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.

Adult FriendFinder hacked, users' intimate details exposed on Dark Web

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Adult FriendFinder, a website billed as a way for people to "find friends, sex, flings and hookups," has had a serious data breach. Now millions of people who thought they were using a discrete service to find casual sex have had their private information exposed online.

Scotland Yard was worried The X-Files and Star Trek could inspire anarchy in the UK

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Special agents working at Scotland Yard were worried in the late '90s that cult religious groups inspired by TV series like Star Trek and The X-Files might commit widespread acts of violence ahead of the new millennium.

United Airlines: Hack our site for free miles (just don't mess with onboard systems)

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United Airlines is offering up to 1 million free air miles in a new bug bounty program that rewards hackers who discover security flaws in the airline's websites, apps and databases.

Syrian Electronic Army attacks the Washington Post again, hijacks mobile site

Syrian Electronic Army attacks the Washington Post again, hijacks mobile site

Part of the mobile website of the Washington Post was compromised briefly on Thursday by the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) hacker group, in an attack that redirected traffic to a site with anti-US and anti-media messages.

How one US scientist ended up accused of spying for China

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A US scientist working for the National Weather Service was suspected of spying for China, and got swept up in a dragnet amid growing concerns in the US about cyberespionage.

"Nothing illegal going on here!" says US Army veteran behind Hacker's List

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A US Army veteran and self-described ethical hacker is linked to hire-a-hacker service, Hacker's List, which provides a web platform where hackers can bid on borderline or even illegal jobs.

FBI: Hacktivists targeting US law enforcement as anti-police sentiment grows

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As Baltimore exploded in violent anti-police riots on Monday, the FBI was warning police officers and public officials across the US to be aware of targeted cyberattacks from hacktivists.

5 online privacy and security tips for travelers

Going on holiday or traveling for business any time soon?

Here are 5 online privacy and security tips for when you're on the road.

Target's settlement with MasterCard costs retailer $19 million

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Target says it reached a $19 million settlement with MasterCard to cover some of the damages to financial institutions after its December 2013 data breach. How much more is this breach going to cost?

Buh-bye Beebone! Law enforcement kills polymorphic virus-spreading botnet

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International law enforcement activity has taken out the botnet used by the Beebone worm - polymorphic malware that threatened thousands of computers worldwide.

Botnet? Polymorphic? Downloader? We explain ...

Snapchat issues first transparency report on law enforcement data requests

Snapchat issues first transparency report on law enforcement data requests

It's a big step forward in transparency for Snapchat, which formerly described its service in a way that might lead users to think turning over their content to law enforcement would be impossible.

Uber gets its first chief security officer - Facebook's Joe Sullivan

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Uber just poached Facebook's Joe Sullivan to act as the ride-hailing app company's first chief security officer.

It might make you wonder - why didn't Uber have a CSO before now?

Obama signs executive order to sanction foreign hackers

Obama signs executive order to sanction foreign hackers

Obama signed a new executive order on Wednesday (1 April 2015) authorizing financial sanctions against foreign hackers, and companies that knowingly benefit from cyberattacks against US interests.

"Your location has been shared 5398 times" - Do we need a privacy assistant on our smartphones?

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A new study found that users change their privacy settings when they receive messages telling them how much of their data is being accessed by mobile apps. Do we need a privacy assistant on our smartphones?

Slack gets hacked - rolls out two-factor authentication after user database breach

Slack is the latest start-up to make a big media splash in one of the worst possible ways - by acknowledging a data breach that exposed its users to malicious hackers.

Microsoft's Project Spartan browser will replace Internet Explorer - but slowly

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Yes, Internet Explorer is going away, eventually. But Microsoft's admission that an unnamed browser - codenamed Project Spartan - will take over as the default browser in Windows 10 led to some premature celebrations.

TeslaCrypt ransomware attacks gamers - "all your files are belong to us!"

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TeslaCrypt is a new ransomware that goes above and beyond CryptoLocker in the types of files it seeks out to hold for ransom, including those related to video games.

SophosLabs dug in to find out what TeslaCrypt has in store for gamers, and everyone else.

Android Lollipop 5.1 brings promised anti-theft "kill switch"

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Android Lollipop 5.1 is out for some Nexus phones, and it comes with an anti-theft kill switch. Now you can use Android Device Protection to freeze your phone if it’s lost or stolen.

US regulator says Anthem "refuses to cooperate" in security audit

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Anthem, the health insurance giant that recently suffered a massive data breach, is "refusing to cooperate" with US regulators attempting to conduct vulnerability scans and configuration tests on its IT systems.

Venmo mobile payment service under fire for security carelessness

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Venmo is taking heat after a news report last week revealed security holes you could "drive a truck through," in the words of one aggrieved Venmo user whose account was drained of $2850.