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Category / Cybersecurity

Apple doubles down on Chinese hardware hack denial in letter to Congress

Apple really wants everyone to know that it has absolutely no idea what Bloomberg is talking about. Like, not at all.  As of today, “everyone” includes our elected officials. The Cupertino-based tech giant sent a letter, dated Oct. 8, to four members of Congress explicitly denying a report from Bloomberg Businessweek. The article alleged that...CONTINUE READING
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Your Instagram account may have been compromised by hackers, too

You didn’t forget that Facebook owns Instagram, did you? That little fact is extra germane today following the news that at least 50 million Facebook users, and possibly 90 million, had their accounts accessed by hackers. And, it turns out, those users’ Instagram accounts could have been compromised, too.  SEE ALSO: Facebook: 50 million accounts...CONTINUE READING
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Facebook: 50 million accounts ‘directly affected’ by hack

A million hacked Facebook accounts isn’t cool. You know what’s even less cool? Fifty million hacked Facebook accounts. A Friday morning press release from our connect-people-at-any-cost friends in Menlo Park detailed a potentially horrifying situation for the billions of people who use the social media service: Their accounts might have been hacked. Well, at least...CONTINUE READING
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What is malware and what you can do to keep your computer safe

Ah yes, the question on every tech newbie’s mind: What is malware? The short answer: malware is software designed to either disable or damage your computer in some way. It’s a portmanteau of the words malicious and software. But when we ask, What is malware? I actually think that’s not what we’re asking.  SEE ALSO:...CONTINUE READING
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Popular Mac apps caught harvesting users’ browsing data without consent

A number of applications on Apple’s Mac App Store are secretly gathering user data and uploading it to analytics servers. Popular applications including Dr. Unarchiver, Dr. Cleaner, and others distributed by developer “Trend Micro, Inc.” collect and upload the user’s browser history from Safari, Google Chrome, and Firefox onto their servers via access to the...CONTINUE READING
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Your Tesla is probably vulnerable to hackers, but there’s an easy fix

Hackers can likely quickly and easily steal your Tesla Model S, but this high-tech heist comes with a catch: There’s a simple way to prevent it.  Researchers claim to have found a method to essentially clone the wireless key fobs Tesla owners use to unlock and start their cars — thus allowing them to drive...CONTINUE READING
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