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Synology: Update your NAS because we can’t rescue ransomware files

Synology: Update your NAS because we can’t rescue ransomware files

NAS-maker Synology has spoken up on the recent "ransomware" attack on its network drives, advising owners to upgrade to avoid the risk of their files being nefariously encrypted and then be extorted afterwards. The exploit used by SynoLocker was patched back in December 2013, Synology says today, but relied on owners actually updating the firmware of their drives to apply the fix. That means it's bad news if you've already been hit by the ransomware.

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Roambotics Jr. unicycle robot wants to play security guard

Roambotics Jr. unicycle robot wants to play security guard

A self-balancing unicycle robot could be your next home or office security guard, if startup Roambotics has its way, trundling from room to room and wirelessly pinging out alerts to users' smartphones and tablets. Dubbed Jr., the wheel-shaped robot carries four cameras for near-360 degree video and still images, as well as microphones, WiFi, Bluetooth, and optional cellular connectivity.

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Russian hacker mob amasses 1.2 billion password haul

Russian hacker mob amasses 1.2 billion password haul

What's described as the biggest known collection of stolen usernames, passwords, and email addresses has been amassed by a Russian crime collective, security researchers have warned today, with 420,000 sites apparently compromised. The vast stockpile was identified by research firm Hold Security - which last year broke the news on the Adobe Systems hack - which says it includes data snatched from Fortune 500 company sites among others.

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BitTorrent Bleep “bleeps out” your chats from prying eyes

BitTorrent Bleep “bleeps out” your chats from prying eyes

BitTorrent, the company, will perhaps forever be remembered for creating bittorrent, the file sharing protocol. However, the concept of a serverless system of sending packets to and fro the Internet isn't just useful for downloading large videos and files, legally acquired or otherwise. It can also be used to ensure secure and private communication lines, as Bleep, BitTorrent's latest product, tries to demonstrate.

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Signal iPhone app keeps eavesdroppers out of your calls

Signal iPhone app keeps eavesdroppers out of your calls

If you've ever gotten that eerie feeling that someone might be snooping in on your calls, then this app might just be the right fit for you. Open WhisperSystems has just made available their open source Signal app for iPhone that will encrypt your voice calls so that no one can eavesdrop. It won't even cost you a single cent.

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