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Stagefright Detector App released for Android, warns if device is vulnerable

Stagefright Detector App released for Android, warns if device is vulnerable

With all the details coming out about Stagefright, the new Android vulnerability that could hijack your device, Android users are right to be concerned. While Google has released a patch, it's currently only available for Nexus devices. Almost everyone else is still at risk. Fortunately, the folks at Zimperium, the company that first discovered the Stagefright bug, have released the Stagefright Detector App to help keep users informed on whether their phone is still vulnerable.

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Yankee Stadium adds biometric security ‘Fast Access’ option

Yankee Stadium adds biometric security ‘Fast Access’ option

Security lines at big events take a long time to pass through, and so it isn’t surprising some are willing to put aside their privacy concerns for the sake of speeding things along. Yankee Stadium has announced plans to roll out new “Fast Access” entries that will, as the name suggests, get visitors into the stadium faster. The catch is that in order to do so, you’ll need to register with Clear beforehand and will need to provide your fingerprints while registering. This is the same service used in some airports and a couple other stadiums across the nation.

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Russia blamed in Pentagon cyber-attack

Russia blamed in Pentagon cyber-attack

A Russian cyber-attack in July saw the Pentagon pull the plug on the entire unsecured email and internet system for the Joint Staff, it's been revealed. Described as a "sophisticated cyber intrusion", the incident saw email accounts of around 4,000 military and civilian personnel who work for the Joint Chiefs of Staff compromised, though officials aren't decided yet on whether it was sanctioned by the Russian government or the handiwork of an independent player.

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Tesla hacked: car can be shut down via connected laptop

Tesla hacked: car can be shut down via connected laptop

As the auto industry and security community is still reacting to the new about a Jeep Cherokee being hacked as it drove down the road, it comes as a surprise that Tesla, easily the most technology advanced vehicle the world has seen thus far, may have a similar vulnerability. At the ongoing hacking and security conference Def Con, researchers have revealed they were able to hack the all-electric, internet-connected Tesla Model S, the Wall Street Journal reports.

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Smartphone fingerprint scanners are still not secure enough

Smartphone fingerprint scanners are still not secure enough

Android just can't seem to get a break lately. After the really frightening Stagefright bug and then a slightly related vulnerability exposed by security firm Trend Micro, another component is being branded as insecure. Granted, it's not a widespread malady this time as only Android smartphones with fingerprint sensors are affected. Tao Wei and Yulong Zhang, both researchers from FireEye, are singling out the Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One Max as the most vulnerable examples of this case at the Black Hat security conference this week.

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Google: Nexus devices will get monthly security updates

Google: Nexus devices will get monthly security updates

Today Google announced a new update policy for Nexus devices, saying that in addition to the regular updates, the Nexus devices (minus the Galaxy Nexus) will receive regular monthly security updates over the air. This is another method on top of existing features to further increase Android security. Google points toward the fact that it has, for the past three years, informed Android manufacturers monthly about security issues, and with this newest change it is taking that to a new level.

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Apple to fix latest security bug in OS X 10.10.5 update

Apple to fix latest security bug in OS X 10.10.5 update

With this week's news about a pair of malware threatening the security of OS X, it's starting to become a bit concerning that Apple's platform is losing its place as a "virus free" environment. Nonetheless, the company is planning to release a patch for the bug "as soon as possible," reports The Guardian. The patch is said to come in the form of a security update included in a OS X 10.10.5 update.

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Yahoo’s ads spread malware via hackers, vulnerable Flash

Yahoo’s ads spread malware via hackers, vulnerable Flash

Yahoo was recently hit by hackers who used its advertisements to deliver malware to an unspecified number of visitors on several of its own websites, it has been revealed. The malware campaign carried on for a full 7-day week before Yahoo, having been alerted by the researchers who discovered it, took it down. Yahoo says it is investigating the matter, and though it has not revealed how many people were affected, it said through a spokesperson that the initial reports "grossly misrepresented" the scale of the attack.

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Square credit card reader can be hacked into card skimmer

Square credit card reader can be hacked into card skimmer

As a credit card payment-related device, the Square Reader accessory for iOS has maintained a decent track record in not falling victim to malicious hacks. Unfortunately, that might be about to change. A group of security researchers have revealed how they were able to hack the Reader, which is used to turn iPads and iPhones into mobile point of sale terminals for merchants, making it capable of stealing credit card information from customers.

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1.4m Fiat Chrysler radio hack recall may be tip of iceberg

1.4m Fiat Chrysler radio hack recall may be tip of iceberg

Fiat Chrysler's hackable infotainment may be the tip of the iceberg, with safety regulators broadening investigations to see if other automakers are at risk. While Fiat Chrysler recalled 1.4m Dodge, Jeep, and Chrysler vehicles after a flaw in its Uconnect system - potentially allowing hackers to access the dashboard systems while the car is moving - was identified, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has now requested further data from infotainment provider Harman Kardon, with an estimated 2.8m systems now under the microscope.

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Globalstar GPS network (allegedly) vulnerable to hackers

Globalstar GPS network (allegedly) vulnerable to hackers

Researcher Colby Moore will be presenting findings related to a security issue with the Globalstar satellite network at Black Hat in Las Vegas next week. The researcher found that devices using the Globalstar network reportedly can be fed false data or have their data transmissions intercepted. The type of system Globalstar reportedly uses is “kind of fundamentally broken from the get-go,” according to Moore. That's not the end of its problems, however.

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Facebook’s Security Checkup tool officially launched

Facebook’s Security Checkup tool officially launched

Facebook has pushed out privacy and security checkups over recent months to encourage users to check up on their settings and, if applicable, make changes that improve both. Today the social network has announced the official launch of its Security Checkup tool, which allows users to adjust the security settings on their account. Users will see it as a “Stay Secure on Facebook” box at the top of their newsfeed — it can be dismissed if you’re really not concerned, but going through it is advised.

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