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Toymaker VTech Hack Exposes 4.8 Million Customers, including Photos of Children

Toymaker VTech Hack Exposes 4.8 Million Customers, including Photos of Children

December 01, 2015Swati Khandelwal
Earlier this month, a massive data breach at VTech – the maker of tablets and gadgets aimed at children – exposed the personal details of about 4.8 Million parents and photos of more than 200,000 Children. If that was not bad enough… …it turns out that the massive cyber attack against the toymaker company also left hundreds of thousands of snaps of parents and children , as well as a year worth of chat logs kept online in a way easily accessible to hackers. VTech Data Breach In a statement released Monday, the toymaker company VTech said the hacked database included victim's profile information including: Customers' names Email addresses Passwords ( One-way encrypted using MD5 hash that can be cracked in no time ) Secret questions and answers for password retrieval IP addresses Residential addresses Download history The database also included information on children including names, genders and date of births. Also Read: Caution! Hackers Ca
Lockpickers 3D-Printed Master Key for TSA Luggage Locks and BluePrint Leaked Online

Lockpickers 3D-Printed Master Key for TSA Luggage Locks and BluePrint Leaked Online

September 11, 2015Swati Khandelwal
Here're a good news and bad news for you. The good news is that if you lose the keys for your TSA-compliant "Travel Sentry" luggage locks then you can just 3D print your very own TSA master keys. The bad news is that anyone can now 3D print their own master keys to open your bags. Yes, the security of 300 Million TSA-approved Travel Sentry luggage locks has been compromised , and now anyone with a 3D printer can unlock every single TSA-approved padlocks. Thanks to a security blunder by the American government agency. A security researcher with online moniker " Xyl2k " published the 3D printing files for a range of master keys with blueprints to GitHub , allowing anyone to 3D print his or her own copies of TSA-approved locks—the ones the authorities can unlock with their keys during airport inspections. How did the Researcher get the Print? A story about the " Secret Life " of Baggage in the hands of the US Transportation Securi
This Creepy App Captures Users' Private Moment Photos and Blackmails for Money

This Creepy App Captures Users' Private Moment Photos and Blackmails for Money

September 08, 2015Swati Khandelwal
How difficult is for hackers to take over your personal photographs? They just need to trick you to download an app, or may be a Porn app . Yes, if you are one of those who can't resist watching porn then you could be an easy target for hackers who are distributing ransomware via malicious pornography app to run you out of your money. A pornography application for Android called Adult Player that promises free pornographic videos has been caught taking photographs of users and then extorting them for ransom ( Cyber Extortion ). Once installed, Adult Player gains administrator access to the victim's device, which then allows it to load malicious ransomware files. When Hackers Turn to Blackmail: Demands $500 Ransom When a user opens the app, Adult Player secretly takes photos of the user with the help of front-facing camera and then demands a $500 (£330) ransom in order to restore the device access and delete all photos stored on attackers server.
Facebook Vulnerability Leaks Users' Private Photos

Facebook Vulnerability Leaks Users' Private Photos

March 19, 2015Swati Khandelwal
If you have enabled automatic Facebook Photo Sync feature on your iPhone, iPad or Android devices, then Beware ! Hackers can steal your personal photographs without your knowledge. In 2012, the social network giant introduced Facebook Photo Sync feature for iPhone, iPad and Android devices which, if opt-in, allows Facebook to automatically sync all your photos saved on your mobile device with your Facebook account. The photos that you have synced from your phone are automatically uploaded in the background to a private Facebook album, which is not visible to any of your Facebook friends or other Facebook users. However, you may can choose then to share photos from the album on your Facebook timeline or send them as a message to a friend. A bug bounty hunter, Laxman Muthiyah , discovered a critical flaw in the Facebook Photo Sync feature and Facebook API that could allow any third-party app to access your personal photos from the hidden Facebook Photo Sync album. It
Instagram Patches flaw that Makes Private Photos Visible

Instagram Patches flaw that Makes Private Photos Visible

January 14, 2015Mohit Kumar
Your Instagram is not as Private as You Think. Millions of private Instagram photos may have been exposed publicly on the web until the company patched a privacy hole this weekend. Instagram team was unaware of a security vulnerability from long time which allowed anyone with access to an image’s URL to view the photo, even those shared by users whose accounts are set to “private.” In other words, If a private user shares an Instagram post with another service, such as Twitter or Facebook as part of the upload process, that shared photo will remain viewable to the public despite its privacy settings. The flaw was first reported by  David Yanofsky  at Quartz and Instagram acknowledged the issue last week before patching the flaw. In a statement to Quartz, an Instagram representative said: ' If you choose to share a specific piece of content from your account publicly, that link remains public but the account itself is still private, ' The Instagram vulnera
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