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

David Smothers March 25, 2014

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. The method does… Continue Reading »

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New iOS Security Flaw Lets Malicious Apps See All Your Keystrokes

David Smothers February 25, 2014

Just days after patching a rampant security flaw in iOS, another one has popped up in its stead. According to network security company FireEye, there’s a bug in even the latest version of iOS that can let malicious apps track your every keystroke with ease. FireEye was able to push a proof-of-concept app through the… Continue Reading »

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Now Neiman Marcus Customers’ Credit Cards Have Been Hacked

David Smothers January 17, 2014

Target’s not alone in its credit card hacking woes: this week, high-end retailer Neiman Marcus acknowledged that credit and debit cards used in its brick-and-mortar stores have been compromised. Shopping sure seems dangerous lately. In a statement to security journalist Brian Krebs, a Neiman Marcus spokesperson says the retailer was alerted about a possible breach… Continue Reading »

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This Smartphone Charger Also Hunts Down Malware

David Smothers October 4, 2013

Numbers show that malware on smartphones is a bigger and bigger problem every year, and it’s not like the phone companies are making it any easier. Would it really kill them to include a native virus scanner in iOS or Android? This is where the Skorpion comes in. The Skorpion is a jacked up smartphone… Continue Reading »

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WTF! We Got Hacked: Iran Sure Did Pick a Bad Time to Hack into the Navy’s Computers

David Smothers September 27, 2013

Obama barely got a chance to catch his breath after announcing historic talks with Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, when some discouraging news came across the wires. Presumably while all this good diplomacy was going down, Iranian hackers broke into unclassified Navy computers. Oh brother. The good news is that the Navy doesn’t think any important… Continue Reading »

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Eric Schmidt Says Government Surveillance Is Just Part of Our Society

David Smothers September 14, 2013

Since the whole PRISM thing blew up, and dozens of other Snowden revelations followed it, there’s been a lot of talk about government spying—foreign stuff and domestic survellience—and what these revelations mean. According to Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt, not much; this is just part of our society now. In an event hosted by the… Continue Reading »

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Yup, the NYTimes and Twitter Outages Started With Simple Phishing

David Smothers August 28, 2013

As we strongly suspected earlier, the hackers that briefly took over the Twitter and New York Times domains yesterday didn’t use brute force or fancy hacks to get in. The LATimes reports that the Syrian Electronic Army used phishing emails to get username and password credentials for several employees Melbourne IT, the registrar for both… Continue Reading »

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The Difference Between Antivirus and Anti-Malware (and Which to Use)

David Smothers August 21, 2013

[via lifehacker] Antivirus is a confusing matter: it’s called antivirus, but there are tons of other types of malware out there. So…do those programs also scan for spyware, adware, and other threats? Here’s how to make heads or tails of it all, and which tools you can trust to keep your PC clean. We may… Continue Reading »

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This Might Be Your Home Security System of The Future

David Smothers July 22, 2013

Things that were once dumb are now smart. At least that’s the trend for home appliances as of late. Canary, the self-proclaimed world’s first smart home security system, is launching today on Indiegogo and it might actually work. Crammed into the cylindrical tube is a menagerie of sensors and doohickeys that when combined form the… Continue Reading »

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Adobe’s Creative Cloud Has Already Been Pirated

David Smothers June 20, 2013

Adobe’s shift to cloud-based software provision for its new Creative Cloud design suite was partly motivated by anti-piracy concerns. Which, of course, means… it’s already been pirated. Just one day after the official roll out of Creative Cloud, a certain Ching Liu has already uploaded a torrent link to The Pirate Bay which provides a… Continue Reading »

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