Alex ran IT-Networks for several years. After closing the doors to IT-Networks he founded Geek Republic. A site that is dedicated to all things tech. In his free time he can be found on IRC, rooting phones and gaming.

Battlefield 4 Videos Explain Changes in Upcoming September Update

by Alex - on Sep 30th 2014 - Comments Off

Developer DICE is preparing to launch the massive Battlefield 4 update that everyone has been waiting for, meant to deliver the experience that the community has been seeking to enjoy since the game was launched, almost a year ago. The patch is going to take all the changes that have been undergoing rigorous testing on the Battlefield...

No, Snapchat Hasn’t Been Hacked

by Alex - on Sep 30th 2014 - Comments Off

But that doesn’t mean you won’t get annoying weight loss spam from your friends Snapchat denied being hacked after some users reported receiving spam messages from their friends advertising a weight loss site. The ephemeral messaging service told the BBC that it believed that user login data was taken from other sites and used to...

Every Mac Is Vulnerable to the Shellshock Bash Exploit: Here’s How to Patch OS X

by Alex - on Sep 29th 2014 - Comments Off

Heartbleed, move over. There’s a new bug in town, and this time it’s also affecting Mac and Linux computers. It’s called Shellshock (its original official title is CVE-2014-6271), and it’s currently got a 10 out of 10 severity rating over at the National Cyber Awareness System. While some updates have been issued to fix this...

Hello Ello (Peace out, Facebook!)

by Alex - on Sep 29th 2014 - Comments Off

Say hello to Ello, the ad-free social network capitalizing on the perception that it’s the “anti-Facebook.” Earlier this month, the social media giant made headlines for suspending the accounts of several gay and transgender entertainers. The rationale? The accounts weren’t in the holders’ “real” names. “The more they...

Kali Nethunter for Android OS

by Alex - on Sep 24th 2014 - Comments Off

One of the tools we’ve leaned on heavily in some of our lab testing of software privacy and security is Kali Linux. The Debian-based operating system comes packaged with a collection of penetration testing and network monitoring tools curated and developed by the security training company Offensive Security. Today, the Kali developer...

UPDATE 1-Taiwan government investigates Xiaomi on potential cyber security concerns

by Alex - on Sep 24th 2014 - Comments Off

* Taiwan gov’t investigating phones’ data transmission to China * Result of security tests available “soon” – gov’t official * Comes amid scrutiny of Chinese tech firms’ data collection (Adds government comments, details of investigation)   The Taiwanese government is investigating whether Xiaomi Inc, China’s leading...

Dragonfly malware was designed to target pharmaceutical companies

by Alex - on Sep 24th 2014 - Comments Off

The “Dragonfly” malware campaign that was detected this past spring might not have been targeting industrial control systems, as was first reported. Instead, Joel Langill an industrial cyber security expert said the Dragonfly campaign was intended for espionage against pharmaceutical companies. In “Defending Against Dragonfly Cyber...

Wikileaks releases FinFisher files to highlight government malware abuse

by Alex - on Sep 23rd 2014 - Comments Off

WikiLeaks has released more information on controversial commercial surveillance tools, criticising the German government for not blocking a “weaponised malware” developer from shipping its code to countries with regimes with poor human rights records. WikiLeaks’ latest Spy Files publication included some previously unreleased...