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Dow Jones hacked: customer data compromised

Dow Jones hacked: customer data compromised

The Dow Jones has revealed that it recently suffered a data breach, with its customer data being targeted. About 3500 customers have been affected as a result of the hack; the compromised data includes contact information and bank card details. Says the company, it does not have evidence that the data was stolen, only that it was compromised. Customers potentially affected by this will receive a letter in the mail with further information.

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Scottrade reveals data breach affecting millions of users

Scottrade reveals data breach affecting millions of users

This past Friday, Scottrade announced that it had suffered a data breach potentially affecting millions of users. The breach happened some time between the end of 2013 and the beginning of 2014, possibly affecting users who opened an account before February of last year. In a statement, the company revealed that it appeared only contact data was targeted in the breach — names and home addresses, namely. Concerns abound that the hackers may use the stolen data to manipulate stocks.

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15m T-Mobile consumers hacked: SSN and more taken

15m T-Mobile consumers hacked: SSN and more taken

The names, addresses, Social Security numbers, and more of fifteen million T-Mobile credit applicants have been stolen, the carrier has confirmed today. The hack focused on the servers of consumer credit agency Experian, which had stored credit assessment data of customers applying for service with T-Mobile between September 1, 2013 through September 16, 2015.

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Hilton probing whether hotel shops were hacked

Hilton probing whether hotel shops were hacked

Hilton Worldwide Holdings announced over the weekend that it is probing whether some of the restaurants and gift shops at Hilton properties in the United States were compromised by hackers. If that turns out to be the case, Hilton will be the latest in a growing number of business affected by security breaches. Target, most notably, was hit with a massive security breach that left the financial details of many customers compromised, an issue that is still being ironed out many months later.

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The Netflix Switch dims lights, orders food while you binge

The Netflix Switch dims lights, orders food while you binge

Our houses are getting smarter, with new fangled connectivity to the Internet and our smartphones and new fangled remote controls. But what if your needs were simply to comfortably watch your favorite Netflix shows in the dimmed coziness of your living room? What if you happened to be a tinkerer with some spare tools and chips around? What if you wanted pizza to go with that? If you answered yes to all of those, or maybe even just the first two, then the Netflix Switch might be perfect for you.

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Hack makes PS Vita TV compatible with more PS Vita games

Hack makes PS Vita TV compatible with more PS Vita games

The PlayStation TV, or PS Vita TV in some markets, may not be one of Sony's most loved gaming hardware. Although it bears the name and some of the traits of the PS Vita, it is a set-top box more than a handheld. Even more, despite being compatible with a number of PS Vita games, the mini console doesn't support more, even those that perhaps make sense on the device. Fortunately, thanks to a simple hack posted on HackInformer, some of those games and apps might not be available for the PS TV.

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Seagate NAS drives can be hacked through simple Telnet hole

Seagate NAS drives can be hacked through simple Telnet hole

Wireless NAS or Network Attached Storage drives are a terribly convenient way of practically having your own little cloud, whether at home, at work, or even remotely. Given that they are not usually managed by security experts, they also become ripe targets for hackers. But sometimes, the manufacturers themselves make it almost too easy for criminals. Like some of Seagate's NAS devices for example, which can be easily broken into using nothing more than Telnet, a user name of "root", and a default hardcoded password.

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Self-driving car lidars can be spoofed by $60 gadget

Self-driving car lidars can be spoofed by $60 gadget

Autonomous cars naturally rely on a variety of sensors in order to determine and navigate through its environment. Apparently, one of the most expensive sensors available can be foiled a a cheap, makeshift setup. Software security researcher Jonathan Petit demonstrated how a laser radar or lidar, specifically one from the IBEO Lux, could be tricked into seeing phantom cars, pedestrians, or walls, which could effectively paralyze the self-driving vehicle from moving or at the very least prevent it from being able to accurately analyze its surroundings.

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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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