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Beto O’Rourke Was Part of an Infamous ’90s Hacker Group

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This week ended with terror, as a shooting in New Zealand took the lives of at least 49 people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. A video of the attack, livestreamed by the shooter on Facebook, quickly spread across all major internet platforms, which demonstrated a general inability to stop it. Separately, we took […]

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Most Android Antivirus Apps Are Garbage

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The world of antivirus is already fraught. You’re basically inviting all-seeing, all-knowing software onto your device, trusting that it’ll keep the bad guys out and not abuse its own access in the process. On Android, that problem is compounded by dozens of apps that aren’t just ineffective—they’re outright phony. That’s the finding of newly published […]

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Exec: How SDN, SD-WAN, security fit in VMware’s strategy

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It has been just 10 months since Tom Gillis became VMware‘s senior vice president and general manager of its networking and security business, and in that time he has overseen some major changes in the company’s core products. Most recent is a milestone release of the company’s NSX-T Data Center software, making it VMware’s primary […]

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How Hackers Pulled Off a $20 Million Mexican Bank Heist

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In January 2018 a group of hackers, now thought to be working for the North Korean state-sponsored group Lazarus, attempted to steal $110 million from the Mexican commercial bank Bancomext. That effort failed. But just a few months later, a smaller yet still elaborate series of attacks allowed hackers to siphon off 300 to 400 […]

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Security Pros and Perils of Serverless Architecture

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Serverless architectures are revolutionizing the way organizations procure and use enterprise technology. This cloud computing model can drive cost-efficiencies, increase agility and enable organizations to focus on the essential aspects of software development. While serverless architecture offers some security advantages, trusting that a cloud provider has security fully covered can be risky. That’s why it’s […]

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When Facebook Goes Down, Don’t Blame Hackers

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It happened again. Facebook went down in several pockets around the world for several hours Wednesday, as did Facebook-owned Instagram and WhatsApp. The outage inspired the usual existential jokes—and rush to news sites to fill the void—but it also gave rise to conspiracy theories that hackers were the cause. As is almost always the case, […]

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Internal Docs Show How ICE Gets Surveillance Help From Local Cops

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Over the past decade, license plate readers have become an increasingly popular tool for law enforcement around the United States. One federal agency that has aggressively pursued this data is US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, through a $6.1 million contract with a private firm called Vigilant Solutions. Now, new details of this arrangement have been […]

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Firefox Send Is an Easy Way to Share Large Files Securely

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You’ve got no shortage of ways to send encrypted messages, and at least as many cloud services for sending large files. But the Venn diagram for the two remains surprisingly, inconveniently small. That’s the beauty of Mozilla’s Firefox Send, a free, intuitive, web-based service that lets you share large encrypted files, no strings attached. Send […]

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Why It’s So Hard to Restart Venezuela’s Power Grid

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Venezuela’s massive, nationwide power outages, which began on Thursday, have so far resulted in at least 20 deaths, looting, and loss of access to food, water, fuel, and cash for many of the country’s 31 million residents. Late Monday, the United States said its diplomats would leave the US embassy in Caracas, citing deteriorating conditions. […]

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Will We Ever See the End of Account Theft?

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There’s an 87 Gigabyte file containing 773 Million unique email addresses and passwords being sold on online forums today called “Collection #1.” We know that many users of websites are using the same passwords all over the internet; even after all the years of data breaches and account takeovers and thefts, user behavior stays the […]