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Ashley Madison users report extortion: more lawsuits filed

Ashley Madison users report extortion: more lawsuits filed

The damage caused by the Ashley Madison leak is growing, and some former users are reporting that others have attempted to extort them using information contained in the data dumps. Eight individuals residing in the United States have filed lawsuits against the infidelity website, and the service is facing similar legal action from users in Canada. The lawsuits cite a host of reasons for the legal action: violations of privacy, breach of contract, negligence, and more.

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McAfee claims Ashley Madison breach ‘was an inside job’

McAfee claims Ashley Madison breach ‘was an inside job’

On Monday, John McAfee published a long statement claiming he knows who is behind the Ashley Madison hack, and that it wasn't some faceless collective of hackers. Rather, he says a "lone female operative" who worked for the site's parent company Avid Life Media is to blame, and that he is "confident" in saying so. McAfee is, of course, the founder of the anti-virus software by the same name, and in the recent past was living life briefly as a fugitive amidst murder claims and more.

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$377k Ashley Madison hack bounty amid suspected suicide link

$377k Ashley Madison hack bounty amid suspected suicide link

The hackers behind the huge Ashley Madison leak now have a bounty on their heads, with the company behind the affairs dating site announcing a CA$500,000 reward for catching them. Avid Life Media announced the half-million fund - approximately $377k - this morning in Toronto, promising a big cash jackpot for anybody who can provide information that leads to a successful arrest and prosecution. The offer comes amid unconfirmed reports that two suicides have been linked to the embarrassing leak.

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Now you can have custom Apple Watch faces too, somewhat

Now you can have custom Apple Watch faces too, somewhat

Just like the iPhone, customization on the Apple Watch isn't the most gratifying experience for tinkerers and would-be designers. Apple exercises a tight grip over the user experience on the smartwatch, and perhaps it is justified in this case. That said, just like the iPhone, people are going to find ways to get around those limitation. Like programmer Hamza Sood, who just revealed on Twitter something a lot of users are probably dreaming of: getting a custom watch face to work on their not so inexpensive Apple Watch.

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Hack turns Amazon Dash Buttons into do anything switches

Hack turns Amazon Dash Buttons into do anything switches

As seen previously, Amazon's new Dash Buttons are physical equivalents of 1-click checkout options, allowing Amazon Prime members to order common household items with a single press of the WiFi-connected device. But one programmer has come with a fairly simple hack that turns the $5 buttons into something that can track just about any type of data point. In a detailed post on Medium, Edward Benson explains how he turned a Dash Button into a system that collects data on his baby.

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IRS hack larger than reported: 600k+ taxpayers targeted

IRS hack larger than reported: 600k+ taxpayers targeted

This year the IRS joined the OPM and other entities -- both government and private -- that were hit with cyberattacks of one sort or another. The massive Office of Personnel Management hack has received the most attention, but as you may remember, the IRS was also targeted and suffered a huge loss of data. Only, it didn't report accurate numbers. As it turns out, the hack was even more massive than originally reported, with more than half a million people having been targeted.

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Google Play Store loaded on Windows 10 Mobile claim hackers

Google Play Store loaded on Windows 10 Mobile claim hackers

One of the biggest downsides to going with Windows as the operating system for your mobile phone is that the app store for Windows devices is much smaller than the stores for Apple and Google products. Fewer apps mean less cool games and other content to enjoy. XDA hackers are making a very interesting claim, according to the hackers; they were able to side-load the Google Play Store onto Windows 10 Mobile.

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BMW, Mercedes Benz, Chrysler not immune to OwnStar hack

BMW, Mercedes Benz, Chrysler not immune to OwnStar hack

Samy Kamkar is at it again and this time he is leaving no car left unturned. Or unhacked in this case. Following on his warning that GM's OnStar computer system is not the only one that's prone to getting infiltrated, the hacker has proved that other car maker's Internet-based remote control systems are equally susceptible. The list has now grown to include BMW's Remote, Mercedes-Benz' mbrace, and Chrysler's Uconnect, allowing hackers to unlock and track a wide range of "smart" cars that are growing in number and popularity.

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Tiny “RollJam” device can unlock car, garage doors

Tiny “RollJam” device can unlock car, garage doors

High tech smart cars aren't the only one susceptible to getting hacked. Even not so smart cars and garage doors that use wireless keys are open game to both playful and malicious hackers. At DefCon, hacker Samy Kamkar demonstrated how a $32 radio device can easily obtain a wireless key's "signature" code, which can then be replayed later to unlock that same door. And the owner will suspect nothing, aside from that strange first attempt at unlocking the door which, for no conceivable reason, fails.

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Facebook security hole remains open months after report

Facebook security hole remains open months after report

Android users can relax. This isn't about you this time. This time, it's Facebook's turn to take the hot seat. Not that it has completely left the chair anyway. According to Reza Moaiandinm, Technical Director of marketing company SALT.agency, Facebook has a gaping security hole that leaves it wide open to attack and its users vulnerable to phishing attempts. While news of such security lapses aren't exactly new, especially with Facebook involved, Moaiandinm's beef stems from the fact that Facebook has seemingly done nothing months after he reported the exploit.

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Russia blamed in Pentagon cyber-attack

Russia blamed in Pentagon cyber-attack

A Russian cyber-attack in July saw the Pentagon pull the plug on the entire unsecured email and internet system for the Joint Staff, it's been revealed. Described as a "sophisticated cyber intrusion", the incident saw email accounts of around 4,000 military and civilian personnel who work for the Joint Chiefs of Staff compromised, though officials aren't decided yet on whether it was sanctioned by the Russian government or the handiwork of an independent player.

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Tesla hacked: car can be shut down via connected laptop

Tesla hacked: car can be shut down via connected laptop

As the auto industry and security community is still reacting to the new about a Jeep Cherokee being hacked as it drove down the road, it comes as a surprise that Tesla, easily the most technology advanced vehicle the world has seen thus far, may have a similar vulnerability. At the ongoing hacking and security conference Def Con, researchers have revealed they were able to hack the all-electric, internet-connected Tesla Model S, the Wall Street Journal reports.

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