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Posted on 02/12/2018
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Pennsylvania is the latest state to demand new voting machines that leave a paper trial — a security measure to prevent against hacking. But, according to a report from AP, it’s unlikely the change will be made any time soon. The directive issued by governor Tom Wolf was only for the state to buy paper-backed machines if and when they replace their current stock. And as the latest budget plan does not include money for this, it’s not clear when the change will happen.
Posted on 12/20/2017
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When Apple announced HomeKit in 2014 it stressed that "HomeKit was designed with privacy and security from the very beginning" so that "only your iPhone can open your garage door or unlock your door." Turns out that last bit wasn't entirely true due to a nasty vulnerability that was recently revealed by a developer in collaboration with 9to5Mac. And now that Apple has patched the bugs, the developer, who goes by the name Khaos Tian, has taken to Medium to provide all the juicy details of their frustrating endeavor.
Posted on 12/19/2017
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The US has declared North Korea the perpetrator of the widespread and financially devastating WannaCry ransomware cyberattack that rapidly spread across the globe in May, hitting hospitals, companies, and other critical institutions in countries around the world. The announcement came in the form of an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal authored by President Donald Trump’s Homeland Security Advisor, Thomas Bossert.
Posted on 12/13/2017
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Three men, Paras Jha, 21, Josiah White, 20, and Dalton Norman, 21, entered guilty pleas for their roles in creating and deploying the Mirai botnet last year. The men apparently ran their own DDoS mitigation service, meaning they unleashed this massive botnet of zombie devices in an effort to boost their business. They would extort companies for their services after they were already targeted and also leased their botnet out to other attackers. Under their guilty pleas, Jha agreed to give up 13 bitcoin, which is currently worth around $225,000.
Posted on 12/13/2017
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It’s the finale of our Digital After Show, hosted by Nilay Patel, Russell Brandom, and me, Megan Farokhmanesh.
Posted on 12/13/2017
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Researchers at the University at Buffalo have discovered a way to identify smartphones by analyzing just a single photo taken by the device. The researchers centered on a flaw in digital imaging called photo-response non-uniformity (PRNU) to do so.
Posted on 12/09/2017
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Posted on 12/08/2017
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Apple’s had a bad couple weeks of software issues, and its latest problem is a HomeKit vulnerability that apparently let hackers take control of a person’s smart home gadgets. 9to5Mac broke news of the exploit and seems to have nudged Apple into patching the bug immediately — Apple was reportedly told of the issue in late October.
Posted on 12/07/2017
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Yesterday, hackers stole $64 million from NiceHash, a company that lets users apply their extra GPUs to mining cryptocurrencies. The attack caused NiceHash to shut down its website for 24 hours, as the site’s payment system was compromised and its bitcoin wallets emptied. Today, CEO Marko Kobal and co-founder Sasa Coh appeared on a Facebook livestream to address user concerns.
Posted on 12/07/2017
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Mr. Robot is back, and the C Y B E R is back, too. The show takes a special interest in showing off the details that usually get glossed over, often drawing on real hacks and real cybersecurity problems. So after every episode, I’ll be breaking down who got hacked, how, and with what. It turns out, there’s a lot more to each one than you can see on-screen.