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Amazon home security camera, possibly with Alexa, leaks on retailer’s site

Amazon home security camera, possibly with Alexa, leaks on retailer’s site

It looks like Amazon’s getting into the home security camera market, at least if a new image pulled from the retailer’s website is any indication. According to a recent report, an automated script stumbled upon the image; in it we see a tall oval-shaped camera with Amazon branding on the top and a glowing blue ring, possibly indicating Alexa is present, on the bottom.

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Cobalt’s autonomous security robot is more serious than it looks

Cobalt’s autonomous security robot is more serious than it looks

Robots make the best and the worst security guards. On the one hand, they’re efficient, precise, and unswayed by emotions. On the other hand, they’re also cold, impersonal, and unyielding. They are best used for security-related tasks that require more attention to detail but not so much human interaction. That’s what Cobalt Robotics is attempting with its autonomous mobile robot that can navigate around the area, recognize people, read IDs, and report any suspicious activities, potential security issues, and possible hazards. All without looking like a Terminator set to kill.

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Twitter’s latest security update: More muting options, follow-ups for reports

Twitter’s latest security update: More muting options, follow-ups for reports

Twitter's approach to combating abuse on its platform has been multi-layered so far, and today even more security features are being added to the pile. This week, Twitter users will find that they have more control over what they mute and how long that content stays muted, while Twitter itself is doing a lot more behind the scenes to bolster its anti-abuse measures.

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CloudPets connected toy data leak makes personal voice messages public

CloudPets connected toy data leak makes personal voice messages public

Connected toys are becoming increasingly popular, and one such toy is CloudPets’ stuffed animals. With these and a related app, parents and kids can record messages for each other that are shuttled between the toy and app via the company’s cloud service. That cloud service, it turns out, is quite insecure and has allowed voice messages recorded by parents and kids to be leaked online for anyone with the skills to grab them.

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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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