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Twitter emailing some users: government might be hacking you

Twitter emailing some users: government might be hacking you

By now, it's no longer surprising to hear that there might be some state-initiated, even sponsored, cyber activity being undertaken in the interests of national security. Most of the time, these happen in secrecy. Rare and unusual are the times, however, when targets are informed of such activities by companies used as middle men in such incidents. That is precisely what Twitter is apparently doing by supposedly emailing an unknown number of users that they might be the target of some state-sponsored hacking attempts.

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Dog & Bone’s Bluetooth padlock makes keys and dials obsolete

Dog & Bone’s Bluetooth padlock makes keys and dials obsolete

We’ve seen a few different Bluetooth locks, the kind you install in your front door and use to secure your home. Dog & Bone’s new Bluetooth lock is a little different, though; it comes in the form of a padlock, making it suitable for securing your bicycle, garden shed, treasure chest, or similar items. The design is classic, but the functionality is modern, requiring only a smartphone and app for locking and unlocking.

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77,000 Steam accounts stolen every month, according to Valve

77,000 Steam accounts stolen every month, according to Valve

Have you ever had an online account hacked? Thankfully I can say that I haven't, at any point. Sure, I've gotten notices from sites I use telling me that they've had some sort of breach, and to change my password. However, I've never had anyone access any of my accounts. Outside of my bank account, the one that I probably worry the most about is my Steam account, and apparently for good reason.

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Samsung’s SmartThings teams with Scout alarms for “real, tangible benefits”

Samsung’s SmartThings teams with Scout alarms for “real, tangible benefits”

We're at the age of smart home functionality where we can move beyond devices and begin to enable services - so says SmartThings. We won't be dismissing smart devices - they still have a ways to go and much ground to explore - but the age of smart home software services has - according to SmartThings Vice President of Product Mark Yoshitake. Thats why the company has teamed up with Scout Professional Monitoring. "Smart home technology has advanced to a stage where we can move beyond functionality enabled purely by devices," said Yoshitake, "and start to plug in services that will bring real, tangible benefits to customers."

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Nexus Mods reports database breach

Nexus Mods reports database breach

When you're on the lookout for the next mod for your game, there are a few different places that you'll look. Instead of seeking out individual sites for various mods, these days you can find thousands of them in the same place. However, one of the bigger names in modding recently reported that they had a security breach.

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Google Authenticator updated with Android Wear smartwatch support

Google Authenticator updated with Android Wear smartwatch support

Two-factor authentication has long been argued to be one of the best security features to prevent hackings when it comes to web logins, and Google's Authenticator app is one of the easiest, most convenient tools when it comes to the second authentication. With the latest updated to the Android version, now users can run Authenticator on their Android Wear smartwatches, making secure logins as easy as a glance at the wrist.

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Chrome for Android gets Google Safe Browsing

Chrome for Android gets Google Safe Browsing

Google Safe Browsing is now available by default on Chrome for Android, lending the same protective features for mobile users that it has for those on desktop. This covers “hundreds of millions” of users, says Google; if you have Android, you probably already have the feature, no extra steps necessary. Those who want to make extra sure they have it, though, can head into Chrome’s settings to see if it is enabled in the privacy menu.

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Hello Barbie, hello another kid security nightmare

Hello Barbie, hello another kid security nightmare

Connected kids toys continue to face growing pains, with Mattel's Hello Barbie the latest to show worrying flaws that could leave children exposed to hacks. The talking, WiFi-connected doll was announced earlier this year, as Mattel attempted to bring its iconic dress-up toy into the 21st century by allowing her to react to and learn from the child playing with her.

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This cop cam lets you watch in real-time

This cop cam lets you watch in real-time

Social media like Twitter has meant emergencies and security incidents now play out in real-time, but there's nothing like a first-person view for the full story. Wearable cameras are becoming more common on the uniforms of police and other first-responders, but Liquid Image's Ego LS 800 promises something new: the ability to remotely connect and see exactly what the cop sees.

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Bad to worse: VTech’s kids tablet is a breeze to hack

Bad to worse: VTech’s kids tablet is a breeze to hack

It's not been a great week for VTech, its servers hacked and data on millions of children exposed, and the news gets worse. The company admitted the download store for its kid-focused Innotab tablets had suffered a successful cyberattack in early November - highlighting the paucity of security the company had used in the process - and now researchers have begun picking apart the hardware itself.

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