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Watch the Super Bowl 2018 with CyberGhost!

Americans are looking forward to the first biggest sports event of the year: the Super Bowl is this Sunday, February 4th. American or not, it’s almost impossible to not have heard of the incredible hysteria that goes on around this great annual sport event. Utterly advertised, with a long history and tradition, the Super Bowl is the annual championship game of the National Football League NFL.

Now, you may not be an American football fan, but the Super Bowl is an event in itself. Why? Because the Super Bowl is not all about football.

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Ghostie’s Weekly Digest: Dutch spies knew Russian hackers interfered in US elections and more

A lot has happened, and secrets were revealed in the cyber security world as well over the last seven days. Here are some notable news you should be aware about:

The biggest cryptocurrency hack targeted Coincheck

Apparently, some of the predictions in terms of cyber-attacks are starting to come true. Hackers are targeting cryptocurrencies and the biggest hack has just hit Coincheck – a Tokyo-based cryptocurrency exchange. Hackers stole digital assets worth of $532 million, but it affected the entire cryptocurrency market, including the Bitcoin price.

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CrossRAT malware hits Windows, macOS and other systems

A new malware called CrossRAT has hit Windows, macOS, Solaris and Linux systems. CrossRAT is a Trojan developed by a group called Dark Caracal, allowing hackers to handle file systems as they please and run random executables. In addition, they use social engineering posting on Facebook and sending messages on WhatsApp, encouraging users to access fake and harmful websites.

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Dutch spies knew that Russians hackers influenced U.S. elections

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Happy Data Privacy Day! Time to value more and protect your digital data

Interested in reading a good story? I’m up for an intriguing tale anytime. I bet you’re going to enjoy the one below because it’s a story about you.

You wake up every day, go to work, maybe have a fight with a colleague or your boss; then chat with your friends. Some nights you go out and have fun, others, you spend indoors and watch a movie. Every day is more or less the same, over and over again. But this is just the big picture and they say that details count the most; they’re the ones that make a valid story.

Your daily habits say a lot, if not everything about your personality, personal preferences and even political beliefs. And today, all these details are exposed in the digital world.

Here is how. If you have a daily routine (or at least similar) to the one bellow, maybe you should consider some useful advice:

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Risks of Bitcoins – how you can solve privacy issues with a VPN

A long time ago, pirates used to dig up for hidden treasures. Pirates of today are mining Bitcoins. Yet, it’s not just the miners that can come into possession of Bitcoins. Anyone with internet and the willingness to take the shot can have a Bitcoin. The idea of digital money was highly likely to stir a frenzy among all kinds of people, not just investors.

Bitcoins became more and more famous as time went by and ever since their price soared to over $ 18.000, naturally, more and more people started to view Bitcoins as the new gold.

However, as with everything that is strictly digital, Bitcoins involve some risks you should be aware of if you’re interested in dealing with cryptocurrencies, whether you’re buying or selling.

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Ghostie’s Weekly Digest: the NSA just got an extension on their right to online monitoring and more

2018 has nearly started but don’t think for a second that hackers waste any time. Malware attacks will definitely continue to be on hackers’ list this year and the future doesn’t sound bright for Americans in terms of digital privacy.

Here are some of the major online risks that happened so far:

Hackers still search for credit card information

LockPoS started to make damages since 2017, but was only recently discovered. Constantly looking for data that looks like credit card details, LockPoS malware steals payment card information from the memory of computers; and it has been doing that so well that it was quite difficult to detect.

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Americans’ human rights diminished even more

Online privacy in the United States is simply sinking deeper and deeper. Yesterday, the House of Representatives voted in favor of extending the NSA’s right of extended online surveillance for the next six years.

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WPA3 – the new Wi-Fi security protocol to be launched in 2018

Remember the Krack Wi-Fi vulnerability from October last year that has put all internet users to a dismay? Well, the good news is that it’s very possible we won’t have to go through that risky situation again.

Just a few days ago, during the annual CES event (one of the biggest technology and innovation shows), the Wi-Fi Alliance has announced the launch of a new wireless security protocol—Wi-Fi Protected Access WPA3 this year.

WPA3 will replace the current WPA2—the security protocol that all Wi-Fi networks have been using for over 15 years.

Why is WPA2 considered vulnerable?

The main insecurity issue of WPA2 is given by the “unencrypted” open Wi-Fi networks that makes it incredibly easy for anyone who uses the same network to access other devices.

Secondly, one of the WPA2 protocols is that the same password is used by clients and business owners when joining a Wi-Fi network (for instance the clients of a coffee shop and the owner of the coffee shop).

Due to these vulnerabilities, hackers can intercept Wi-Fi traffic and steal online data quite effortlessly.

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What are the most dangerous digital threats that lie ahead in 2018?

Most of us look to the future with optimism. Or better said, we hope for the best. That includes cyber security threats, which means we hope these will be fewer and less vulnerable. Unfortunately, though, odds are that the situation will be quite the opposite.

We don’t mean to stir any panic; we just want to get you prepared for what security specialists believe it will come.

Here are the main 5 predictions for 2018 in terms of digital threats:

  1. Takeover of chat-bots bound to draw hackers

Chat-bots have become such a thing that numerous businesses have adopted these versatile and useful tools. Think about how many websites have integrated chat-bots to schedule meetings, provide customer support and so on.

Chances are more companies will implement chatbots, but this will create a perfect medium for online hackers. They could impersonate users and compromise the bot services in phishing schemes and social engineering hacks.

  1. Rise in online travel and booking frauds

The hospitality and tourism industry are one of the largest and richest worldwide.

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