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#Online Security

# online-security - Sunday 6 October, 2019

Explainer: Why were some customers locked out of their mobile banking app?

Many AIB customers complained to the bank after being told their device was ‘rooted’.

# online-security - Tuesday 25 August, 2015

Here's what worried users of Ashley Madison have been saying since the hack

An online security expert say he’s been inundated with questions since the breach.

# online-security - Thursday 30 October, 2014

Phishing attacks are down, but be careful before Christmas

Phishing is surprisingly lucrative.

# online-security - Tuesday 21 October, 2014

Now you can use an actual, physical USB key to log in to Gmail

Introducing: Security Key

# online-security - Wednesday 3 September, 2014

Column: Free Wi-Fi networks carry risks – but you can avoid them

Make sure you’re not freely handing away your personal data…

# online-security - Monday 11 August, 2014

Irish internet users could be vulnerable after 1.2 billion password theft

An attack by Russian hackers has seen 1.2 billion passwords stolen.

# online-security - Monday 14 April, 2014

1 in 5 US internet users have had bank account details and personal data stolen - survey

It shows a sharp increase since the last survey in 2013.

# online-security - Thursday 10 April, 2014

Heartbleed causes massive online scare - but don't change your passwords just yet

Google sites such as GMail and YouTube are clear, the company says.

# online-security - Tuesday 11 February, 2014

Scammers are going 'phishing' for Revenue customer details

Fake emails headed “Notice of Tax Return. Client No.” are being sent from accounts purporting to be from the Revenue Commissioners.

# online-security - Friday 13 December, 2013

Bot visits make up 61.5 per cent of all web traffic

The majority come from search engines and analytics tools, while malware have decreased overall.

# online-security - Wednesday 30 October, 2013

Adobe security breach much worse than originally feared

An attack by hackers had been initially estimated to affect three million customers but it is now believe 38 million accounts have been compromised.

# online-security - Saturday 17 August, 2013

As many as 300 people have lost money due to phishing email scams this year

Gardaí have issued a fresh warning about phishing emails.

# online-security - Friday 4 January, 2013

Irish businesses warned of 'significantly increased' IT security risks in 2013

Major security breaches at large international businesses such as Sony, LinkedIn, Global Payments and RSA are a warning to Irish businesses, says a leading security specialist.

# online-security - Friday 21 December, 2012

Poll: Should officials monitor jobseekers' online employment searches? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should officials monitor jobseekers' online employment searches?

If someone is claiming benefits, should the government be allowed to monitor their online job searches on an official website?

UK: Jobseekers could be remotely monitored on compulsory website

The website allows unemployed users to upload a CV to be matched to suitable job openings.

# online-security - Wednesday 21 November, 2012

MEPs call for better online protections for children

MEPs have called for children, parents and teachers to be given education in new digital media for young people.

# online-security - Friday 8 June, 2012

Music site urges users to change password in latest breach - has yours been leaked?

There’s now a way to check if your LinkedIn or eHarmony passwords were among those hacked, while is the latest site with security problems.

# online-security - Friday 4 May, 2012

Facebook privacy concerns are on the rise, says consumer report

Oversharing and excessive data collection are growing concerns of Facebook users, a US consumer reports has claimed.

# online-security - Tuesday 20 March, 2012

PSNI warns of 'computer locking' PC virus scam

A virus has been locking computers, displaying a police logo and demanding payment of a fine to have it unlocked again.

# online-security - Wednesday 22 February, 2012

The Daily Fix: Wednesday Daily Fix This post contains videos

The Daily Fix: Wednesday

Your nightly news round-up of the day’s biggest stories…

# online-security - Monday 26 December, 2011

Anonymous hackers target US security think tank Stratfor

Thousands of personal details and credit card information were stolen from the Stratfor site, according to hackers.

# online-security - Wednesday 16 November, 2011

Oops... Check out Bank of America's spectacular social media fail

Messages on a Bank of America Google Plus page questioned the bank’s reputation and made light of rising mortgage rates.

# online-security - Thursday 11 August, 2011

# online-security - Wednesday 10 August, 2011

Anonymous threatens to "destroy" Facebook on 5 November Facebook Threat This post contains videos

Anonymous threatens to "destroy" Facebook on 5 November

Hacking group has issued online warnings against the social network, which it calls the “medium of communication you all so dearly adore”.

# online-security - Saturday 16 July, 2011

From The Daily Edge 'Thousands of fans' details' stolen from Lady Gaga website Going Gaga

'Thousands of fans' details' stolen from Lady Gaga website

The singer’s UK fan site is hacked by ‘SwagSec’, with names and email addresses of thousands of fans copied.

# online-security - Friday 3 June, 2011

Sony investigates claim of another security breach

Hackers have claimed that they have hit Sony for a second time – taking over one million passwords, emails, and other user information – by accessing unencrypted data stored by the corporation.

# online-security - Thursday 2 June, 2011

China refutes Google's claims that Gmail attacks originated in Jinan

Chinese state media says Google “arbitrarily pointing the finger at China” for a second time, after the internet company warned users it had detected a Gmail account hacking scame.

# online-security - Tuesday 24 May, 2011

Sony says Greek music site security breach affected 8,500 user accounts

Latest security breach comes soon after the Japanese company announced a serious attack on its online gaming site, affecting over 100m registered users around the world.

# online-security - Wednesday 11 May, 2011

Facebook security breach allowed advertisers access to user data

Hundreds of thousands of Facebook apps may have leaked ‘access tokens’ to Facebook users’ actions and profiles, according to security company Symantec.

# online-security - Monday 10 January, 2011

2,000 users’ details taken in Fine Gael website breach Fine Gael

2,000 users’ details taken in Fine Gael website breach

The party confirms that 2,000 details had their emails, mobiles and IP addresses taken, as the FBI is called in to investigate.

Fine Gael website breach: party statement in full

The full text of the party’s statement on the “hacking crime” that saw the details of almost 2,000 people compromised.

# online-security - Tuesday 14 December, 2010

Gawker issues warning over users' security

Security breach also affects other sites in the Gawker group such as Gizmodo, Jezebel and Deadspin.

# online-security - Sunday 21 November, 2010

Google’s major security hole

The breach allowed the email address of any person signed into a Google account to be accessed.

# online-security - Wednesday 4 August, 2010

DO YOU KNOW what your iPhones been up to?

Tech site Gizmodo is reporting that Apple iPhones are vulnerable to an attack that may give hackers complete control of your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. The hack is said to affect the iPad and all devices running the iOS 3.1.2 and higher.

The Press Association is reporting an official security warning  from a German government agency who say the system has”two critical weak points for which no patch exists”

Hackers can gain control of your phone when you click on PDF links in your browser. A font within the PDF causes stack overflow, a technical condition that allows the secret ninja code inside the font to gain complete control of your device. The hack is similar to the hack used to jailbreak an iPhone.

If this is successful, the hacker will have complete access to your phone allowing them to delete files, transmit files, install programs and monitor your actions. A similar problem occurred with TIFF files when the iPhone launched but the bug was later fixed. Up to 100m devices could be affected.

Gizmodo says the safest way to avoid the hack is by not downloading PDF files from untrusted sources.

Only a few months ago Apple suffered a security breach with the iPad and an antenna problem with the iPhone 4, while there are also problems with the iPad overheating.