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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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Windows Defender Security Center announced, previewed for Creators Update

Windows Defender Security Center announced, previewed for Creators Update

Microsoft has been revealing new features coming in the Windows 10 Creators Update at a pretty decent pace, and today we're getting another one to add to the list. Say hello to the new Windows Defender Security Center, which will serve as something of a hub you'll be able to use to make sure your PC's security is up to snuff. There are five main "pillars" of the Windows Defender Security Center, and Microsoft broke them down today in a post to the Windows Blog.

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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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