Meet Li-Fi, the Breakthrough Technology That’s 100 Times Faster Than Wi-Fi

By Justin Bariso

Slow internet got you down? Check out the technology that’s got everyone talking.

What if I told you that every one of the billions of light bulbs around the world could be used as a wireless hotspot for your electronic devices? Oh, yeah, and that your data speed would be 1 gigabit per second (Gbps), or about 100 times faster than current Wi-Fi technology?

Meet Li-Fi, the potential successor to Wi-Fi.

Although it’s already been in development for a few years, Li-Fi’s getting more press since last week, when Estonian technology company Velmenni was able to use it to achieve speeds of 1 Gbps in real-world office and industrial environments, as opposed to inside a lab. Earlier this year, researchers at the University of Oxford achieved speeds of 224 Gpbs. (That speed would allow you to download 18 feature-length films in a single second.)

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ALERT: This New Ransomware Steals Passwords Before Encrypting Files

By Swati Khandelwal
You should be very careful while visiting websites on the Internet because you could be hit by a new upgrade to the World’s worst Exploit Kit – Angler, which lets hackers develop and conduct their own drive-by attacks on visitors’ computers with relative ease.
Many poorly-secured websites are targeting Windows users with a new “Cocktail” of malware that steals users’ passwords before locking them out from their machines for ransom.
Yes, stealing Windows users’ passwords before encrypting their data and locking their PCs for ransom makes this upgrade to the Angler Exploit Kit nastier.


Photos of kids and parents, chatlogs, audio files stolen in VTech breach

by Lisa Vaas

The intruder who says he broke into servers at toymaker VTech last month told Motherboard that the data he* could get at was so sensitive, it made him queasy.

Really? What was in there?

According to the company’s breach notification, the intruder got at general user profile information including names, email addresses, encrypted passwords, secret questions and answers for password retrieval, IP addresses, mailing addresses and download histories – personal data pertaining to both customers and their kids.

As Motherboard reported, the tally included names, email addresses, passwords, and home addresses of 4,833,678 parents, and the first names, genders and birthdays of more than 200,000 children.

But wait, it gets worse.

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Facebook ordered to stop tracking non-users

by Lisa Vaas – 4 Dec. 2015

Facebook is now blocking Belgians if they haven’t signed in.

Those Belgians who don’t have a Facebook account are now unable to view Belgian Facebook pages at all, even public profiles such as those for local businesses.

The change was forced on Facebook when a Belgian court ruling last month ordered the social network to either face fines or stop tracking people who browse the site when they’re not signed in.

Those were stiff fines: at the time of the ruling, Facebook was given 48 hours to comply, lest it face fines of up to €250,000 EUR ($267,000 USD) a day.

According to the BBC, Facebook expected to receive an order this week and plans to contest it.

In the meantime, it’s complying: cookies will no longer be set for non-users, and visitors to the site must have accounts to access content.

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Researcher Claims Dark Web is the next safe haven for the ISIS

By Agan Uzunovic on 

Al-Hayat, an agency that spreads all the content relevant to ISIS on different online platforms has announced the ISIS intentions on moving their operations to Dark web.

There are a number of blogs and forums the agency posts regarding ISIS activities. Most significant of them are the Ansar Khilafah blog and the Shamikh forums.

In order to inform the users, the agency used blog posts to disclose ISIS plans with the activities online but this move is not something which would be implemented in coming months rather during summer, many of the ISIS sites have already been moved to the dark web.

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Scammers Threatening Users with Apple ID Suspension Phishing Scam

By Uzair Amir on 

A phishing email has been discovered alerting Apple users that their Apple ID would be suspended if they do not complete a verification within time.

The email further states that the user supposedly didn’t respond to a previous warning email and now it is compulsory to click on “verify now” button to complete the pending verification.

The “verify now” is the phishing link and of course, the email is not from Apple itself but a complete scam.

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Arm Yourself with Cyber Intelligence Skills

As the Internet grows exponentially and every business you can think of depends on it, criminality follows closely. In fact there will come a time in the not too distant future when
Cyber Crime accounts for 90 percent of all criminal activity worldwide.
Find our article in the summer issue of the Easy Resettlement Magazine. 



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Carphone Warehouse: information watchdog investigating 2.4m customer hack

By Samuel Gibbs, 10 August 2015

Information Commissioner’s Office making enquiries into data breach that also affected TalkTalk and iD users and exposed 90,000 customer credit cards.

The UK’s data protection watchdog is investigating the hacking of Carphone Warehouse, which compromised the personal data and bank details of 2.4 million customers.

Carphone Warehouse said names, addresses, date of birth information and bank details of 2.4 million customers – and 90,000 customer credit cards – “may also have been accessed” in an attack on Wednesday.
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Worried about Google’s Your Timeline? Here’s how to disable tracking

by Lisa Vaas

Google on Tuesday announced something called Your Timeline: a Google Maps tool that promises to enable users to “rediscover” the places we’ve been on any given day, the routes we’ve taken to get there, and the photos we took and which Google tucked away into Google Photos.

This is all data that Google keeps track of on our behalf, all adding up to a rather terrifying portrait of how much the apex data predator snarfs down about us.

“Only you can see your timeline,” Google says. From its post:

Your Timeline is private and visible only to you; and you control the locations you choose to keep.

Thank God for that, given what Your Timeline reveals about:

– Your movements;
– What’s easily discernible as your home, down to the street address;
– The places you frequently go, which points to where your family, friends, illicit dalliances or political collaborators are located;
– The routes you take to get there;
– The businesses that you visited on any given day (as well as Google’s guess as to where you went, if you haven’t already confirmed its guesses); and
– Photos that document who you were with on a particular day at a specific place.
Can we trust Google to keep such information safe and private?

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10,000 motorists’ names and addresses published online by parking fine company

By Lee Munson

An investigation by Sky News has revealed how a UK parking fine collection company inadvertently published its database online., which says it has been a “key player in the collection of parking charge notices (PCNs)” for 20 years, took its website offline for a short while after being contacted by Sky News, but not before personal data of around 10,000 motorists had been made public.

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