Email is incredibly useful, which is why we all still use it. But chief among its downsides (along with getting caught in a group-cc'd message hell) is that email remains one of the most common routes for hackers to attack businesses. More security news This is how government spyware StrongPity uses security researchers' work against them Facebook approaches major cybersecurity firms, acquisition goals in mind Startup boasts unhackable email protection for the rest of us Microsoft Windows zero-day disclosed on Twitter, again Around one in every hundred messages sent is a malicious hacking attempt. That might not seem like a large figure, but when millions of messages are sent every day, it adds up -- especially when it just takes one employee to fall victim to a phishing message and potentially lead to a whole organisation being compromised. For example, the cyber attack against the Democratic National Committee that led to thousands of private emails being exposed in the run … [Read more...] about Phishing attacks: Why is email still such an easy target for hackers?
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One reason I write this newsletter about social networks is to cover the new and exotic methods that state actors employ to bend the public to their will. Much of the conversation over the past two years has been around “troll farms” or “troll armies” — essentially, remote workforces that attempt to wreak havoc from their laptops on targets around the world. On Saturday we learned of a much more disturbing — and in-person — method of social media hacking. Katie Benner, Mark Mazzetti, Ben Hubbard and Mike Isaac had the tale of Ali Alzabarah, a Twitter engineer recruited by Saudi Arabia to use his position to identify government critics: Twitter executives first became aware of a possible plot to infiltrate user accounts at the end of 2015, when Western intelligence officials told them that the Saudis were grooming an employee, Ali Alzabarah, to spy on the accounts of dissidents and others, according to five people briefed on the matter. They … [Read more...] about Twitter’s lax account security should give pause to online activists
If you rely on Twitter for business or recreation, it's time to worry. Although the days of frequent service outages have passed, users have a new cause for concern - getting locked out without explanation by Twitter itself.Unfortunately, when this happens, you have no recourse, and there is no one to call. It's bad news.One of the top technology industry analysts in the world, Ray Wang, whom I have known personally for many years, is a victim of this situation. Wang is no newcomer to Twitter: his account has been active since 2008 and has 119,000 followers. He is also a blue-checked user, meaning Twitter has verified his identity as authentic.Given his credentials, if this can happen to Ray, then you are also at risk. The facts: Last Friday, Sept 28, the Ray Wang's twitter account issued an odd tweet, with a link leading to a Bitcoin scam page supposedly run by Elon Musk. The account username was changed to "Elon." I saw the tweet and it was obvious Ray's account had been hacked. … [Read more...] about Mission impossible: Can you regain access after Twitter lockout?
Rooster was preparing to shoot a sex scene for Erika Lust Films—a Barcelona-based porn production company that markets itself as an ethical, feminist alternative to the mainstream adult industry—when they allegedly asked for a break. The then-26-year-old performer, who uses they/them pronouns, says they told the film’s director, Olympe de G., that they would like to have a chance to speak with their co-star about sexual boundaries before continuing. As a survivor of sexual abuse, this felt especially important, says Rooster. This is why, according to Rooster, they had only agreed to the shoot—for a film titled Don’t Call Me a Dick—on the grounds that such a conversation would happen. But, says Rooster, the request was brushed off and belittled. “It was ‘you’ve had enough time, we need to get moving,’” they said. “It was ‘we don’t have time for that.’” Olympe, who has directed four movies for … [Read more...] about Is ‘Feminist’ Porn Getting Its #MeToo Moment?
The Morning Shift All your daily car news in one convenient place. Isn't your time more important? Elon Musk thinking about letting someone else run Tesla, California and Trump are being cordial over emissions, GM has a big recall, and more await you in The Morning Shift for Thursday, Sept. 14, 2018. 1st Gear: This Is a Tad Surprising Every time in recent weeks that I’ve felt like Tesla is about to settle down and find its groove, something else happens, and much of that—at least as of late—has to do with CEO Elon Musk’s shoot-very-from-the-hip style. He’s also splitting time between a million other companies, which sure seems like it could be busy. Nonetheless, he’s adamant: he must be at Tesla working nonstop. (Cutting back work hours isn’t an option, Musk said last month. But now—after sparking a SEC probe over a haphazard tweet and smoking weed with Joe Rogan—he’s showing signs that he might welcome in someone else … [Read more...] about Elon Musk ‘Getting There’ On Idea That He Can’t Run Tesla Alone