Ben Sprague

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Electronic aura could be answer to lost passwords

You are trying to book theatre tickets online with a rarely used credit card. Prompted to give a password, you find you can no longer remember it. The result is a failed transaction and a minor rise in blood pressure.<p>It gets worse. While shopping later on, you drop your car keys. An opportunist …

Net neutrality is dead – welcome to the age of digital discrimination

A US appeal court ruling that undermines the principle of net neutrality could spell the end for the ideal of an open internet<p>Want to know if someone is internet-savvy? Just ask them why anyone should care about net neutrality. If they understand the technology, stand by for a lecture on why it is …

Tinder security flaw exposed users' exact locations for several months

Have you been using Tinder (an iOS/Android dating app that shows pictures of users in your area) these past months to try and find <i>the one</i>? Well, if you're deathly scared of stalkers, you might want to sit down. Apparently, there was a flaw on the dating app's API, which made it possible to pinpoint …

Kickstarter hacked, user data stolen

Hackers hit crowd-funding site Kickstarter and made off with user information, the site said Saturday.<p>Though no credit card information was taken, the site said, attackers made off with usernames, e-mail addresses, mailing addresses, phone numbers, and encrypted passwords.<p>"Actual passwords were not …

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American businesses are holding credit card security back

Why US credit cards continue to use signatures while the rest of the world uses PINs<p>Readers may have noticed a rash of stories earlier this week hailing the end of the swipe-and-sign credit card in the US in favor of cards that require a PIN, which are standard in Europe and most developed markets. …

Cyber attack on bitcoin a big warning to currency's users

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A massive cyber attack from unknown sources that has been spamming bitcoin exchanges is highlighting some of the dangers people can encounter when they exchange cash for digital currencies like the bitcoin, experts said on Wednesday.<p>Some of Bitcoin enthusiast Mike Caldwell's …

Hackers Run Rampant in Sochi as Journalists Pour In

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Russia has ramped up physical security for the Winter Olympics in Sochi – bringing some 50,000 …

The first-ever botwall could change the economics of hacking forever

For companies with data to protect, their primary problem is how cheap hacking can be.<p>While “hacking” encompasses a wide variety of activities, one company is specifically tackling the botnet problem: The ability to use a network of linked computers to overwhelm a website or break into user …

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Microsoft employee e-mail also hit by Syrian Electronic Army

In addition to compromising some of Microsoft's social-networking accounts, the Syrian Electronic Army also accessed a "small number" of employee e-mail accounts, the company confirmed Wednesday.<p>The hacking group, which has taken responsibility for an array of breaches in the past couple of years, …

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PGP creator’s new ‘Blackphone’ is a secure Android phone that may protect you from the NSA

It was only a matter of time until someone developed a smartphone entirely focused on security.<p>Phil Zimmermann, best known among techies as the creator of the email encryption tool PGP, announced his latest security effort today: Blackphone, a smartphone powered by a custom secure version of …

Target Breach Of 70 Million Customers' Data Used Bargain Basement Malware

The massive data breach at Target during the 2013 holiday shopping season which the retailer now admits affected 70 customers used an inexpensive “off the shelf” malware available online for as little as $1,800, reports Krebs on Security. This malware, known as BlackPOS is likely of Russian origin …

Starbucks admits its iPhone app stores unencrypted user passwords

When you type a password into a mobile payment app, you'd probably expect it to protect that password somehow. But it seems that the Starbucks app for iOS doesn't actually lock its usernames and passwords down. According to a <i>Computerworld</i> report, company executives admitted today that the mobile …

Target Is Launching Its Own Bridal Gown Collection At Unheard-Of Prices

But, this time, the chain is in the news for something it did all on its own.<p>Target — or rather, Target.com — now offers bridal gowns in sizes 2 to 28 in the thoroughly unbelievable price range of $69.99 to $129.99.<p>That's practically unheard of for wedding fare, which is progressively getting more …