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Volvo pledges all-electric transformation by 2019

If the company focuses on cheaper electric vehicles, Tesla should be worried.<p>Swedish automaker Volvo has announced plans to give every vehicle …

Microsoft confirms some Windows 10 source code has leaked

A portion of Microsoft’s Windows 10 source code has leaked online this week. Files related to Microsoft’s USB, storage, and Wi-Fi drivers in Windows 10 were posted to Beta Archive this week. Beta Archive is an enthusiast site that tracks Windows releases, and asks members to donate money or …

Software

Virus locks out data, unless you can score 200 million in an impossible game

‘Rensenware’ creator regrets his own joke<p>Ransomware is the name for malware that locks down a victim's information and demands money to set it free. <i>Rensenware</i> is a spoof exploit developed by a bored Korean programmer, and its demands are a lot more ... demanding.<p>A computer infected with <i>Rensenware</i>, …

Gag ransomware forces you to play an anime shooter game

A typical ransomware takes your files hostage in exchange for money, but "Rensenware" asks for something else. It forces you to play an anime-type shooter game called <i>Touhou Seirensen (Undefined Fantastic Object)</i> and score 0.2 billion points in Lunatic mode. Based on what we've seen of the gameplay, …

A Minor PC Gaming Miracle

Building and maintaining your own gaming PC is the best. It’s also occasionally the worst. This week I upgraded my PC, fully expecting it to be a …

Simulation suggests 68 percent of the universe may not actually exist

According to the Lambda Cold Dark Matter (Lambda-CDM) model, which is the current accepted standard for how the universe began and evolved, the …

Dark Matter

Critical vulnerability under “massive” attack imperils high-impact sites [Updated]

Exploits for easy-to-spot bug are trivial, reliable, and publicly available.<p>In a string of attacks that have escalated over the past 48 hours, …

Information Security

BlackBerry just launched a super-secure messaging system for enterprise clients

Enterprises – particularly those in the healthcare and defense sectors – have the same need for real-time communications as any other company but differ in the level of security they require. To address this market, one-time Canadian smartphone manufacturer BlackBerry just announced the launch of …

Enterprise Android Vs iOS: Which is More Secure?

The answer is not as simple as you think. A mobile security expert parses the pros and cons.<p>Both iOS and Android come with features that are designed …

As Trump Eases Russian Sanctions, Norway Reveals A Kremlin Cyberattack

"Cozy Bear" operation targeted Labour Party, army and intelligence service.<p>Norwegian security officials have revealed a cyberattack by suspected Russian intelligence operatives that is strikingly similar to what occurred during the U.S. presidential election.<p>Hackers attempted to breach …

Cybersecurity

Thieves now use “Shimmers” to grab Chip/PIN card data

Just when you thought it was safe to slip your card in a slot ATM skimmers have gotten just a bit smarter. New devices called Shimmers can now read your card number and, in certain instances, access your card’s chip. While the technique isn’t new – Shimmers began appearing in 2015 – they are still …

Google ordered to turn over foreign emails

So much for Microsoft's court win providing a neat and tidy defense against law enforcement requests for foreign data. As part of an FBI fraud investigation, a Philadelphia judge has ordered Google to obey search warrants for emails stored on servers outside the US. The court ruled that …

Low-cost Android One phones are reportedly coming to the US

Google’s Android One platform was originally designed to provide low-cost Android devices to developing markets without the stuff that usually comes with low-cost Android devices: bloatware, competing services, and a crippling lack of software and security updates. Now, according to a report from</i> …

Android News

Google explains how it spots malicious Android apps

Android's Verify Apps feature performs malware scans on newly downloaded applications to make sure they're safe. But since some malicious apps can prevent the feature from working, the company had to find an alternative way to figure out if a phone stopped using Verify because you no longer use it …

Virtual Credit Card Service 'boon' Now Available to Apple Pay Customers in France

Wirecard launched its mobile payment solution, boon, in France today, allowing iPhone owners to use prepaid virtual credit cards in their Apple Pay wallet.<p>Launched in the U.K. in May of last year, boon is independent of any bank and offers a pre-paid account with a digital MasterCard that users can …

FinTech

Quantum computers ready to leap out of the lab in 2017

Google, Microsoft and a host of labs and start-ups are racing to turn scientific curiosities into working machines.<p>Quantum computing has long seemed …

Quantum Computing

This Android-infecting Trojan malware uses your phone to attack your router

Switcher Trojan reroutes your DNS to hand attackers information about every activity which takes place on the infected router.<p>A new form of Android …

How They Hack Your Website: The Ultimate, Updated Overview of Common Techniques

Website hacking is nothing new, but the techniques of a hacker are in constant flux.<p>In an attempt to keep up with this ever-evolving digital dark …

US-Russia tensions rise as malware found at Vermont electric utility

A day after Barack Obama announced tough new sanctions over what intelligence agencies believe to be Russian attempts to influence the presidential election in favour of Donald Trump, US officials said computer code linked to Russian-sponsored hackers had been detected in a computer at a Vermont …

Donald Trump

Protect your phone from secret spyware

The smartphone has become one of the most important tools in millions of Americans’ lives. It tracks your movements, displays emails and text messages, and notifies you of every birthday and appointment. Every second, information floods your smartphone. Unless you switch them off, your apps work …

Spyware

Adviser contradicts Trump: Russians hacked the US

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> A top adviser to President-elect Donald Trump said Monday he thinks the Russians were involved in election-related hacking of the US -- a very different view than that held by the incoming administration.<p>Former CIA director James Woolsey, an adviser to Trump on national security …

Donald Trump

Cyanogen pulls the plug on its services and OS next week (updated)

As most of us are paying attention to our long holiday weekend, Cyanogen Inc. has announced that "all services and Cyanogen-supported nightly builds" will be discontinued by December 31st. While its statement says that the open source CyanogenMod OS and source code will remain available, owners of …

5 Steam alternatives you can trust

If Steam is down, here’s where to buy PC games<p>If Steam is down, there is no reason to fret!<p>The internet is filled with alternative services worth throwing your wallet at. Each have their own unique advantages, deals and community. Whether Steam is down or you’re looking to try out a new service, …

Quantum Leap: Researchers Send Information Using a Single Particle of Light

This could pave the way for quantum computer circuits where electron qubits exchange information via photons.<p>According to research published Thursday in <i>Science</i>, physicists at Princeton University have designed a device that allows a single electron to pass its quantum information to a photon in …

How Smartphones Are Becoming Hacking Targets

In the wake of last month's "Gooligan" attacks, which targeted more than a million Android devices and gained access to the users' Google accounts, …

Microsoft is about to turn a phone into a real PC

Desktop apps on ARM chips is Redmond's new mobile trick<p>Microsoft is bringing a full version of Windows 10, complete with desktop app support, to ARM chipsets. The software giant demonstrated Windows 10 running on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chip today, complete with HD video playback, Adobe Photoshop …

UK police have a new tactic to circumvent strong iPhone encryption: steal the unlocked phone out of the criminal’s hand

Apple’s decision to protect user privacy rather than add security backdoors to cooperate with law enforcement has been a common theme of 2016. The company has pointedly refused to weaken its stance on strong encryption and privacy for all Apple users; the most notable being the San Bernardino …

Privacy

How to Guess Visa Card Details in Just 6 Seconds

If you shop online, you know how retailers ask for extra credit card information such as a security code to reduce the risk of fraud. In the case of …

We Just Got The First Real Evidence of a Strange Quantum Distortion in Empty Space

It's taken us 80 years to witness this.<p>For the first time, astronomers have observed a strange quantum phenomenon in action, where a neutron star is …

App-installing malware found in over 1 million Android phones

A new malware campaign has been discovered in over 1 million Android devices, according to a new report from the security firm Check Point. Dubbed “Googlian” by the firm, the campaign first emerged in August, and is currently compromising devices at a rate of roughly 13,000 per day.<p>The malware …