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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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Windows 10 free update – Time is running out for you to upgrade for nothing

Windows 10 free downloads are still available for PC users who have not upgraded to Microsoft’s flagship OS, but time is running out fast. The main official Windows 10 free download offer ended on July 29 2016, with Microsoft laying down a cut off point to download and upgrade for nothing. However, there were still a number of routes open to PC owners looking to download Windows 10 for free. One of those Windows 10 free download options is the assistive technology route, which previously had no end date. However,…

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North Korea has stolen MILLIONS in cryptocurrencies, spy agency reveals

GETTY It comes after experts revealed Kim Jong-un could be making a fortune with Bitcoin It comes after experts revealed Kim Jong-un could be making a fortune with Bitcoin’s record-breaking surges using North Korean hackers to circumvent the sanctions placed on the despotic regime as the dictatorship continues its nuclear weapons programme. The £5.17million ($6.99million) includes operations that saw thefts from Yapizon, now called Yobit, and Coinis in April and September – both are exchanges of cryptocurrencies. The Chosun Ilbo, a South Korean newspaper, stated that the £5million in cryptocurrencies…

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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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Star Wars The Last Jedi WARNING as ‘free movie streams’ and ‘torrent files’ surface

Star Wars Episode VIII The Last Jedi hit cinemas across the UK yesterday, and debuts in the United States today. The hotly-anticipated blockbuster follows on from the events of JJ Abrams’ Star Wars The Force Awakens, which debuted in 2015. It has received a shower of praise from critics and fans. At the time of writing, Episode VIII The Last Jedi holds a 94 per cent approval rating on critical aggregate site, Rotten Tomatoes. Capitalising on the flurry of excitement around the launch of the new Star Wars movie, a…

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Iran-sponsored hackers have targeted Israel, Saudis, Turkey since 2014

WASHINGTON — Hackers linked to the Iranian government have conducted a long-term cyber espionage operation against government and industry in Israel, Kuwait, Lebanon, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates, according to FireEye, a cyber security firm. In a new report, FireEye says the operation by the group it dubs APT34 is “largely focused on reconnaissance efforts to benefit Iranian nation-state interests and has been operational since at least 2014.” The mostly Middle Eastern targets include government agencies and private industries, including financial, energy, chemical, and telecommunications sectors,…

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Security finally got the awareness it needed in 2017. Now what? – CNET

The first week of October’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month kicked off with a bang. But it wasn’t so much because the campaign itself succeeded at generating awareness about digital threats. Just three days into the month, former Equifax CEO Rick Smith testified to Congress about how the credit-monitoring company lost sensitive data on 145.5 million Americans, and Yahoo said that the infamous hack of its website actually compromised 3 billion accounts, not 1 billion. Experts like Michael Kaiser and Phil Reitinger have dedicated their careers to warning the world about online…

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5 ways to make your Amazon Fire tablet better – CNET

Ben Fox Rubin/CNET I don’t know exact numbers, but I suspect some 80 bajillion people bought an Amazon Fire tablet on Black Friday or Cyber Monday. And why not? With prices ranging from $30 to $100, those babies were the bargain to beat. Now that you’ve got one, let’s make it better. Although the Fire tablets are pretty good out of the box, there are several ways to improve the experience. One way that’s well-loved by the tech-savvy community, is to install the Google Play store, which gives you access…

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Windows 10 WARNING – Hackers could take control of your PC unless you download THIS update

MICROSOFT Windows 10 users have been put on alert about a Microsoft vulnerability was discovered Windows 10 users have been put on alert about a Microsoft software vulnerability which hackers are using to infect PCs with malware and then take control of it. The recently disclosed Microsoft Office vulnerability lets cybercriminals exploit a backdoor and deliver malware that can take control of PCs. The CVE-2017-11882 vulnerability, which affects WordPad also, has existed for a staggering 17 years, according to cybersecurity website Security Week. And recently hackers have been trying to…

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Amazon looks to save you from the next big bot-army attack – CNET

Amazon is trying to spare you future security nightmares. Ben Fox Rubin/CNET Last October, a big chunk of the internet went dark for hours, the result of a cyberattack on the Web-services company Dynamic Network Services, also known as Dyn. That attack was implemented with the help of a bot army of internet-connected security cameras and electronics. Those devices were hijacked with malware and used to overload Dyn by sending it loads of junk data. More of these attacks could come in the future, as billions more electronics, cars and streetlights…

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