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How Heartbleed Works: The Code Behind the Internet’s Security Nightmare

David Smothers April 10, 2014

By now you’ve surely heard of Heartbleed, the hole in the internet’s security that exposed countless encrypted transactions to any attacker who knew how to abuse it. But how did it actually work? Once you break it down, it’s actually incredibly simple. And a little hilarious. But mostly terrifying. You can read our overview of… Continue Reading »

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Report: Target’s Big Credit Card Hack Might Involve Even More Retailers

David Smothers February 26, 2014

The Wall Street Journal reports that Verizon Communications is investigating similar security breaches at two more as-yet-unnamed retailers that occurred around the same time as the massive Target credit card hack late last year. The two retailers affected by the newly-discovered attack have not yet announced the event to customers. Verizon’s Bryan Sartin did not… Continue Reading »

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Looks Like Russians Were Behind the Target Hack

David Smothers January 17, 2014

A U.S. government report finally offers up some details about the series of hacks that led to theft of the debit card information for 40 million people and the personal information of 70 million. Based on chunks of computer code written in Russian, it appears our old Cold War foes may have been the culprits…. Continue Reading »

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How to Lock Down Facebook Privacy Now That Old Posts Are Searchable

David Smothers October 1, 2013

As of yesterday, Facebook Graph Search has officially opened its big, omniscient arms to every last check-in, status update, note, and comment you’ve ever posted throughout your entire Facebook career. Which, yes, sounds pretty terrifying, but don’t worry—we’re here to help you cover your tracks. Thankfully, Facebook has given us the tools we need to… Continue Reading »

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iOS 7.0.2 Is Here and It Fixes the iPhone’s Major Security Hole

David Smothers September 26, 2013

iOS 7.0.2 is has started making its way out there, and it fixes that embarrassing lock-screen exploit we saw last week. Phew! And, as a bonus, it also reintroduces Greek language options for passcode entry! But the (re)added security is what you’ll want. So go check for an update now, or hop over to 9to5Mac… Continue Reading »

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Stop Worrying About the New iPhone’s Fingerprint Scanner

David Smothers September 17, 2013

Last week’s announcement that the new iPhone 5 will include a fancy new fingerprint scanning security system was met with a chorus of protests. What if someone lifts my prints and makes a fake finger and unlocks my phone? What if the government snoops on my phone (more than it already does) and steals my… Continue Reading »

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A “Glitch” Made All the Doors in a Max. Security Prison Open at Once

David Smothers August 16, 2013

A Florida prison says that a computer “glitch” is to blame after all of the doors in the maximum security wing opened without warning. Wired has news for them, though. Sometimes, these kinds of glitches are caused by sneaky characters called hackers. And this situation looks pretty suspect. The incident happened back in June at… Continue Reading »

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Watch Today’s ISS Spacewalk Right Here, Right Now, Live!

David Smothers August 16, 2013

While you’re just settling in at your desk, Russian cosmonauts Alexander Mizurkin and Fyodor Yurchikhin on the International Space Station have been awake for hours preparing for today’s 10:40AM EST spacewalk to install cables (including ethernet) on the outside of the station. And you can watch the whole thing live, right here. The spacewalk should… 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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Oops: Irs Publishes Tens Of Thousands Of Ssns To Online Database

David Smothers July 8, 2013

It turns out you can’t even trust the Internal Revenue Service with your social security number. Some bungling IT staffer at every Americans’ favorite government agency forgot to redact tens of thousands of SSNs when uploading a new online database on the $1.5 trillion nonprofit industry. Thanks to the keen eyes of PublicResource.org, a nonprofit… Continue Reading »

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