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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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Those TSA scanners were literally only good for seeing you naked

Those TSA scanners were literally only good for seeing you naked

The full-body X-ray scanners only retired last year amid long-standing concerns that they intruded on privacy by showing travelers naked were also riddled with security loopholes, new research claims. The TSA used the Rapiscan Secure 1000 scanner between 2009 and 2013 in airports across the US, but computer scientists have demonstrated that with a little preparation the machine could miss knives, guns, and even explosives from being smuggled onto planes.

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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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New social account shames insecure websites as needed

New social account shames insecure websites as needed

Data security is a sensitive topic, but a necessary one. Just as touchy is discovering a site you use doesn’t make a passing attempt at securing your data, instead leaving it to chance. With wireless data transfer a commonplace occurrence, one Tumblr account is bringing those who have done us wrong a measure of shame.

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Chevy turns 2015 Corvette into an anti-valet CCTV strongbox

Chevy turns 2015 Corvette into an anti-valet CCTV strongbox

If you're lucky enough to own a Corvette then you probably also have sleepless nights at the thought of handing over the keys to valets and parking lot attendants: after all, 460 HP has a siren call of its own. Tick the Performance Data Recorder option, however - the track day camera and telemetry system we tested out earlier this year - when you buy your 2015 Corvette, however, and there's now a Valet Mode to foil such hijinks.

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SmartThings Review: Living in the Smart Home

SmartThings Review: Living in the Smart Home

Prepare to hear a lot more about SmartThings. Kickstarter success turned Samsung acquisition, the smart home startup isn't the only DIY approach to home automation and security out there, but it may well end up being one of the best funded. SmartThings' mantra is one of openness, aiming to work with as many third-party components as possible rather than lock users into a closed platform. Admirable, but it could easily add up to confusion; I've been living the SmartThings life for the past six months to see whether it works.

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