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Cloudflare Leak: Which sites has Cloudbleed affected?

Cloudflare Leak: Which sites has Cloudbleed affected?

It hasn't been a very good week for Cloudflare's security team. Late last week, Travis Ormandy from Google's Project Zero discovered a rather large memory issue that was potentially leaking sensitive information from websites that use Cloudflare. That isn't the best news to hear when you consider that Cloudflare works with over two million different websites, including some heavy hitters like Fitbit, OkCupid, and Uber.

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Samsung Secure Folder arrives for Galaxy S7, S7 Edge

Samsung Secure Folder arrives for Galaxy S7, S7 Edge

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge users have some additional security coming their way today, as Samsung has launched a new Secure Folder for those two devices. As the name suggests, Secure Folder is a place where you can put your apps and data to give them an extra layer of security. Secure Folder is backed by Samsung Knox technology, creating an encrypted space on your smartphone.

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Homeland Security workers are having trouble accessing agency networks

Homeland Security workers are having trouble accessing agency networks

Employees with the Department of Homeland Security are having trouble logging into some of the agency’s computer networks, according to sources that have surfaced, an issue that doesn’t have a readily apparent cause. The problem is said to have started around 5AM this morning, and can reportedly be bypassed in some cases by using a VPN. Sources state that login troubles have resulted due to an inability to validate personal identity verification cards for employees.

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EPA workers use encrypted messaging to discuss Trump contingency plan

EPA workers use encrypted messaging to discuss Trump contingency plan

It’s no secret that the Trump administration has some issues with the Environmental Protection Agency, and that has raised ample concerns both among the public and within the EPA itself. We’ve already seen alterations surface on the EPA’s climate change site, and critics have expressed worry that bigger, more harmful things may follow. Now, according to a new report, at least half a dozen EPA employees have started using an encrypted messaging app to discuss amongst themselves plans for handling the administration’s possible future undermining of the agency.

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D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD now available from Apple

D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD now available from Apple

The cylindrical D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD home security camera is now available from Apple's website, and will be available in Apple stores later on this month. The Omna 180 Cam HD is HomeKit-enabled and allows users to monitor their homes, as with competing connected security cameras. The device’s name hints at the camera’s super-wide-angle 180-degree lens, though that doesn’t cause image distortion thanks to ‘de-warping’ tech that corrects the image.

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Dodge’s latest cop car has anti-ambush sensors

Dodge’s latest cop car has anti-ambush sensors

Parking tech may be helping Dodge owners avoid hitting the curb, but repurposing the same gadgetry will give police officers eyes in the back of their head. The 2017 Dodge Charger Pursuit, the automaker's law enforcement car, is getting an upgrade that tweaks the various sensors into a motion alarm. That, Dodge says, will help address the rise of ambush situations, where police officers are surprised by people creeping up behind their vehicles.

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Arby’s hit with security breach: hundreds of restaurants affected

Arby’s hit with security breach: hundreds of restaurants affected

The fast food franchise Arby’s has confirmed that it was hit with a data security breach, one involving ‘malicious software’ on its payment card systems. The company went on to state that it notified law enforcement after discovering the breach, as well as ‘leading security experts,’ one of which was Mandiant. The investigation into the matter is said to still be ongoing, though the malware itself has been removed from the affected systems.

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US may require visitors to hand over social media passwords

US may require visitors to hand over social media passwords

The Department of Homeland Security is mulling over additional ‘security’ measures that may affect visitors arriving in the U.S. from certain countries, namely the seven Muslim-majority nations recently targeted by Trump’s ban. According to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, one such security measure may involve having visitors provide the passwords to their social media accounts as a requirement in order to gain access to the nation.

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Apple Activation Lock status may have been used for hacking

Apple Activation Lock status may have been used for hacking

Over the weekend, Apple silently pulled out what was previously an effective anti-theft measure, the Activation Lock status checker webpage. Despite increased media coverage, Apple has remained silent on exactly why. Although it still hasn’t confirmed it, some speculation by MacRumors may point to the reason both for the removal of the tool as well as Apple’s silence. The anti-theft tool might have ironically been abused as a tool to bypass locked devices and gain access to those.

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Hackers take down DC’s CCTV system with ransomware attack

Hackers take down DC’s CCTV system with ransomware attack

The Washington DC police department has revealed that a large percentage of its CCTV cameras were taken offline in a ransomware attack. The security breach was discovered earlier in the month, and it left a number of cameras unable to record as the police department worked to remove the ransomware.

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Facebook Security Key adds support for USB key logins

Facebook Security Key adds support for USB key logins

Facebook has announced an excellent new security feature for those who are particularly concerned about their online privacy. Per a new announcement from Facebook Security, the social network now supports Security Key logins, allowing users to register Security Keys that connect to a device’s USB port. The hardware security option offers certain protections above what you get with two-factor authentication.

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Trump’s unsecured Android phone is reportedly still in use

Trump’s unsecured Android phone is reportedly still in use

President Trump is still using his old smartphone, new reports claim, despite the Android handset being unsecured. The newly-instated US president, in his first week in office, was believed to have exchanged his phone for the requisite secured device, but that may not in fact be the case. According to a New York Times report, Trump has controversially kept hold of the handset.

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