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Category / Cybersecurity

Teen hacks Apple and stashes files in folder named ‘hacky hack hack’

Ah, teens.   Smart enough to hack into the most valuable company in the world, not smart enough to hide their stolen files anywhere other than a folder named “hacky hack hack.” SEE ALSO: The 5 most obvious Apple references in Pixar films A teenager in Melbourne pleaded guilty after hacking into Apple’s corporate computer...CONTINUE READING
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Apple and Facebook could be asked by Australia to build tools to get around encryption

Like the FBI, Australia has been finding ways to get past encryption, with big tech companies famously not making it easy for authorities. In response, Australia’s government unveiled draft plans on Tuesday to make companies help intelligence and law enforcement agencies with access to encrypted messages and devices — but without building a backdoor. SEE...CONTINUE READING
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Dozens of Vegas slots went offline simultaneously during a hacker convention

The casino is “pretty certain” it wasn’t hacked.  The annual DEF CON hacking convention returned once again to Las Vegas this weekend, and with it came the typical good-natured mischief that’s bound to happen when thousands of cybersecurity professionals congregate in one spot. Early Saturday morning at the Linq casino, however, looked to be something...CONTINUE READING
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Android devices are stunningly vulnerable if you’re a careless power-user

Don’t chuck your Android phone across the room in fear just yet. A report from the security firm Kryptowire, via Wired, shows that many Android phones are stunningly vulnerable thanks to Android’s open operating system. But while this report is concerning, the real-world threat it poses to actual Android phone users might not be that...CONTINUE READING
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These stoner hackers want machine learning to save us from sick weed

Nothing harshes a good mellow like sick buds. Thankfully, there may one day be an app for that.  Hidden from the hazy Friday afternoon of Las Vegas, tucked away in the basement of the Flamingo casino, a group of likeminded hackers and security researchers gathered to explore “DIY cannabis tech” at DEF CON’s Cannabis Village....CONTINUE READING
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Bitcoin developer finds bug in competing coin, does the right thing

Proponents of Bitcoin and its competing cryptocurrency Bitcoin Cash, which was created as a “fork” of Bitcoin’s code and history, aren’t exactly in love with each other. Social media channels are full of squabbles over which coin is better and which one is more deserving of the “Bitcoin” name.  But one Bitcoin Core developer —...CONTINUE READING
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The hackers just arrived, and they’re already breaking Vegas

It’s 107 degrees outside, and a disturbing number of people charging down the sidewalk are wearing black jeans.  That seemingly incongruous fashion choice, more than the blinking digital badges swinging from the necks of every mohawk-sporting passerby, clues the confused tourists into the reality that this week in Las Vegas is different. Yes, this week...CONTINUE READING
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Apple calmly tells Congress iPhones aren’t spying on users

There’s more evidence debunking the conspiracy theory that your iPhone is secretly listening to you. On Tuesday, Apple responded to the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s requests for information on the data Apple products collect on customers. The letter mostly focused on location sharing as well as the inflammatory question of whether iPhones are listening...CONTINUE READING
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