Articles by John Zorabedian

About John Zorabedian

John Zorabedian is a blogger, copywriter and editor at Sophos. He has a background in journalism, writing about technology, business, politics and culture. He lives and works in the Boston area.

FBI Director James Comey says Apple and Google go "too far" with default encryption

FBI Director James Comey says Apple and Google go "too far" with default encryption

FBI Director James Comey says Apple and Google go too far with default encryption settings on mobile devices, including the iPhone 6 and Nexus 6 running on Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Does the FBI really have a legal right to exploit encryption backdoors to pursue suspects?

Facebook warns against buying fake likes, but the fans-for-sale industry is booming

Facebook warns against buying fake Likes

Facebook is taking another swipe at fraudulent likes that artificially inflate a Facebook Page's number of fans.

Home Depot breach totals: 56 million credit cards exposed, $62 million in losses

Home Depot data breach

Lots of people who speculated about the credit card data breach at the Home Depot turned out to be wrong.

But those who suggested that Home Depot's breach might end up bigger than Target's turned out to be spot on.

Chinese hackers breached US military contractors, says Senate report

China hacks US military contractors

Military contractors for the US Transportation Command were breached by hackers associated with the Chinese government at least 20 times in one year, according to a report released Wednesday by the US Senate Armed Services Committee.

Target tops the list of most epic privacy fails

Target privacy fail

Our readers ranked Target’s data breach ahead of Adobe, Snapchat, Google Glass, and Talking Angela for the biggest privacy failure of the past year.

Microsoft vows to clean away misleading apps from its Windows Store

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Microsoft is vowing to clean up Windows Store after a recent survey of the app store found many scam apps that were deceptively labeled with logos and names of legitimate apps.

This has been an ongoing problem. Will Microsoft finally rid its store of "crap apps"?

Facebook wants you to know that Messenger is not spying on you

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After a long build-up of rumors surrounding the Messenger app's required permissions to access the device's camera and microphone, Facebook is finally attempting to set the record straight.

Firefox OS app permissions will give users more privacy than Android

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Mozilla's mobile platform, Firefox OS, is behind Google's Android in just about every way.

But in one important respect, privacy, Firefox OS is trying to move ahead by giving users more control over what data apps can gather from their devices...

"Lizard Squad" hackers force PSN offline and Sony exec from the sky

"Lizard Squad" hackers force PSN offline and Sony exec from the sky

Hackers calling themselves "Lizard Squad" tweeted a bomb threat that forced a plane with Sony Online Entertainment's president on board to divert for an emergency landing on Sunday. At the same time, a DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack flooded traffic to Sony's PlayStation Network, forcing the gaming network offline for a short time.

Secret Service says "Backoff" malware hit 1000 businesses - 6 tips to keep your data safe

Backoff malware strike 1,000 US businesses

In a security advisory from the US Secret Service, the government said the malware known as Backoff has struck more than 1000 US companies since October 2013...

The UPS Store breach - what went wrong and what UPS got right

UPS apologizes for data breach

Data breaches at 51 UPS Stores in two dozen US states have put as many as 100,000 customers at risk of identity theft and credit card fraud, after malware was found on the stores' networks.

Clearly something went wrong, but here's what UPS got right ...

Supervalu says it was breached - is it the next Target?

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US retailer Supervalu is warning customers that an intrusion of its network may have resulted in the theft of credit and debit card account numbers from up to 200 of its stores.

Meanwhile, a related data breach affected another 800 stores for which Supervalu provides IT services. Could this be the next Target?

The top 5 privacy failures - what's the most epic fail of all? [POLL]

Epic privacy fails

The list of culprits in our eroding privacy is long, but some privacy fails stand out above the rest. So we're calling out five privacy killers that deserve an extra level of shaming.

Take our poll, and help us crown the most epic privacy fail of all ...

Why the Facebook Messenger app is not the privacy nightmare people think it is

Facebook Messenger

There's good reason to be skeptical of Facebook when it comes to privacy, but the Facebook Messenger app isn't the privacy nightmare that some people think it is. Here's why ...

Foursquare app tracks your location by default whenever your phone is on

Foursquare

Foursquare, makers of the popular app that lets you "check in" wherever you go, unveiled a new version this week that tracks your location even when the app is closed, with opt-in as the default.

We show you how to opt out if you don't want ad men and Foursquare to constantly know your whereabouts.

Firefox slams Chrome again in our trustworthy browser poll

Our poll says Firefox is the most trusted browser, but there's a lot of distrust too

Firefox once again outpaced Chrome, IE, Safari and Opera as the most trusted web browser. But many are not happy with their browser choices when it comes to privacy.

Read on for some of the interesting comments our readers submitted ...

iSpy? Researcher exposes backdoor in iPhones and iPads

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A "backdoor" that Apple built into iOS for developers can be used to spy on iPhones and iPads by governments, law enforcement, or cyber criminals, according to forensics researcher Jonathan Zdziarski.

Which web browser do you trust the most? [POLL]

Browser Trust Poll

The web browser could be considered the most important piece of software we use on a daily basis, which is why a relationship of trust comes into play - we rely on our browser to secure our communications, data and privacy.

So, take our poll, and tell us which browser you trust the most ...

Notorious Shylock banking malware taken out by law enforcement

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Law enforcement action led by the National Crime Agency (NCA) in the UK has knocked out the infrastructure of a banking malware known as Shylock, because of excerpts from Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice hidden in its code.

Here's how to check to make sure you weren't among the more than 30,000 PCs that were infected.

BlackBerry takes a pop at privacy-focused Blackphone

BlackBerry takes a pop at privacy-focused Blackphone

There's a public spat between BlackBerry and Blackphone, the spunky start-up company trying to break into the crowded mobile market with promises of air-tight security. Can BlackBerry survive the competition?