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Sep 16, 2016
(credit: Ron Amadeo) It was a bad week for millions of Android phone users. Two critical vulnerabilities were disclosed but remain unpatched in a large percentage of devices, while, separately, malicious apps were downloaded as many as 2.5 million times from Google's official Play Marketplace. The vulnerabilities, which are similar in severity to the Stagefright family of bugs disclosed last...


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Sep 16, 2016
Enlarge (credit: Pander) Attackers are draining the CPU and power resources of thousands file transfer protocol servers by infecting them with malware that surreptitiously mints the relatively new crypto currency called Monero, researchers said. A notable percentage of the 3,000 or so infected servers are powered by Seagate Central, a network-attached storage device that allows users to remo...


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Sep 16, 2016
The SENA UD100 Bluetooth adapter, plus a slightly larger antenna, allows Blue Hydra to peer deep into the Bluetooth world. Se...


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Sep 16, 2016
Reusing four-year-old passwords from MySpace for GitHub? (credit: ABC Photo Archives / Getty Images) Plaintext passwords, usernames, e-mail addresses, and a wealth of other personal information has been published for more than 2.2 million people who created accounts with ClixSense, a site that claims to pay users for viewing ads and completing online surveys. The people who dumped it say th...


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Sep 16, 2016
Enlarge (credit: Fernando Frazão/Agência Brasil) The World Anti-Doping Agency confirmed Tuesday that hackers accessed a database of confidential medical data and released the drug regimens of gymnast Simone Biles and three other top US Olympians. The agency went on to say the Russian government was behind the move. The organization, which screens Olympic athletes for performance-enhancing su...


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Sep 16, 2016
Add former US Secretary of State Colin Powell to the list of high-ranking Washington insiders whose leaked e-mails are rankling their peers with just weeks to go before the US presidential election. DC Leaks, a site that researchers at security firm ThreatConnect have linked to the Russian government, has published 26 months of Powell's e-mails, spanning from June 2014 to last month, news...


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Sep 16, 2016
For many science journalists, a week would not be complete without one or more trips to the Eurekalert website. Put together by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Eurekalert is one-stop-shopping for press releases about the latest scientific findings, aggregating material provided by scientific journals, research institutions, and more. If you're an established scien...


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Sep 16, 2016
(credit: Social media, via China Daily) China's Mid-Autumn Festival started today, as much of the world now knows due to a runaway inflatable moon incident reported yesterday (as seen below). Celebrated on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Han calendar—corresponding to the full moon closest to the Autumnal Equinox—the holiday is commemorated in Chinese culture through the exchange and ...