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Penn State says it was hit with pair of “sophisticated” cyber attacks

Penn State says it was hit with pair of “sophisticated” cyber attacks

Penn State has revealed that it was hit with two major cyber attacks, one of which it determined originated from China. The announcement was made today, with the university saying that it first became aware of the threats on November 21, 2014 after being alerted by the FBI. According to the statement, the FBI alerted the university of a cyber attack taking place on its College of Engineering network. The university is saying that “advanced persistent threat actors” conducted the two cyber attacks, with “at least” one being based in China. The oldest discovered date of intrusion was September of 2012.

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Robots are about to replace lockpicking kits

Robots are about to replace lockpicking kits

If you're protecting treasured first edition comic collection with a combination lock, you may want to upgrade your security. traditional combo locks are about to be toast thanks to this new robot. The contraption is the creation of Samy Kamkar, the same hacker who brought us the pocket-sized KeySweeper, capable of sniffing keystrokes from wireless keyboards. With a little help from a 3D-printer and Arduino, Kamkar's device exploits a trick he discovered which allows anyone to crack a Masterlock in eight tries or less. The programmable motor is more efficient than any lock picker, opening the lock in seconds.

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Almost 90% of health care providers hacked in last two years

Almost 90% of health care providers hacked in last two years

Cyber attackers have increasingly turned their attention to health care providers, of which nearly 90-percent were hacked over the course of the last two years. The growing number of cyber attacks against the health care industry is said to cost $6 billion annually, marking a trend where hackers shift focus from financial institutions and retailers to those with medical records. All in all, these attacks are said to have doubled in the United States over the last half decade.

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Tesla website, Elon Musk’s Twitter defaced by hackers

Tesla website, Elon Musk’s Twitter defaced by hackers

Even the smartest, most innovative companies fall victim to hackers once in a while, as evidenced by the few hours of difficulty Tesla Motors experienced on their website and Twitter account. Starting sometime between 4:00 and 5:00pm ET on Saturday, hackers took control of the company's official home page, Twitter account, and even founder Elon Musk's Twitter account for a brief time. The profile name on the social networking site's page was changed to #RIPPRGANG during the time control was lost, with tweets promising a free car to anyone who called a certain phone number.

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Hackers able to steal fingerprints from Galaxy S5, other Android phones

Hackers able to steal fingerprints from Galaxy S5, other Android phones

Fingerprint readers have quickly become commonplace on our smartphones, and while they are touted as offering some of the best security, it seems that may not be true across the board. A group of researchers at FireEye have reported a flaw in certain Android phones like the Galaxy S5 that could allow hackers to steal fingerprint data. Now, before you start panicking and preparing to set your fingerprint-based phone on fire in the name of security, know that this can only take place in extremely limited situations, and as for Android itself, the loophole was already patched with the release of Lollipop.

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Here’s how Google Play scans your Android phone

Here’s how Google Play scans your Android phone

Google has a system enacted through Google Play for Android devices called Verify Apps. Google's latest Android Security State of the Union (for the year 2014) includes clarification on what the company is scanning on your phone - both inside Google Play-downloaded apps and in apps you've downloaded elsewhere. Verify Apps scans your phone's apps for security risks in Google Play apps, and Safety Net provides protection for (and from) apps outside of Google Play. Yes, Google Play is scanning your phone - no, it's not something to freak out about.

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Obama signs bill to allow sanctions be placed on ‘malicious’ hackers

Obama signs bill to allow sanctions be placed on ‘malicious’ hackers

Taking dead aim at “malicious cyber attackers”, President Obama today signed into law a bill that will allow those who target US companies for things like DDoS attacks to have sanctions imposed upon them. In announcing the bill, Homeland Security and Counterterrorism chief Lisa Monaco said “by freezing assets of those subject to sanctions and making it more difficult for them to do business with U.S. entities, we can remove a powerful economic motivation for committing these acts in the first place”.

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FREAK security hole: Passwords on Android and iOS apps at risk

FREAK security hole: Passwords on Android and iOS apps at risk

At first, we thought the FREAK security vulnerability was isolated to Internet browsers. Then, it became clear that Windows OS is vulnerable to FREAK attacks. The latest news is that this problem is now able to affect smartphones and mobile devices through apps on Android and iOS. The FREAK vulnerability is a security backdoor created by an old Clinton administration era government policy which required all exported software and hardware to have weak encryption keys. Obviously their policy was passed without much foresight. FREAK attacks cripple HTTPS security, allowing for sensitive data like passwords and credit card information to be snatched by hackers savvy to the susceptibility.

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Premera Blue Cross breached by hackers

Premera Blue Cross breached by hackers

Hackers have found their way into servers that contained medical information on subscribers to health insurance provider Premera Blue Cross. The health insurance company announced this week that it had been the victim of a cyberattack that could have exposed medical data and financial details on its subscribers. As many as 11 million people could be affected by the breach.

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Android 5.1 Lollipop factory images released for Nexus devices

Android 5.1 Lollipop factory images released for Nexus devices

Supposing you've got a Nexus device in your possession, you know the thrill of getting an Android update. Not just any Android update, one that brings a full extra digit to the tens spot after the five. This isn't a new desert - it's a .1 for your Lollipop. Google has begun posting Android 5.1 Factory Images for Nexus devices of all sorts this week, and that includes Nexus 5, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10, too. While we've not yet seen the Nexus 9 appear on this list, nor the Nexus 4, we'll expect at least one of the two to pop up soon.

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