Are Hackers Using Popular Assistant Devices To Listen To Users?

The utility of virtual assistants like Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home are undeniable.  They’re just genuinely handy devices to have around. Unfortunately, they’re also prone to abuse and exploits by hackers and unsavory developers. They can be used to spy on and even steal sensitive information from unsuspecting users. This is not new in and of itself.  Security researchers around …

Backup Still Necessary Even When Using Cloud Services

Do you keep all of your data on the cloud?  If so, you’re certainly not alone.  The past few years have seen a massive migration away from storing critical files locally to placing them on the cloud, where they’re more secure and accessible from anywhere you can get internet.  In fact, many people are so comforted by the amorphous nature …

New Phishing Scam Targets Your Amazon Account

McAfee researchers have discovered a new version of the 16Shop phishing kit in use by hackers around the world. According to the latest research, there are now more than 200 URLs currently being used by hackers to collect login information from Amazon customers. The methodology the hackers are using is simple. The hackers craft an email that appears to come …

Amazon Sellers Dealing With Increased Hacking And Fraud

Amazon has a problem. If you’re an Amazon shopper, that means you have a problem. The company recently revealed that more than a hundred sellers using the company’s platform were victims of what the company is describing as an “extensive fraud operation.” Only a few specifics are known about the conduct of the fraud operation. The best available evidence suggests …

Digital Movie Service UltraViolet Is Shutting Down

On paper, UltraViolet seemed like a great idea.  It was (and still is, for the moment) a service that stored your license information for various digital media you purchased. You could buy a movie from Amazon Prime, buy something else from some other online vendor, and watch them on any number of devices without having to log into individual services. …

New Amazon Order Confirmation Emails Could Be Phishing Attempts

According to Alexa, Amazon is the 4th most visited website in the United States and ranks 8th worldwide.  To say that it gets a lot of traffic every day would be an understatement, which is why a newly discovered phishing campaign pretending to come from Amazon is so disturbing. Although Amazon sees heavy traffic every day of the year, things …

Apple Music Will Soon Play Nice With Amazon Echo

Apple doesn’t tend to share well with other corporations, but they have made a few efforts to expand their services to the platforms of their competitors.  You can, for instance, download Apple Music onto an Android device or on Sonos Speakers. Soon, you’ll be able to access Apple Music on your Amazon Echo. The rollout is slated to begin the …

Amazon Accidentally Leaked Customer Names And Email Addresses

There’s trouble brewing at Amazon, although details are sketchy about how much trouble there might be. Recently, the company sent the following message to some of its customers: “Hello, We’re contacting you to let you know that our website inadvertently disclosed your email address due to a technical error.  The issue has been fixed.  This is not a result of …

Amazon Joins Trillion Dollar Club

It’s official, Apple now has company in the Trillion Dollar Club as Amazon’s stock surged past $2,000, briefly pushing the company’s total value to just over the trillion-dollar mark. This makes the company’s CEO Jeff Bezos the richest person in the world, with a net worth estimated at around $166 billion dollars. Amazon started out as just another internet company …