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  • 5 Million Gmail Passwords Leaked, Google Says No Evidence Of Compromise
    By on September 10, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    kierny writes After first appearing on multiple Russian cybercrime boards, a list of 5 million Google account usernames — which of course double as email usernames — are circulating via file-sharing sites. Experts say the information most likely didn’t result from a hack of any given site, including Google, but was rather amassed over time, likely via a number of hacks of smaller sites, as well as via malware infections. Numerous commenters (more…)

  • 51% of Computer Users Share Passwords
    By on August 20, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    An anonymous reader writes Consumers are inadvertently leaving back doors open to attackers as they share login details and sign up for automatic log on to mobile apps and services, according to new research by Intercede. While 52% of respondents stated that security was a top priority when choosing a mobile device, 51% are putting their personal data at risk by sharing usernames and passwords with friends, family and colleagues. The research revealed (more…)

  • Passthoughts, Not Passwords: Authentication Via Brainwaves
    By on April 16, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    CowboyRobot writes “A new study by researchers from the U.C. Berkeley School of Information examined the brainwave signals of individuals performing specific actions to see if they can be consistently matched to the right individual. To measure the subjects’ brainwaves, the team utilized the NeuroSky Mindset, a Bluetooth headset that records Electroencephalographic (EEG) activity. In the end, the team was able to match the brainwave signals with 99% (more…)

  • Password Protection Act: Bans Bosses Asking For Facebook Passwords
    By on May 9, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    An anonymous reader writes “On the heels of a similar bill introduced last month. A group of Democrats today introduced legislation in both the House and Senate to prevent employers from forcing employers and job applicants into sharing information from their personal social networking accounts. In other words, Maryland may soon not be the only state that has banned employers demanding access to Facebook accounts. The Password Protection (more…)

  • 55,000 Twitter Accounts Hacked, Passwords Leaked
    By on May 8, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    MojoKid writes “Tens of thousands of Twitter accounts have been compromised in a recent hack attack in which more than 55,000 passwords were leaked and posted to Pastebin by anonymous hackers. Most of the accounts supposedly belonged to spammers, and there were many duplicate entries, Twitter officials pointed out. However, to play it safe, you should probably change your Twitter password ASAP.”

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  • Google Street View Wi-Fi Data Includes Passwords, Email Content
    By on June 18, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    snydeq writes “The French National Commission on Computing and Liberty has found passwords and email messages among the Street View Wi-Fi data Google intercepted, InfoWorld reports. The data protection authority has been investigating Google’s recording of traffic carried over unencrypted Wi-Fi networks. Google has said it collected only ‘fragments’ of personal web traffic as it passed by because its Wi-Fi equipment automatically changes channels (more…)

  • Poor Passwords A Worse Problem Than Poor Antivirus
    By on August 8, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    dasButcher writes “Viruses and worms get all the headlines, but poor password management is a worse problem according to a new study by Channel Insider and CompTIA. As Larry Walsh writes in his Security Channel blog, VARs and security service providers say they find more problems with password management than antivirus applications when they do security assessments. While password problems are nothing new, Walsh and those posting on his blog correctly (more…)

  • Nielsen Recommends Not Masking Passwords
    By on June 25, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    Mark writes “Usability expert and columnist Jakob Nielsen wants to abolish password masking: ‘Usability suffers when users type in passwords and the only feedback they get is a row of bullets. Typically, masking passwords doesn’t even increase security, but it does cost you business due to login failures.’ I’ve never been impressed by the argument that ‘I can’t think why we need this (standard) security measure, so let’s drop it.’ It usually indicates (more…)