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Staples says 1 million cards fell victim to latest hack

Staples says 1 million cards fell victim to latest hack

Office goods retailer Staples recently saw themselves fall prey to hackers, much as Target, The Home Depot, and a laundry list of retailers ahead of them have. The company has now addressed the hack, saying that over one million unique cards were compromised. The hack also affected more than 100 point-of-sale systems at 1,400 stores. Staples didn’t say if the breach was nationwide, or if a specific geography was affected. The window for this hack was short, though, only lasting about a month.

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Palo Alto Networks reveal CoolReaper backdoor on Coolpad devices

Palo Alto Networks reveal CoolReaper backdoor on Coolpad devices

Bloatware has been an annoying issue on any device, whether it be smartphone, tablet or laptop, but what Chinese OEM Coolpad is doing goes beyond bloatware into potentially criminal territory. Palo Alto Networks, the very same research firm that alerted the world to the WireLurker iOS malware last month is now hot on the trails of "CoolReaper" a backdoor software that Coolpad has intentionally installed on millions of its devices, exposing users not just to its own control but possibly to external malicious threats as well.

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FBI warns US business about threat from Iranian hackers

FBI warns US business about threat from Iranian hackers

While there is yet to be any clear fallout from the global hacking campaign originating from Iran, currently dubbed Operation Cleaver, the FBI appears to not be taking any chances and is issuing warnings to US businesses and agencies that could become targets. Citing a confidential FBI report, Reuters says that although the country of Iran is not specifically mentioned, it is stated that the attacks are found originating from two sources in the city of Tehran, leaving little doubt.

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Huum is a pocket-size smart home security device

Huum is a pocket-size smart home security device

Home security has become increasingly capable and affordable as various connected technologies are used for mobile home monitoring. Huum is a new home security monitor bid as a pocket-size device that can be used just about anywhere -- dorm rooms, office, garage, etc. -- to keep tabs on conditions and potential intruders. The device includes NFC for quick pairing with smartphones.

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Study: iOS users encrypt data more than Android users

Study: iOS users encrypt data more than Android users

Data security is important to us all, but who’s more concerned with it? From a mobile standpoint, cloud storage offers an easy way to back files up, and each major mobile OS has a remote device lock feature. Cross-platform cloud storage solution iDrive has examined the backups on their platform from both iOS and Android, and compared the measures we take to safeguard our stuff. In addition to highlighting the content we save most often, iDrive also found that when it comes to security, iOS users are much more likely to use encryption.

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Twitter’s response to harassing tweets lambasted by EA’s COO

Twitter’s response to harassing tweets lambasted by EA’s COO

Twitter is a wonderful place to share thoughts, but its open nature means users are sometimes subjected to abusive tweets from trolls and angry individuals. The microblogging site has been targeting that issue extensively this year, including changes to its 'Block or report' feature and its partnership with WAM! In light of its public efforts, EA's Chief Operating Officer Peter Moore has been vocal about its dismissal of his own harassment report.

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Synaptics announces SecurePad, a FIDO-supporting touchpad

Synaptics announces SecurePad, a FIDO-supporting touchpad

With the FIDO Alliance announcing their new standard for authentication, a variety of methods for unlocking your device are now plausible and likely for the near future. One of those methods is biometrics, where a fingerprint is scanned, unlocking your device and/or the features within. To better take advantage of what FIDO is doing and provide us another layer of security without the need for a plug-in, Synaptics is announcing the SecurePad. By cobbling the fingerprint scanner into the touchpad you’re already familiar with, Synaptics hopes your next log-in won’t need the keyboard at all.

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Blackphone PrivatOS gets “Spaces” sandbox, own app store

Blackphone PrivatOS gets “Spaces” sandbox, own app store

They say that a chain is only as strong as the weakest link and sometimes in the case of operating systems, that weakest link is in the apps ecosystem. That is why Blackphone will be updating its Android-based security and privacy hardened PrivatOS with two new features that tries to mitigate the adverse effects of third-party applications. With Spaces, PrivatOS can keep personal files and apps personal, away from sensitive enterprise content. And its own app store ensures that only equally secure apps actually get installed.

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Dashlane’s new Password Changer makes security a snap

Dashlane’s new Password Changer makes security a snap

Password management can be tough. Every site you visit wants you to forge a relationship via log-in, and it’s tiresome. Social log-ins are convenient, but don’t offer a whole lot of security. You could create a new log-in each time, but that gets tough to manage. On top of all that, random hacks and security breaches can toss your sense of online security into chaos, and have you scrambling to switch all your passwords anyway. Today, Dashlane is introducing a new tool to help ease your mind about your digital security.

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FIDO releases v1.0; password days are numbered

FIDO releases v1.0; password days are numbered

There are plenty of ways to log-in at a computer, but how many of them are secure? Standard sign-in procedures, like using a social account or two-factor authentication might be easy or more secure than your (probably terrible) password, but don’t offer the security features of biometrics. FIDO, a standard for using a USB or other plug-in as a security key for your computer or device, has just released version 1.0 of their software. This builds on the work of Google, who have previously worked with FIDO, but takes it a step further.

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