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Lavabit, the encrypted email once used by Snowden, returns to operation

Lavabit, the encrypted email once used by Snowden, returns to operation

Back in 2013, when Edward Snowden blew the whistle on the US government's mass surveillance programs, it was discovered that his preferred email provider was the encrypted service called Lavabit. As the government then tried to get its hands on the former NSA contractor, the federal authorities demanded Lavabit turn over its SSL encryption key. Instead, founder Ladar Levison shut the entire service down, as cooperating meant giving the government access to the private data of all of its 410,000 users.

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Meitu explains its controversial anime photo app permissions

Meitu explains its controversial anime photo app permissions

The anime-themed photo makeover app Meitu recently went viral, with loads of people downloading it to transform their selfies using adorable filters. The spike in popularity quickly drew attention to the app’s questionable permissions and data practices, however, and users were soon advised to uninstall the app rather than risk compromising their personal data. Now the company behind the app, Meitu Inc., has issued a final statement on the matter, detailing how it uses the data and the reason behind its app permissions.

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Gmail PSA: This phishing scam is all too easy to fall for

Gmail PSA: This phishing scam is all too easy to fall for

A simple but astonishingly effective Gmail scam continues to compromise even adept internet users, with phishers taking advantage of how browsers present URLs to steal emails and other information. The exploit presents users with what looks like a regular login page but, rather than being hosted by Google, is in fact running on a different server waiting to steal account details. What sets it apart in phishing terms is how well that server is hidden.

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ESEA e-sports league hack yields 1.5m user profiles

ESEA e-sports league hack yields 1.5m user profiles

When you usually hear about hacked user databases, they usually involve adult sites, social networks, political groups, or e-mail service providers. Once in a while, you’ll also hear about hacks to digital game stores. Rare, however, are cases of hacks of independent gaming communities. But when you’re the world’s largest e-sports communities, not to mention makers of anti-cheating software, you definitely have a larger than usual target on your back. That was apparently the case with the E-Sports Entertainment Association or ESEA, whose database got broken into late last year, with the hacker getting away with potentially sensitive information of over 1.5 million ESEA accounts.

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Maximus Smart Motion Security Light has a 1080p camera, motion detector

Maximus Smart Motion Security Light has a 1080p camera, motion detector

Maximus has introduced a new home security product, the Smart Motion Security Light, a connected floodlight with smart features like a two-way speaker, a WiFi camera, and other functions to help prevent thefts and other issues. The motion detector is able to detect motion in up to a 70ft range, triggering a notification on the owner’s phone and allowing them to do things like turn on a siren.

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Ring Floodlight Cam joins video doorbell for outdoor home security

Ring Floodlight Cam joins video doorbell for outdoor home security

Ring, maker of the Ring Video Doorbell, has introduced a new outdoor security product called the Ring Floodlight Cam. This item is designed to take a standard floodlight and add onto it the benefits of both a smart home ecosystem and what Ring calls ‘proactive vision technology.’ The company says its new product is now the ‘most powerful security camera’ available.

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ADT’s Pulse security system gets a new Amazon Alexa skill

ADT’s Pulse security system gets a new Amazon Alexa skill

Of all of the new Alexa skills being announced at CES 2017, the one for ADT's Pulse security system is one of the most interesting. Pulse is a smart home focused security system from ADT, so it makes a lot of sense to see support for Amazon's Echo and Echo Dot being added by way of an Alexa skill. The skill isn't available just yet, but ADT says it'll be start rolling out later this month.

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Norton Core anti-malware router promises IoT for a subscription fee

Norton Core anti-malware router promises IoT for a subscription fee

Smarter routers with swifter response to malware and IoT exploits are a growing segment now, and Norton is wading in with its own striking wireless router. The Norton Core not only looks like a miniature Spaceship Earth from Epcot, but inside the geodesic dome there's a mixture of parental filters, real-time security scans, and automatic updates. Even the shape has been designed with practicality in mind.

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Blink Seecurity system, service plans to debut at CES 2017

Blink Seecurity system, service plans to debut at CES 2017

By now, smart home security systems are a dime a dozen, but Blink always manages to set itself apart in some ways. It was one of the first, for example, to integrate with Amazon Alexa. It is also probably the only one with an outdoor security camera that runs on AA batteries. At CES 2017, it is taking its game one step further by introducing its Seecurity systems. The name might make some smirk, but the offer of a full line of security products, kits, and services is definitely no laughing matter.

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Topps, maker of sports cards, discloses data breach

Topps, maker of sports cards, discloses data breach

The company behind many sports and other trading cards, Topps, has disclosed a data breach. According to a notice sent to Topps customers, the company became aware of the breach in mid-October 2016, something that triggered an investigation revealing that ‘one or more intruders’ possibly stole some customer data. That data could include credit and debit card numbers, names, email addresses, and more.

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Russian-linked malware found on electrical company computer

Russian-linked malware found on electrical company computer

In the wake of Russian hackers interfering with the US's presidential election this year, along with the subsequent sanctions issued by President Obama, a Vermont power company has discovered evidence of Russian malware on one of its laptops. The code is said to be linked to the hacking group identified by the FBI and Department of Homeland Security as "Grizzly Steppe." The find was made as the US government continues to asses Russian cyber attacks on different agencies and organizations.

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Text message can crash any iPhone iOS 10 or below

Text message can crash any iPhone iOS 10 or below

Back in the spring of 2015 a text message surfaced that had the ability to crash current iPhones of the time. Apple eventually patched that flaw to prevent the crash from happening. Fast-forward to today and there is another text message floating around that can crash any iPhone that is using the native Messages app and is running iOS 10 or below.

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