Posted by & filed under Security News.

According to the University of Manitoba’s copyright office, some piracy notices warn students that they could lose their scholarships or even be deported if they fail to pay a fine. It is known that mainly US-based copyright owners write to students on a regular basis, demanding cash settlements for alleged copyright infringement.

The university forwards notices to students, but some of the letters are “tantamount to extortion”: aside from threatening infringes with multi-million dollar lawsuits, some notices suggest that students could lose their scholarships if they don’t pay their fines. Moreover, some porn producers have told foreign students that they could face deportation if they don’t settle. Of course, none of these are real consequences that could ever happen in Canada, but many students are really freaked out.

The students must remember that notice senders do not know who notices have been delivered to, as there’s nothing in current law that compels the university to hand over their identities. At the same time, students can compromise themselves by negotiating directly with notice senders, which is not advised.

The University of Manitoba is not the only educational institution that reports such a problem – for example, the University of Calgary is in a similar position. The latter says it’s been receiving copyright notices over the past 2 years, and is going to crackdown on illegal file-sharing across campus. It has already held a meeting to discuss how it is going to deal with illegal downloading, though the problem isn’t straightforward.


News Source:  ExtraTorrent


Posted by & filed under Security News.

It looks like the big guys from tech giants are not immune from hackers. The Twitter account of Brendan Iribe, the CEO of Oculus (virtual headset maker) was hacked making him included in the list of important figures that had their social media accounts compromised.




Iribe’s account was taken over several days ago, with a tweet being sent out to his 16,000 followers announcing that Oculus is very excited to announce “its CEO – @Lid“. After this, the hacker @Lid went on to tweet at users and chastise Iribe for using the same pass for 4 years. Iribe’s Twitter account was reclaimed within hours, after the hacker tweeted that he could give it back in exchange for a free oculus rift “so i watch porn the cool way”. It is unknown if Iribe gave in to this demand.


Other popular people that accounts have been hacked are Mark Zuckerberg, Katy Perry, and Channing Tatum. Security experts continues to remind social media users to change their passwords frequently and refrain from using the same password to all their social media accounts.


Read this article How To Prevent Your Twitter Account From Being Hacked .


Posted by & filed under Security News.

A recent study from Binghamton University also suggests your smartwatch or fitness tracker is not as secure as you think – and it could be used to steal your ATM PIN code.

The risk lies in the motion sensors used by these wearable devices. The sensors also collect information about your hand movements among other data, making it possible for “attackers to reproduce the trajectories” of your hand and “recover secret key entries.”


Read the rest of the entry here [Hacker News]

Posted by & filed under Security News.

A Las Vegas based casino operator has sued Trustwave for failure to protect the company from a breach that resulted in credit card theft, allowing the hackers to maintain their foothold during the investigation period.

The lawsuit was filed by Affinity Gaming in US district court in Nevada. This is the first case where a client challenges an IT security firm over the quality of its investigationfollowing a hacking attack.

According to Affinity Gaming, they hired the services of Trustwave to study and clean up the network intrusions compromise customers” credit data.

It was reported that the hackers gained accessed to more than 300,000 credit card details Affinity”s customers in restaurants and hotels.

Trustwave reported that it has identified the source of the data breach and contained the malware responsible for the attack.

However after a year, Affinity was again hit by a second payment breach. Mandiant, the competitor of Trustwave reported that the malware was not fully removed in the system.

Affinity gaming is seeking $100,000 in damages.

In response to Affinity”s accusations Trustwave spokesperson told the Financial Times (FT) on Friday, “We dispute and disagree with the allegations in the lawsuit and we will defend ourselves vigorously in court.”



Posted by & filed under Spyware Articles.

Hacking TwitterLike other social media accounts, Twitter accounts can be easily hacked.  Here are the five ways on how you can protect you Twitter from being compromised.

1.  Create a strong password
Don””””t use passwords that are easy to guess such as you birthday, pet names, anniversary dates, etc.  As much as possible do not create passwords that are associated to you.  Use a strong and unique password.  It is advisable to combine capital letters, small letters, numbers, and characters.


2.  Watch out for suspicious links from untrusted emails or sites.  Make sure that you are logging in to and not on other sites.  In some instances you might receive an email asking you to follow the link and change your twitter password.  Don””””t click on the link, it is a common phishing email that will you to a fake login. Twitter will not ask you to change your login details unless you requested it.


3.  Don””t allow untrusted third party apps to use your login details in return for followers or likes.  Some malicious apps will use your login details to post on your behalf much worse is getting the information from your followers.  You can revoke access of these apps from the settings.

Protect Your Twitter Account


4.  Update your computer or devices.  Keeping you computer or devices updated will minimize the risk of being exploited or hacked.


5.  Lock you smart phone screen.  Locking your Android or Iphone screen is preventing someone from prying into your social media profiles.  If your phone got stolen it will be hard for the thief to use your social media profile thereby saving you and your friends from being scam.


6.  Disable discoverability of email address.  Most phishing and hacking attempts starts at email.  Disabling other users to discover your email address can prevent you from being victimized.

Protect Your Twitter Account


7.  Frequently change your password.  Passwords are often stolen without the victims knowledge and at times they are not used immediately.  They are often sold to crime syndicates that will pry into the users information without being notice.  Ideally password should be change every six months.


8.  Verify your twitter account using an sms.  This is one of the safest way to protect your account.  Just in case your account has been compromised, you can just need to lock it down and have an sms message sent to your mobile phone for the new password.


Following the tips I outlined above can minimized your Twitter account from being hacked or compromised.