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Enlarge (credit: NBCUniversal) Warning: This piece contains minor spoilers for the most recent episode of Mr. Robot (S2E9) Time and time again, Mr. Robot has proven to be a show that prides itself on extreme attention to detail. Whether it involves hiring ex-FBI employees as consultants or tracking down the duo behind the Full House theme, the series wants to ground its high-stakes sto...


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Sep 16, 2016
Enlarge Snatching the login credentials of a locked computer just got easier and faster, thanks to a technique that requires only $50 worth of hardware and takes less than 30 seconds to carry out. Rob Fuller, a principal security engineer at R5 Industries, said the hack works reliably on Windows devices and has also succeeded on OS X, although he's working with others to determine if it's j...

(credit: cia.gov) Federal authorities have arrested two men on charges they were part of a group that broke into the private e-mail accounts of high-ranking US government officials and a Justice Department computer system. Andrew Otto Boggs, 22, of North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, and Justin Gray Liverman, 24, of Morehead City, North Carolina, were part of a group calling itself "Crackas wi...


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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...