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Expect an irate call if you try to hack your Tesla Model S

Expect an irate call if you try to hack your Tesla Model S

Once upon a time it was a rite of passage for car lovers to get under the hood and tinker with the mechanics; in the modern world of EVs, that's been upgraded to hacking access to the computer systems, as one Tesla Model S owner discovered. Some investigation of a mysterious port turned out to be a hidden ethernet link into the Model S' internal communications system, as well as a shortcut to getting an irate call from Tesla itself warning owners not to fiddle lest they be accused of "industrial espionage".

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Kid bypasses Xbox password security with one simple trick

Kid bypasses Xbox password security with one simple trick

Five-year-old Kristoffer von Hassel did something no other adult or legion of Developers could. The boy cracked the Xbox One’s “secure” log-in for his father’s account, giving him access to all of dad’s games, as well as giving him the option to make purchases. Dad, by the way, works in “computer security” as well.

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Microsoft chases lead in web security with SSL for devs

Microsoft chases lead in web security with SSL for devs

If there's been a theme online over the past couple of years, it's the rise of web service hacks and privacy blunders, and Microsoft is hoping to help developers keep their users safer with a push for SSL. Currently, getting an SSL certificate - which allows the browser to authenticate what it's showing with the legitimate company behind it - costs money, but as of today Microsoft is offering free SSL security for Azure developers.

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iOS 7 bug turns off Find My iPhone and bypasses Activation Lock

iOS 7 bug turns off Find My iPhone and bypasses Activation Lock

Apple builds in security features and the ability to track a lost or stolen iPhone into the iOS 7 and higher operating system. Those features allow a user to track their smartphone if it is lost or stolen and prevent someone from being able to remove the iCloud account tied to the device and avoid tracking. The problem is that an easy to exploit security issue in iOS 7 and higher has been found that makes bypassing those features easy.

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Malware targets DVRs and Synology NAS to mine bitcoin

Malware targets DVRs and Synology NAS to mine bitcoin

Malware that aims at infecting computers and turning them into bitcoin miners isn’t something new. However, a new piece of malware has surfaced that aims to turn hardware you might not think of getting infected into bitcoin mining drones. A new report has found a malware that infects DVRs. One of the binaries in the malware is D72BNr and the bitcoin mining portion of the malware is mzkk8g.

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Tesla Model S revealed to be easily hackable

Tesla Model S revealed to be easily hackable

Cars and hacking, at least the digital kind, aren't two things you usually associate with each other, but the rise of smart cars might make that a source of headaches and nightmares in the near future. And the Tesla Model S, being one of the first of that generation, might also become one of the first poster boys for that inevitable problem.

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