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iCloud gets two-factor authentication ahead of iOS 8

iCloud gets two-factor authentication ahead of iOS 8

Apple’s iCloud has seen its share of bad press lately. In the wake of a scandal that saw celebrity photos leaked online — allegedly pulled from iCloud — scrutiny has been high. As iOS 8 rolls in, Apple has brought back one feature to make iCloud much more secure.

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5 million Gmail passwords leaked; here’s how to protect yourself

5 million Gmail passwords leaked; here’s how to protect yourself

If you’ve not heard by now, Gmail password have leaked out. On a Russian website known for trafficking this type of thing, about 5 million passwords were left for the world to see, replete with the Gmail account they’re associated with. Sounds scary, but don’t worry — here’s how you protect yourself.

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Bitcoin creator’s email account may have been hacked

Bitcoin creator’s email account may have been hacked

Poor Satoshi Nakamoto, supposedly just a pseudonym, can't seem to catch a break. Six months ago, we was outed as the creator of the popular, or unpopular, Bitcoin, at the height of the cryptocurrency's scandal surrounding the Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange. Now he loses control of one of the most important parts of a person's digital lifestyle: his email address.

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Confirmed: Home Depot hacked, vulnerable since April

Confirmed: Home Depot hacked, vulnerable since April

It’s official: Home Depot was hacked. After nearly a week of silence on the issue, Home Depot is admitting fault, saying their system was compromised for months ahead of the recent discovery. In releasing a statement, Home Depot also intends to make it right with consumers.

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Home Depot data breach was same software that got Target

Home Depot data breach was same software that got Target

If news of the massive data breach affecting Home Depot sounds all too familiar, it might be — more than we know. According to a new report, the malware that cracked Home Depot’s system is the same — or a variant of — the one that affected Target. The malware pinches data when a card is swiped at a point-of-sale terminal in stores.

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Apple to add more iCloud security alerts, says Tim Cook

Apple to add more iCloud security alerts, says Tim Cook

Apple's Tim Cook has finally spoken up regarding the recent scandal that rocked its iCloud service. The Chief Executive promised that the company will implement new alerts to notify users when something seems amiss on their iCloud accounts, while at the same time still categorically denying the company's complacency in securing users' data.

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iCloud hackers said to have used police’s own tool

iCloud hackers said to have used police’s own tool

This Internet circus doesn't seem to have an end in sight just yet. Now a new player, or rather scapegoat, has entered the arena. Hackers who leaked compromising photos of Hollywood actresses are now believed to have used Elcomsoft Phone Password Breaker or EPPB, a forensics software designed exactly for extracting user data from Apple's cloud service and, ironically, supposedly used by government and law enforcement agencies.

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Keeping your photos – explicit or not – safe from the cloud

Keeping your photos – explicit or not – safe from the cloud

This week a leak of explicit celebrity photos has summoned the need for additional security measures. Not just the kind of security measures you take by purchasing "keep me private" apps and the like, but the kind that includes common sense and the flipping of a few key switches in your phone. As it turns out - you CAN take whatever photos you like without having them leaked to the public.

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Find My iPhone exploit patched following celebrity photos leak

Find My iPhone exploit patched following celebrity photos leak

In a move that may be related to the recent glut of leaked celebrity photos, Apple has patched a "Find My iPhone" exploit that was detailed shortly before the content pilfering took place. It isn't yet known whether the two are related, but the timing has many suspicious.

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Explicit celebrity photos leak following speculated iCloud breach

Explicit celebrity photos leak following speculated iCloud breach

It was an unfortunate weekend for a handful of celebrities, with an unknown hacker on 4chan posting a plethora of photos -- some explicit -- of various well-known individuals in exchange for Bitcoin. Details on how, exactly, this individual came to acquire the content isn't yet known, but many have been quick to peg Apple's iCloud as the source.

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Secret app constantly patching, becoming more secret

Secret app constantly patching, becoming more secret

This week white hat hacker Ben Caudill has revealed the identity of a friend in the app Secret. He’s done this with a simple method that allows him to identify the Secrets (generally anonymous) posted by those he has on his contacts list. While this may seem like a death-bell for the app that prides itself on anonymity, it’s all par for the course.

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Netflix’s latest Hack Day includes 3D movie room for Oculus Rift

Netflix’s latest Hack Day includes 3D movie room for Oculus Rift

We've seen neat things result from Netflix's regular Hack Days, including sleep detection using Fitbit. The video company has released the results of its latest Hack Day, and among the new inventions is a virtual 3D room for browsing and watching movies using Oculus Rift.

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