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One of macOS’ Most Useful Features May Be Making Your Files Less Secure One of macOS’ Most Useful Features May Be Making Your Files Less Secure

A bug in macOS’ Quick Look feature has seemingly been known to forensic experts for the better part of a decade, but security researcher Wojciech Regula shed new light on how the vulnerability actually works in a report published earlier this month.

What to Do When You Get Locked Out of Your Social Media Accounts What to Do When You Get Locked Out of Your Social Media Accounts

There you are just wanting to get on with some casual Facebooking but all of a sudden you can’t get into your account—and what you thought were your username and password aren’t working any longer. If you find yourself locked out of one of your social media accounts, take a deep breath, and follow these steps.

Update Your PC Now to Fix This Pesky Cortana Security Flaw Update Your PC Now to Fix This Pesky Cortana Security Flaw

Cortana, like all digital assistants, is supposed to make life easier by organizing your data and presenting you with helpful information when you need it. Unfortunately, that inclination to be useful can also pose a security risk, as McAfee found when it discovered a bug in Windows 10 that let hackers use Cortana to…

Morbid Researchers Imagine a 'Best-Case Scenario' for Nuclear War, and the Results Are Grim Morbid Researchers Imagine a 'Best-Case Scenario' for Nuclear War, and the Results Are Grim

There are currently about 15,000 nuclear warheads on Earth—enough to blow our planet to kingdom come. It’s complete overkill, literally. But how many nukes is enough to deter an enemy? And how many nukes could an aggressor nation drop on an enemy before the effects of nuclear winter come back to haunt them? A new…

Breach at One of Europe's Biggest PC Superstore Chains Exposes 5.9 Million Payment Cards Breach at One of Europe's Biggest PC Superstore Chains Exposes 5.9 Million Payment Cards

Dixons Carphone, one of Europe’s largest electronics retailers, disclosed a data breach on Wednesday involving 5.9 million payment cards and 1.2 million personal records.

A Mix-Up Meant Malware Could Have Posed as Apple Software, and Nobody Noticed for Over 10 Years A Mix-Up Meant Malware Could Have Posed as Apple Software, and Nobody Noticed for Over 10 Years

Security researchers on Tuesday unveiled a method that could’ve allowed hackers to bypass a wide range of commercial products designed to protect Apple devices from malware. While there’s no evidence the bypass was ever used maliciously, the issue went unnoticed for over a decade.

This Paper Shredder Upgraded With a Scary-Powerful Motor Looks Like It Could Rip Off an Arm

Destroying sensitive documents using a paper shredder is a long and boring process because most of the machines are woefully underpowered. Destruction is supposed to be fun, so a gifted Danish hardware hacker upgraded a run-of-the-mill shredder with a 44,400-RPM brushless motor, letting the machine tear through a page…

This AI Knows Who You Are by the Way You Walk This AI Knows Who You Are by the Way You Walk

Our individual walking styles, much like snowflakes, are unique. With this in mind, computer scientists have developed a powerful new footstep-recognition system using AI, and it could theoretically replace retinal scanners and fingerprinting at security checkpoints, including airports.

New PGP Encryption Exploits Are Being Discovered Almost Every Other Day New PGP Encryption Exploits Are Being Discovered Almost Every Other Day

For more than a week, PGP developers have been rapidly working to patch critical flaws in the legacy encryption protocol used for sending and receiving secure emails; a tool that’s widely relied upon by lawyers, journalists, dissidents, and human rights advocates, many of whom operate at the highest levels of risk in…

Report: T-Mobile Website Let Anyone Look Up Sensitive Customer Data With Just a Phone Number Report: T-Mobile Website Let Anyone Look Up Sensitive Customer Data With Just a Phone Number

A bug on a T-Mobile website meant for employees let anyone with a T-Mobile customer’s phone number access sensitive information, according to a ZDNet report. While T-Mobile has since fixed the issue, the bug sounds similar to one found by researchers in October 2017, bringing into question the security practices of…

Nation-State Hackers Could 'Self-Destruct' Half a Million Routers, Researchers Warn [Updated] Nation-State Hackers Could 'Self-Destruct' Half a Million Routers, Researchers Warn [Updated]

Update: The FBI says it seized part of VPNFilter’s command and control infrastructure. The DOJ attributed the botnet to APT 28 (a.k.a. Fancy Bear). See the full update below the article.

Apple Is Going to Let You Download All the Data it Collects About You Apple Is Going to Let You Download All the Data it Collects About You

On Wednesday, Apple announced a new privacy website to help users better navigate just how much of their data is collected by the company, but so far, the feature is only available in Europe.

Facebook Won't Force You to Use a Phone Number for Two-Factor Authentication Anymore   Facebook Won't Force You to Use a Phone Number for Two-Factor Authentication Anymore  

Facebook users who want extra account security but don’t want to share their phone number with the company can now lock down their accounts with alternative two-factor authentication methods like code-generating apps, Facebook announced today.

Comcast Pulls Xfinity Site After Researchers Discover Bug Leaking Customer Data Comcast Pulls Xfinity Site After Researchers Discover Bug Leaking Customer Data

As if you needed yet another reason to loathe your ISP, Comcast has dropped the ball when it comes to properly securing its own wireless products. A pair of security researchers have uncovered a bug on Comcast’s website that allowed unauthorized disclosure of Xfinity customers’ personal data, according to a report…

Processor Makers Confirm New Security Flaws, So Update Your Shit Now Processor Makers Confirm New Security Flaws, So Update Your Shit Now

Intel is finally confirming that its computer processors are vulnerable to an additional variant of Spectre, the nasty security vulnerability that affects nearly every CPU currently in devices and in the marketplace.

Just 13 States Have Requested Funds Congress Set Aside to Secure Election Systems Just 13 States Have Requested Funds Congress Set Aside to Secure Election Systems

Thirteen states have withdrawn a total of nearly $88 million from an election security fund established by Congress in March, but more than 75 percent of the funding has yet to be dispersed.

This Phone Tracking Company's 'Demo' Tool Let You Track Almost Anyone in the U.S. in Real Time This Phone Tracking Company's 'Demo' Tool Let You Track Almost Anyone in the U.S. in Real Time

A troubling flaw in phone tracking company LocationSmart’s demo tool, used to advertise its services, let anyone take advantage of an easily exploited flaw to track phones from America’s top four carriers without the user’s consent or knowledge, according to KrebsOnSecurity. The demo site was reportedly taken down…

Google Declares Victory for HTTPS in Chrome 69 [Nice] Google Declares Victory for HTTPS in Chrome 69 [Nice]

For a long time, Google and other web-minded businesses like Mozilla have been pushing HTTPS as a way to address the shortcomings and security flaws inherent in HTTP. And if Google’s reports are any indication, it seems to be working based on data claiming that over 82 percent of Chrome pages in the US are loaded over…

Facebook Partners With D.C. Think Tank to Combat Election Meddling Facebook Partners With D.C. Think Tank to Combat Election Meddling

Facebook on Thursday announced a partnership with the Atlantic Council aimed at expanding its understanding of disinformation campaigns and other emerging threats to democratic elections worldwide.

Nest Devices Went Offline Last Night, Disabling Some Key Features Nest Devices Went Offline Last Night, Disabling Some Key Features

If you own a Nest product, we’ve got bad news: Last night, as you performed your evening ablutions and got ready for bed, Nest devices went offline, disabling some integral features in certain devices. But hey, if you’re a Nest user, this probably isn’t the first time you’ve had to deal with something like this.

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