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.

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.

Notorious cybercrime forum Darkode taken down, dozens arrested

Darkode forum taken down, dozens arrested in FBI and Europol operation

Darkode, a notorious cybercrime marketplace for malware, zero-day exploits, and botnets, was permanently shut down by a massive law enforcement operation coordinated between agencies in the US, Europe and elsewhere.

United Airlines pays hacker one million air miles in bug bounty reward

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It didn't take Jordan Wiens very long to find a vulnerability in United Airlines' network, but the payoff was huge - one million free air miles for about six hours of work.

Madonna hacker who leaked songs sentenced to 14 months

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A 39-year-old Israeli man accused of hacking the pop star Madonna has been sentenced to 14 months in jail, after reaching a plea agreement with authorities.

Do Americans have the same right as Europeans to be "forgotten" by Google?

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Europeans have the right to request the removal of links in search engine results, thanks to a May 2014 court ruling, but should Americans also have the "right to be forgotten"? Consumer Watchdog says "Yes, definitely".

It's time we stopped calling Millennials "dumb" about data privacy

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Among the impressions people have of Millennials is that they are self-obsessed, addicted to oversharing on social media, and clueless when it comes to online privacy. Here's why that's wrong.

Tax fraudster who hacked accounting firms pleads guilty in US court

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A Bulgarian hacker has pleaded guilty to involvement in a conspiracy to use data stolen from several accounting firms for tax fraud. Should the IRS do more to protect taxpayers?

Mystery vandals are cutting fiber-optic cables in California - how worried should we be?

Mystery vandals are cutting fiber-optic cables in California - how worried should we be?

Somebody is cutting underground fiber-optic cables in Northern California and the FBI wants to know why. Just how vulnerable is the internet to sabotage?

TV's newest hacker drama "Mr. Robot" is technically sound, morally ambiguous

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"Mr. Robot," USA Network's new hacker drama series, is good entertainment. But is it also a good depiction of hackers, hacking and infosec?

Cybersquatters giving some US presidential candidates a bad name

Cybersquatters giving some US presidential candidates a bad name

Cybersquatters have caused some embarrassment for several of the US presidential contenders. But abuse of domain names can be costly for businesses and dangerous for consumers.

CryptoWall ransomware cost US victims at least $18 million, FBI says

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The CryptoWall variant of crypto-ransomware cost US businesses and consumers at least $18 million between April 2014 and June 2015. The total damages could be much higher.

Police break up romance scam gang that fleeced women of $1.5 million

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York Regional Police in Canada this week announced the arrest of nine men who allegedly targeted women on dating websites, and conned seven victims out of a total of $1.5 million.

The romance scammer's outward demonstrations of love must conceal a dark heart ...

FTC settles first crowdfunding case over deceptive Kickstarter project - but don't expect a refund

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The FTC just settled its first case involving crowdfunding against a man who pocketed $122,000 in Kickstarter contributions without delivering the project - but he's not going to have to pay it back.

Twin brothers accused of leading phishing gang busted by Russian police

Twin brothers accused of leading phishing gang busted by Russian police

The twins had purchased an armored door for their apartment, and they set up text message alerts to warn their associates to destroy evidence once the police showed up.

It wasn't enough to keep the cops out, or themselves out of jail.

Android M will give app users a lot better control over their data privacy

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Android's next version will finally give users the same type of control over app permissions as iOS.

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.