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This Nest Security Flaw Is Remarkably Dumb

The internet has made it supremely easy to install connected security cameras wherever you want. Unfortunately for Nest, that easy connectivity makes it simple for hackers to disable its cameras with just a few keystrokes. And that’s a very bad feature for a security camera. Read More >>

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Here’s How Russian Hackers Totally Owned Yahoo’s Servers to Spy on Enemies and Make Bank

On Wednesday, the US Department of Justice announced charges against two members of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) and two hackers-for-hire for allegedly breaching Yahoo’s servers. Mary McCord, the acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security, said that prosecutors believe the FSB agents carried out the hack in their capacity as Russian government officials. We knew that the intrusion was rather bad—the Justice Department called it the largest data breach in US history—but the indictment offers new details on how the hackers allegedly exploited their access to Yahoo’s servers for sweet, sweet cash. Read More >>

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WhatsApp Security Flaw Reveals You Can Apparently Use WhatsApp in a Browser

Security researchers just announced the discovery of major vulnerabilities in WhatsApp and Telegram, two popular messaging apps with end-to-end encryption, when used in an internet browser. In related news, you can use WhatsApp and Telegram in an internet browser. Read More >>

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Hackers Can Now Use Sound Waves to Take Control of Your Smartphone

There’s an old mantra in the security world that anything can be hacked. And the more complex our devices become, the more methods hackers dream up to break into them. Case in point: A team of researchers can use sound waves to control anything from a smartphone (seriously) to a car (theoretically). Read More >>

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How to Run Windows on an iPhone, No Jailbreak Required

Are you tired of using your iPhone to do all kinds of iPhone stuff? Then check out this boredom cure that lets you install and run Windows XP on an iPhone 7 without jailbreaking the device. It’s just silly fun! Read More >>

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The World’s Most Wanted Hacker Sounds Like a Goddamn James Bond Villain

Meet Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev. He enjoys automobiles, boat adventures, money, and aggravated identity theft. He’s also wanted by the FBI with a bounty on his head of $3 million, the highest ever for a cybercriminal. Seriously, this dude is straight out of an Ian Fleming novel. Read More >>

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Old Apple Security Flaws Mean the Nintendo Switch Is One Step Closer to a Jailbreak

It took a week—eons in the world of consumer tech hacks—but the Switch, Nintendo’s new handheld hybrid, looks like it’s finally been cracked, and it’s thanks to Apple. Read More >>

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Nice Guy Julian Assange Says WikiLeaks Will Help Tech Companies Deal With the CIA

It’s easy to call Julian Assange a big, bratty man-baby. Much to the world’s dismay, however, the WikiLeaks founder is doing things a little bit differently with his recent disclosure of CIA hacking documents. Assange is actually being kind of helpful. Read More >>

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Is This the CIA’s Most Shocking Hacker Tool Yet?

Even though the news is only a few hours old, some are already starting to wonder if the big WikiLeaks release of CIA hacking documents revealed anything “technically surprising.” Well, how about this: CIA hackers are obscenely well-versed in Japanese one-line ACSCII art. Read More >>

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WikiLeaks Just Dumped a Ton of Alleged CIA Hacking Documents

Here we go again, gumshoes. WikiLeaks (read: Julian Assange) says it acquired a massive cache of CIA documents related to the agency’s cyberwar efforts. The information therein, WikiLeaks claims, reveals covert CIA hacking tools that can take over iPhones, Android phones, TVs, and pretty much any type of computer. It’s scary stuff—if you believe what WikiLeaks is saying is true. Read More >>

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FBI Drops All Charges in Child Porn Case to Keep Sketchy Spying Methods Secret

US government prosecutors have dropped all charges against a Washington man who allegedly downloaded explicit photos of minors from Playpen, a popular child pornography site on the dark web that was briefly run by the FBI. Read More >>

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What Does Trump Mean When He Says Obama Had His ‘Wires Tapped’?

President Trump finally admitted that “this is Nixon/Watergate.” But in his view of the circumstances former President Barack Obama is playing the Nixon role and... someone else functioned as the “White House Plumbers.” At least, that appears to be the analogy. Thus far, White House aides have refused to clarify the metaphor. Read More >>

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Russia’s Mysterious Cyber Treason Case Just Got Even Sketchier

Late last year, top cybersecurity investigators from a private firm and Russian intelligence were arrested in dramatic fashion. One was dragged out of a meeting with a bag over his head. All were disappeared. Details were scare at the time, but revelations from a new Reuters report now only complicate what we know. Read More >>

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Cloudbleed is a Problem But It Gets Worse

Huge security disasters like Cloudbleed are never fun. However, as more information about the newly reported vulnerability becomes available, we can understand how dangerous bugs stand to screw up the internet. Luckily, in the case of Cloudbleed, it’s not as bad as it could have been. But it’s not good, either. Read More >>