COVID-19 Virus Sparks a Different Outbreak: Malware

Laura BednarHacking, In The News

COVID-19 Outbreak and Malware Epidemic

Since the beginning of the outbreak, the WHO-designated COVID-19 virus (Coronavirus) has taken over two thousand lives, breached the perimeters of at least 26 confirmed countries, and sparked a secondary kind of outbreak: fear. With people across the globe becoming increasingly worried about the COVID-19 virus, malicious actors across cyberspace are cashing in on those fears, using the unease amongst … Read More

Future of Home Automation May Be Local After Ring Privacy Concerns

Laura BednarCybersecurity and Vulnerabilities

Privacy Concerns Home Automation Data Storage

The Ring home security system has faced scrutiny in recent months for its alleged privacy breaches. Instead of completely writing off the technology, consumers have been exploring the option of local home automation systems that promise the security of their personal information. A recent study from Gizmodo stated that the Ring was able to pinpoint the general location of users … Read More

The Privacy Debate: Apple vs Android

Laura BednarCybersecurity and Vulnerabilities, Hacking

Android Apple Security

Much like in the debates of cats or dogs; Mac or PC; or pineapple belonging on pizza, consumers chose sides when it comes to Apple versus Android devices. While a common belief is that Apple products are more secure, a recent article states that a digital forensic examiner said Androids may be the more secure choice. The article quoted Detective … Read More

Privacy Concerns with DNA Testing Kits

Laura BednarCybersecurity and Vulnerabilities

DNA Testing Kit Privacy Concerns

For decades, DNA testing has been used by select entities such as law enforcement and the military. Now, it is being used by private companies to gather and share personal customer information like a consumer’s ancestry. This tactic, however, is raising many privacy concerns. The testing kits require taking small samples of fluids, which is usually done through a cheek … Read More

How Intimate Is Too Intimate with Technology?

Laura BednarCyber Bullying and Online Harassment

Sex Tech Consumer Privacy Concerns

Technology controlled by mobile phones has made its way into every aspect of our lives in an attempt to make everyday tasks easier to complete. While this new level of connectivity between our phones and devices can be helpful, it causes security concerns. In the case of sex tech, the question becomes: is convenience worth the risk of making public … Read More