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Computer Forensics BSc (Hons)

Current Forensic Issues 03/12/14

Hello everyone so this blog is a little basic but I’m going to talk about a few things I’ve read in the news that are related to my course.

Anyone can hack PayPal with one click (OMG!)

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For those that don’t know, PayPal is owned by eBay, and is a money transferring service that is meant to be secure. Well, secure until recently. over 156 million people have PayPal accounts, and through the exceptionally vague security questions, people can hack your account and reset the question and answer in just one click. So what does this mean for the likes of you and me? Simple, update your security questions regularly so that hackers cannot block your access to PayPal. However, by hackers resetting your security questions, they gain access to your e-mail address and can reset your password without you even knowing about it. because of this, hackers could pay for anything they wish using your Paypal account, and it will come directly from your bank account.

(To see more, and to learn how to avoid this hack, check out http://thehackernews.com/2014/12/hacking-paypal-account.html)

Sony Pictures Gets Hacked

sonypictures_share_200x200Sony Pictures’ computers were supposedly the victim of a malware attack, whereby infected computers and servers had all of their data erased. This type of malware is known as “wiper” malware because they effectively remove all data from hard drives, and the master boot record of the computer. This was a serious issue because the hacker involved had posted some of the information to which they obtained and posted it online. People’s pay role information, addresses, contact numbers and bank details were all compromised and made accessible online.  The files are made available in the form of torrents to which are accessible by many file sharing websites.

(To read more about the recent sony pictures hacking, check out http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/12/sony-pictures-hack-gets-uglier-north-korea-wont-deny-responsibility/)

Hacking In The Movies 

If you love films as much as me, then you’ll know that there are a wide range of films that portray computer hacking, but are they acting as encouragement for individuals to learn how to hack? Although they contain distorted and unrealistic views on computer hacking, with the increasing number of films with hacking as its main focus, its no wonder that society is beginning to reflect that also. From the Matrix, to Die Hard, computer hacking in films is becoming more and more common.

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Hope this post has made you guys think twice about giving details out online and made you think about keeping regularly updated with your passwords and security questions!!

 

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  • Name: Scott Cowie
  • Age: 25
  • Studying: Computer Forensics BSc (Hons)
  • Hometown: Birtley, UK
  • Ambitions: I want to go far in the Computer Forensics Industry and help create a world with a safe computer environment for everyone.
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