Hackers Get Access To Info On Millions
Hackers, believed to be linked to China, gained access to background check information on as many at 14 million U.S. Government employees and possibly millions of other military, CIA and NSA employees.
They managed to gain access to the security clearance database and also to database containing Federal personnel data. It’s believed they hackers took Social Security numbers, dates of birth, home addressed and military records. It appears the SSN numbers were not even encrypted.
Data like this could make it easy for a foreign government to stage personalized attacks against these workers, what’s known as spear-phishing – scam e-mails designed to trick people into loading spyware onto their personal and work computers. If you’re a current or former government employee or a member of the military or have ever needed a government security clearance for an event or a job, you should keep an eye out of suspicious activity or unusual e-mails.
Are Emoji Safer Than Pins or Passwords?
A British company has launched Emoji only codes for logging into accounts. They say the colorful smiley faces and images are harder to crack than traditional passwords and Pins and are actually easier for people to remember.
Customers would use a four character emoji passcode to log into their banking apps. Emoji were first introduced as pictures of smiling or frowning faces to indicate emotion in texts or e-mails where subtleties like making a joke can be easily missed and are now a popular part of messaging, especially among younger people.
Microsoft Donates 10 Million to University Of Washington
Microsoft is helping to ensure there are plenty of future employees available for the company by donating 10 million dollars to the Computer Science & Engineering Department at the University of Washington.
The money will be used to start a campaign to build a second campus building for department that will eventually allow it to double the size of the program there.
Microsoft’s General Counsel, Brad Smith said, “This is an investment in students who will become the innovators and creators of tomorrow.”