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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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US Cyber Command gets new teeth for online warfare

US Cyber Command gets new teeth for online warfare

The US Cyber Command division, the Pentagon's cybersecurity team established to tackle a new age of digital threats, will be considerably expanded with new specialists in both offensive and defensive technologies, the Defense Department has confirmed. A trio of task-forces will be established, populated with a fresh intake of experts, with the division "constantly looking to recruit, train, and retain world class cyberpersonnel" a spokesperson told the NYTimes. Recent attacks on US infrastructure left the Defense Department convinced that it needed to bolster its own forces.

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The White House unveils National Day of Civic Hacking

The White House unveils National Day of Civic Hacking

The White House has announced that this summer it will launch the National Day of Civic Hacking, a nationwide event where individuals can stretch their creative fingers using publicly released data to create "solutions for problems that affect Americans." The event will take place on June 1 and 2, and will be a collaborative effort amongst anyone who wants to participate.

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Forget mobile payments, real-life Mario Kart is the best use ever for RFID

Forget mobile payments, real-life Mario Kart is the best use ever for RFID

Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aime may have straddled a full-sized Mario Kart replica for publicity, but Waterloo Labs' DIY version goes several steps better with actual gameplay dragged out from the console to the race track. Taking four regular go-karts, and then strapping on RFID readers, pneumatic launchers, and various servo-controls of the steering and throttle, the real-life drivers can boost their performance by grabbing RFID-tagged boosters hanging over the course, and sabotage rivals by shooting at them.

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