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The Sneaky Simple Malware That Hits Millions of Macs

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The popular misconception that Macs don’t get viruses has become a lot less popular in recent years, as Apple devices have weathered their fair share of bugs. But it’s still surprising that the most prolific malware on macOS—by one count, affecting one in 10 devices—is so relatively crude. This week, antivirus company Kaspersky detailed the […]

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Inside Pwn2Own’s High-Stakes Industrial Hacking Contest

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On a small, blue-lit stage in a dim side room of the Fillmore Theater in Miami on Tuesday, three men sat behind laptops in front of a small crowd. Two of them nervously reviewed the commands on a screen in front of them. Steven Seeley and Chris Anastasio, a hacker duo calling themselves Team Incite, […]

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Everything We Know About the Jeff Bezos Phone Hack

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On November 8, 2018, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos received an unexpected text message over WhatsApp from Saudi Arabian leader Mohammed bin Salman. The two had exchanged numbers several months prior, in April, at a small dinner in Los Angeles, but weren’t in regular contact; Bezos had previously received only a video file from the crown […]

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A Windows 10 Vulnerability Was Used to Rickroll the NSA and Github

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Less than a day after Microsoft disclosed one of the most critical Windows vulnerabilities ever, a security researcher has demonstrated how attackers can exploit it to cryptographically impersonate any website or server on the internet. ARS TECHNICA This story originally appeared on Ars Technica, a trusted source for technology news, tech policy analysis, reviews, and […]

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An Alarming Windows Bug, a Triumph for Tesla, and More News

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Tesla is surging and Microsoft is purging, but first: a cartoon about wedding software updates. Here’s the news you need to know, in two minutes or less. Want to receive this two-minute roundup as an email every weekday? Sign up here! Today’s News Windows has a flaw so dangerous the NSA disclosed it In a […]

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Windows 10 Has a Security Flaw So Severe the NSA Disclosed It

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Microsoft released a patch for Windows 10 and Server 2016 today after the National Security Agency found and disclosed a serious vulnerability. It’s a rare but not unprecedented tip-off, one that underscores the flaw’s severity—and maybe hints at new priorities for the NSA. The bug is in Windows’ mechanism for confirming the legitimacy of software […]

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If Russia Hacked Burisma, Brace for the Leaks to Follow

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The oil firm Burisma sits at the center of the Venn diagram of two of the Kremlin’s hacking obsessions: It’s in Ukraine, Russia’s favorite playground for all manner of cyberattacks. And it’s at the core of a political controversy that might further divide the US and aid Donald Trump’s reelection campaign. All of that makes […]

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TikTok Bugs Could Have Allowed Account Takeovers

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The social video app TikTok has been branded a potential security threat for its ties to China—the app is owned by the Beijing-based company ByteDance—but like any piece of software it also has the potential for more immediate security concerns. Recently patched vulnerabilities in the app could have allowed an attacker to take over TikTok […]