Google’s latest security tool lets you easily deactivate any connected devices

Google Devices and Activity Dashboard

There's a decent chance that if you read BGR and other technology blogs on a regular basis, you own multiple connected devices. Most of these devices are probably connected to your Google account as well, especially considering the fact that Gmail has become one of the primary email services for work and personal use.

But could you list every single device that currently has access to your Google account?

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The most advanced malware yet has been spying on you for years

Regin Malware Spying Tool

Security researchers have discovered a highly advanced malware program, called Regin, that have been used for spying purposes for at least six years. First discovered by Symantec and confirmed by Kaspersky, the security threat is believed to be the work of a government, considering the massive resources behind it and its sophisticated features, rather than a program devised by hacker groups interested in stealing data and/or money from regular Internet users.

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Frightening new malware targets your password manager

New Malware Password Manager

If you thought hackers gaining access to just one of your online accounts was troublesome, you'll be terrified to know that the next frontier might put your entire online identity at risk. IBM's Security Intelligence reports that a new configuration of the Citadel trojan has been designed to start keylogging when specific password managers begin running on an infected user's computer.

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Complex Android malware believed to have infected up to 4.5M smartphones in the U.S.

Android Malware: NotCompatible

As many as 4.5 million American Android smartphone users may have been fooled into somehow downloading a complex malicious program on their devices since January 2013, The New Yok Times reports, citing security company Lookout.

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WhatsApp starts encrypting instant messages on Android, iOS and other platforms coming soon

WhatsApp read receipts

WhatsApp, the most popular instant-messaging platform with more than 600 million users which Facebook snapped up for $16 billions earlier this year, has started to protect data with end-to-end encryption, The Wall Street Journal reports.

For the time being, text messages exchanged between Android users of WhatsApp are being encrypted by default, but it shouldn’t be too long until the company adds encryption to its iOS app.

Encryption protects users’ communications from governments and hackers alike by making the data unreadable as it travels between servers.... Read the rest of this post here

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Chinese authorities shut down WireLurker site, suspects arrested

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Chinese authorities arrested three individuals last Friday that are believed to have developed the “WireLurker” malware, according to a police post on Sina Weibo. The authorities were tipped off by Chinese security company Qihoo 360 technology. Additionally, the post says that authorities have also identified and shut down the website that was hosting and distributing the malware.... Read the rest of this post here

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Hackers breach State Department’s unclassified computer network

State Department Computer Network Hacked

Hackers breached computers belonging to the State Department, The New York Times reports, making it the fourth attack targeting government computers in recent weeks. While it’s not clear who attacked these targets and for what purpose, the State Department, the White House, the United States Postal Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have all reported similar breaches recently.

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‘Dirtbox’ planes masquerade as cell towers to collect smartphone data in sophisticated spying ops

Dirtbox Spy Planes in U.S.

It’s no secret anymore that governmental agencies in the U.S. and other countries have access to sophisticated tools that allow them to track and collect data from smartphones and other devices without users knowing anything is happening, and The Wall Street Journal has uncovered yet another such operation which uses a special “dirtbox” technology installed in special planes that can mimic cell phone towers and fool smartphones into believing they’re connecting to a genuine carrier tower.

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Apple issues statement on Masque Attack, says it’s not aware of any affected users

Masque Attack (imasge 002)

Apple tonight broke its silence regarding Masque Attack, a recently discovered vulnerability in iOS. In a statement to iMore, the company says it encourages customers to only download apps from trusted sources and that it’s not currently aware of any users affected by the exploit.

Research security FireEye announced its discovery of Masque Attack on Monday. The malware installs itself through a phishing link disguised as a new app or game, and then masquerades as a legitimate app. Once installed, it can access login credentials, credit card info and more.... Read the rest of this post here

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Terrifying iOS 8 security flaw has forced the U.S. government to issue a warning

iOS 8 Security Flaw

On Thursday, the U.S. government released a statement for all iPhone and iPad users warning that a vulnerability in Apple's iOS mobile operating system could give hackers access to their private information, Reuters reports.

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