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.

Should the US hit China with sanctions over cyberespionage?

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The Obama administration is developing economic sanctions against China for cyberespionage against US companies. Are sanctions likely to succeed in deterring China? Or will they only invite retaliation that will damage the world economy?

Uber hires the guys who hacked a Jeep to develop safer driverless cars

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Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, security researchers who caused huge headaches for Fiat Chrysler when they showed the world how to remotely hack a Jeep, have hacked their way into new jobs with Uber.

This email scam targeting businesses is a billion-dollar problem, FBI warns

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The FBI issued a warning last week about email scams that have cost businesses $1.2 billion in fraudulent wire transfers since 2013.

"Nigerian Prince" scams these are not...

National Crime Agency snares teens who used Lizard Squad DDoS tool

National Crime Agency snares teens who used Lizard Squad DDoS tool

The NCA says it wants to reform the teens caught up in its operation targeting users of LizardStresser, an online tool for attacking websites. Is a stern talking-to enough? Or should they face jail time?

Autoplaying video of journalists' murders gives Facebook, Twitter users pause

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Social media users unwillingly witnessed video of the murders of two television journalists yesterday, due to a default feature on Facebook and Twitter that plays videos automatically. Here's how to turn "autoplay" off.

Now there's a species of crayfish named after Edward Snowden

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In a research paper published this week in the journal ZooKeys, German carcinologist Christian Lukhaup revealed the name of a new species of crayfish he discovered. He called it Cherax snowden.

Facebook threats against Pokémon World Championships lead to arrests in Boston

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Two men are being held without bail after they allegedly made threats on Facebook promising violence against attendees of the Pokémon World Championships.

Surprise! People choose predictable Android lockscreen patterns

Surprise! People choose predictable Android lockscreen patterns

New research studying how people create lockscreen patterns suggests that they aren't a secure alternative to passcodes at all.

Ashley Madison hackers keep on going, post even BIGGER trove of data

Ashley Madison hackers keep on going, post even BIGGER trove of data

The hackers behind the massive breach of user data from AshleyMadison.com posted another dump of data from the cheaters' dating site, even larger than the one earlier this week.

Jeb Bush: encryption makes it harder to catch "evildoers"

Jeb Bush: encryption makes it too hard to catch "evildoers"

Republican US presidential candidate Jeb Bush said Tuesday that encryption makes it harder for the NSA to do its job, and advocated for broad NSA surveillance powers to catch "evildoers."

China vows to "clean the internet" in cybercrime crackdown, 15,000 arrested

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The Ministry of Public Security in China said this week that 15,000 people have been arrested since the launch of a major anti-cybercrime operation called "cleaning the internet."

Hacker pleads guilty in Facebook malware and spam scheme

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The cybercrook allegedly used a "Facebook Spreader" malware to infect victims via booby-trapped links in Facebook chat messages.

Mozilla wants you to beta test this Firefox privacy enhancement

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Mozilla announced on Friday that it's released new privacy enhancements in its popular Firefox browser for pre-beta testing.

Cybersquatter frenzy as Google becomes Alphabet without owning alphabet.com

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Google's big announcement this Monday that it was creating a new holding company called Alphabet took the business world by surprise, and cybersquatters have moved in to exploit confusion about the Alphabet domain name and website.

Adobe and PageFair claim ad blockers will cost business $22 billion in 2015

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The rapid growth of people using ad blockers is costly to publishers and advertisers - and the trend looks to only grow worse for website owners as ad blocking comes to mobile devices.

Someone killed hitchBOT the hitchhiking robot - can humans be trusted?

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HitchBOT was on a mission to criss-cross the United States with the help of strangers, but the hitchhiking robot came up far short of its San Francisco destination, after it was destroyed in a vicious attack in Philadelphia - the city of brotherly love.

Donald Trump's Wikipedia page deleted by vandals twice in one day

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On Wednesday, Trump's Wikipedia page was vandalized twice by editors who tried to delete the entry about the billionaire business mogul, reality TV star, and US presidential candidate.

LifeLock's woes continue as FTC claims violation of 2010 settlement

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LifeLock hasn't abided by the 2010 settlement requiring the company to stop making misleading claims that "guaranteed" customers would be protected against identity theft, according to the FTC.

Baby, you can hack my car: researchers take over a Jeep from 10 miles away

Baby, you can hack my car: researchers take over a Jeep from 10 miles away

Two renowned security researchers have discovered a way to remotely hack into and take over a Jeep Cherokee, controlling the brakes and accelerator as well as other components.

Why this doctor posted his medical history online for anyone to see

Why this doctor posted his medical history online for anyone to see

Would you want anyone and everyone to be able to see all your medical records? One doctor posted his entire medical history online, and he wants others to do the same.