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USB vulnerability “fix” includes using epoxy

USB vulnerability “fix” includes using epoxy

The BadUSB vulnerability first detailed at Black Hat was just recently released to the public after a couple hackers reverse-engineered it and published on Github. That move was believed to be necessary for prodding manufacturers to come up with a solution, but it had the added effect of leaving USB users vulnerable. A patch will be difficult, it is believed, but until then a "fix" for the issue has been published that doesn't so much solve the vulnerability as it does remove certain avenues for infiltration.

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Twitter fights for more transparency, sues DOJ

Twitter fights for more transparency, sues DOJ

Twitter wants you to know what information the Government is looking for. Sadly, they’re bound by restrictions which prevent them from releasing such granular info about requests made of them. In a move that will push the boundaries of transparency, Twitter is taking the U.S. Government to court for the ability to offer that info.

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AT&T employee illegally accessed private customer data

AT&T employee illegally accessed private customer data

AT&T has just acknowledge that it had a data leak, but unlike most security breaches, this one happened from within its own ranks. In a letter to affected customers, the US carrier informed them that an employee violated the company's strict privacy and security guidelines and obtained customer account information, which unfortunately includes social security and driver's license numbers.

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Yahoo servers breached via Shellshock bug

Yahoo servers breached via Shellshock bug

Remember the shellshock bug that caused a lot of hoopla in recent weeks? According to Future South Technologies security researcher Jonathon Hall, some of Yahoo's servers have been breached by hackers via the security vulnerability. The researcher took to Reddit to talk about his discovery, saying that he had contacted Yahoo before going public, but then had to eventually contact both the FBI and "several media outlets" before the company responded to his message. In its response, according to Hall, Yahoo confirmed the security breach.

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BadUSB malware reverse engineered, released to public

BadUSB malware reverse engineered, released to public

The BadUSB malware previously detailed at Black Hat isn't something you can detect, and until now, it was something you couldn't get ahold of, either. That changes thanks to hackers Adam Caudill and Brandon Wilson, who have used a bit of reverse engineering to reproduce the USB vulnerability...and they've released it to the public.

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SALT offers security, ‘keyless’ phone entry

SALT offers security, ‘keyless’ phone entry

If you’re not using a pass code or other method to lock your phone, several entities will tell you that you’re doing something wrong. If you feel your smartphone needs to be a bit more secure, but don’t want the fuss of having to unlock it each time you use it, a new Kickstarter might be just your thing. SALT offers to let you protect your device, or just certain apps you don’t want people getting into, and all you have to do is carry a card.

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First Chinese iOS Trojan Xsser mRAT targets Hong Kong activists

First Chinese iOS Trojan Xsser mRAT targets Hong Kong activists

Protesters and activists these days have flocked to social media and mobile technology to circumvent censorship and blockades that prevent their message from reaching other people. But now the tables might have been turned on them. A new trojan malware called Xsser mRAT that infects iOS as well as Android devices has been discovered to be of Chinese origin and is seemingly targeting Hong Kong's Occupy Central movement.

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SwannOne sees Swann make wireless smart home play

SwannOne sees Swann make wireless smart home play

Another day, another smart home hub, and this time it's Swann Security wading in with the SwannOne. Another attempt to pull together the disparate parts of DIY home automation into a single box, SwannOne kicks off with a wireless video camera that can feed video to a smartphone or into the cloud, but will eventually support lights, locks, and professional remote monitoring.

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