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As coffee brewing methods go, this one’s super-geeky

As coffee brewing methods go, this one’s super-geeky

Coffee can be super-geeky when you want it to be. Not everyone is content with Nespresso or Keurig, but while drip methods can be simple and still deliver far greater results, winning awards for your brewing takes a little extra work. 2014 North East Brewers Cup champion Todd Carmichael has one such method, snatching first prize with a convoluted but fun double-filtering system that's likely to prove divisive for coffee enthusiasts. Check out the video after the cut.

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Retailer Michaels credit card hack latest in payments breach

Retailer Michaels credit card hack latest in payments breach

Crafts retailer Michaels is the latest company to suffer a credit card breach, warning customers that it is investigating the potential theft of payment details. The retailer, which operates around 1,250 stores in the US, has not disclosed how many customers it believes have been affected, nor whether the breach was in physical locations, online, or both; it is now working with federal law enforcement and data security experts to ascertain the extent of the damage, Michaels confirmed in a statement provided to researcher Brian Krebs.

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Up to 1.1m cards affected in Neiman Marcus hack

Up to 1.1m cards affected in Neiman Marcus hack

The Neiman Marcus hack saw potentially 1.1m credit card details stolen, the high-end retailer has admitted, though claims no online customers were impacted nor PINs stolen. "The malware actively attempted to collect or "scrape" payment card data from July 16, 2013 to October 30, 2013" Neiman Marcus president and CEO Karen Katz wrote in an open letter to customers, though so far credit card companies have said only around 2,400 cards have actually seen fraudulent activity as a result. Still, the retailer has offered a make-up deal to anyone who shopped there between January 2013 and 2014.

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Chinese government blames cyber attack for internet outage in the country

Chinese government blames cyber attack for internet outage in the country

The Chinese government announced this week that it believes an internet outage that has hit the country is the result of a cyber attack. Web users within the country were unable to reach certain websites starting around 3:20pm local time on January 21 according to the National Computer Network Emergency Response Center. That response center has issued a preliminary conclusion that the outage was caused by a cyber attack.

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Vital infrastructure a cyber-terrorism timebomb EU warns

Vital infrastructure a cyber-terrorism timebomb EU warns

Vital control systems used by energy, water, and transportation are ill-prepared to cope with online terrorism and hacking threats, the EU's cyber security agency has warned, blaming patchy and inconsistent testing for what could be a potential infrastructure disaster. Industrial Control Systems (ICS) are "often outdated" ENISA points out, while their expected lifespan of 20 years or more fails to incorporate the sort of security features essential to withstand cyber-terrorism attacks.

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Google+ Local hit with thousands of compromised hotel links

Google+ Local hit with thousands of compromised hotel links

Yesterday, news surfaced of an annoying and somewhat unanticipated so-called hijacking of hotel links within Google+ Local accounts by yet-unknown spammers. When clicked, the compromised links took prospective customers to a third-party book service. Whether the third-party services were responsible for the compromised accounts or another entity entirely -- someone operating under an affiliate account sees most likely, in that scenario -- also isn't yet known.

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