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Mozilla backpedals after Mr. Robot-Firefox misstep – CNET

It sounded like a good idea at Mozilla — promote computer security and privacy awareness using a tie-in with an online game from the popular Mr. Robot hacker TV series. But almost immediately, the plan started backfiring. On Wednesday, Firefox users started complaining that a cryptic extension had been installed in their browser with no explicit permission or explanation of what it does — only a description that read “MY REALITY IS DIFFERENT THAN YOURS.” People ripped into Mozilla in a Reddit discussion after one Firefox user fretted, “I have…

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FACEBOOK SCAM ALERT – Make sure you don’t get caught out by THIS Christmas con

GETTY Facebook users have been put on alert at Christmas about a scam being circulated Facebook users have been warned about a Christmas scam that tries to trick people and take advantage of their generosity during the festive period. Christmas is meant to be the time of giving, but con artists are capitalising on that in a cynical scam on Facebook that has reared its ugly head again. Facebook fans have been put on alert about the ‘Secret Sister’ scam, which tries to get people to purchase a gift for…

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America has banned China firms from doing THIS – EU and UK welcomes them

Security services in the US are considered among the best in the world, yet Brussels has decided against advice from Washington over tech firm Huawei. The European Commission has backed the Chinese company which will be one of the biggest beneficiaries of the 5G wireless technology roll out. The tech giant has a range of mobile phones and the company’s 5G technology is among the cheapest and most advanced in the world. Huawei, believed to be in bed with the Chinese state, will be involved in critical networks for decades…

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North Korea cybercrime gang chases Bitcoin as price surges to £13,000

The surging price of cryptocurrencies in global markets is catching the eye not just of ordinary retail investors but a cybercrime gang with links to the North Korean government, according to cyber researchers tracing the group’s activities. The Lazarus cybercrime group is mounting an ongoing scheme to steal the online credentials of bitcoin industry insiders, a report published by researchers at US cyber security firm Secureworks’s Counter Threat Unit (CTU) said. Cybersecurity firms including Secureworks suspect North Korea to be behind the Lazarus group, which they link to a £60…

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Trump signs bill barring US government use of Kaspersky – CNET

It’s now against the law for the US government to use Kaspersky Lab software. A ban on the antivirus firm’s products was included in the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, a sweeping defense policy bill signed into law by President Donald Trump on Tuesday. The prohibition, reinforcing a directive issued by the Trump Administration in September, comes amid concern the Moscow-based company might be vulnerable to Russian government influence.   Cybersecurity has become a hot topic in Washington as concerns have mounted over email leaks during the 2016 presidential election…

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Bitcoin SHOCK: Kim Jong-un ‘making a FORTUNE as North Korea hackers target record surge’

North Korean hackers have been targeting the successful digital currency in a bid to circumvent the sanctions placed on despotic regime as the dictatorship continues it nuclear weapons programme. Lee Dong-geun, a director with South Korea’s internet and security agency, said: “It is a fact that North Korea has been attacking virtual currency exchanges. “We don’t know how much North Korea has stolen so far, but we do know that the police have confirmed the regime’s hacking attempts.” According to police, North Korean hackers have targeted at least four different…

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North Carolina county refuses to pay ransom for hacked files

Officials in North Carolina’s Mecklenburg County are refusing to pay hackers $23,000 in ransom for the return of government files, even though the cyberattack has virtually halted most of the local government’s services. County Manager Dena Diorio said Wednesday that officials made the decision after consulting with cybersecurity experts, who warned against negotiating with the hackers. Instead, Diorio said the county will begin the long, slow process of restoring their files from backups. Mecklenburg County Manager Dena Diorio at a news conference about the hacking of Mecklenburg County’s servers in…

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North Korea allows smartphones in ‘Orwellian’ move to monitor citizens and bolster power

Mobile phones are becoming commonplace in North Korea and are seen as status symbols. But, access to the internet is limited and people are being employed by the regime to monitor people round the clock. Director of strategic threat development at Recorded Future, Priscilla Moriuchi, said: “In an Orwellian sense, North Korea is innovating on surveillance.” Nearly all North Korean phones, tablets, laptops and computers run on locally developed operating systems stocked with censorship and surveillance tools. GETTY Mobile phones are becoming commonplace in North Korea and are seen as…

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Here’s where Nazi sympathizers go to raise money – CNET

Around the time of the Charlottesville rally, many notable tech platforms ousted neo-Nazis and white supremacists from their sites.  Getty Images Boxed out of mainstream crowdfunding sites, hate groups have taken a new tack: They’re building their own financing platforms. Big-name internet companies moved quickly to boot neo-Nazis after violent clashes between white nationalists and protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia left three dead in August. Crowdfunding platforms, like Patreon and GoFundMe, shuttered fundraisers for far-right causes, while Apple Pay and PayPal cut off services to white nationalists and merchants selling items that promote…

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Broadband price shock as YOUR bill set to rise by £7 per month

GETTY BT broadband prices may increase by £7 per month Your broadband bill could soon increase by a staggering £7 per month. That’s the latest news from Openreach who says they are planning the increase to help get better speeds into more UK homes. Speaking recently at an event in Birmingham, Sharon White, Chief Executive at Ofcom said the UK still lags well behind other countries for broadband speeds and the communications regulator wants to see more operators rolling out improved fully fibre networks to homes. But boosting the UK’s…

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