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.

Uber subpoenas GitHub in search for hacker of driver database

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A breach of one of its databases in May 2014, in which the names and driver license numbers of 50,000 "driver partners" were stolen, is the latest entry on Uber's growing list privacy and security blunders.

RIP Leonard Nimoy: a hero to Trekkies, but so much more than "Spock"

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Leonard Nimoy was beloved by millions, including many of us at Naked Security and at Sophos. So it is with great sadness that we acknowledge his passing on Friday, at the age of 83, and offer this modest tribute.

Europol takedown of Ramnit botnet frees 3.2 million PCs from cybercriminals' grasp

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In an international operation coordinated with multiple law enforcement and industry partners, Europol led a takedown of the infrastructure of the Ramnit botnet that infected 3.2 million Windows computers.

Koppie Koppie sells photos of your kids to prove you shouldn't post them online

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Two "privacy advocates" running an online store that sells mugs printed with pictures of children are intentionally stirring up controversy by grabbing photos from Flickr. The duo behind Koppie Koppie say it's perfectly legal, but they hope you get mad about it anyway.

Burning Man festival to cancel tickets of cheaters who used website hacks

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Burning Man says it will cancel festival tickets purchased by approximately 200 individuals who managed to use a flaw in the ticketing website to jump ahead of the line.

Apple Watch wobbles? Advanced health tracking features dropped for launch

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The rumor mill is shifting into high gear ahead of the expected April 2015 launch of the Apple Watch, and leaked details imply some setbacks - according to recent reports, Apple has dropped groundbreaking health-tracking features.

Visa asks to track your smartphone to help sniff out credit card fraud

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Visa will begin asking card holders to opt in to a new service in April 2015 that could help reduce credit card fraud - if consumers allow their smartphones to be tracked whenever they make a purchase.

WhatsApp Web has privacy holes that could expose user photos

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WhatsApp has just rolled out a new service called WhatsApp Web that allows users to sync the messaging app between their mobile devices and desktop, but the new web client has a couple of privacy pitfalls that indicate it's not really ready for its close-up.

Super Bowl XLIX - a costly spectacle amid heightened security and surveillance

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The Department of Homeland Security has declared that there is not a specific, credible threat against the Super Bowl this year, but that's not stopping the agency from going all out on security and surveillance.

Taylor Swift's Twitter and Instagram accounts hacked

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Hackers briefly got control of the Twitter and Instagram accounts of Taylor Swift, the Grammy-winning American pop-star, creating a stir on social media.

Here's how to make sure your accounts are safe!

Psychological profile-based security - could it work?

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Fujitsu's working on technology that can assign security countermeasures based on a user's psychological profile and risk tendencies - warning them ahead of time, before an attack can be carried out successfully.

Cyberjihadists attack thousands of French websites after Charlie Hebdo massacre

Cyberjihadists attack French websites

Many French websites have come under attack in the days since the bloody assault on the office of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish grocery store last week, although rumours of mass DDoS appears to be untrue.

Insta-sham: Instagram fixes its not-so-private photo bug… well, sort of

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Instagram has fixed a privacy flaw that allowed anyone with the URL to see photos posted on the service, even if the user's account was set to private. At least, it has kind of fixed it.

FBI in tough competition for cybersecurity talent

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The FBI is adding cyber special agent to the top of its most wanted list, as the US law enforcement agency grapples with a shortage of employees with cybersecurity training.

5 online scams to watch out for this Black Friday and Cyber Monday

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The traditional kickoff to the holiday shopping season is also an opportune time for cybercriminals, scam artists and conmen to gear up their activities.

Here are the top 5 online scams to watch out for...

FBI Director James Comey says Apple and Google go "too far" with default encryption

FBI Director James Comey says Apple and Google go "too far" with default encryption

FBI Director James Comey says Apple and Google go too far with default encryption settings on mobile devices, including the iPhone 6 and Nexus 6 running on Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Does the FBI really have a legal right to exploit encryption backdoors to pursue suspects?

Facebook warns against buying fake likes, but the fans-for-sale industry is booming

Facebook warns against buying fake Likes

Facebook is taking another swipe at fraudulent likes that artificially inflate a Facebook Page's number of fans.

Home Depot breach totals: 56 million credit cards exposed, $62 million in losses

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Lots of people who speculated about the credit card data breach at the Home Depot turned out to be wrong.

But those who suggested that Home Depot's breach might end up bigger than Target's turned out to be spot on.

Chinese hackers breached US military contractors, says Senate report

China hacks US military contractors

Military contractors for the US Transportation Command were breached by hackers associated with the Chinese government at least 20 times in one year, according to a report released Wednesday by the US Senate Armed Services Committee.