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Nintendo Switch hack: What you need to know

Nintendo Switch hack: What you need to know

It's only Tuesday and it's already been a big week for Nintendo Switch owners, or at least those who would like to hack their console and open the door to homebrew software. Hacking the Switch is a pastime that's still in its infancy, but two different groups have come forward with new vulnerabilities that open the floodgates, so to speak. Most interesting of all, these aren't exploits that Nintendo can patch, and every Switch that's currently out in the wild is vulnerable to them.

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Cryptojacker’s choice coin Monero might be trackable

Cryptojacker’s choice coin Monero might be trackable

This week two potential flaws in Monero's code suggested the blockchain-based cryptocurrency might've been traceable. Monero is a cryptocurrency built on the premise that cryptocurrency should be anonymous - completely anonymous - and as such, it depends on that anonymity to survive, and to retain value in the open marketplace VS Bitcoin and USDT. It would appear that these flaws might not matter as much as initially feared.

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Tesla cryptojacked for cryptocoins, but no worries

Tesla cryptojacked for cryptocoins, but no worries

Tesla's computing power in the cloud was infiltrated and utilized by a hacker to mine cryptocurrency. Cryptojacking is the process in which a hacker gains entry into a computer system and implants a cryptocurrency miner. With the miner, the user will use the processing power of the computer to generate cryptocurrency - like Bitcoin, but more likely Ethereum-based coins like Monero.

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Coincheck loses $400M in NEM cryptocurrency to hackers

Coincheck loses $400M in NEM cryptocurrency to hackers

The cryptocurrency market has just been hit with one of its biggest losses in its short lifespan. The Tokyo-based Coincheck, one of Japan’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges, has confirmed that it recently lost 500 million tokens of the NEM currency to attackers, and is still investigating how they got away with it. The theft is said to be worth at least $400 million, although it's difficult to determine the exact value due to the rapidly changing rates of cryptocurrency.

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Putin web watch makes election-meddling playbook public

Putin web watch makes election-meddling playbook public

Russia President Vladimir Putin spoke this week on the dangers of election meddling via web-based social media. He did this after signing into law a means for Russian officials to label news organizations "foreign agents." Earlier this year Russia was accused of meddling in the 2016 US Presidential Election with social media and with other digital means.

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Ransomware takes out major county servers in North Carolina

Ransomware takes out major county servers in North Carolina

Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, where the city of Charlotte is located, was hit with a ransomware attack this week that took out major city servers and has forced some officials to work with old fashioned pen and paper. The ransomware was able to infect the network after a city employee opened an email attachment containing the software. The hacker is demanding a payment of $23,000 to restore the system, but so far city officials are refusing to pay.

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This is KRACK – 5 steps to safeguard your devices

This is KRACK – 5 steps to safeguard your devices

This is KRACK - it isn't glamorous, or cool, or kid's stuff. It's a serious Wi-fi vulnerability, and it can kill your devices and steal your data. KRACK affects everybody - and only you can prevent forest fires. I mean only you can take the steps necessary to guard your devices against the KRACK attack.

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Kaspersky may have been involved in biggest NSA security breach

Kaspersky may have been involved in biggest NSA security breach

It is almost ironic that the government body tasked with security itself become the victim of a security breach that could have easily been avoided. Then again, the NSA does have a large target painted on its back, whether it likes it or not. It is almost ironic that a software designed to keep files safe would be the instrument of such a breach. But for those who do believe Kaspersky's ties to the Russian government, that's actually not surprising at all.

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Equifax update: More victims than households in the USA

Equifax update: More victims than households in the USA

Equifax announced today that 2.5-million previously uncounted US-based victims were "potentially impacted" by their data breach. While Equifax continues to call them "customers", the vast majority of these users were victimized by the credit company itself, seeking out and purchasing their personal info before holding it in a series of insecure web-connected locations. Thus far the Equifax data breach puts 145.5-MILLION US citizens in the "potentially impacted" category.

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Instagram hackers now selling millions of users’ data

Instagram hackers now selling millions of users’ data

Earlier this week, hackers took advantage of an Instagram bug to target the accounts of celebrities and verified users, even gaining access to Selena Gomez's, but it turns out they also managed to make off with personal information for roughly six million other users. When Instagram came forward admitting their glitch was responsible (and had subsequently been fixed), they said that the breach was limited to verified accounts; but it's become clear the attack is much more widespread than expected.

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Android’s WannaCry “SLocker” source leaks online: Here’s how to avoid it

Android’s WannaCry “SLocker” source leaks online: Here’s how to avoid it

A piece of mobile ransomware that mimics the methods of WannaCry malware has leaked online. The source code for the malicious software has been spilled to the web, allowing this "SLocker" to be downloaded and spread ad infinitum. The source code might also give security experts an easy way to ramp up protection against the malicious code - but the potential costs far outweigh the potential benefits.

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Microsoft swats Russia’s Fancy Bear with ingenious legal takedown

Microsoft swats Russia’s Fancy Bear with ingenious legal takedown

It's time for Putin's hackers to be on the receiving end of the beatdown stick of digital attacks this week. The folks behind the attack come from Microsoft, and the Russian hacker team goes by the name Fancy Bear. Yes, Fancy Bear, a name that's brought relative shame to the Democratic National Convention's game, also known as the Kremlin's cyber spy team. But Microsoft isn't attacking with "the cyber" - they're attacking with... the law!

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