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BlackBerry exits Pakistan amid demands for backdoor access

BlackBerry exits Pakistan amid demands for backdoor access

The folks at BlackBerry have announced that they're leaving Pakistan as soon as possible. Apparently the government in said country isn't too keen about BlackBerry keeping their cellular information to themselves, and want full, unfettered access to the information about and within BlackBerry's BES e-mail and BES BBM messaging systems - all BlackBerry Enterprise Service traffic. BlackBerry will be doing nothing of the sort. They won't hand over access to the systems to the Pakistani government, so they'll be leaving the country very, very soon.

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VTech’s ‘Learning Lodge’ hack exposes kids’ data

VTech’s ‘Learning Lodge’ hack exposes kids’ data

In a statement today, VTech, maker of gadgets for children, announced that its customer data has been breached. According to the company, an “unauthorized party” accessed data within the Learning Lodge app store database earlier this month; that database has neither banking info nor certain personal identification details like social security numbers, but does have 'general' profile info.

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D-Link 180-degree WiFi Camera Review

D-Link 180-degree WiFi Camera Review

WiFi security cameras like Nest Cam have brought home monitoring within the reach of the mainstream, but all too often come with a subscription sting. Not so for the D-Link Full HD Ultra-Wide View WiFi Camera (DCS-2630L), which eschews the cloud in favor of a one-off price of $199.99 and the convenience of a microSD card. It also promises to fill that storage with a lot more of your home or office, courtesy of a full 180-degree lens.

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Tech industry reaffirms stance against weakening encryption

Tech industry reaffirms stance against weakening encryption

The violent events that befell Beirut, Paris, and most recently Nigeria, has once again given rise to the US government's favorite debate topic with the technology sector: encryption. On the one hand, you have the government calling for a backdoor into all encrypted devices and services. On the other corner, you have tech companies insisting on how dangerous that would be for the very people the government claims to protect. The irony of the matter is that both sides are claiming to fight on the side of security, both personal and national.

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Hilton probe finds some hotel payment systems were breached

Hilton probe finds some hotel payment systems were breached

In late September, a report surfaced claiming that some Hilton properties had been hit with a data breach, leaving customers’ payment cards vulnerable. Hilton had responded with the promise of an investigation, saying it took the matter “very seriously.” In a statement released to customers today, Hilton Worldwide announced that the report was true, and that some of its point-of-sale systems were hacked.

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Amazon resets some passwords, cites vague ‘issue’ as reason

Amazon resets some passwords, cites vague ‘issue’ as reason

Some Amazon users have received notifications stating the company has reset their accounts passwords due to a possible issue, the nature of which isn’t clear. Both Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk users saw the message appear in the account’s message center, as well as in email. The move was one made out of an “abundance of caution,” according to the email, but the company hasn’t explicitly stated why it decided to act in such a manner.

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What you need to know about Dell’s self-signed certificate blunder

What you need to know about Dell’s self-signed certificate blunder

Whoops, said Dell, effectively, we're going to have to go ahead and remove this bit of software from your computer before it becomes a problem. This week Dell was discovered to have installed a piece of code by the name of "eDellRoot" on a number of Dell computers. This code is a "certificate" inserted by Dell that would allow them to access a Dell computer when it needed to be serviced - when you call tech support, for example. Unfortunate for them, this certificate also left a hole in the security of the computers in which it was installed.

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Dell’s self-signed certificate exposes PCs to hacking

Dell’s self-signed certificate exposes PCs to hacking

Earlier this year, Lenovo was discovered to have pre-installed a third-party "adware" called Superfish, a scandal that has made many a PC user and security company wary of such OEM tactics. It seems that indeed, Lenovo isn't the only one. To some extent, Dell's mistake might be even worse. The PC maker has now been discovered to be installing a self-signed security certificate on many if not all of its laptops that exposes all of those affected models to hacking which can be done by simply hacking a single vulnerable laptop.

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Starwood Hotels was hacked, card details compromised

Starwood Hotels was hacked, card details compromised

In a letter from its president, Starwood Hotels in North America has announced that it suffered a data breach at many of its properties across the United States. The breaches started and stopped at different times, with some having happened last year and others as recently as this past summer. Starwood cites a malware intrusion affecting select point of sale systems as the cause of the data breach, allowing the hackers to access some customers’ credit and debit card details.

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We’re one step closer to mandatory drone pilot registration

We’re one step closer to mandatory drone pilot registration

Mandatory drone pilot registration is one step closer in the US, with the FAA mulling database proposals from a number of UAV makers, retailers, and more. The FAA Drone-Registration Task Force was established in October, with unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) manufacturers like 3D Robotics, DJI, GoogleX, GoPro, Parrot, along with retailers looking to use drones for deliveries like Amazon Prime Air, Best Buy, and Walmart, joining forces to develop a framework for safer flying.

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