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Boost Your Personal Security With These Killer 2019 Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals

Boost Your Personal Security With These Killer 2019 Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals

November 22, 2019The Hacker News
If you're like most consumers, you're probably looking forward to the upcoming Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale events. Who wouldn't want to get all sorts of products and services at massive discounts? But while most consumers are typically eyeing personal gadgets and entertainment appliances, you may want to consider scoring deals on personal security software and devices. Everyone's exposed to both digital and real-world threats these days, so investing in capable security solutions is a must. These tools are often expensive, and you should take advantage of discounts and sales to boost your privacy and personal security. As such, we have compiled some of the best deals that can help you better protect yourself. Here are four of the best deals on personal security products and services that you shouldn't miss: PC Security: Reason Antivirus Despite today's growing number of hacking incidents, most users don't invest in their digital s
Two Arrested for Hacking Washington CCTV Cameras Before Trump Inauguration

Two Arrested for Hacking Washington CCTV Cameras Before Trump Inauguration

February 02, 2017Wang Wei
Two suspected hackers have reportedly been arrested in London on suspicion of hacking 70 percent of the CCTV cameras in Washington with ransomware ahead of President Donald Trump's inauguration last month. The arrest took place on 20th January by the officers from the National Crime Agency (NCA) of UK after it received a request from United States authorities, but it has not been disclosed until now. The NCA raided a house in the south of London last month and detained a British man and a Swedish woman, both 50-years-old, reported The Sun. Some 123 of the 187 police CCTV cameras used to monitor public areas in Washington DC stopped working on 12 January, just 8 days before the inauguration of Donald Trump, after a cyber attack hit the storage devices. The cyber attack lasted for about three days, eventually leaving the CCTV cameras out of recording anything between 12 and 15 January. It was reported that the surveillance cameras were left useless after a ransomware made
Using SimpliSafe Home Security? — You're Screwed! It's Easy to Hack & Can't be Patched

Using SimpliSafe Home Security? — You're Screwed! It's Easy to Hack & Can't be Patched

February 18, 2016Swati Khandelwal
If you are using a SimpliSafe wireless home alarm system to improve your home security smartly, just throw it up and buy a new one. It is useless. The so-called 'Smart' Technology, which is designed to make your Home Safer, is actually opening your house doors for hackers. The latest in this field is SimpliSafe Alarm . SimpliSafe wireless home alarm systems – used by more than 300,000 customers in the United States – are Hell Easy to Hack , allowing an attacker to easily gain full access to the alarm and disable the security system, facilitating unauthorized intrusions and thefts. …and the most interesting reality is: You Can Not Patch it! As the Internet of Things (IoT) is growing at a great pace, it continues to widen the attack surface at the same time. Just last month, a similar hack was discovered in Ring – a Smart doorbell that connects to the user's home WiFi network – that allowed researchers to hack WiFi password of the home user. How
New Long-Range Wi-Fi Standard Offers Double Range to Home Devices

New Long-Range Wi-Fi Standard Offers Double Range to Home Devices

January 06, 2016Swati Khandelwal
It is a common problem: Home Wireless Router's reach is terrible that the WiFi network even does not extend past the front door of the room. My house also has all kinds of Wi-Fi dead zones, but can we fix it? The answer is: YES . The problem will improve with a future, longer range version of Wi-Fi that uses low power consumption than current wireless technology and specifically targets at the internet of things (IoTs). Global certification network the WiFi Alliance has finally approved a new wireless technology standard called 802.11ah, nicknamed " HaLow ." HaLow: Long Range WiFi Wi-Fi HaLow has twice the range of conventional Wi-Fi and has the ability to penetrate walls that usually create blackspots in our homes. The Wi-Fi Alliance unveiled this latest WiFi technology at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Although currently used 802.11 Wi-Fi standards commonly operate in frequency bandwidths between 2.4GHz and 5GHz, the n
Caution! Hackers Can Easily Hijack Popular Baby Monitors to Watch Your Kids

Caution! Hackers Can Easily Hijack Popular Baby Monitors to Watch Your Kids

September 04, 2015Khyati Jain
Several video baby monitors from six different manufacturers were under scrutiny for in-depth security testing, and the outcome was negative. Yes, they lacked in serving basic security through their devices. At the High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA) conference on September 2, 2015, a critical security research was made public by Rapid7 after following a disclosure policy. A month ago, The Hacker News (THN) posted about how IoT is making the smart cities vulnerable to the technology. Similarly, this time a highly personal IoT device i.e. ' Baby Monitors ' has been anticipated as a victim of hacking of such devices. According to a 2014 Gartner's report, the IoT space is expected to be crowded with over 25 billion devices in five years, i.e. by 2020. Reportedly, ten vulnerabilities were found in the Baby Monitoring devices and the related vendors were contacted to get their comments on how are they going to address the severe flaws residing
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