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Your Personal information is Out There: The Largest Government Hack Ever!

David Smothers July 21, 2015

When the Office of Personnel Management began investigating a data breach, it was already a dire situation, with 4.2 million federal workers’ information stolen. Then things got worse. And worse. During the investigation of the hack, the OPM found a second theft, the existence of which was first reported back in June. But today, we… Continue Reading »

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Online Cheating Site AshleyMadison Hacked

David Smothers July 20, 2015

Large caches of data stolen from online cheating site AshleyMadison.com have been posted online by an individual or group that claims to have completely compromised the company’s user databases, financial records and other proprietary information. The still-unfolding leak could be quite damaging to some 37 million users of the hookup service, whose slogan is “Life… Continue Reading »

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Should You Trust a Site to Check If Your Gmail Password Was Leaked?

David Smothers September 12, 2014

In the wake of the latest leak involving 5 million Gmail addresses and (some) passwords, the advice was the same one we give in every situation like this: Change your password — especially if you re-use it on multiple services and websites. But if you’re checking to see if your email address and password is… Continue Reading »

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The Truth About Home Depot’s Security Breach: Hacking Was Easy

David Smothers September 10, 2014

Here’s the thing about breaking into a multi-billion-dollar company and stealing the credit card information of millions of customers: It’s just not that hard. Eight months after a security breach brought scorn on Target and resulted in the resignation of its CEO, Home Depot is now the victim of a nearly identical attack. “They didn’t… Continue Reading »

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Home Depot Was Hit By the Same Hack as Target

David Smothers September 8, 2014

Remember how Target was struck by malware that caused it to give up details of 40 million credit and debit cards? Well, turns out that Home Depot’s recent security lapse was a result of the exact same hack. Krebs on Security reports that last week’s Home Depot. hack was “aided in part by a new… Continue Reading »

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Apple Now Warns You If Your iCloud Is Accessed from the Web

David Smothers September 8, 2014

Following last week’s celeb-photo-hacking-scandal, Apple has started sending email notifications that warn people that their iCloud accounts have been accessed from web. This is the first step to what we’ve been told will be a more secure iCloud future. Now when you login to your account from a web browser—or when somebody else does—you’ll get… Continue Reading »

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Apple Is Investigating the Celeb Nude Leaks

David Smothers September 2, 2014

Apple is investigating several iCloud account violations that may have resulted in hackers spreading leaked photos of naked female celebrities online. “We take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report,” an Apple spokesperson told Recode. Apple has not commented on how exactly hackers got their pathetic, pervy hands on the private photos… Continue Reading »

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Hackers behind iPhone Ransom Attacks Arrested in Russia

David Smothers June 11, 2014

Russian authorities arrested a man and a teenaged boy from Moscow under suspicion that they compromised Apple ID accounts and used Apple’s Find My iPhone service to hold iOS devices for ransom. Find My Phone is an Apple iCloud feature that allows iPhone, iPad and Mac owners to remotely lock and track their devices if… Continue Reading »

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Cheap Motion Sensors That Tell You Your Windows and Doors Have Opened

David Smothers May 19, 2014

With the release of Dropcam’s Pro webcam last fall, the company set the scene for some interesting wireless accessories with the inclusion of built-in Bluetooth LE. With an API it hopes to get other companies to make accessories too, and to encourage development the company has just revealed its own official accessory: a cheap motion… Continue Reading »

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New Vulnerability Found in Every Single Version of Internet Explorer

David Smothers April 27, 2014

According to a confirmation by Microsoft late last night, a new zero day vulnerability has been found to affect every version of Internet Explorer. In other words—over a quarter of the entire browser market. Attacks taking advantage of the vulnerability are largely targeting IE versions 9, 10, and 11 in something called a “use after… Continue Reading »

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