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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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A Swarm Of Dummy Cursors Hides Your Laptop Password When In Public

David Smothers March 6, 2013

If you’re particularly paranoid about someone peeping your computer’s password while working in a public place, Japanese researchers have come up with a clever solution to the problem. Instead of using your laptop’s keyboard, you use an on-screen pin pad to type your password. But the cursor movement is completely obfuscated by a swarm of other randomly… Continue Reading »

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President Obama Just Signed a Cybersecurity Executive Order

David Smothers February 13, 2013

  Before President Barack Obama gave his State of the Union and shouted out 3D printing, he signed a new cybersecurity executive order with the goal of preventing cyber attacks by allowing companies and the government to share information they have on cyber threats. If that sounds a lot like CISPA, it kind of is,… Continue Reading »

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Taylor Swift Sex Tape Is A Facebook Hoax, Delivers Malware

David Smothers February 11, 2013

The Taylor Swift sex tape showing up in your Facebook feed is a hoax. The message started showing up in users feeds on Thursday and it immediately had the trappings of a traditional Facebook scam. The message being delivered to Facebook feeds currently reads: Taylor Swift’s iPhone Hacked – Sex Tape LEAKED! The famous singer Taylor Swift… Continue Reading »

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How a security ninja cracked the password guarding his most valued assets

David Smothers February 9, 2013

Jeremiah Grossman is widely considered to be one of the world’s most talented ethical hackers, but even his ninja-like prowess wasn’t enough to recover a forgotten password used to encrypt sensitive work documents contained on his MacBook Pro. After fiddling with a freely available password cracking program, the CTO of Whitehat Security soon realized that… Continue Reading »

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These Are the FBI’s Favorite Things to Pirate

David Smothers February 9, 2013

  Everybody’s got their grand plans to put an end to piracy. Cable providers are instituting 6-strikes policies against alleged infringers, and the FBI, they like to take down sites like MegaUpload. But that doesn’t mean they don’t torrent, themselves. TorrentFreak dug up a little list of what’s been being pirated from FBI IPs. With the help… Continue Reading »

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Twitter Has Been Hacked: 250,000 Twitter Accounts Compromised

David Smothers February 2, 2013

Twitter has been hacked. If you have a Twitter account (and who doesn’t these days), it’s probably a good idea to make sure everything is in order and/or reset your password with something strong. Twitter says that approximately 250,000 users may have been affected by the hack, with the hackers gaining access to usernames, email… Continue Reading »

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mHealth may hold the key to stage 3 adoption

David Smothers February 1, 2013

(reprinted from the HIMSS blog) Today we embrace a more dynamic point of view that: individuals are their own primary care providers; and they are responsible for focusing on health prevention and maintenance in consultation with their team of doctors and supporters. Whether the availability of mHealth tools influenced this more encompassing view or it… Continue Reading »

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Hand-knit privacy sock is a tunnel between your face and laptop

David Smothers January 30, 2013

  The Laptop Compubody Sock was developed by Becky Stern as a knitting project over at Instructables. She calls it “an eye-catching hoodie for your laptop to use in public spaces for warmth and privacy,” but it looks like Dr. Seuss dreamt it up.  It’ll definitely catch the eye as advertized, but, with this thing on, at… Continue Reading »

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Data Privacy Day farce

David Smothers January 28, 2013

  Four years ago, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution declaring Jan. 28 “Data Privacy Day.” The resolution encouraged “state and local governments to observe the day with appropriate activities that promote awareness of data privacy.” “Many individuals,” declared the resolution, “are unaware of data protection and privacy laws generally and of specific steps that… Continue Reading »

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