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Intrepid Hackers Use Chinese Takeaway Menu to Access a Major Oil Company

With big companies taking every precaution against malware they can possibly think of, it's getting increasingly difficult for hackers to wedge their way in. So instead of going after the highly secure company employee accounts themselves, hackers are going after what those employees hold most dear—Chinese takeaways. Read More >>

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Heartbleed: Why the Internet's Gaping Security Hole is So Scary

In the past 15 or so years, we've all learned to feel pretty safe on the internet. BigSite.com is surely handling your credit card information safely, at least as safely as any brick and mortar store. Maybe don't be so sure; there's been a bug lurking in one of in one of the internet's most important security measures for years, and it's given attackers the keys to the kingdom. Enter Heartbleed. Read More >>

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HSTS: The Security That all Websites Should be Using

You would think that by now the internet would have grown up enough that things like online banking, email, or government websites would rely on thoroughly engineered security to make sure your data isn't intercepted by attackers. Unfortunately when it comes to the vast majority of websites on the internet, that assumption would be dead wrong. That's because most websites (with a few notable exceptions) don't yet support a standard called HSTS—HTTPS Strict Transport Security. Read More >>

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New “Unbreakable” Encryption is Inspired by Your Insides

A new form of encryption promising to be "highly resistant to conventional methods of attack" could make our digital lives more secure—and it's all inspired by the way our heart and lungs coordinate their rhythms by passing information between each other. Read More >>

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ATM Hackers Have Figured Out How to Withdraw Unlimited Amounts of Cash

Federal regulators just alerted banks across the USA of a very dangerous new skill ATM hackers have picked up. They can trick ATMs into spitting out unlimited amounts of cash, regardless of the customer's balance. Not only that, but also schedule the illicit withdrawals for holidays and weekends, when the ATMs are extra flush. Read More >>

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iOS 7 Bug Lets Thieves Disable Find My iPhone, Delete iCloud Account

As it stands now, Apple's Find My iPhone feature is pretty much your only hope when it comes to tracking down a stolen device. But thanks to a recently uncovered bug in iOS 7, even that little layer of protection can be rendered totally useless. Read More >>

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Beautiful Custom Motorbike is Actually a 360-Degree Security Camera

This gorgeous custom motorbike began its life as an utterly mundane Honda P25, a fuel-efficient 1960s scooter. But motorcycle artisan Chicara Nagata turned it into a sweeping sculpture with a social-commentary twist: the tiny bike carries four infrared security cameras in its frame, built at the behest of a Japanese security company. Read More >>

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Watch Every Cyber Attack in the World in Real Time

Kasperkspy Labs recently launched a beautifully terrifying interactive map that shows online threats around the world in real time. In practice, it's a global visualization of cyber attacks that, Kaspersky hopes, will motivate you to buy their security software. But it's still a hell of a spectacle. Read More >>

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This Browser Extension Lets You See Any LinkedIn User's Email Address

Looks like someone finally found a use for the LinkedIn profile you've been sitting on for the past five years. Thanks to a new browser extension, you can now reveal the email address of any one of LinkedIn's roughly 260 million users—whether you're connected to them or not. Read More >>

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Married With Children is the Best Way for the Modern Spy to Blend in

A female spy has outlined her work with the UK's MI6 intelligence agency, claiming that the modern world sees female spies with husbands and children as the future of surveillance, due to them being perceived as less of a threat. And the old "better at multitasking" myth has raised its head again, too Read More >>

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Cold Call Scammer Convicted for Scaring Windows Users Into Paying for Software

Hooray! One of the people behind the "Your computer is leaking personal information" phone scams has been convicted, with Mohammed Khalid Jamil earning a four-month suspended jail term for hiring call centre staff to trick unaware Windows users into paying for bogus malware protection. Read More >>

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The NSA's Been Spying on Every Single Call, Text, and Email in Iraq

A couple weeks ago, we learned from leaked documents that the NSA has the capability to record an entire country's calls, texts, and email in real time. That's a hell of a capability, and those documents revealed that it was being used in one country. Now, thanks to a retired NSA leader, we know which country that is: Iraq. Read More >>

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One World Trade Security Official Resigns After Daredevil Break-Ins

NY1 news is saying that Daniel Vasquez, assistant security director at One World Trade Center, is resigning after two separate events where thrill-seekers were able to break in to the building. Read More >>

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Hacked Twitter Accounts Can be More Valuable Than Stolen Credit Cards

Hackers operate by the same rules of economics as we all do. Thanks to a high profile breach like the one that hit US shopping chain Target, a glut of stolen credit cards has cheapened their resale value. So you know what's a more valuable target these days? Your Twitter account. Read More >>

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Hackers Can Force ATMs to Spit Out Money With a Text Message

It's getting remarkably easy to hack ATMs these days, and security researchers say that Microsoft's aging Windows XP is making the problem worse. This week, security analysts at Symantec blogged about a new technique popping up in Mexico that uses text messages to give hackers access. It's as wild as it sounds. Read More >>

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Huawei, Once Accused of Spying, Has Been Hacked by NSA Since 2009

Chinese electronics manufacturer Huawei decided to withdraw from US business last year amid accusations that it built backdoors into American government and business systems. But while the US government was publicly accusing the company of espionage, the NSA had already established its own backdoors into Huawei's networks, say Der Spiegel and The New York Times. Read More >>

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