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Mattel briefly lost $3m to thieves in phishing scam

Mattel briefly lost $3m to thieves in phishing scam

A Mattel executive was hit with a Chinese phishing scam, and it resulted in $3 million dollars being sent overseas, according to a source with knowledge of the matter. Neither the source nor the executive have been named, but the report claims the Mattel executive received an email seemingly from then-new company CEO Christopher Sinclair ordering a payment be made to a vendor in China.

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August Smart Keypad Review

August Smart Keypad Review

The smartphone may be the remote control for your smart home, but there are times when a simple button makes a lot of sense. August's Smart Keypad has eleven of them, a $79 add-on to the company's Smart Lock that allows you to unlock the door with a PIN code as well as grant access to visitors who might not have an iPhone or Android device.

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August Doorbell Cam Review

August Doorbell Cam Review

Home security is one of the cornerstones of the Internet of Things, and seeing who is at the door - and then optionally letting them in - is a growing market. August is following up its popular Smart Lock with the August Doorbell Cam, a handsome WiFi-connected streaming video camera which gives you a sneaky eye on the front door frame. At $199, though, before you've even bought the Smart Lock, it's not a cheap upgrade for your home security, but does the convenience make it worth it?

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Report: FBI cracked shooter’s iPhone, will drop case against Apple [update]

Report: FBI cracked shooter’s iPhone, will drop case against Apple [update]

According to an unnamed government official, the FBI has successfully cracked the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone and will be dropping its legal case against Apple. News surfaced exactly one week ago that a third party had presented a possible method for bypassing the phone’s security. The legal case was put on hold while the agency tried it out, and now, says the source, the Department of Justice will soon withdraw its legal pursuit of Apple.

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Verizon’s anti-hacking team was hacked

Verizon’s anti-hacking team was hacked

Verizon’s anti-hacking team, a collective tasked with helping big-name companies hit by major data breaches, has itself become the victim of data theft. According to a new report, the Verizon Enterprise Solutions unit had data stolen on about 1.5 million customers, all of which went up for sale on an unspecified online cybercrime forum. The seller sought $100,000 in exchange for the database, or $10,000 for a 100,000-person sliver of it.

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Gmail security gets new spy warning, Safe Browsing alerts

Gmail security gets new spy warning, Safe Browsing alerts

Google is rolling out additional security features in Gmail, boosting the information users get about any nefarious activities that are going on. As well, the Internet giant has also teamed up with some other big players like Microsoft and Comcast to submit a draft IETF specification for “SMTP Strict Transport Security,” says Google. This is in response to an issue it sees with email encryption — namely, there are ways someone could “still tamper with” email encryption even if the user is sending mail over an encrypted connection.

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Facebook quietly developing impersonation security alerts

Facebook quietly developing impersonation security alerts

Most people have had to deal with an online bully at one point or another, but the harassment usually comes in the form of unwanted messages, whether they’re replies to tweets or comments on statues. Less common but no less problematic are online impersonations, a more involved form of online bullying in which one person creates an account pretending to be another person. Such actions can range from annoying to career-destroying, and now Facebook’s creating a tool to prevent it altogether.

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DoJ issues arrest warrants for alleged Syrian Electronic Army hackers

DoJ issues arrest warrants for alleged Syrian Electronic Army hackers

The Department of Justice has unsealed a pair of criminal complaints against three Syrian nationals said to be former and/or current members of the Syrian Electronic Army. The documents were unsealed in the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Virginia, and detail charges of conspiracies related to computer hacking, says the DoJ. Joining them are alleged instances of a terrorist attack hoax, an attempt to cause mutiny in the U.S. military, and more.

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Uber posts $10,000 bounty on bugs

Uber posts $10,000 bounty on bugs

You might not think that being a hacker could be a profession, at least not a legitimate one. But not all hackers are out to crack open systems to reveal private data and such. There's an entire industry of people who essentially act as bounty hunters for large companies who want to keep their platforms secure.

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FBI says it may have a way to access shooter’s iPhone

FBI says it may have a way to access shooter’s iPhone

Surprise! The FBI has made a big production of trying to force Apple’s hand in unlocking an iPhone, Apple has waged a big legal battle to keep the government out of its users’ phones, and Snowden has claimed the FBI has been able to unlock the phone all along. It’s a revolving circus of serious litigation and possible precedent-setting court rulings, and it has just presented a big plot twist: the FBI may have just found a way to crack the iPhone, a new court document reveals.

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Apple makes encryption stand: “we will not shrink” insists Cook

Apple makes encryption stand: “we will not shrink” insists Cook

Today at the Apple Town Hall meeting, CEO Tim Cook took the stage after showing off a brief history of the company. They showed 40 years of the company in 40 seconds, which was little more than a quick flash of words such as "Lisa" "1984" "iMac" and more. After letting us know that Apple's 40th birthday was coming up on April 1st, he took a moment to talk about something far more important.

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iOS bug allows hackers access to iMessage photos and videos

iOS bug allows hackers access to iMessage photos and videos

One reason that people like using iMessage is because of the sense of security that it gives. After all, just look at how difficult it's been for the FBI to access the messages from the San Bernardino shooter's phone. But it looks like your iMessages might not be as secure as you think, and Apple is ready to fix the problem later today.

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