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You should know about this malware exploit before buying a Smart TV

You should know about this malware exploit before buying a Smart TV

A new exploit in Smart TVs has been discovered, which affects various smart TVs and allows a would-be hacker to potentially exploit your entire system. The threat lasts as long as you use an affected app, but once the malware is placed, the app itself is compromised. Called a “Red Button Attack”, the vulnerability is already widespread in Europe, and could be working its way to the US and other territories.

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UK proposes life sentences for hackers behind major cyberattacks

UK proposes life sentences for hackers behind major cyberattacks

The United Kingdom isn't playing around when it comes to cyberattacks. In a proposed new bill, the nation seeks to impose life sentences onto hackers who commit a serious cyberattack, with the criteria of such an offense covering several different bases.

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Infamous hacker “Sabu” released with Time Served

Infamous hacker “Sabu” released with Time Served

In the year 2011, Hector "Sabu" Monsegur was arrested for his alleged hacking crimes in association with the hacker group Lulzsec - associated in turn with Anonymous. Today he’s been set free by a judge after several years of collaborating with law enforcement to infiltrate and take down key members of Anonymous and Lulzsec. Sabu served a total of 7-months in a jail environment while awaiting trial in 2011.

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Spotify hack affects one user, upgrades for Android

Spotify hack affects one user, upgrades for Android

Those of you using Spotify on Android this week will likely be seeing a prompt to upgrade your app to its newest edition. This prompt comes after a single user’s security was breached, and Spotify discovered said breach. At this time, it does not appear that any other users’ data was accessed.

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CM Apps bring CyanogenMod to the masses

CM Apps bring CyanogenMod to the masses

Even if you’ve never wanted to root or hack your smartphone before, if you’re an Android fan, CyanogenMod should be on your radar. This brand belongs to a group of developers that took the ROM-making environment so seriously that they formed their own company around creating a 3rd-party Android system. This user interface is now spawning a "CM Apps" collection as well.

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US charges Chinese military officials with cyber-espionage

US charges Chinese military officials with cyber-espionage

The US Justice Department has indicted five Chinese miltary officials with cyber-espionage today, the first time such criminal charges for hacking have been filed by the US against another country. The charges, announced by Attorney General Eric Holder this morning, allege the hackers targeted six American companies in the energy industry, including nuclear power.

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Blackshades hacking collective raided

Blackshades hacking collective raided

The hacking collective behind the remote access tool (RAT) called Blackshades has been raided by the FBI and applicable foreign law enforcement agencies. The raids are said by sources to be taking place at the homes of those involved with the software globally.

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Apple security hole patched: Developers take heed [UPDATE]

Apple security hole patched: Developers take heed [UPDATE]

Last night a period of down-time was experienced by developers attempting to access Apple’s Developer Portal. As it turns out, they appear to have been patching a relatively major security hole which left access to developer personal information to malicious hackers.

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AOL responds to widespread email spamming hack

AOL responds to widespread email spamming hack

If you’ve been receiving odd emails from an AOL email address, you’re not alone. A massive hack led to many accounts being compromised, used to send out spammy emails that included catchy headlines and suspect links. AOL has issued a response, saying their investigation ingot he matter is ongoing, and users should take steps to protect themselves.

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Kim Dotcom points out Cisco “backdoor” for law enforcement

Kim Dotcom points out Cisco “backdoor” for law enforcement

It would appear that Kim Dotcom does not trust United States-made electronics. He suggests this week that the world should "never trust US tech", using #NSA to point out a Cisco listing of lawful intercept architecture. He calls these systems "interception backdoors", suggesting that Cisco is amongst the companies that willingly allow the NSA to take hold of their data at any given time - but that's just not true.

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Apple unaffected by Heartbleed, adds to sites patched list

Apple unaffected by Heartbleed, adds to sites patched list

This week the folks at Apple have added to the stacks of sites making clear that they were either unaffected by the Heartbleed bug or have been patched successfully. Apple has released a statement that suggests they "take security very seriously" and that iOS and OS X "never incorporated the vulnerable software" in the first place. They also made clear that "key web-based services were not affected" either.

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Your Heartbleed bug fix in three steps

Your Heartbleed bug fix in three steps

This week there’s little question that the internet security world has been tossed down a flight of stairs. With Heartbleed, a relatively major bit of a mistake was made in OpenSSL, a form of security that most of the internet uses, resulting in a major open door for hackers and spies of all kinds. With this bug having only been discovered this week and implemented a whopping two years ago, IT professionals are notably miffed.

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