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Dec 14, 2016
The basement of the Democratic National Committee's Washington, DC, headquarters holds one of the most fitting images to come out of the hacks that dogged Democrats in the 2016 presidential election. On the left: a 1960s-era file cabinet that was jimmied open during the 1972 Watergate break-in. On the right: a DNC server that was hacked by what the US intelligence community says were Rus...

The holiday season is now upon us, which means retail pop-up stores and seasonal sites. Those are all good for merchants, good for gift-seeking shoppers and potentially very good news for cyberthieves hoping for vulnerable sites that can fuel fraud. Why, you might ask, would a retailer with robust anti-fraud and other security measures forego those efforts for a seasonal site? First, they do a...


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Dec 13, 2016
Enlarge (credit: Sinchen.Lin) A variety of Netgear router models are vulnerable to a simple hack that allows attackers to take almost complete control of the devices, security experts warned over the weekend. The critical bug allows remote attackers to inject highly privileged commands whenever anyone connected to the local Netgear network clicks on a malicious Web link, a researcher who use...


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Dec 13, 2016
Enlarge / Trump denies there's any truth intelligence community claims of Russian interference in the election, claiming it could have been anyone. (credit: Chip Somodevilla | Getty Images) President-elect Donald Trump continues to discount or attempt to discredit reports that the intelligence community has linked the hacking of the DNC, the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, and relat...


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Dec 12, 2016
On 28 October, the cryptocurrency world saw the emergence of a new player, the Zcash (ZEC) cryptocurrency. Its developers have described it rather figuratively: “If Bitcoin is like HTTP for money, Zcash is HTTPS.” They continue by noting that “unlike Bitcoin, Zcash transactions can be shielded to hide the sender, the recipient and value of all transactions.” The cryptocurrency market has been l...


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Dec 10, 2016
Enlarge / The bear is back. It never went away. US intelligence agencies have been forthright in their insistence that the Russian government was behind not only the hacking of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and other political organizations in the US, but a concerted effort to undermine confidence in the results of the US presidential election, including attacks on state election ...

(credit: Tom Lohdan) At an event today hosted by the Christian Science Monitor, White House terrorism and homeland security advisor Lisa Monaco announced that President Barack Obama had ordered a "full review" of the campaign of cyber-attacks against the Democratic Party, the campaign organization of Hillary Clinton, and other politicians and state election officials' websites during the 201...

Enlarge / Georgia politician Brian Kemp reads at a Holocaust remembrance ceremony in the state. (credit: Georgia.gov) Accusations that the US Department of Homeland security tried to hack Georgia's voter registration database are running rampant. But until officials from that state's Secretary of State office provide basic details, people should remain highly skeptical. The controversy erup...