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Report: Just Two Groups May Be Behind $1 Billion in Cryptocurrency Hacks

Just two groups of “highly sophisticated cyber criminals” may be behind an estimated $1 billion (£760 million) in cryptocurrency thefts, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. Read More >>

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Dual UPnP-Chromecast Exploit Allows Hacker to Hijack Devices, Force Any YouTube Video to Play

Hackers have discovered a bug that allows attackers to seize control of Google’s Chromecast media streaming player, making it possible to force the device into “playing any YouTube video they want – including videos that are custom-made,” TechCrunch reported on Wednesday. Read More >>

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You Should Return the Amazon Echo You Bought and Get a Better Gift

So you bought a loved one an Amazon Echo. Maybe it was on sale, or maybe it was on someone’s list. But inevitably, an Echo is a bad gift. It’s also a lazy gift. But don’t worry. It’s not too late to return it and get a better gift. Read More >>

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UK Intelligence Agencies Are Planning a Major Increase in ‘Large-Scale Data Hacking’

Intelligence agencies are preparing to “significantly increase their use of large-scale data hacking,” the Guardian reported on Saturday, in a move that is already alarming privacy advocates. Read More >>

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Mysterious Re-Routing of Google Traffic Could Have Been an Attack, or Just a Glitch

Some web services provided by internet giant Google were briefly disrupted on Monday after a Google Cloud IP issue that the company wrote in a blog post was “external” and under investigation, though what exactly happened remains unclear. Read More >>

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Amazon, Super Micro Join Apple in Demanding Retraction of Bloomberg Story on Hacked Server Boards

A report earlier this month from Bloomberg Businessweek alleging 17 unnamed sources had confirmed Chinese spies infiltrated the supply chain of microchip manufacturer Super Micro, installing tiny espionage chips that allowed them to wiretap systems belonging to almost 30 U.S. companies, has earned denials from US Homeland Security, Apple, and Amazon. Now executives from Super Micro and Amazon are following Apple CEO Tim Cook’s lead and publicly demanding a retraction of the story, the Verge reported Monday. Read More >>

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How to Do Everything But Delete Your Facebook Profile 

In the immediate aftermath of last week's news that hackers had access to the personal information of about 30 million Facebook users, I got a notification on the top of my own Facebook Timeline. “Update on Security Incident,” it read. Yeah, I was one of the unlucky 30-or-so million. This prompted some rage-deleting. Read More >>

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Facebook Says Hackers Accessed Sensitive Personal Information on 29 Million Users

Late last month, Facebook disclosed a massive security vulnerability that it claimed affected some 50 million login tokens, but details were somewhat thin on its impact pending further investigation. In a blog post today, the results are in some ways better and worse. Read More >>

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A Google Engineer Discovered a Vulnerability Letting Him Take Control of Keycard-Controlled Doors

A Google engineer discovered a vulnerability in the third-party system controlling access to doors across its campus in Sunnyvale, California, and took the opportunity to prove that he could bypass any RFID keycard-operated lock in the facility, Forbes reported on Monday. Read More >>

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John McAfee Doubles Down, Mocks Those Who Say They Hacked the Unhackable Crypto Wallet

John McAfee insists that the Bitfi, his secure cryptocurrency wallet, is unhackable. Even though people have rooted it, ported Doom onto it, and broke into intercept communications for a 'man in the middle' attack. But McAfee is unimpressed. The man best known for his work on anti-virus software and various eccentricities has insisted that none of this matter as long as the cryptocoins remain safe. Read More >>

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John McAfee’s ‘Unhackable’ Cryptocurrency Wallet Just Got Hacked. Again

John McAfee has done many things with his life, including trying to capitalise on the new-found cryptocurrency fad that's proving to be very lucrative for criminals and other nefarious scamming-types. He recently released Bitfi, an 'unhackable' cryptocurrency wallet, which was promptly hacked multiple times. But while you can port Doom onto it, McAfee's bounty terms were reliant on the coins themselves being accessed - which might have just happened. Read More >>

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Report: The SamSam Ransomware Has Extorted £4.5 Million, and One Person Might Be Behind It

A recent review by British cybersecurity firm Sophos in partnership with cryptocurrency firm Neutrino has concluded that the crew—or possibly one extremely proficient black hat hacker—behind the SamSam ransomware attacks have rolled in at least $5.9 million (£4.5 million) in ransom payments, according to BleepingComputer. Read More >>

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China Hacked a Navy Contractor and Stole 600GB of Data

Hackers working for the Chinese government compromised a US Navy contractor and stole a massive cache of highly sensitive data, including details about a planned supersonic anti-ship missile, American officials said Friday. Read More >>

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Report: Steam Had a Bug for 10 Years That Could Allow Hackers to Take Over Your PC

A researcher at security firm Context has published the details of an exploit they found in PC gaming giant Steam’s desktop client. The nasty bug has reportedly been around for the last 10 years and left millions of users’ PCs open to being remotely commandeered by hackers. Read More >>

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Humans Are the Weakest Link: Tales of a Social Engineer

There’s really no need to break into a network remotely if you can easily get through the front door and grab whatever you need. Read More >>