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Dallas hack sets of 156 warning sirens for 90 minutes

Dallas hack sets of 156 warning sirens for 90 minutes

Some computer hacking incidents are frightening, like those that play with your personal information. Some seem like playful, but still illegal, antics of children. Then there are those in the middle, bordering on being a nuisance, but with potentially disastrous results. Such was the situation the residents of Dallas found themselves in when, in the dead of night, the city's 156 emergency sirens blared loudly for 90 minutes, causing not just a ruckus but a growing distrust of the warning system.

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Malware makes users play game for high score instead of paying ransom

Malware makes users play game for high score instead of paying ransom

These days, it's no surprise when a new type of malware turns up to exploit and abuse users, but a recently discovered variant of ransomware is something else entirely. Instead of holding someone's files for ransom until a payment is made to hackers, "Rensenware" requires that users play a punishing video game and reach a high score in order to get their data back.

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GameStop looking into reports of security breach

GameStop looking into reports of security breach

We're hearing some news that's potentially bad for anyone who has shopped on GameStop.com in the past few months. GameStop said today that it's investigating reports of a security breach on its website, but hasn't really delved into many details concerning what such a breach would entail.

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Researchers find 1,800 big patient data breaches at hospitals

Researchers find 1,800 big patient data breaches at hospitals

A new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine reveals that many hospitals aren't adequately protecting their patients' data, leaving many vulnerable to identity theft and more. Researchers found almost 1,800 'large data breaches' involving patient information spread over a time frame of seven years. The medical facilities where the data breaches were discovered span many states ranging from Michigan's Henry Ford Hospital to California's UC Davis Medical Center.

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New bill aims to stop warrantless gadget searches at the border

New bill aims to stop warrantless gadget searches at the border

Warrantless laptop and phone searches at the border are a problem, and a new bill aims to stop them. The bipartisan bill is designed to protect the devices of Americans who are passing through the US border, and would require border patrol agents to get a proper warrant before searching the devices. The bill was introduced earlier today by a handful of Republican and Democrat politicians from the House and the Senate.

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Samsung Tizen has 40 zero-day vulnerabilities, researcher warns

Samsung Tizen has 40 zero-day vulnerabilities, researcher warns

Samsung is increasingly using its Tizen platform on its connect devices, such as smart TVs, but that may not be a good thing from a security standpoint. According to Israeli researcher Amihai Neiderman, Tizen is a poorly created product with 40 previously unknown security vulnerabilities, ones that could allow hackers to relatively easily gain access to the connected devices and to take control of them. He goes so far as to say, "It may be the worse code I've ever seen."

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Samsung Galaxy S8 facial recognition security is easily fooled

Samsung Galaxy S8 facial recognition security is easily fooled

If you're planning to pick up the Galaxy S8 and use facial recognition to secure the handset, think again. A new demonstration of the feature shows it being easily fooled using a photo of the handset's owner, and coinciding with the revelation is word from sources that Samsung allegedly considers the feature as just 'for fun.' The phone also offers fingerprint and iris scanning security.

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Congress votes away Internet privacy regulations in favor of ISPs

Congress votes away Internet privacy regulations in favor of ISPs

Following the Senate's lead, the House has just voted to end Internet privacy regulations that would have required Internet service providers to get permission before selling a customer's Internet data. The resolution will go into effect if Trump signs it; following the vote, the White House issued a statement saying the president's advisors will recommend doing so.

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Now Google Home can control your August Smart Lock

Now Google Home can control your August Smart Lock

August's Smart Lock has added Google Home support, allowing users to ask the Google Assistant to lock their doors. The functionality which rolls out from today, builds on the smart speaker's growing range of Internet of Things abilities, which already include controlling lights among other things. However, in the name of security, August isn't granting full key-holder privileges to the Google Assistant quite yet.

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Consumer tech plane ban was triggered by iPad bomb threat

Consumer tech plane ban was triggered by iPad bomb threat

Both the U.S. and the U.K. recently banned most consumer gadgets from flights originating from several countries, a move that Canada is also considering implementing. The move is unusual given that the bans went into effect only hours apart, leading to speculation about possible security threats that had been discovered. Now, according to a new report, we have more info on that -- sources say the threat of a bomb disguised as an iPad had spurred the restriction.

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U.S. orders ‘mandatory social media check’ for some visa applicants

U.S. orders ‘mandatory social media check’ for some visa applicants

The U.S. government has ordered a mandatory social media check for some visa applicants, according to a new leak, as well as well as more strenuous screening for applicants identified as ‘warranting increased scrutiny.’ Sources claim the orders were made by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and that the social media checks apply to individuals who are coming from places under ISIS control.

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US, UK ban consumer gadgets on flights from several countries

US, UK ban consumer gadgets on flights from several countries

Passengers flying to the U.S. from one of eight particular countries will not be able to bring most of their gadgets on the plane as carry-on items. Such is the nature of a temporary ban imposed by the U.S. government that took effect today; why the ban is in place hasn’t been clearly stated. Statements from officials have been somewhat scattered, with one indicating that nine airlines are covered by this ban, and another indicating that ten airlines are covered.

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