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AOL responds to widespread email spamming hack

AOL responds to widespread email spamming hack

If you’ve been receiving odd emails from an AOL email address, you’re not alone. A massive hack led to many accounts being compromised, used to send out spammy emails that included catchy headlines and suspect links. AOL has issued a response, saying their investigation ingot he matter is ongoing, and users should take steps to protect themselves.

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Siri hacked by four college freshmen, tons of functionality added

Siri hacked by four college freshmen, tons of functionality added

Siri loves to give answers — often snarky — but she doesn’t do much outside of create reminders. The voice assistant for iOS is handy, but lacks a lot of curcial control that some have been wanting. Four fast-talking, enterprising freshman at the University of Pennsylvania successfully hacked Siri, creating an exploit that intercepts your queries and redirects them to apps called GoogolPlex.

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NSA exploited Heartbleed for two years claim insiders [Updated]

NSA exploited Heartbleed for two years claim insiders [Updated]

The NSA has not only known about the Heartbleed bug for at least two years, but exploited it in regular surveillance attacks, insider sources have alleged, opting to keep the security flaw a secret because of its value to intelligence gathering. Heartbleed, which has forced companies big and small to update the security of their sites after a flaw in the SSL believed to be keeping users' details safe, has prompted a mass change in passwords over the past week.

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Expect an irate call if you try to hack your Tesla Model S

Expect an irate call if you try to hack your Tesla Model S

Once upon a time it was a rite of passage for car lovers to get under the hood and tinker with the mechanics; in the modern world of EVs, that's been upgraded to hacking access to the computer systems, as one Tesla Model S owner discovered. Some investigation of a mysterious port turned out to be a hidden ethernet link into the Model S' internal communications system, as well as a shortcut to getting an irate call from Tesla itself warning owners not to fiddle lest they be accused of "industrial espionage".

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iOS 7 bug turns off Find My iPhone and bypasses Activation Lock

iOS 7 bug turns off Find My iPhone and bypasses Activation Lock

Apple builds in security features and the ability to track a lost or stolen iPhone into the iOS 7 and higher operating system. Those features allow a user to track their smartphone if it is lost or stolen and prevent someone from being able to remove the iCloud account tied to the device and avoid tracking. The problem is that an easy to exploit security issue in iOS 7 and higher has been found that makes bypassing those features easy.

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DMV credit card hack hits thousands in California

DMV credit card hack hits thousands in California

The California Department of Motor Vehicles is the next in line to fall prey to an extensive credit card security breach. A private alert sent out by MasterCard to different banks, states that online transactions for DMV-related services have been the source of the breach and has affected thousands of citizens and their data. The news comes close to heels of the Target incident, where data involving over 110 million of its customer’s credit cards was breached.

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NATO sites hacked by Ukrainians over Crimea row

NATO sites hacked by Ukrainians over Crimea row

One of the most popular forms of online protest against authoritative action is to bring down the official website and make life chaotic, and NATO is the latest to fall victim over controversies in the Crimea. NATO's primary website, along with the pages for its online cyber defense center, were allegedly forced offline by Ukrainian hackers aiming to demonstrate their dissatisfaction with plans to relinquish a part of Ukraine to Russia, based on the NATO voting system.

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Bitcoin hacks take over $650k as two exchanges admit break-ins

Bitcoin hacks take over $650k as two exchanges admit break-ins

Bitcoin hackers have claimed two more victims, with exchange Flexcoin announcing its virtual vault has been drained and that it will be ceasing operations immediately, while Poloneix confessed a security lapse of its own. "On March 2nd 2014 Flexcoin was attacked and robbed of all coins in the hot wallet" the company announced. "The attacker made off with 896 BTC," Flexcoin says, which works out to around $600,000 at today's rate.

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