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Super Micro hack audit finds no Chinese spy chips

Super Micro hack audit finds no Chinese spy chips

Super Micro has released an independent testing report finding no signs of malicious hardware in its computer parts, after a widely-circulated report claimed servers using the hardware had been compromised by Chinese spies. The claims have been vocally challenged by Amazon, Apple, and more, while independent security researchers have also been critical of the accusations.

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Xiaomi again hints at major USA launch with 3 new products

Xiaomi again hints at major USA launch with 3 new products

This morning Xiaomi brought a few products to the USA to showcase the future. Xiaomi brought three products that'll be available for sale in the USA, and a few more that aren't (yet) available in the USA. On one hand, this seems like a fairly standard "We've got new products" event. On the other hand, bringing along products that aren't necessarily set to be available in the USA hints at something bigger.

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Google cracks down on fraudulent ad bounty hunters

Google cracks down on fraudulent ad bounty hunters

Google's latest update on Online Security for apps seems to suggest that they mean serious business. They've recently taken targeted action against a set of fraudulent app developers and codes that've been collecting ad bounties in ways that are ... basically just not cool. These developers in this case were guilty of App Install Attribution Abuse - which is basically like tricking companies into paying cash for app installs when they've installed no such thing.

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Secret Service reveals plan to test facial recognition tech at White House

Secret Service reveals plan to test facial recognition tech at White House

The US Secret Service (USSS) plans to test facial recognition technology at the White House, the agency revealed in a newly published document. The USSS released a statement detailing its plan, which includes testing the technology on employees as a stepping stone toward potential deployment as a new security feature. The test has raised concerns among some biometric security critics.

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New Qualcomm in-display fingerprint sensor is Face ID for your fingertip

New Qualcomm in-display fingerprint sensor is Face ID for your fingertip

Unlocking your smartphone by pressing your fingertip against the touchscreen is about to go mainstream, with Qualcomm revealing its new 3D Sonic Sensor technology. The latest iteration of smartphone security, it puts an ultrasonic scanner right beneath the display glass, in what Qualcomm says is a much more functional and secure way to open your phone than rival biometrics.

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Quora was hacked: what you need to know and do

Quora was hacked: what you need to know and do

Quora is one of those silent successes of the Internet. It doesn’t always make headlines but it has become one of the biggest sources of information on the Web.Next to Wikipedia, of course The service has now hit headlines but, unfortunately, not in a good way. Its user data was compromised, in other words, it was hacked. This is what the company says was taken and what you should do, maybe even if you weren’t affected at all.

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iOS app scammed users to authorize IAP with Touch ID

iOS app scammed users to authorize IAP with Touch ID

Google and Android have yet again come under fire for another batch of apps that either spread malware or practice fraud from under Google’s and users’ noses. Of course, many took the chance to point out Apple’s closed but effective review process that blocks such apps from even getting into the App Store. But it’s precisely because of that tight process that when misbehaving apps do get in, it’s an even bigger problem.

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Marriott Starwood hack: What to do next

Marriott Starwood hack: What to do next

Marriott has revealed that its Starwood guest reservation database was recently impacted by a security breach. The intrusion was detected on November 19 by a Marriott investigation after the company received an alert on September 8, 2018. Following the alert, Marriott says it tapped security experts as part of an investigation that ultimately discovered "unauthorized access" on its Starwood network. This access had been in place since 2014.

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Arlo Ultra wireless camera adds 4K HDR and security floodlight

Arlo Ultra wireless camera adds 4K HDR and security floodlight

Netgear's Arlo home security camera range is getting a brand new model, with the Arlo Ultra including not only 4K HDR resolution support but a floodlight too. Joining the rest of the wireless, battery-powered Arlo cameras, the new model is weather-resistant for indoor and outdoor use.

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Marriott Starwood system breach exposes information on half a billion people

Marriott Starwood system breach exposes information on half a billion people

Marriott today revealed a massive security breach that affected its Starwood reservation system. The breach played out over four years and potentially exposed the personal information of around 500 million guests. A portion of those affected guests may have had credit card information exposed too, so to say this breach is "pretty bad" would likely be understating it a bit.

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Dell website was hacked, PC maker claims nothing was stolen

Dell website was hacked, PC maker claims nothing was stolen

Keep Calm and Reset Your Passwords. That’s pretty much Dell’s advice to customers that have registered an account over at its Dell.com website. It has revealed that it detected unauthorized activity on said site earlier this month that basically equated to someone trying to hack their way into the company’s customer database. Nothing was taken, the company assures, but, just in case, it might be a good idea to reset your password anyway.

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Your browser’s padlock icon doesn’t mean you’re safe from phishing

Your browser’s padlock icon doesn’t mean you’re safe from phishing

If you've ever taken comfort in seeing a padlock in your browser's URL bar, you might want to rethink the trust you put in that little icon. New research shows that an increasing number of phishing sites use Secure Sockets Layer, or SSL, and therefore sport the padlock despite being illegitimate websites meant to steal information. The padlock, then, means a lot less than some people think it does.

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