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Researcher uncovers method to harvest every Gmail address

Researcher uncovers method to harvest every Gmail address

This week a security researcher by the name of Oren Hafif revealed a method for collecting every single Gmail address in existence. This method was not a hack - nor was it necessarily a bug - but with a lot of patience (or a simple computer program), a spammer could have collected all Gmail addresses ever used. Hafif’s method ran for two hours and collected 37,000 addresses.

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Seeing weird code tweets? TweetDeck hack spams Twitter [Updated]

Seeing weird code tweets? TweetDeck hack spams Twitter [Updated]

An exploit in popular Twitter client TweetDeck has seen the app taken offline and many users' timelines spammed with automatically retweeting code, though more dangerous exploits are also feared. The hack takes advantage of a flaw in XSS code used in several version of TweetDeck, popping up unexpected messages on users' computers, as well as triggering a retweeting storm as vulnerable machines propagated the tweet.

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Vivint Sky hands-on: The Smart Home starts learning

Vivint Sky hands-on: The Smart Home starts learning

Upstarts like Apple may be plowing into the smart home segment, but security and automation stalwart Vivint isn’t taking that lying down, launching a new system called Vivint Sky. Centered around a new, 7-inch color touchscreen and a cloud system of Vivint’s own creation, Vivint Sky promises not only centralized control in the home and remote smartphone apps, but learning algorithms that automatically pick up on the users’ own patterns.

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iOS 8 will scan credit card info; no more punching numbers in

iOS 8 will scan credit card info; no more punching numbers in

You know that feeling — you get through several screens on a website that has something you want to buy, only to land on a page that wants all your gritty credit card details. You have to get your card out, painstakingly identify the rubbed out numbers on the card, and carefully enter them. One slip and you’re back to square one. In iOS 8, that scenario is going to be a lot easier with credit card scanning.

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