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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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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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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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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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Google trying to end security exploits with Project Zero

Google trying to end security exploits with Project Zero

Stopping the black-hat hackers of the world is a tough proposition, but that’s Google’s newest aim. Project Zero, which was announced this morning by Google Security Engineer Chris Evans, aims to stop zero-day exploits by creating an open source platform. This new project also has no bounds, and won’t be limited to Google products.

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Hack shows ‘smart’ lightbulbs may allow WiFi access

Hack shows ‘smart’ lightbulbs may allow WiFi access

When considering your connected home, one of the biggest concerns is how much you’ll end up spending. Those gadgets that link to your smartphone via apps can end up costing quite a bit, but a new hack shows a vulnerability that many hadn’t thought of. In the wrong hands, this workaround could have dire consequences.

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What’s a DDoS attack? Zombies, shopping help explain it all

What’s a DDoS attack? Zombies, shopping help explain it all

There has been a lot of news today about DDoS; Feedly went down, and at the time we publish this article, still is. Those types of attacks happen often, and can cause some major headaches. What are they, though? Are you at risk if it happens? We explain DDoS in layman's terms to help you understand a bit about what’s going on.

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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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Worst password of 2013 is “123456” followed by “Password”

Worst password of 2013 is “123456” followed by “Password”

SplashData, makers of the SplashID Safe password management software, has just published its list of 25 worst passwords of 2013. Climbing up the list from second to first is "123456", switching places with 2012's champion, "password", now at second place.

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Facebook developers experiment with “sympathy” button

Facebook developers experiment with “sympathy” button

Facebook's "Like" button could be getting another overhaul. The company nixed the ubiquitous thumbs-up symbol, starting with a rollout at that began a month ago. Now it could be getting a more emotionally complex character in the guise of a "sympathy" button.

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AllCast Chromecast app banned by Google

AllCast Chromecast app banned by Google

Last week, we told you about a little gem called AllCast (previously known as AirCast), which is a Chromecast app that bypassed the limited support for streaming service by allowing pretty much anything to be streamed to the HDMI dongle. However, the developer of the app has announced that Google has banished the app.

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Philips hue lightbulbs easily hackable, blackouts imminent

Philips hue lightbulbs easily hackable, blackouts imminent

Philips kind of blew our minds with the hue, which is an LED lightbulb that can be controlled with your smartphone or computer. Of course, though, there had to be a catch, and it seems like that catch is that the lightbulb is easily hackable, allowing users with a dark mind to put the lights out on an unsuspecting Philips hue owner.

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