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Security News this Week: IBM Made Cops a Tool to Search Surveillance Video by Skin Color

October 7, 2018

Tech went to Washington this week, and their biggest problems followed them. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg faced Congress, and though Google CEO Larry Paige was invited, he declined to make the trip—a move that didn’t ingratiate him with Congressional watchdog Mark Warner. One uninvited guest did make an appearance at […]

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One of Most Popular Mac Apps Acts Like Spyware

September 24, 2018

Apple prides itself on prioritizing user security and privacy. It counts the iOS and Mac App Stores, where customers can download an array of trusted, vetted software, as cornerstones of that initiative. But while the approach does minimize situations where users get tricked into downloading something nasty on the open web, malware inevitably slips through. […]

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Hackers Can Steal a Tesla Model S in Seconds by Cloning Its Key Fob

September 14, 2018

Tesla has taken plenty of innovative steps to protect the driving systems of its kitted-out cars against digital attacks. It's hired top-notch security engineers, pushed over-the-internet software updates, and added code integrity checks. But one team of academic hackers has now found that Tesla left its Model S cars open to a far more straightforward […]

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Hacking a Brand New Mac Remotely, Right Out of the Box

September 3, 2018

Apple's supply chain is one of the most closely monitored and analyzed in the world, both because of the control the company exerts and keen interest from third parties. But there's still never a guarantee that a mass-produced product will come out of the box totally pristine. In fact, it's possible to remotely compromise a […]

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Security News This Week: Surprise, the FCC Lied About That DDoS Attack

September 1, 2018

It’s Black Hat and DefCon conference time again, when the world’s top security researchers descend on the den of iniquity that is Las Vegas in August and try to scare the bejeezus out of people with new research into ominous hacks. Hooray! WIRED’s been there for a few days already. Lily Hay Newman discovered that […]

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Simple Steps to Protect Yourself on Public Wi-Fi

August 29, 2018

Accessing the internet isn't normally a problem when you're inside the confines of your own home—it's secure, it's easy to connect to, and it's relatively uncongested—unless the whole family is streaming Netflix on five separate devices. When you venture out though, it's a different story. You can access Wi-Fi in more places than ever, enabling […]

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The Untold Story of NotPetya, the Most Devastating Cyberattack in History

August 27, 2018

It was a perfect sunny summer afternoon in Copenhagen when the world’s largest shipping conglomerate began to lose its mind. The headquarters of A.P. Møller-Maersk sits beside the breezy, cobblestoned esplanade of Copenhagen’s harbor. A ship’s mast carrying the Danish flag is planted by the building’s northeastern corner, and six stories of blue-tinted windows look […]

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A Monitors Ultrasonic Sounds Can Reveal Whats on the Screen

August 26, 2018

You probably assume that someone can only see what's on your computer screen by looking at it. But a team of researchers has found that they can glean a surprising amount of information about what a monitor displays by listening to and analyzing the unintended, ultrasonic sounds it emits. The technique, presented at the Crypto […]

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Lawmakers Can’t Ignore Facial Recognition’s Bias Anymore

August 20, 2018

Amazon touts its Rekognition facial recognition system as “simple and easy to use,” encouraging customers to “detect, analyze, and compare faces for a wide variety of user verification, people counting, and public safety use cases.” And yet, in a study released Thursday by the American Civil Liberties Union, the technology managed to confuse photos of […]

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How a Group of Imprisoned Hackers Introduced JPay to the World

August 15, 2018

Until yesterday, unless you had a family member or friend in prison, you most likely had never heard of JPay. That’s because all of its services are directed toward inmates and their families. Since 2002, JPay has been quietly moving into prisons across the country, first by providing quicker (though pricier) ways for family members […]

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