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The Internet Of Things’ Massive Security Problem, Visualized

Earlier this year, the usernames and passwords for more than 8,000 internet of things devices were posted online so hackers could easily access them. The security breach was a perfect illustration of the IoT’s security problems: Of the 8,000+ username and password combinations, only 142 were …

J.K. Rowling's latest Donald Trump burn is brutally effective

Another day, another J.K. Rowling Twitter burn.<p>The <i>Harry Potter</i> author has always been handy with the one-tweet comeback, but since Donald Trump …

Over 700M email addresses were compromised. Was yours one of them?

Security researchers discovered a doozy of a spam list this week — over 711 million email addresses on it in total. That means it’s time to check your security again.<p>A Paris-based researcher called Benkow uncovered the spambot, called “Onliner.” It uses a tiny, pixel-sized images hidden in spam …

Hackers Show How Smart Devices Could Use Sonar to Spy On You

A team of student hackers have demonstrated a method for using music to turn smart devices into tools for spying. The system is based on sonar, and …

University of Washington

Facebook will now bury clickbait video and fake 'play' buttons

Facebook has been doubling down on fighting clickbait articles in the past year, but now the company is addressing video clickbait too.<p>One of the more popular ways spammers trick people is by using a fake play button. It’s a simple enough strategy: share an article with a play button as the …

Experts sound alarm over news websites' fake news twins

Kremlin supporters suspected to be behind fraudulent articles designed to look like they came from Le Soir and the Guardian<p>Fake articles made to look like they have been published by legitimate news websites have emerged as a new avenue for propaganda on the internet, with experts concerned about …

Internet

Young survivors explain what it's like getting back to 'normal' after cancer - Health - ABC News

Serena Weatherall was 23 and fresh out of acting school when she discovered she had cancer: stage IV Hodgkin lymphoma.<p>Her life suddenly veered off …

Take a Free Course on Digital Photography from Stanford Prof Marc Levoy

Photography and video have advanced to such a degree that any one of us, for a modest investment of capital, can own the requisite equipment to make …

The fountain of youth might reside deep in our brains

According to some new research, the key to living longer may reside deep in our brains. In a major breakthrough for our understanding of how the …

Texas Police Turning Into Mobile Debt Collectors

Two new technologies and one failed state program could make highway travel perilous for Texans traveling between San Antonio, Austin and Houston.<p>Law …

Chicago's experimental policing tool is hurting the people it's supposed to be helping

Spearheaded by the Chicago Police Department in collaboration with the Illinois Institute of Technology, the pilot project uses an algorithm to rank and identify people most likely to be perpetrators or victims of gun violence based on data points like prior narcotics arrests, gang affiliation and …

For $28, you can hack into a stranger's internet-enabled webcam

If you have an web-connected camera, you should change your password ASAP.<p>For just 188 yuan ($28), you can buy software that would allow you to hack …

Q&A recap: Grillers in the mist as fog clears on ABC's panel show

When your Q&A panel is all fog-inducing politicians the task for tough questioners can be tough indeed - grillers in the mist, if you will - but Our …

The neverending cybersecurity arms race

The ROI for cybersecurity is undeniably evident, and companies old and new have wised up to this harsh new fact of life. According to Edgile CEO Don Elledge’s analysis on Forbes, “businesses are increasing their cybersecurity budgets at a rate of 18%; [but] data breaches increased at a rate of more …

Cybersecurity

Google, not GCHQ, is the truly chilling spy network

Daily surveillance of the general public conducted by the search engine, along with Facebook, is far more insidious than anything our spooks get up to<p>When Edward Snowden first revealed the extent of government surveillance of our online lives, the then foreign secretary, William (now Lord) Hague, …

Surveillance

Insider | The Next Web

All stories in Insider<p>Hey entrepreneurs: Here's how to fix your sucky product<p>Sales are a puzzle game and even top sale champions are daily facing challenges of reaching out to potential customers, developing ...<p>Mohamed Mokhtar<p>Lesara's CEO on why entrepreneurs should always have a beginner's …

Icos

Quantum entanglement is the future of the internet whether we understand it or not

Scientists in China have taken the next step in creating an internet that can’t be hacked or compromised. The future of data transfer is called quantum networking and it relies on a complex concept that takes the ‘signal’ out of sending data. Hackers can’t intercept or steal data that never …

Quantum Physics

Teaching our police force how to hack like the pros

You’re more likely to be a victim of cybercrime than any other criminal offence in the UK. But, unlike conventional offences, cybercrime can be near …

Cybersecurity

Bye, Twitter. All the cool kids are migrating to Mastodon.

In the battle between a massive prehistoric beast and a fluttering bird, we all know what's destined to come out on top.<p>But in the case of Mastodon, …

Facebook Instant Articles will soon show pleas from publishers

Those email-sign-up, follow-us and install-our-app appeals so common on the web are coming to the social network's fast-loading articles.<p>Facebook is giving its Instant Articles publishing partners new tools to keep you in their clutches.<p>Instant Articles is the feature that lets publishers load …

Personalized News

Italy just banned Uber in favor of taxis

A court just banned Uber from using its apps in Italy — yes, <i>all</i> of Italy.<p>The court ruled in favor of the country’s taxi drivers — who filed the suit — claiming Uber was “unfair competition.” Now Uber can’t use it’s apps — including UberBlack, Uber LUX, X, and Select — and it can’t promote or …

Tips for Managing Chemobrain

How can cancer patients manage the symptoms of chemobrain? Learn more about this side effect of cancer treatment, which can sometimes cause decreased short-term memory, problems finding words, short attention span, and difficulty concentrating and multitasking.

Cancer Treatment

Connection Between Chronic Pain and Anxiety Disorders

<i>Summary: Researchers provide new insight into the little understood connection between chronic pain and anxiety.</i><p>Source: University of Vermont.<p><b>New</b> …

Neuroscience

Simone de Beauvoir on the Artist’s Task to Liberate the Present from the Past

“The artist … must first will freedom within himself and universally; he must try to conquer it.”<p><i>“We made the world we’re living in and we have to make it over,”</i> James Baldwin wrote in considering freedom and how we imprison ourselves. <i>“We will not be free if we do not imagine freedom,”</i> Ursula K. Le …

Ten Myths About Social Networking For Business

There is so much noise about social media, much of it not very helpful. Myths about how and why to use these networks abound, spread by networking neophytes and so-called experts (like me) alike.<p>The truth is the answers to these questions keep changing, because we are only beginning to understand …

Micro Drone 3.0

Three years ago if you wanted a drone to take high-quality video, you had to shell out tons of cash and rely on a big, bulky flyer. With the Micro …

Hover Camera

Hover Camera is a small self-flying drone packed with a 13MP camera sensor, 4K video capabilities, and has the ability to follow you around as you …

Drones

Cyber security lessons offered to schools in England

<b>Schoolchildren in England will be offered lessons in cyber security in a bid to find the experts of the future to defend the UK from attacks.</b><p>It is hoped 5,700 pupils aged 14 and over will spend up to four hours a week on the subject in a five-year pilot.<p>Classroom and online teaching, "real-world …

Cybersecurity