Smart TV hack embeds attack code into broadcast signal—no access required

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A new attack that uses terrestrial radio signals to hack a wide range of Smart TVs raises an unsettling prospect—the ability of hackers to take complete control of a large number of sets at once without having physical access to any of them. The proof-of-concept exploit uses a low-cost transmitter to embed malicious commands into… Read more »

Investigative reporter for CBS News continues to fight government electronic surveillance

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As an investigative reporter for CBS News, Ms. Attkisson was responsible for investigating and reporting on national news stories. Between 2011 and 2013, she investigated and prepared various high-profile news reports, including ones related to the “Fast and Furious” “gunwalking” operation and the attack on the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya… In 2011——at the… Read more »

4 myths — and facts — about online security

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Use strong passwords and don’t go to sketchy websites, and you’ll protect yourself online, right?  Well… That’s a good start. But it’s not quite that simple. Source: CNN Money Date: March 28th, 2017 Link: http://money.cnn.com/2017/03/22/technology/cybersecurity-misconceptions-pew/index.html?iid=ob_homepage_tech_pool Discussion 1) Why is cybersecurity so difficult? 2) Shouldn’t most of the things that make us secure online be just built into the… Read more »

How much do you know about cybersecurity?

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Test your knowledge on cybersecurity topics and terms by taking our 10-question quiz. Then see how you did in comparison with a nationally representative group of 1,055 randomly selected adult internet users surveyed online between June 17 and June 27, 2016. The survey was conducted by the GfK Group using KnowledgePanel. When you finish, you… Read more »

WikiLeaks Reveals How the CIA Can Hack a Mac’s Hidden Code

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IF THE CIA wants inside your Mac, it may not be enough that you so carefully avoided those infected email attachments or maliciously crafted web sites designed to plant spyware on your machine. Based on new documents in WikiLeaks’ ongoing release of CIA hacking secrets, if Langley’s hackers got physical access, they still could have… Read more »

Smart machines v hackers: How cyber warfare is escalating

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There is a gaping hole in the digital defences that companies use to keep out cyber thieves. The hole is the global shortage of skilled staff that keeps security hardware running, analyses threats and kicks out intruders.  Currently, the global security industry is lacking about one million trained workers, suggests research by ISC2 – the industry… Read more »

WikiLeaks Releases Trove of Alleged C.I.A. Hacking Documents

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Wikileaks recently released thousands of documents that it said described sophisticated software tools used by the CIA to break into smartphones, computers and even Internet-connected televisions. Source: New York Times Date: March 7th, 2017 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/07/world/europe/wikileaks-cia-hacking.html?action=Click&contentCollection=BreakingNews&contentID=64996424&pgtype=Homepage&smid=fb-nytpolitics&smtyp=cur&_r=0 Discussion 1) “The WikiLeaks release said that the CIA has managed to bypass encryption on popular phone and messaging services.”  Does this… Read more »

Dropbox Didn’t Actually Delete Your ‘Deleted’ Files

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Dropbox recently restored years-old “deleted” files for some customer accounts by accident, drawing attention to a potential privacy problem.  Files supposedly deleted by customers from the company’s servers were instead retained for as long as eight years, according to several reports over the past few weeks. The company apologized for what it has described as… Read more »

The Dumb ‘Smart’ Gear That Someone’s Gonna Hack in 2017

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A collaboration between beauty company L’Oreal and generally solid tech upstart Withings, this Wi-Fi hair brush (yes, you read that correctly) has an onboard microphone (again, yep) that listens to hair as you brush to identify hair issues. Simultaneously, various sensors count brush strokes, measure brushing patterns, and determine how much pressure you’re applying to your… Read more »

Yahoo: How do state hackers break in?

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Yahoo has revealed that login details for up to one billion accounts have gone missing.  The massive breach was discovered while it investigated a separate attack that had compromised data on about 500 million accounts. Yahoo said it suspected a state-sponsored attacker was involved in both thefts.  How can it be sure? Source: BBC Technology News Date: December… Read more »