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FAA proposal seeks global airline ban on checked consumer gadgets

FAA proposal seeks global airline ban on checked consumer gadgets

It's no secret that lithium-ion batteries can be dangerous if they overheat, and now the FAA is warning that they pose a serious risk for airplanes if checked into baggage. Aircraft cargo sections are equipped with a system designed to put out any fires that start. However, a series of 10 tests conducted by the FAA determined that if a fire happens next to an aerosol can, it could ignite an explosion that happens before the system puts out the fire.

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Google boosts security for high-risk users (but you can get it too)

Google boosts security for high-risk users (but you can get it too)

Hardly a week goes by without a high-profile hacking story, and now Google is launching a new security system for those who take their data really, really seriously. The Google Advanced Protection Program builds on the company's existing two-factor authentication with a more stringent system. Despite the target audience, though, there's some good news for the rest of us.

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Critical Microsoft database breach was kept secret from the public

Critical Microsoft database breach was kept secret from the public

Back in 2013, Microsoft suffered a rather critical security breach. The company's internal bug reporting database was compromised, giving those who hacked into it access to a list of unresolved bugs and vulnerabilities within Windows. That's worrying enough on its own, but then comes the realization that Microsoft actually kept details of the breach from the public.

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KRACK hack means every WiFi device is at risk

KRACK hack means every WiFi device is at risk

It isn't often we hear of a vulnerability that could potentially affect every device you own, but a new type of attack being detailed today could very well do that. Described as key reinstallation attacks (KRACK, for short), these new exploits "work against all modern protected WiFi networks." That, in case you were wondering, is bad news.

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OnePlus will begin limiting data collection, offer opt-out following privacy outcry

OnePlus will begin limiting data collection, offer opt-out following privacy outcry

Earlier this month it was revealed that Android handset-maker OnePlus was collecting large amounts of users' data, both without explicit permission and without making it clear it was doing so. While the data is said to be used for analytical purposes, it included plenty of personally identifiable information. Understandably, OnePlus users have been more than a little upset about this, but the company has now come forward to address concerns and reveal changes to their collection policy.

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IRS halts Equifax fraud prevention contract

IRS halts Equifax fraud prevention contract

Just yesterday, we told you about a malicious prompt that was appearing on Equifax's website when customers tried to dispute errors on their credit reports. The pop-up prompted users to download a new version of Flash player, only to install tough-to-identify adware instead. It looks like Equifax may be paying the price for that particular oversight, as the IRS has temporarily suspected a fraud prevention contract it awarded the company earlier this month.

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Surprise! The Equifax breach somehow just got worse

Surprise! The Equifax breach somehow just got worse

Equifax's massive data breach - which put the personal information of nearly 150 million Americans at risk - doesn't really seem like it can get much worse. Of course, we're learning today that making such a challenge is a foolish thing indeed, as it has gotten worse. How bad is it? That depends on how you feel about potentially being exposed to malware.

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Yale’s smart locks get a HomeKit upgrade

Yale’s smart locks get a HomeKit upgrade

Yale has added Apple HomeKit support to its smart locks, launching a plug-in module that gives remote control to your iPhone or iPad. The Yale iM1 Network Module plugs into models from Yale's Assure Lock range. Then, either using the Apple Home app or Siri on an iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch, you can lock and unlock the door.

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T-Mobile made it shockingly easy for hackers to steal your data

T-Mobile made it shockingly easy for hackers to steal your data

With the massive Equifax hack still fresh in our minds, we're now learning that a bug on T-Mobile's website made it very easy for hackers to make off with subscriber information. The information that was potentially put at risk includes email addresses, T-Mobile account numbers, and the IMSI number from customer phones. All those hackers needed to access that information was your phone number, which isn't exactly a difficult thing to find (or even stumbled upon).

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iOS makes it almost too easy to phish users’ passwords

iOS makes it almost too easy to phish users’ passwords

iOS is often hailed as having better security mechanisms than Android, though often at the expense of openness. But while it certainly has the big malware and exploits covered, Apple may have overlooked the overly simpler cases. Apparently, it's quite easy to deceive users into giving up their Apple ID passwords, which can be used to potentially hack the user's other accounts. All of that using the official tools that Apple provides developer to make popups and dialog boxes.

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Database leaks 47GB of medical records including names and test results

Database leaks 47GB of medical records including names and test results

An Amazon S3 repository left publicly accessible has leaked about 47GB of medical data, the sum total of which includes 315,363 PDF files. The discovery was made by Kromtech Security Researchers, who estimated the medical documents pertain to at least 150,000 patients. Among the leaked data are blood test results, personal info such as patient name and home addresses, plus information on the doctors and their case management notes.

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OnePlus OxygenOS phone data tracking raises privacy concerns

OnePlus OxygenOS phone data tracking raises privacy concerns

Some OnePlus users are again raising privacy concerns over OxygenOS's telemetry tracking, namely that some of the data being gathered makes it possible to connect the user with the data. Discussions about this tracking were first raised in summer 2016, but caught public attention in a bigger way recently when security researcher Christopher Moore published a detailed breakdown of the data collection on his website.

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