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.

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.

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.