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How the Yahoo mail hack affects you, and what to do

How the Yahoo mail hack affects you, and what to do

Today is was revealed that Yahoo experienced a breach of account names and passwords of epic proportions. Now we're running down the ways which users - any user of Yahoo products of all sorts, with Yahoo accounts - should move forward. This includes password changing. This includes the potential use of Yahoo's Account Key. It includes not having a heart attack about the situation while, at the same time, understanding that one's account breach could mean some very serious things.

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Tencent security lab says Tesla Model S is easily hacked

Tencent security lab says Tesla Model S is easily hacked

Along with the promise of hi-tech features like full or semi autonomous driving, modern cars that sport all kinds of sensors, connectivity features, and remote controls have also brought concerns about security and safety. In particularly, cars that can be controlled remotely have become the target of many researchers’ hacking attempts. Such was the case with the Tesla Model S and Tencent’s Keen Security Lab, revealing how it was possible to manipulate the electric car from a distance, whether it’s parked or even while it’s moving.

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Hacking group OurMine takes control of Variety website, spams readers with email

Hacking group OurMine takes control of Variety website, spams readers with email

The group of hackers going by the name OurMine managed to briefly take over the website for the entertainment new outlet Variety this weekend. If the name OurMine sounds familiar, it's because the same collective was responsible for hacking social media accounts belonging to high-profile tech CEOs recently, including Twitter's Jack Dorsey, Google's Sundar Pichai, and even Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook.

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Twitter hackers manage to reactivate banned accounts

Twitter hackers manage to reactivate banned accounts

Twitter has been known to ban accounts for several reasons, such as if they're connected to known hacking groups or extremist organizations, and sometimes if the use is offensive/abusive. Once an account has been suspended, there's really not supposed to be anyway to reverse the ban unless the social network itself decides to. That's why is comes as a surprise that hackers have not only gained control of a handful of said accounts, but actually managed to reactivate them as well.

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Hackers can steal data via the sounds of a hard drive

Hackers can steal data via the sounds of a hard drive

Just about anytime you think you and your computer are safe from hackers and security weaknesses, some bizarre, unexpected method or flaw gets discovered. Case in point: security researchers have come up with a way to steal data from a computer's hard drive just by listening to the sounds it makes. Not only can information be transmitted without a users' knowledge, but their computer doesn't even need to be connected to the internet.

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Samsung Pay MST tech shown to be susceptible to theft, fraud [UPDATE]

Samsung Pay MST tech shown to be susceptible to theft, fraud [UPDATE]

Samsung Pay has surprisingly been enjoying a significant amount of popularity and support in the US, rivaling even Apple Pay. Part of its success can perhaps be attributed to its Magnetic Secure Transmission or MST, a technology it acquired from LoopPay, which allows Samsung Pay to be used with traditional magstrip-based terminals. It seems, however, there might be a very high price to pay for that convenience. In a talk at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas, researcher Salvador Mendoza showed how easy it was to steal Samsung Pay's MST data so that hackers and thieves can use credit card data with almost no restrictions.

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Twitter’s Jack Dorsey is latest tech CEO to get account hacked

Twitter’s Jack Dorsey is latest tech CEO to get account hacked

The last few weeks have seen a number of social networking accounts belonging to high-profile tech company CEOs getting hacked and making posts. First there was Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, with his accounts on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Pinterest getting breached. Then the same thing happened to Google CEO Sundar Pichai and his Quora profile. The latest to join the club is Twitter's Jack Dorsey, who saw his account on his own platform briefly compromised this weekend.

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Smartwatches could make it easier for hackers to obtain PINs, passwords

Smartwatches could make it easier for hackers to obtain PINs, passwords

You would think wearables like smartwatches would be just as secure at protecting sensitive data like passwords and PINs as the smartphones they're paired with, especially when they run on the same software platform. It turns out, however, that smartwatches have a very distinct way of making it easier for hackers to obtain that data: the motion sensors used to detect movement and gestures.

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The Pentagon expands program for hackers to test its security

The Pentagon expands program for hackers to test its security

Back in March, the US's Department of Defense launched a "Hack the Pentagon" campaign to get hackers to test their websites and security networks for vulnerabilities, without the threat of jail time. The project was so successful that the government agency has announced it's being expanded, including more DoD websites and networks, with further cash incentives for hackers. Think of it like the bug bounty programs that Google, Facebook, and other tech companies offer, except hackers get to put the government's most secure facilities to the test.

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Infamous ‘Spam King’ gets 2.5 years jail sentence, $310k fine

Infamous ‘Spam King’ gets 2.5 years jail sentence, $310k fine

Following his guilty plea almost a year ago, Sanford Wallace, the self-proclaimed "Spam King," was given a two-and-a-half year prison sentence this week. The hacker is known for plaguing Facebook users with over 27 million spam messages, in addition to collecting the log-in credentials of more than 500,000 people. While that punishment might seem a bit light considering the depth of Wallace's operation, he has also been ordered to pay some $310,000 in fines.

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DNC’s research on Trump stolen by Russian hackers

DNC’s research on Trump stolen by Russian hackers

The Democratic National Committee’s data on Donald Trump was stolen by Russian hackers, according committee officials. The hackers were reportedly part of or working for the Russian government, and they managed to make off with a full database of opposition research. A big "cleanup campaign" led to the hackers being booted from the computer network, but some of them are said to have had access for about a year before that. This isn’t the first time Russian hackers have been accused of stealing data on U.S. political figures.

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Twitter didn’t have a password breach, your uncle did

Twitter didn’t have a password breach, your uncle did

This week a leak to the dark web included the passwords of thousands if not millions of Twitter users. Through our first report on this leak, LeakedSource suggests that the bulk of the users affected by this data breach were and are in Russia. It was also reported earlier this week that it was not Twitter itself that was hacked, but a vast number of users that, via malware, were being monitored and, as they used Twitter, their Twitter passwords were recorded.

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