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Hacking of two state voter databases prompts FBI to call for better security

The FBI is urging US election officials to increase computer security measures after it uncovered evidence that hackers have targeted two state election databases in recent weeks, according to a confidential advisory.<p>The warning was in an 18 August flash alert from the FBI’s cyber division. Reuters …

FBI

90pc of bank customers unaware their income details are tracked and shared - and it's legal

In a poll of more than 4,000 readers, nine out of ten said they "had no idea" their monthly incomes were being recorded by their bank and then shared with other companies, analysed and traded.<p>The poll was conducted within an article highlighting the rapid growth of banks' and other firms' use of …

Finance

I Was a Crisis Negotiator for 23 Years. Here's What it is Like to Talk Down an Armed Hostage Taker.

<i>Few people understand the fraught combination of high-stakes negotiations and guns better than</i> <i>Gary Noesner</i><i>, the former chief of the FBI’s Crisis</i> …

FBI

Apple issues global iOS update after attempt to use spyware activist's iPhone

A botched attempt to break into the iPhone of an Arab activist using hitherto unknown espionage software has triggered a global upgrade of Apple’s mobile operating system, researchers said Thursday.<p>The spyware took advantage of three previously undisclosed weaknesses in Apple’s iPhone to take …

iPhone

The Virtual Surgeons of Syria

A team of doctors across the world is helping the only two medical professionals left in one besieged town in Syria—via cell phone.<p>Earlier this year, a Syrian American orthopedic surgeon was shopping with his two toddlers at a Walmart in Grand Rapids, Michigan, when he heard the familiar ping of a …

Medicine

Baltimore police worked with a private company to conduct aerial surveillance of the city

For the past year, the Baltimore Police Department has been using a private company to conduct widespread aerial surveillance of the city to help solve crimes, Bloomberg revealed in an in-depth report published on Tuesday.<p>Persistent Surveillance Systems provided Baltimore a with a surveillance …

Baltimore

Italy earthquake kills dozens, reduces towns to rubble

AMATRICE, Italy (AP) — A strong earthquake in central Italy reduced three towns to rubble as people slept early Wednesday, killing at least 73 people and injuring hundreds more as rescue crews raced to dig out survivors with bulldozers and their bare hands.<p>The toll was likely to rise as crews …

US Army committed $6.5 trillion in accounting fraud in one year

In June, the Defense Department’s Inspector General released a report on the US Army's accounting, revealing that the Army had invented $6.5 trillion …

U.S. Army

US Air Force orders a new fleet of killer drones to battle in the sky

The military’s march toward guerrilla war in the sky has taken another step forward with the Air Force placing a $371 million order for a new fleet of killer drones.<p>The contract with California-based General Atomics calls for delivery of 30 MQ-9 Reapers by the spring of 2019, according to the <i>Air</i> …

Military

Abused 4-year-old child tells police her name is 'Idiot'

<b>(CNN) —</b> The little girl was abused so badly she had a black eye, dried blood in the corner of her mouth and deep purple bruises all over her body.<p>But it's what she said when asked her name that's truly startling.<p>"Idiot."<p>The girl is only 4. She lived with her mother, Jennifer Denen, and Denen's …

Policing

Prison Stocks Plummet Following Justice Department Announcement

The widely-criticized, for-profit companies weren't saving the government money.<p>The U.S. Justice Department announced plans on Thursday to phase out its use of privately-operated prisons, calling them less safe and less effective than government-run facilities.<p>Hammering corrections company share …

Prison

Haunting photo of young boy in an Aleppo ambulance captures the plight of children caught in Syrian war

Sooty and dazed, dust-covered and bloodied, the little boy doesn’t cry; not even a whimper escapes him. He just stares straight ahead, his small face blank with shock.<p>Video and still pictures of a wounded Syrian child sitting in an ambulance in Aleppo after being rescued from the rubble of his …

Aleppo

Cisco and Fortinet say vulnerabilities disclosed in ‘NSA hack’ are legit

A group calling itself the Shadow Brokers dumped data online this weekend that it claimed to have stolen from the Equation Group, a hacking team widely believed to be associated with the NSA. Firewall makers Cisco and Fortinet have now confirmed that vulnerabilities included in the data dump …

Cisco Systems

Fourth brain-eating amoeba case of the year being treated

<b>(CNN) —</b> An unidentified patient in Florida is being treated after being infected with a brain-eating amoeba last week, according to the Florida Department of Health. It is the fourth known case this year of infection by the parasite Naegleria fowleri.<p>"We believe that the individual contracted the …

Amoebas

Major Hotel Chains Hacked, Credit Card Details Stolen

HEI Hotels & Resorts operates a slew of popular hotels—including Starwood, Marriott, Hyatt, and others.<p>If you stayed at a major hotel chain in recent …

Hotels

Stripped of my HSBC Premier account – because I paid off my mortgage

<i>I have held a HSBC Premier account for 10 years. The benefits of Premier accounts are essentially reduced overdraft rates and free travel insurance. I paid off my mortgage in full in late 2013. My annual income is currently £200,000 and all of it is paid into my account.</i><p><i>Out of the blue I received a</i> …

Finance

Now Trump's spokeswoman has claimed Obama invaded Afghanistan

In another piece of historical revision from Donald Trump’s campaign, his spokeswoman has claimed that President Barack Obama was responsible for the …

Elections

Ukraine joining NATO would be trigger for war with Russia

<b>August 2016</b> – <b>UKRAINE</b> – It’s the nightmare scenario Europe and the rest of the west is dreading — an aggressive Moscow unleashes its military might, …

War

DNC leaks catch alcohol industry pouring money into anti-marijuana democrats

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) email leaks have been the source of some justified controversy over the past few weeks. With so much …

Marijuana

Microsoft's 'Golden Key' leak adds to case against backdoor access

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence Apps and Platforms Briefing subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>Windows has inadvertently leaked a “golden key” that enables illicit access to Windows phones, tablets, and computers protected by Secure Boot, according to The Next …

Microsoft Access

Comment: Microsoft just demonstrated why Apple was right to stand up to the FBI

I wrote an opinion piece predating the San Bernardino shootings on why Apple was right to stand firm on encryption even in the face of terrorist attacks, and another one afterwards explaining why it would be too dangerous to give the FBI the iPhone master key they demanded.<p>My main argument was that …

FBI

9-year-old boy escapes kidnapper by calling his dad's smartwatch

Modern technology may have saved a young boy's life.<p>On Tuesday, Aiden, a 9-year-old boy from Utah, escaped an attempted abduction by calling his …

Wearable Tech

Almost every Volkswagen sold since 1995 can be unlocked with an Arduino

It's not easy, but it is possible.<p>Over at <i>Wired</i>, Andy Greenberg reports that security researchers have discovered how to use software defined radio …

Arduino

As of today, we have used up all the Earth’s resources for 2016

Earth Overshoot Day isn’t one of those fun holidays, like International Cat Day or Squirrel Appreciation Day. Instead, it’s a depressing reminder that we humans are living well beyond our means. Today (Aug. 8) marks the point when humanity as a whole has used up the resources needed to live …

Sustainability

Samsung Pay vulnerability enables hackers to steal credit cards wirelessly

A vulnerability has been discovered in Samsung Pay which can be exploited by a hacker to wirelessly steal credit cards. The way Samsung Pay secures …

Samsung

Refugee athlete who saved 20 lives by pushing boat for 3 hours wins swimming heat at Rio Olympics

Photo by Ker Robertson/Getty Images<p>There are dozens of amazing teenage athletes at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, but nobody has a story like swimmer Yusra Mardini, who is competing under the International Olympic Committee flag as part of the refugee team.<p>Many people have their lives thanks to the …

Swimming

FDA approves using genetically-modified mosquitos to fight Zika

The Zika virus and related illness outbreak has been top-of-mind as of late -- in the US, that's particularly true in parts of Florida where the virus has spread. It looks like there may be a rather unusual way of fighting further spread of the virus, however. Today, the FDA just finished an …

Mosquitoes

The US Spends Way More On Inmates Than On Students

Across the US, an average of $31,000 is spent annually on every inmate — nearly three times the money spent on each American student.