UC Davis • futurity
Oct. 23, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: genes genomes privacy security hackers consumers health-and-medicine

Stealthy tool detects malware in JavaScript

A new tool called VisibleV8 can protect you against malware in JavaScript programs on your favorite sites.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
Oct. 22, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: internet security hackers software science-and-technology malware

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