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China hacked a Navy contractor and secured a trove of highly sensitive data on submarine warfare

Chinese government hackers have compromised the computers of a Navy contractor, stealing massive amounts of highly sensitive data related to undersea warfare — including secret plans to develop a supersonic anti-ship missile for use on U.S. submarines by 2020, according to American officials.<p>The …

Military

After pointlessly groping countless Americans, the TSA is keeping a secret watchlist of those who fight back

"I need a witness!" exclaimed the security screener at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Because I had forgotten to remove my belt before going through a scanner, he explained, I must undergo an "enhanced patdown." I told him that if he jammed his hand into my groin, I'd file a formal …

Flying

How to hear (and delete) every conversation your Amazon Alexa has recorded

Digital assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant are designed to learn more about you as they listen, and part of doing so is to record conversations you’ve had with them to learn your tone of voice, prompts, and requests. Recently, this feature-not-a-bug has landed Amazon in a string of …

Smart Homes

Trump Probe Began With Russian Messages Intercepted By NSA

As Trump and his minions poured out mesmerizing disinformation last weekend about the origins of the Russia probe, a bracing slap of reality was …

Surveillance

The EU is forcing Facebook to change, but users everywhere will be affected

On May 25, a set of regulations will go into effect across the European Union that will change how businesses handle the online data of their customers, giving users far more visibility into what companies know about them.<p>Facebook—one of the largest data collectors on the web—is currently in the …

Data firm leaks 48 million user profiles it scraped from Facebook, LinkedIn, others

Exclusive: Profile data was scraped without user consent or knowledge to "build a three-dimensional picture" on millions of people.<p><i>Video: Scraped and</i> …

Security

US, UK warn of Russian hackers targeting millions of routers

Russian hackers are targeting millions of routers around the world, including devices in homes and offices, according to US and UK officials.<p>In a joint announcement Monday from the US Department of Homeland Security, the FBI and the UK's National Cyber Security Center, officials warned that Russian …

Cybersecurity

A suspect tried to blend in with 60,000 concertgoers. China’s facial-recognition cameras caught him.

The 31-year-old man, wanted by police, had thought playing a numbers game would be enough to allow him to fade into anonymity.<p>The population of China is a staggering 1.4 billion people, give or take a few million.<p>More than 45 million of them live in Jiangxi province in southeast China, and 5 …

China

9 things you should never say during a salary negotiation

You're 96% sure that you are ready to schedule a meeting with your boss to ask for a raise. Or perhaps you're nearing the end of the job interview process and an offer is in sight. However, if you're like me, you have definitely put your foot in your mouth a time or two saying the wrong thing at …

Police rolling out technology which allows them to raid victims phones without a warrant

Police forces across country have been quietly rolling out technology which allows them to download the entire contents of victim's phone without a warrant.<p>At least 26 forces now use technology which allows them to to extract location data, conversations on encrypted apps, call logs, emails, text …

It's official: Russia is targeting critical American infrastructure with 'malicious cyberattacks'

Russian cyber operatives are attacking critical American infrastructure such as energy grids, nuclear facilities, aviation systems, and water processing plants, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The report details numerous attempts, …

Cybersecurity

The data expert who exposed Facebook’s breach has been suspended by Facebook

Facebook has disabled the account of Christopher Wylie, the 28-year-old data analytics expert who exposed a major breach in the platform that allowed the company he worked for, Cambridge Analytica, to harvest data from tens of millions of users without their permission.<p>The information was later …

Cambridge Analytica

Police Obtain Warrants To Find Out Which Google Users Were Present At Crime Scenes

Police in North Carolina are securing search warrants to access Google's data on who was at, or near, the scene of the crime.<p>In Raleigh, North …

NSA Broke the Encryption on File-Sharing Apps Kazaa and eDonkey

Before services like Spotify and Netflix proliferated, people who wanted to listen to music or watch movies online, on demand, had few legal options. …

A NASA engineer and others are suing Customs for searching their devices

A NASA engineer and 10 others are suing Customs and Border Protection over what they believe to be illegal searches of electronics.<p>The group of 11 …

WikiLeaks reveals information about CIA's Angelfire hacking toolset

WikiLeaks published new documents pertaining to a CIA hacker tool, dubbed Angelfire. The CIA’s Angelfire user guide which WikiLeaks managed to get …

Facebook Figured Out My Family Secrets, And It Won't Tell Me How

Rebecca Porter and I were strangers, as far as I knew. Facebook, however, thought we might be connected. Her name popped up this summer on my list of …

One billion dollar GoFundMe campaign launched by ex-CIA agent to try to ban Trump from Twitter

There is a GoFundMe campaign which has the goal of raising $1 billion in order to buy a commanding share of Twitter so that it can ban Donald Trump …

Identity theft at epidemic levels, warns Cifas

<b>Identity theft is reaching "epidemic levels", according to a fraud prevention group, with people in their 30s the most targeted group.</b><p>ID fraudsters obtain personal information before pretending to be that individual and apply for loans or store cards in their name.<p>A total of 89,000 cases were …

Identity Theft

Extra! Extra! Microsoft Security Intelligence Report is out, malware attacks on the rise

Microsoft has published its 22nd bi-annual Security Intelligence Report (SIR), detailing the global trends in malicious behavior both on and offline. …

Intel shutters its wearables division that worked on smartwatches and fitness trackers

Last year, semiconductor giant, Intel, laid off 12,000 of its employees, as part of an effort to restructure its business and move away from …

Wearable Tech

Google Glass 2.0 Is a Startling Second Act

<b>Don’t call Heather Erickson</b> a glasshole.<p>Yes, that’s Google Glass on her frames. But she’s not using it to check her Facebook, dictate messages, or …

Hack Brief: 'Devil's Ivy' Vulnerability Could Afflict Millions of IoT Devices

The security woes of the internet of things stem from more than just connecting a bunch of cheap gadgets to a cruel and hacker-infested internet. …

Information Security

IBM's Plan To Encrypt Unthinkable Amounts of Sensitive Data

Data breaches and exposures all invite the same lament: if only the compromised data had been encrypted. Bad guys can only do so much with …

Information Systems

Freddie Mercury Loved That Scene In Wayne's World, Too.

It’s been over 25 years since Wayne and Garth banged their heads to Bohemian Rhapsody in that Gremlin, but I’ll be damned if I still don’t throw my …

Border Patrol Says It's Barred From Searching Cloud Data on Phones

U.S. border officers aren't allowed to look at any data stored only in the "cloud" — including social media data — when they search U.S. travelers' phones, Customs and Border Protection acknowledged in a letter obtained Wednesday by NBC News.<p>The letter (PDF), sent in response to inquiries by Sen. …

Full-time flying squad: Police launch first 24-hour drone unit

Forces up and down the country have been trialling the use of the mini aircraft as a cheaper alternative to helicopters for a number of roles.<p>But now …

Trump administration limits government use of Kaspersky Lab software

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Tuesday removed Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab from two lists of approved vendors used by government agencies to purchase technology equipment, amid concerns the cyber security firm's products could be used by the Kremlin to gain entry into U.S. …

A phone with no battery that can make Skype calls was just created by a university team

A team from the University of Washington's Department of Electrical Engineering and the Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering has managed to …

Hackers Are Targeting Nuclear Facilities, Homeland Security Dept. and F.B.I. Say

Since May, hackers have been penetrating the computer networks of companies that operate nuclear power stations and other energy facilities, as well as manufacturing plants in the United States and other countries.<p>Among the companies targeted was the Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corporation, which …