To protect election systems from hacking, states are getting cozier with Homeland Security

It might be a snow day in Washington, but the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on election system security continued as planned. During Wednesday’s hearing, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and her predecessor Jeh Johnson appeared with a panel of state election officials to hash out the recommendations issued by the committee on Tuesday. “This issue […]

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Hackers gain access to 880K credit cards from Orbitz customers

Another day, another breach . Today, online travel agency Orbitz disclosed that hackers managed to get both credit card data and personal information (though no social security numbers and passwords) from users who made their travel purchases on the site between January 1, 2016 and December 22, 2017. In total, the company says, that’s about […]

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These hackers put together a prosthetic Nerf gun

 How can you participate in a Nerf gun fight if you’re missing a hand? The ingenious Hackerloop collective of tinkerers solved that problem by putting together a prosthetic Nerf gun that you can control with your arm muscles. In other words, Nicolas Huchet became Barret Wallace from Final Fantasy VII or Mega Man for a day. And here’s what it looks like: Let’s look at the… Read More

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Protecting your business from cyber threats

Your internet provider calls. Malware associated with the latest botnet has been detected coming from your corporate network. The incident response plans are triggered. The common thought trajectory goes something like: How could this happen? Did someone open a phishing email? Did a hacker breach our firewall? Was a vendor compromised? There goes my weekend. Read More

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Dutch intelligence reportedly hacked Russian election hackers in 2014

 As if the story of the 2016 election and associated cyberattacks wasn’t already complicated enough, new information now suggests that Dutch intelligence has for years been aware of, and sharing, information on the Russian hackers suspected to be behind a number of high-profile hacks. Read More

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Linus Torvalds declares Intel fix for Meltdown/Spectre ‘complete and utter garbage’

 The always outspoken Linus Torvalds, best known for his continuing work on the innermost code of Linux systems, has harsh words to say and accusations to level against Intel. His evaluation of Intel’s latest proposed fix for the Meltdown/Spectre issue: “the patches are COMPLETE AND UTTER GARBAGE.” Read More

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OnePlus confirms up to 40,000 customers were impacted by credit card hack

 If you gave your credit card number to OnePlus sometime between mid-November and last week, your card may have been comprised. The smartphone maker confirmed this morning through its online forum that upwards of 40,000 customers may have had their numbers exposed to hackers. “Only a small subset of our customers is affected,” a spokesperson for the company told TechCrunch. OnePlus… Read More

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UK’s Carphone Warehouse fined nearly $540k for 2015 hack

 The UK’s data watchdog has handed mobile phone retailer Carphone Warehouse a £400,000 fine — just shy of the £500k maximum the regulator can currently issue — for security failings attached to a 2015 hack that compromised the personal data of some three million customers and 1,000 employees.  Read More

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After breach exposing millions of parents and kids, toymaker VTech handed a $650K fine by FTC

 VTech, the maker of smart toys whose poor security practices exposed data from millions parents and children, has been slapped on the wrist by the FTC to the tune of $650,000 and probation. It’s not much of a penalty for such a multifaceted failure affecting so many. Read More

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