New Phishing Scam Involves iTunes

Odds are, most people who bank or shop have heard of the term phishing. It’s a cybercrime tactic where criminals attempt to trick unsuspecting users into giving away personal information – such as passwords or credit card numbers – using fake websites. Sometimes crooks will use the tactic to gain access to computer systems. Either way, it  ends badly for those who fall victim. A new phishing scam involving iTunes has recently surfaced and anyone who uses the service is warned to keep an eye on their inbox. Scammers send an email that appears to be from iTunes confirming a

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AT&T Billing Error Leaves Municipalities on the Hook

Sometimes it’s not the telcos that suffer most for their mistakes. This is a lesson the City of Springfield, Ill. is learning the hard way after it was ordered to repay $273,000 thanks to an AT&T billing error. The fallout is just one stemming from a huge AT&T federal telecommunications tax error, where the company overcharged customers on data plans from November 2005 to September 2010. A class action settlement has called for AT&T to refund the money to users, meaning governments that already received the funding will have to return it. “It was a letter saying a settlement was

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Hotel Computers Pose Big Risk

Business travelers beware: this may be enough to make you want to take your laptop along for the trip. The U.S. Secret Service has issued a formal warning to hotels about malware on publicly used computers that can steal passwords from unsuspecting guests. This comes on the heels of news that several computers at hotels in Dallas were infected with keyword logging software to pilfer passwords and track Internet activity. Suspects have been taken into custody, but it’s unlikely it is an isolated case. As Ars Technica points out, the case is a great reminder to be cautious about the

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Court: Apple’s Siri Infringes on Chinese Patents

Everyone is familiar with iPhone’s Siri, the little helper activated by the user’s voice. But back in 2012 Shanghai-based company Zhizhen Network Technology filed a lawsuit against Apple alleging Siri infringed upon its voice recognition technology. Now, Chinese courts have ruled the lawsuit is valid, meaning Apple will have to face them in a legal battle. Apple has argued Zhizhen’s patent was invalid, meaning that Siri had not been an infringement at all. Zhizhen had the Patent Re-examination Board take a look at the patent, and the board ruled in its favor. But Apple is still not convinced and will

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Second-Hand Phones a Trove of Personal Information

Do a quick search on eBay, and you’ll find tens of thousands of used smartphones for sale. But what are you really getting when you snag a second-hand phone? More than the original owner probably thought. A recent test by Avast – which specializes security software – saw the firm purchase 20 Android phones online to see what personal data was still left on the devices. The results were shocking: 40,000 photos including nude selfies, 750 emails and text messages, 250 contacts and a completed loan application. The identities of four of the phones’ previous owners were also discovered. “Users

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FTC Launches Cramming Lawsuit Against T-Mobile

T-Mobile has had a few great months, experiencing substantial subscriber growth and favorable financial results. But the honeymoon appears to be over after the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a hefty lawsuit accusing the company of ignoring customers’ complaints about bogus charges on their bills. According to the FTC, T-Mobile ignored cramming – where scammers fraudulently place unauthorized charges on a user’s monthly phone bill via their service provider – and subsequently gave the cold shoulder those who complained, waiving only a portion of the fee for some and continuing to bill others. Those charges were for “premium” SMS subscriptions

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Android Scam Follows in Footsteps of iPhone Hack

Malware is now attacking Android phones in Eastern Europe in a similar way to the recent hacks that targeted iPhone users in Australia. Just like the ‘Oleg Pliss’ hack, Android phones are being remotely locked and the photos, videos and other documents contained within are being held for ransom. The hack was discovered by Robert Lipovsky of antivirus provider Eset. According to Lipovsky and Ars Technica, the trojan called SimpleShocker is being blamed for the latest attack on Android devices. Once a threatening message is received, affected users pay the hacker at an online kiosk, at which point their phone

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P.F. Chang’s the Latest Security Breach Victim

P.F. Changs is kicking it old school to prevent fraud, implementing manual card imprinting at its locations across the United States. But the move isn’t out of left field – news broke earlier this week that the chain had fallen victim to a security breach that left sensitive customer credit and debit card data exposed. It has brought in forensics experts and the U.S. Secret Service to investigate the incident. “At P.F. Chang’s, the safety and security of our guests’ payment information is a top priority,” said CEO Rick Federico, in a statement posted to the restaurant’s website. “Therefore, we

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iPhone Users Hit With Cyber Attack

iPhone users in Australia and the United States found themselves locked out of their devices this week after falling victim to a strange case of phone hacking and theft. The cyber attackers remotely blocked them from their phones, leaving messages on the lock screen demanding money be sent through PayPal in order for the user to gain access. It’s likely the attack was undertaken through Apple’s “Find My Phone” service, though the company insists that iCloud – the program that hosts the feature – has not been compromised. It appears handsets without passcodes are being targeted. “I went to check

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eBay Falls Victim to Huge Hack

Online auction hub eBay has fallen victim to a hack which targeted user data including email addresses, birthdates, encrypted passwords, addresses, phone numbers and other personal information. eBay reps say no credit card or PayPal payment information was accessed in the attack, which took place in February and March of this year. The breach affected 145 million accounts and all active users have been asked to change their passwords, even though eBay has suggested the data is safe. “There is no evidence of impact on any eBay customers,” eBay spokeswoman Amanda Miller was quoted as saying. “We don’t know that

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