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BlackPhone vulnerability left users open to attack

BlackPhone vulnerability left users open to attack

BlackPhone, that ultra secure phone for the spies and paranoid among us, promises a lot of things, all of them revolving around data security. As with most things, however, reality turned out to be a bit different than perfect-world promises and a bug was discovered -- one that left BlackPhone users and their data open to attackers. The issue was discovered by Azimuth Security's Mark Dowd who spotted the issue on his own BlackPhone, later detailing his findings on Azimuth's website.

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Linux C library exploit affects all systems dating back 2000

Linux C library exploit affects all systems dating back 2000

Sometimes, the price of popularity is more scrutiny. As the Linux operating system, and open source in general, gets more and more coverage in mainstream media and news, a lot of security holes, and big ones at that, are being exposed, or at the very least sensationalized. After the "Shellshock" bug last September, which was reported to be even worse than the "Heartbleed" bug of the open source OpenSSL vulnerability, comes a "GHOST" security exploit that affects almost all Linux systems that date all the way back to 2000.

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Marriott mobile app: providing backdoor access since 2011

Marriott mobile app: providing backdoor access since 2011

Hotel chain Marriott might find itself in more trouble than its 2014 FCC fine. A senior developer at the XDA Developers Forum has revealed that the chain's mobile app might have allowed unauthorized people to gain access to private information, including names, addresses, contact numbers and credit card information. Though the app has said to have been plugged up now, the security flaw has been in existence for almost four years, exponentially increasing the possible ramifications and victims of this exploit.

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1Password gets even better, now has easier login creation

1Password gets even better, now has easier login creation

For the security-conscious among us, 1Password has proven itself an indispensable tool. The app — available for iOS, Android, Windows, and OS X — both manages and generates secure passwords for you, and their new TouchID features are promising. An update, rolling out for iOS users today, brings in the ability to generate one-time passwords as well as some new features for their app extension. Sync is also improving , as is 1Password’s language support, in what the AgileBits team calls their ‘awesomesauce’ update.

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Blame Apple for the Nexus 6’s missing fingerprint sensor

Blame Apple for the Nexus 6’s missing fingerprint sensor

Apple may get blamed by many for trampling on innovation, but it turns out the company - or at least its rapacious supply chain - was to blame for the Nexus 6's cute-but-dumb dimple. The branded divot beneath the current Android flagship's camera may act as a handy place to rest your finger, but it was meant to be a far more useful location for a fingerprint sensor, according to former Motorola chief exec Dennis Woodside. Now at Dropbox, Woodside confirmed in an interview recently what many had suspected since the Nexus 6 was first unveiled.

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Tweeted bomb threats ground two Atlanta-bound flights

Tweeted bomb threats ground two Atlanta-bound flights

Two U.S. passenger flights bound for Atlanta were grounded and searched for bombs after threats were made via Twitter from the account @kingZortic (now suspended). Delta flight 1156 and Southwest flight 2942, from Portland and Milwaukee, respectively, were already in the air when the threats were made. Both planes were escorted by F-16 fighter jets to their landings, and were found clear of explosives or weapons after searches from authorities, while all the passengers were unharmed and safe when exiting the aircrafts.

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HealthCare.gov makes changes to data sharing following criticism

HealthCare.gov makes changes to data sharing following criticism

On Wednesday, word surfaced through The Associated Press that HealthCare.gov is shuttling some personal data input by users to third-parties like DoubleClick. The information was not tied to one's identity, and was comprised of things like whether one smokes, is pregnant, and where they live. The report was later confirmed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and it led to protests from those concerned about consumer privacy. In response, the administration has made some changes.

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Minecraft was not hacked but user passwords phished

Minecraft was not hacked but user passwords phished

Given the recent rash of Internet security breaches, you'd think that users would be more careful about their online accounts and passwords. Apparently not so. In fact, according to a recent report, "123456" is still the most popular password around. That same disregard for security, or maybe just laziness, has resulted in as much as 1,800 Minecraft accounts, including their passwords, to be compromised. It might be too easy to presume that Minecraft's servers have been hacked, but apparently, it was all the result of a phishing scam.

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Piper nv home security camera brings night vision, 1080p video

Piper nv home security camera brings night vision, 1080p video

iControl Networks' Piper product lineup just got a little bigger with the addition of Piper nv for the North American market. With the Piper nv comes a connected home security solution wrapped up in single sleek tower, offering home owners (or dorm dwellers, etc.) a relatively inexpensive way to monitor their dwelling in conjunction with their mobile device. All the trimmings are there: there's video monitoring, wireless connectivity, night vision, and more. This builds upon the company's previous offering, and tosses some improved functionality into the mix.

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2014’s popular passwords show security is still a joke

2014’s popular passwords show security is still a joke

We should be using crazy-strong passwords, but we're not. With online hacks seemingly making news every other week, companies large and small seeing their systems invaded, and the value of our digital data never more valuable, you'd think the passwords we commonly use would be getting stronger. New research into the most popular passwords discovered among the various leaks over the course of 2014 suggests that taking the simple - and thus easy to guess or brute-force crack - option is still the road most traveled for many netizens, with perennial favorites "123456" and "password" still topping the charts.

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