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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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UPS announces they’ve been hacked, customer data at risk

UPS announces they’ve been hacked, customer data at risk

Did your package arrive on time? If so, you can possibly thank UPS. If your identity was recently compromised, you might be able to thank them for that, too. A new report suggests UPS is looking into a possible data breach, just like the one we’ve seen several retailers suffer lately.

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Hacking mother nature: scientists are turning moths into drones

Hacking mother nature: scientists are turning moths into drones

Scientists are working on a method for controlling moths electronically. Yeah — moths. By attaching electrodes to the back of a moth, scientists hope to control its flight. Though the immediate use-case that comes to mind might be “trolling cats”, it seems there is much more sound reasoning for wanting an army of moth drones.

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Phishing emails used to hack US Nuclear Regulator

Phishing emails used to hack US Nuclear Regulator

The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission, regulator of the nation's use of nuclear materials and commercial power plants, was compromised three times in as many years, according to a report from Nextgov. Two of the hacks are said to have resulted from someone(s) abroad, while the third responsible party has not yet been identified.

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Hackers nick info of 4.5 million from healthcare network

Hackers nick info of 4.5 million from healthcare network

You’d expect your information to be secure with a health provider — but you might be wrong. Community Health Systems (CHS) reports they’ve had roughly 4.5 million patients who have had their information compromised. Though personal data was obtained in the hack, no medical records were accessed.

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Facebook Color Scheme Scam returns: don’t be fooled

Facebook Color Scheme Scam returns: don’t be fooled

There’s a malicious group of tricksters out there this week with the same game as they’ve had for several years. They suggest you’ll be able to change the color and/or layout of your Facebook homepage, you agree to their terms, and they steal your information. We implore you to let all of your Facebook friends know - DO NOT FALL FOR THIS TRICK.

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Meet Coco, the ‘weaponized’ WiFi-hacking cat

Meet Coco, the ‘weaponized’ WiFi-hacking cat

Hey, today is World Cat Day — did you know that? To celebrate (not really), one proud cat owner outfit his feline with a special collar, giving it the special power of hacking. Finding hackable WiFi passwords was the order of the day, done by using an age-old hack. Busy at work (you know, between naps and chasing birds, when it has time), the cat found that a lot of us aren’t well guarded, digitally speaking.

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Nissan, Chrysler probe claim that their cars are the easiest to hack

Nissan, Chrysler probe claim that their cars are the easiest to hack

Nissan and Chrysler are both reviewing assessments made by security researchers who deemed their vehicles the "most hackable". General Motors also had a vehicle included on the list, but it hasn't made any statements on the matter. This comes ahead of the planned Black Hat conference where the researchers will present their findings.

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Hacker claims planes can be hacked through on-board WiFi

Hacker claims planes can be hacked through on-board WiFi

Passenger airplanes are vulnerable to hackers because of their on-board WiFi, says security researcher Ruben Santamarta. According to Santamarta, he has come up with a way to compromise the communications equipment on passenger planes, a serious threat if it is determined to be true.

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Plane, Car hacks will be shown off at BlackHat conference

Plane, Car hacks will be shown off at BlackHat conference

One of the last things you want to hear is that your chosen mode of transportation can be hacked, but that’s what is on the docket at the BlackHat 2014 conference this week. Two hackers are set to show off their work, in which a plane and car can both be compromised using pretty standard hardware. In the case of air travel, it’s a potentially damaging incident.

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Synology gets infected with SynoLcker ransomware strain

Synology gets infected with SynoLcker ransomware strain

Synology's NAS drives are really getting popular. You can gauge that by the fact that it now has its own specific Cryptolocker strain. This ransomware encrypts data on the user's drive with a key that only the perpetrator knows, who then tries to extort money from the poor unsuspecting user in exchange for getting access to his or her own files.

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