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Google Chrome will automatically block forced website redirects

Google is onto making some big changes in the way Chrome works as recently the tech and search engine giant has announced that the popular web browser will finally start blocking irritating website redirects. This means Chrome users won’t have to face those annoying, unwanted and surprise redirects to spammy sites.

In their blog post, Product Manager for Google Mr. Ryan Schoen wrote that the company receives feedback from Chrome users which it takes seriously to improve to improve their experience. “1 out of every 5 feedback reports from Chrome users on desktop mention encountering some type of unwanted content,” wrote Schoen.

Chinese Keyboard Developer Spies on User Through Built-in Keylogger

A Chinese mechanical keyboard manufacturer MantisTek has been caught in the middle of a controversy in which it’s being blamed for spying on users through built-in keylogger in its GK2 model and sending the data to a server apparently hosted on Alibaba Cloud server.

The communication is happening over HTTP, not HTTPS which means the user data is being sent in completely unencrypted format and contains data collected through every keystroke a user presses. This means the company has access to everything user types but what’s important is that it also opens the door for other malicious actors who can access the unencrypted traffic and steal the data or spy on a targeted user.

VerticalScope hacked again; 2.7 million user accounts affected

In June 2016 we reported that the well-known Toronto, Canada-based Internet Media firm VerticalScope became a victim of a huge data breach, but the firm chose to keep this information secret from users instead of asking them to change their passwords.

The breach was identified by now closed Leaked Source platform, and that’s how the entire hacking and data breach fiasco came to the limelight, and in June 2016 the firm admitted about the data breach in which 45 million user accounts got compromised.

User claims Facebook employees went through his file sent in private chat

It is a well-known fact that Facebook, the social media giant has access to user data since it’s part of their advertising and marketing policies. But how do they collect this data or keep an eye on it? Well, it seems like it’s done both automatically using algorithm and manually in which Facebook moderators get their hands on the data.

Researcher Identifies Bugs in Google’ Bug Tracker Program

A security researcher has identified bugs in Google’s bug tracker platform Issue Tracker. It is indeed ironic that the software intended to deal with unpatched vulnerabilities and bugs during product development itself is loaded with bugs through which the researcher managed to access sensitive internal systems of Google.

Issue Tracker program is to be used by external public and partner users who work with Google’s team on different projects. This program gives access control permissions to users so that they could find, create, view and modify issues for any project.

Three Monero Mining Malware Apps Found on Play Store

Hackers, website owners or even cybercriminals are finding new ways to use cryptocurrency miners to make easy money by using CPU of unsuspecting users. Last week, it was reported that two cryptocurrency mining malware apps were targeting Android users and now, for the second time in a week researchers have discovered three more malware-infected apps on Google Play Store targeting users to generate Monero coins.

Malicious Chrome Extension Steals ‘All Posted Data’ without Login Credentials

The trend of spreading adware, banking Trojans and malicious malware through compromised or fake browser extensions seems to be increasing. Lately, there have been quite a few incidents where malicious extensions were used to spread malware. Cybercriminals are not leaving any stone unturned into hijacking add-ons from popular browsers such as Google Chrome to fulfill their nasty objectives.

Ships Are Vulnerable to Cyber Attacks Due To Maritime Platform Flaw

Previously it was reported that hackers can take over ships by exploiting critical vulnerabilities in VSAT communication system. Now, security consulting firm IOActive’s researchers have discovered that there are several vulnerabilities present in the platforms used by seaborne ships to access the internet. The bugs in the software can leak data from the sea and also can cause larger threats to the global maritime infrastructure.

In its report, IOActive explained about the two identified flaws in the AmosConnect 8 web platform, developed by Stratos Global to work in combination with satellite equipment. This particular platform is used by ships to track IT and navigation systems as well as to facilitate messaging, web browsing and emailing for on-board crew members.

The Dark Overlord hacks plastic surgery clinic; demands ransom

Nude pictures never go unnoticed, and when these belong to celebrities and the mighty Royals, then people are bound to go crazy. This perhaps was in the mind of The Dark Overlord hacker group when they decided to invade the privacy of a well-known London-based celebrity plastic surgery clinic London Bridge Plastic Surgery (LBPS).

Artificial intelligence smart enough to fool Captcha security check

Computer scientists have developed artificial intelligence that can outsmart the Captcha website security check system.

Captcha challenges people to prove they are human by recognising combinations of letters and numbers that machines would struggle to complete correctly.

Researchers developed an algorithm that imitates how the human brain responds to these visual clues.

The neural network could identify letters and numbers from their shapes.

The research, conducted by Vicarious - a Californian artificial intelligence firm funded by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg - is published in the journal Science.

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