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Julian Assange Says Trump Offered Him a Pardon to Deny Russia Hacked Democrats in 2016

Lawyers for beleaguered WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange claim that Donald Trump offered him a pardon if he’d claim the 2016 hacks of Democratic Party email systems had nothing to do with Russia, the Guardian reported on Wednesday. Read More >>

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All These Extremely Powerful People May Want to Double Check They Weren’t Hacked by a Saudi Prince

In early 2018, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman took a sweeping tour of the U.S. as part of a strategy to rebrand Saudi Arabia’s ruling monarchy as a modernising force and pull off his “Vision 2030” plan – hobnobbing with a list of corporate execs and politicians that reads like a who’s who list of the U.S. elite. The trip was so heavily promoted by the Saudis that 200,000 copies of a suspiciously pro-prince magazine hit U.S. newsstands. Read More >>

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Microsoft Seizes ‘Hotrnall.com’ and Other Copycat Domains From North Korea-Linked Hackers

On Monday, Microsoft announced that it had taken control of 50 domains associated with hackers believed to be operating out of North Korea. Unsealed court documents show that the domains include “hotrnall.com,” “office356-us.org,” and “mai1.info,” among other copycat URLs. Read More >>

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Twitter Warns Millions of Android App Users to Update Immediately

If endlessly scrolling through Twitter on your phone is part of your daily ritual, you’re going to want to update the app as soon as you can if you’re an Android user. This week, Twitter confirmed a vulnerability in its Android app that could let hackers see your “nonpublic account information” and commandeer your account to send tweets and direct messages. Read More >>

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It’s Time to Nervously Mock the 50 Worst Passwords of the Year

In spite of everything – the leaks, the breaches, the myriad privacy risks – a large majority of people are still using “password” and “123456” as their password. Folks, it’s long past time to stop taking security shortcuts. Read More >>

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Stranger Breaks Into Ring Camera, Terrorises 8-Year-Old In Latest Creepy Ring Hack

A hacker broke into one Mississippi family’s Ring security camera and used its speaker function to scare their 8-year-old daughter, local CNN affiliate WMC reported this week. This incident marks the latest in a recent series of reported Ring hacks wherein strangers terrorise users through their devices, and demonstrates reason number 1,467 why you might want to forego a Ring camera. Read More >>

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Members of Cybercrime Group Evil Corp Indicted for £76 Million In Heists and No One Can Touch Them

The governments of the US and the UK on Thursday announced the unsealing of indictments against two Russian members of a major cybercriminal operation called Evil Corp. Read More >>

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Terrifying Camera App Flaw Left Millions of Android Phones Vulnerable to Spying

Even if you’re diligent about app permissions, sometimes you just can’t predict how or when a bad actor will abuse them. This time around, a team of security researchers found a terrifying flaw with the Android camera apps that could let malicious apps completely take control over a phone’s camera to spy on users without their knowledge. Read More >>

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Disney+ Has a Hacking Problem

Disney+ had a rocky launch last week, with technical issues and customer service complaints galore. Now, it looks as though Disney+ has a hacking problem as well. Read More >>

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Labour Party Hit With ‘Sophisticated and Large Scale’ Cyber Attack During Election Campaign

The Labour Party announced on Tuesday that it’s been hit with a “sophisticated and large scale” cyber attack on its digital platforms but suggested that all of its data was secure. Read More >>

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Man Pleads Guilty to Remotely Controlling His Girlfriend’s Car With a Computer

An Australian man pleaded guilty this week in the country's Magistrates Court to stalking his ex-girlfriend, largely through the use of an app that tracked and controlled her car. Read More >>

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Network of ‘Camgirl’ Sites Exposed Data of Users and Sex Workers

A company that runs several sites featuring camworkers left the back-end database unprotected, allowing the data of hundreds of thousands – if not millions – of customers and sex workers to be exposed. Read More >>

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WhatsApp Vulnerability Could Have Allowed Attackers to Hijack Phones Using Malicious GIFs

Fair warning: It’s time for users to update encrypted messaging service WhatsApp. Read More >>

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Fake Lightning Cables That Can Hijack Connected Devices Are Heading for Mass Production

Dummy Lightning cables that allow an attacker to gain remote control of computers they’re plugged into are slated to hit mass production, per a Wednesday report in Motherboard. Read More >>

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German Police Raid Data Centre and Alleged Cybercrime Hub Based Out of Former NATO Bunker

German authorities raided a data centre based out of “former NATO bunker that hosted sites dealing in drugs and other illegal activities", the Associated Press reported on Friday, resulting in seven arrests. Read More >>