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Bash bug affects OS X, Linux: “worse than Heartbleed”

Bash bug affects OS X, Linux: “worse than Heartbleed”

The Bash Bug - also going by the nickname "Shellshock" - has been discovered this week and identified as a serious threat to computers of all kinds around the world. The vulnerability exists inside Bash, an element inside operating systems like Mac OS X, Linux, and Unix.

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Nationwide restaurant chain Jimmy John’s hacked

Nationwide restaurant chain Jimmy John’s hacked

Another retail shop has been hit with a point-of-sale information breach. Jimmy John's, a nationwide sandwich shop operating over 1,900 stores, reports they’ve been hacked. Just like Home Depot and Target ahead of them, this one points right back to the point of sale terminal.

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This Emma Watson hoax is proof the internet is broken

This Emma Watson hoax is proof the internet is broken

Behold the viral bot-owners. After Emma Watson’s speech at the United Nations aimed at Gender equality earlier this week, a viral campaign was launched in the opposite direction. A website suggesting there’d be a leak of nude photos of the actress went up - "EmmaYouAreNext" was released and a viral marketing scheme was hatched.

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Like Google, DuckDuckGo has been blocked in China

Like Google, DuckDuckGo has been blocked in China

Here’s an interesting one: China is blocking DuckDuckGo. the very private search engine, and newly found option in iOS 8, is reportedly being blocked in China. In response to a Twitter question asking why a device with iOS 8 — and DuckDuckGo enabled — wouldn’t connect to the search engine, CEO Gabriel Weinberg acknowledged the Chinese stiff-arm.

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iCloud nightmare not yet over, new batch of photos leak

iCloud nightmare not yet over, new batch of photos leak

Despite Apple's best efforts, it seems that the media circus surrounding its iCloud storage and backup service isn't going away any time soon. Especially not if the compromising photos keep on coming, which is what tabloid TMZ claims just happened to Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Hudgens, and, yes, Jennifer Lawrence again.

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Home Depot: 56 million cards compromised

Home Depot: 56 million cards compromised

Home Depot’s data breach has many consumers worried. If you’ve used a credit card at Home Depot since April of this year, there is a chance you have been compromised. According to Home Depot, 56 million cards were affected, which is the largest breach of 2014.

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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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