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.

"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

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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?

CNET website and 1 million passwords compromised by Russian hacker group

CNET hacked

CNET, the popular tech news and reviews website, was compromised over the weekend by Russian hackers called "W0rm," CNET's parent company confirmed yesterday.

What would make you quit Facebook? Here's what you said ...

Quit Facebook?

Last week we asked our readers to take a poll about Facebook's controversial social experiment on thousands of unknowing users.

Lots of you responded - more than 1,000 - and we received a lot of great comments. Here's what you said ...

Google's Android security chief: Don't bother with anti-virus. Is he serious?

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Google's chief security engineer for Android, Adrian Ludwig, claims that most users shouldn't bother with anti-virus and that security companies are overstating the problem of Android malware. Can he be serious? ...

Facebook's experiment on users - what would it take for you to finally quit? [POLL]

Facebook's experiment on users - what would it take for you to finally quit? [POLL]

Facebook is taking heat once again for perceived invasion of privacy, after it disclosed a research experiment conducted on users without their explicit consent.

What do you think? Have you finally had enough of Facebook's privacy invasions to say "enough is enough"? Take our poll...

Google and Microsoft want to kill your phone if it's stolen. Do you feel safer?

Kill switch

The law enforcement group Secure Our Smartphones is claiming victory after Google and Microsoft announced they will add a "kill switch" to their mobile operating systems.

What's next for ransomware? Cryptowall picks up where CryptoLocker left off

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With many victims paying up, ransomware is a lucrative business for cybercrooks, and CryptoLocker has inspired copycats who want in on the loot.

John Zorabedian looks at ransomware that seems to be filling the void left by CryptoLocker's takedown last month...

Has Apple killed off location analytics with this simple privacy enhancement?

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A small change in iOS 8 will make privacy advocates happy, although it's going to be a tough pill to swallow for mobile marketers.

Ransom-taking iPhone hackers busted by Russian authorities

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The mystery of the ransom messages from "Oleg Pliss," and the iDevice locking attack that popped up in Australia and the US last month, appears to have been solved.