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Galaxy Note II hack exposes homescreen

Galaxy Note II hack exposes homescreen

A security flaw allowing brief - but potentially dangerous - access to the Samsung Galaxy Note II's homescreen, even if the phablet has been locked, has been identified, again raising questions about the company's security policies. The not-quite-a-hack, identified by security researcher Terence Eden, requires nothing more than a few well-timed button presses, and potentially gives - brief - access to whatever apps, widgets, and direct-dial shortcuts are saved on the homescreen.

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Evernote hacked: Emails, encrypted passwords stolen

Evernote hacked: Emails, encrypted passwords stolen

Cloud notetaking service Evernote has been hacked, the company has revealed today, with an unidentified attacker compromising servers and extracting usernames, email addresses, and encrypted passwords. The attack has forced a mandatory password reset, meaning all users must change their password before they can log back into their account, but Evernote says there is no evidence of either notes being viewed by a third-party, or payment details of Evernote Premium or Business users being accessed.

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China accuses US of systematic hacking

China accuses US of systematic hacking

The Chinese government has accused the US of a torrent of hacking attempts, blaming hackers in the United States for nearly two-thirds of all cyber-terrorism made against the country. The Chinese Department of Defense and the Chinese military have together faced 144,000 hack attempts per month on average, the country's Ministry of Defense said today, with spokesperson Geng Yansheng citing US IP addresses as the telltale giveaway for who was responsible.

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Update Java warns Apple after Mac hack

Update Java warns Apple after Mac hack

Apple has pushed out a new Java update to address the malware loophole that saw hackers attempt to extract data from the company, stripping out the Apple-provided browser plugin in the process. The update, which follows Apple's confirmation that a "small number" of its systems had been compromised by an unknown hacking group, basically removes the Java applet plugin from all browsers on an OS X 10.7+ machine.

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China denies hacking against the US

China denies hacking against the US

Earlier this morning we reported that allegations have surfaced that China was conducting cyber attacks against the United States. The alleged attacks were being conducted on American media companies and other businesses. Media companies including the New York Times, Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal have all said that they were the target of cyber attacks that originated within China.

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FROST attack compromises Android smartphones using cold

FROST attack compromises Android smartphones using cold

If you use an Android smartphone, you may feel secure in the fact that your PIN number or unlock pattern will protect the data on your device if you should lose it. As it turns out, neither of those security protections may be able to protect your device from a new attack that exploits the phone after it's been placed in a freezer and thoroughly chilled. The attack is called the "FROST" attack and has been demonstrated by a pair of researchers from Erlangen University in Germany.

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Jawbone MyTALK hacked: Names, emails and encrypted passwords stolen

Jawbone MyTALK hacked: Names, emails and encrypted passwords stolen

Jawbone has notified some users that its MyTALK service has been hacked, with the cloud app and firmware update platform supposedly seeing names, emails, and encrypted passwords raided. The security hack was revealed in an email to registered users today, warning them that "limited user information" had been stolen, though suggesting that there was no sign of any unauthorized use of that login data, or access to account information, that Jawbone could see.

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Hacking highlight: “Sustained attack” on US called out by intelligence report

Hacking highlight: “Sustained attack” on US called out by intelligence report

The US is under sustained attack from a vast cyber-espionage campaign that, though broadly invisible to the public, has the potential to significantly threaten the economic performance of the country as a whole, according to a new report. China is the most active of the hacking culprits, sources tell the Washington Post having had privileged access to the new National Intelligence Estimate, but are not alone in targeting fields as broad as energy, finance, and technology in the hunt for a commercial edge. As well as technological methods of defense, the US is also apparently considering more unusual strategies to battle the growing number of state-led attacks.

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Hackers steal millions from ATMs on Christmas Eve

Hackers steal millions from ATMs on Christmas Eve

Reports are coming in that in the final days of 2012 hackers were able to pull off a major scam using ATM machines and prepaid credit cards. The attack was so successful, that Visa warned all US payment card issuers to be on high alert for additional ATM cash-out fraud schemes in 2013. Sources in the financial industry and law enforcement cited by Krebsonsecurity.com say that thieves made off with approximately $9 million in the scam.

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