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Wcry ransomware is reborn without its killswitch, starts spreading anew / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    " respite was thanks to a sloppy bit of programming from the worm's creator, who'd left a killswitch in the code: newly infected systems checked to see if a certain domain (iuqerfsodp9ifjaposdfjhgosurijfaewrwergwea.com) existed before attempting to spread the infection; by registering this domain, security researchers were able to freeze the worm.The respite was thanks to a sloppy bit of programming from the worm's creator, who'd left a killswitch in the code: newly infected systems checked to see if a certain domain (iuqerfsodp9ifjaposdfjhgosurijfaewrwergwea.com) existed before attempting to spread the infection; by registering this domain, security researchers were able to freeze the worm.

    But a day later, it's back, and this time, without the killswitch. Security researchers running honeypots have seen new infections by versions of the worm that can spread even when the iuqerfsodp9ifjaposdfjhgosurijfaewrwergwea.com domain is live."
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Hacker Steals Millions of User Account Details from Education Platform Edmodo - Motherb... - 0 views

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    "A hacker has stolen millions of user account details from popular education platform Edmodo, and the data is apparently for sale on the so-called dark web.

    Teachers, students and parents use Edmodo to work on lesson plans, assign homework, and more. The organization claims to have over 78 million members."
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NHS services in England and Scotland hit by global cyber-attack | Society | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Computer security experts suggested that the crisis could reflect weaknesses in the NHS's cybersecurity. Ross Anderson, of Cambridge University, said the attack appeared to exploit a weakness in Microsoft's software that was fixed by a "critical" software patch earlier this year but which may not have been installed across NHS computers."
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A massive Google Docs hack is spreading like wildfire - Recode - 0 views

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    "Gmail users are under attack in a gigantic phishing operation that's spreading like wildfire across the internet right now.

    People took to Twitter to report receiving an email that looks like an invitation to join a Google Doc from someone they know.

    But when you click on the link to open the file, you are directed to grant access to an app that looks like Google Docs but is actually a program that sends spam emails to everyone you've emailed, according to a detailed outline of the attack on Reddit. "
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India's controversial national ID scheme leaks fraud-friendly data for 130,000,000 peop... - 0 views

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    "Now, in a new report published yesterday by researchers from the Bangalore-based think-tank the Centre for Internet and Society, Amber Sinha and Srinivas Kodali comprehensively document the many ways in which Aadhaar is leaking, tracking the #aadhaarleaks hashtag, which has revealed potentially compromising information on more than 130,000,000 people, largely material that is intentionally available through official portals."
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Google Chrome: Phishing Scam 'Practically Impossible to Spot' | Fortune.com - 0 views

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    "Indeed, this scam is far subtler. It works like this: fraudsters are able to register domains with characters plucked from various alphabets other than the default Latin script. When displayed, it's all but impossible to tell apart a Greek "O" from a Cyrillic "O" from a Latin "O," for instance."
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Vast majority of Americans reject mass surveillance to thwart terrorist attacks / Boing... - 0 views

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    "75% 75% surveyed by Ipsos/Reuters said, "they would not let investigators tap into their Internet activity to help the U.S. combat domestic terrorism"(up from 67% in 20"
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Backdoor access to WhatsApp? Rudd's call suggests a hazy grasp of encryption | Technolo... - 0 views

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    "That's the crux of the problem. While you can legislate to only give state agencies access to terrorists' communications, and with proper oversight and authorisation, you cannot actually build encryption that works like that. If you put a backdoor in, it's there not just for security services to exploit, but for cyber-criminals, oppressive regimes and anyone else."
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How the internet found a better way than illegible squiggles to prove you're not a robo... - 0 views

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    "The company has revealed the latest evolution of the Captcha (short, sort of, for Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart), which aims to do away with any interruption at all: the new, "invisible reCaptcha" aims to tell whether a given visitor is a robot or not purely by analysing their browsing behaviour. Barring a short wait while the system does its job, a typical human visitor shouldn't have to do anything else to prove they're not a robot."
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WikiLeaks publishes 'biggest ever leak of secret CIA documents' | Media | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "The thousands of leaked documents focus mainly on techniques for hacking and reveal how the CIA cooperated with British intelligence to engineer a way to compromise smart televisions and turn them into improvised surveillance devices."
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When Bad Code Caused Disaster: 10 Worst Programming Mistakes in History - 0 views

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    "Plus, programming can teach valuable life lessons. However, in its storied past, coding wrought destruction as well. Instances of a little bit of bad code caused disaster on a major level. The following are 10 of the worst programming mistakes in history."
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Internet-connected teddy bear leaked kids' data online / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "Security researcher Troy Hunt reports that the snuggly spies, from Spiral Toys, Security researcher Troy Hunt reports that the snuggly spies, from Spiral Toys, "represents the nexus" of the problem with internet-connected appliances and toys: children being recorded, data being leaked, and the technical possibility of surreptitious access to children through networked toys. "The best way to understand what these guys do is to simply watch the video [advertisement for the toy].""
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Biometric recognition at airport border ​​raises privacy concerns, says exper... - 0 views

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    "Michael said recent threats to the security of government-held data such as the census failure should raise real concerns about the storage of biometric data en masse.

    "I am worried about theft, I don't buy the story that your data is safe. I think we've become almost complacent 'oh there's been another data breach. Oh they hacked in and stole the data'," she said. "Is the next phase of rollout going to be 'oh my e-health records were taken', 'oh my biometrics at border control were taken'?""
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Ransomware creeps steal the entire St Louis library system / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "The criminals who took over the library system want $35,000 in Bitcoin to give it back.The criminals who took over the library system want $35,000 in Bitcoin to give it back. The FBI is investigating. The library does not store sensitive patron data, so the hack does not expose patrons to data-breach risks."
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Viral anime photo filter app Meitu sparks security and privacy concerns - 0 views

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    "But when you dive into the code of Meitu, that's where things get interesting. Security researchers have jumped in to assess the photo editing app and found that it was indeed collecting information, including a phone's IMEI number (a handset's unique ID number), and sending it back to remote servers:"
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Thinnest-ever electronic tattoos are capable of precision health monitoring / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "The graphene temporary tattoo seen here is the thinnest epidermal electronic device ever and according to the University of Texas at Austin researchers who developed it, the device can take some medical measurements as accurately as bulky wearable sensors like EKG monitors."
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3D Printed Hand Replicas - A New Security Concern - 0 views

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    "Experts now believe that criminals could 3D-print hands complete with fingers and fingerprints to defeat security precautions at banks, airports and police stations."
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