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The Politics of Hacking in the Age of Trump

There are a lot of unusual things to do at DEF CON, the annual hacker conference that draws tens of thousands of security enthusiasts to Las Vegas in the depths of summer—you can learn to lockpick, go fed-spotting, or hack an internet-connected sex toy. But last year offered something new. Jeff Moss, the founder of DEF CON and its more enterprise-focused sister conference, Black Hat, held a political fundraiser for Hillary Clinton. Read More >>

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Internet Mob Descends Upon Facebook Page of Company That Snitched on Innocent Hacker

If you’re looking for a lesson in how not to respond to bug reports, look no further than Budapest, where the city’s public transit system is getting savaged on Facebook for snitching on a security researcher who discovered a flaw in its online ticketing site. Read More >>

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Authorities Shut Down Two Major Dark Web Markets

Two major dark web markets, AlphaBay and Hansa, have been shut down, US and European authorities announced. The marketplaces offered drugs, weapons, forged documents, and malware. AlphaBay, the larger of the two sites, hosted around 369,000 listings for various items at the time of its seizure, the US Department of Justice said. Read More >>

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How Google Is Stopping Phishing Attacks from Unverified Apps

Google is stepping up its effort to block phishing attempts that use app permissions to gain access to users’ Gmail accounts. These phishing attacks invite users to grant an app permission to manage their Google account—which lots of safe apps do, too—and then exploit those permissions to take over an account or send spam. Read More >>

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Secure Chat App Wickr Thinks it’s Solved the Encrypted Conference Calls Problem

Remember when encrypting stuff was really hard? It kinda drives me crazy to think about how much time I wasted trying to set up encrypted OTR chat on Adium a few years ago, and now we can just download Signal or WhatsApp or Messenger and bam! Our chats are encrypted, just like that. We can even have an encrypted group chat. We’re so cyber-spoiled these days. Read More >>

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Uber Unveils New Privacy Tool That Protects Individual User Data

You might think of Uber as a ride-hailing company or a lawsuit-ridden self-driving car developer, but at its core, Uber is a big data company. It has to constantly crunch location coordinates, traffic data, payment information, and tax rates—and putting all that data in Uber’s hands sometimes makes users nervous. Read More >>

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Waymo Just Dropped Nearly All of Its Patent Claims Against Uber

Waymo and Uber have reached an agreement in their ongoing legal fight—Waymo will drop the majority of its patent infringement claims and Uber will promise not to resume development of its defunct, allegedly infringing lidar device, Spider. Read More >>

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Emails Show Travis Kalanick Worried For Years About Google’s Self-Driving Car Efforts

Emails contained in a new legal filing show Uber’s former CEO, Travis Kalanick, fretted for years about other companies outstripping Uber in the race to develop autonomous vehicles and use them for ridesharing, and once sought a partnership with Google to ensure that Uber could win the race. In one email, Kalanick complained to Google chief legal officer and senior vice president of corporate development David Drummond (who served on Uber’s board for several years before stepping down in 2016) that Alphabet CEO Larry Page was avoiding him. Read More >>

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A Major Dark Net Market Is Down and Users Are Worried They Got Scammed

AlphaBay Market, a prominent dark web marketplace that facilitates the sale of drugs and other illegal items, went down last night and users are panicking, afraid the moderators have shut down the site for good and run off with the loot. Read More >>

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McMansion Hell is Back Online, Will Not Comply With Zillow’s Demands

Earlier this week, the real estate site Zillow sent a cease-and-desist letter to the writer behind McMansion Hell, a blog that makes fun of ugly suburban houses. McMansion Hell’s creator, Kate Wagner, uses Zillow photos in her posts—which Zillow claims is a violation of their terms of service. However, Wagner’s lawyers at the Electronic Frontier Foundation say that her blog is a “classic example of fair use” and that Zillow needs to back off. Read More >>

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Yahoo Wants You to Pay for an Ad-Free Version of Its Notoriously Hacked Email Service

Remember Yahoo Mail? That email service famous for undergoing the largest breach of user data ever—and then outdoing itself a few months later with an even larger breach? Well, the company is now offering a paid version of its mail service in hopes that you’ll shell out cash to use the most-pwned email service ever. Read More >>

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Facebook Wants Kids in Juvenile Detention to Get Internet Access

Facebook is supporting a bill currently before the California legislature that, if passed, would give children in juvenile detention facilities and foster care homes the right to internet access. Read More >>

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Google Says It Will Stop Scanning Your Emails to Serve Ads

Gmail is free, in part because Google has always scanned the contents of users’ inboxes in order to serve targeted ads. It’s a sleazy business model, but Google certainly isn’t alone: Most other free email services (and, hi, social media platforms) do the same thing. Read More >>

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Uber Introduces Tipping After Driver Backlash

For years, Uber drivers have complained that the app doesn’t prompt riders to tip them. It’s the first complaint drivers often voice, and Uber only began to allow drivers to accept tips after being sued in California and Massachusetts. Read More >>

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Travis Kalanick Has Resigned His Role As Uber CEO

Uber’s founder and CEO Travis Kalanick has resigned after mounting pressure from shareholders over a string of workplace scandals. Previously, he said he would take a temporary leave of absence in the wake of an investigation into Uber’s company culture, which was said to foster harassment and discrimination. Read More >>