cybersecurity
How to Stop Worrying About Every ‘Mega’ Password Breach That Comes Along

News of this week’s so-called “mega breach” might deeply trouble you. If so, that means it’s a perfect time to take control of your personal security. Read More >>

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Researcher Distributes Tool That Enables Mass-Hijacking of Google Chromecast Devices

A method a pair of hackers used this week to hijack thousands of Google Chromecast devices is, for those who hadn’t figured it out already, now plain as day. 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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EU Diplomatic Comms Network, Which the NSA Reportedly Warned Could Be Easily Hacked, Was Hacked

The European Union’s network used for diplomatic communications, COREU, was infiltrated “for years” by hackers, the New York Times reported on Tuesday, with the unknown rogues behind the attack reportedly reposting the stolen communiqués to an “open internet site.” Read More >>

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Super Micro Says No Secret Spy Chips Found on Motherboards, Contradicting Bombshell Report

Super Micro has found no evidence of malicious microchips on its motherboards, according to a statement by the company that was released to customers today. The audit of Super Micro hardware comes on the heels of a scandalous report that Chinese spies had allegedly installed secret microchips on motherboards that were used in servers operated by giant tech companies like Apple and government agencies like the CIA. 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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Marriott Is Already Getting Sued Over Huge Data Breach

On Friday morning, the Marriott hotel chain disclosed that its Starwood reservation system had experienced one of the largest data breaches of all time. By Friday afternoon, a class action lawsuit was already filed in a U.S. District Court. Read More >>

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Legal Threat Looms Over Israeli Cyber Firm Accused of Helping Saudi Spies

Amnesty International said today that it had submitted a formal request to Israeli authorities two weeks ago asking that the export license of a Herzliya-based hacking firm be revoked over reported efforts to sell Saudi Arabia sophisticated surveillance software. Read More >>

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Hackers Hit Adult Furry Website, Exposing Hundreds of Thousands of Users

The website for an adult furry game was hacked, with 411,000 unique email addresses and other personal information leaked, according to Have I Been Pwned’s Troy Hunt. The website hosted High Tail Hall, an interactive puzzle game “where you can have erotic encounters with the surrounding characters.” 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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Firm Says Bluetooth Chip Security Flaws Could Expose Enterprise Wifi APs to Attack

Researchers at the security firm Armis announced this week that they discovered two serious chip-level vulnerabilities that could potentially put “millions” of enterprise access points at risk. Namely, the security flaw could allow hackers to gain access to networks completely undetected. 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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Hackers Allegedly Caught on Video Stealing Tesla Model S, Struggling to Unplug Charger

Tesla owner Antony Kennedy claims he caught some remarkable footage of car thieves hacking their way into his Tesla Model S. The heist would have been pretty slick if the thieves simply understood how a Tesla’s charging cable works. 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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WannaCry Ransomware Cost The NHS £92m

The ransomware nightmare that was WannaCry cost the NHS close to £100m when it ripped through vital computer systems like a digital plague last year. Read More >>