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Hackers have a new way to steal your banking login using WhatsApp

Hackers are targeting unsuspecting users with a new type of mobile virus that spreads through legitimate-looking word documents sent via WhatsApp, …

Personal Data

The Robot Economy: A Caution

The science fiction author Isaac Asimov was a prolific writer on the subject of robots, having written numerous short stories addressing the problems …

This Encrypted Email Service Is Offering a Limited Number of ‘Lifetime’ Accounts

ProtonMail, the encrypted email service that has previously touted itself as “NSA-proof,” has made a limited number of lifetime subscriptions …

Time to Get Real About Russia Cyber War | Council on Foreign Relations

by Max Boot via USA Today October 12, 2016

The State of U.S.-Russia Relations | Council on Foreign Relations

Princeton University and New York University’s Stephen F. Cohen, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution Fiona Hill, and Columbia University’s …

While You Watched the Presidential Debate, This Company Watched For Drones

While tens of millions of Americans watched Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump tear into each other during the final 2016 presidential debate …

Feds Seek Detention of Man Accused of Stealing Top Secret Documents

Federal prosecutors are urging a judge to order the continued detention of a Maryland man accused of stealing a huge amount of highly classified material from the National Security Agency.<p>Harold T. Martin III was arrested in late August and charged with keeping top secret material in his home and …

Surveillance

ACLU takes on Fisa court over secret decisions on surveillance laws

The American Civil Liberties Union is challenging a secret court to effectively turn its back on deciding the meaning of a broad swath of surveillance and cybersecurity laws without public disclosure.<p>A motion the ACLU is filing on Wednesday before the controversial foreign intelligence surveillance …

Surveillance

Yahoo Has Reportedly Been Spying on Hundreds of Millions of Its Mail Users

Yahoo (yhoo) last year secretly built a custom software program to search all of its customers’ incoming emails for specific information provided by …

Wells Fargo fined $185M for fake accounts; 5,300 were fired

Wells Fargo Bank, one of the nation's largest banks, has been hit with $185 million in civil penalties for secretly opening millions of unauthorized deposit and credit card accounts that harmed customers, federal and state officials said Thursday.<p>Employees of Wells Fargo (WFC) boosted sales figures …

Finance

Stealing login credentials from a locked PC or Mac just got easier

20 seconds of physical access with a $50 device is all it takes.<p>Snatching the login credentials of a locked computer just got easier and faster, …

Information Security

Here's how the NSA spied on Cisco firewalls for years

Edward Snowden leaks revealed that the NSA had the ability to spy on Cisco firewall traffic for years, but just how did the agency do it? We now have a clearer idea. An analysis of data from the Equation Group hack shows that the NSA used a specialized tool, BenignCertain, that uses an exploit in …

Michele Bachmann says she's now advising Donald Trump on foreign policy

During a campaign stop for Donald Trump on Friday night, Minnesota Congresswoman and tea party member Michele Bachmann made the bizarre announcement …

The CEO of $3.8 billion Slack has a smart idea to help people get off work early

It's why one of Slack's internal mantras is "work hard, go home."<p>"The most productive employees from my experience are those who go home at 5:30 p.m. but are hyperfocused at work," Butterfield said at a press gathering on Friday. "People can only think really hard for six to eight hours a day."<p>But …

The NSA hack proves Apple was right to fight the FBI

"The component of the government that is supposed to be absolutely best at keeping secrets didn't manage to keep this secret effectively," Nate Cardozo, a senior staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, told Business Insider.<p>In February, a judge ordered Apple to help the FBI unlock …

Facebook is creating an open-source cellular system

The technology is designed to drive down the price of communications infrastructure<p>Facebook has long been working to reduce the number of people who don’t have access to the internet, and have announced the creation of a new platform called OpenCellular.<p>The OpenCellular is an open source, "wireless …

Your smartwatch is revealing your ATM PIN to hackers

A new study from Stevens Institute of Technology suggests your smartwatch might not be as secure as you’d think – and it might be giving away your ATM PIN code.<p>According to the researchers, the danger comes from the motion sensors embedded in wearable devices like smartwatches and fitness …

BAE Wants To Grow Drones In Vats On Demand

Brewing up a solution to a battlefield problem<p>It takes years, if not decades, to develop a new military airplane. Troops in the field, going on patrols and yearning for better air support against enemy attacks, don’t have the luxury of waiting decades for a solution. Last weekend, BAE, the British …

Drones

New nanoparticle technology developed to treat aggressive thyroid cancer - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

Anaplastic thyroid cancer (ATC), the most aggressive form of thyroid cancer, has a mortality rate of nearly 100 percent and a median survival time of …

As Food Crisis Worsens, Venezuelans Loot Almost-Empty Stores

Although home to the world's largest oil reserves, Venezuela seems to be running out of almost everything these days: food, medicine, electricity, even beer.<p>Economic conditions have become so bad that Venezuelans are ransacking grocery stores — even though many are largely empty. A Venezuelan …

Venezuela

The personal data privacy-preserving tech you need to know about

If you're in the business of data, it's time to start planning. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect in exactly two years, …

Microsoft may launch two TV streaming devices at E3

One of them is a Chromecast-like streaming device.<p>Microsoft may have its sights set on ruling the television next.<p>The software titan has two streaming TV devices it will debut at next month's E3 video game conference, according to Brad Sams of tech news site Petri, who divulged the information …

Smart TV

New form of light could make fiber optics more secure

When light hits your eyeball, the spinning photons actually twist it (infinitesimally). The force of that spin, known as angular momentum, has always been thought to be a direct multiple of a quantum physics number called Planck's constant. However, scientists from Trinity College Dublin discovered …

Hyperloop Project Surges Past 100 MPH

Here's what a hyperloop will look like. Eventually. Image source:Tesla Motors.<p>It's been a busy year for fans of Elon Musk's Hyperloop project. In fact, it's been a pretty busy <i>week</i>.<p>In February, we learned that Elon Musk is revisiting the idea of building a $6 billion, 400-mile, 800-mile-per-hour …

High-speed Rail

How expiring patents are ushering in the next generation of 3D printing

Filemon Schoffer Contributor<p>Filemon Schoffer is the head of community at 3D Hubs.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>3D printing technologies explained<br>• Metal 3D printing takes flight<p>The year 2016 is quickly shaping up to be one of the hottest years on record for 3D printing innovations. Although there is …

Petition to activate smartphone FM radios gains steam as carriers agree to flip the switch

A new report from CBC News details the progress being made to unlock the FM radio chip that many smartphones feature. Many smartphones have an untapped FM chip inside them that users are unable to take advantage of and while many Android devices are confirmed to have the chip, the iPhone also has …

T-Mobile

Linksys will let you use open router code under new FCC rules

While the FCC's imminent rules for wireless device interference are supposed to allow hackable WiFi routers, not every router maker sees it that way. TP-Link, for instance, is blocking open source firmware out of fear that you'll run afoul of the regulations when they kick in on June 2nd. However, …

Saving lives or risky pics? ‘Revolution’ in MDs’ smartphone photos raises ethical concerns

As his patient lay unconscious on a surgical gurney, the Victoria, B.C., urologist whipped out his smartphone and photographed the location where …

Medicine

FBI paid hackers to crack San Bernardino gunman's iPhone

The FBI cracked a San Bernardino terrorist's phone with the help of professional hackers who discovered and brought to the bureau at least one previously unknown software flaw, according to people familiar with the matter.<p>The new information was then used to create a piece of hardware that helped …