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Ransomware crooks post cops’ psych evaluations after talks with DC police stall

Enlarge (credit: carlballou / Getty Images) A ransomware gang that hacked the District of Columbia’s Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) in April posted personnel records on Tuesday that revealed highly sensitive details for almost two dozen officers, including the results of psychological assessments and polygraph tests; driver’s license images; fingerprints; social security numbers; dates of birth; […]

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Amazon “seized and destroyed” 2 million counterfeit products in 2020

Enlarge / Amazon trailers backed into bays at a distribution center in Miami, Florida, in August 2019. (credit: Getty Images | Lawrence Glass) Amazon “seized and destroyed” over 2 million counterfeit products that sellers sent to Amazon warehouses in 2020 and “blocked more than 10 billion suspected bad listings before they were published in our […]

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Security researcher successfully jailbreaks an Apple AirTag

After permanently bricking two AirTags, stacksmashing succeeded in breaking into and reprogramming a third. [credit: stacksmashing ] This weekend, German security researcher stacksmashing declared success at breaking into, dumping, and reflashing the microcontroller of Apple’s new AirTag object-location product. Breaking into the microcontroller essentially meant being able both to research how the devices function (by analyzing […]

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Hackers who shut down pipeline: We don’t want to cause “problems for society”

Enlarge / Problems with Colonial Pipeline’s distribution system tend to lead to gasoline runs and price increases across the US Southeast and Eastern seaboard. In this September 2016 photo, a man prepared to refuel his vehicle after a Colonial leak in Alabama. (credit: Luke Sharrett via Getty Images) On Friday, Colonial Pipeline took many of […]

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Apple brass discussed disclosing 128-million iPhone hack, then decided not to

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images) In September 2015, Apple managers had a dilemma on their hands: should, or should they not, notify 128 million iPhone users of what remains the worst mass iOS compromise on record? Ultimately, all evidence shows, they chose to keep quiet. The mass hack first came to light when researchers uncovered 40 […]

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Ajit Pai promised cheaper Internet—real prices rose 19 percent instead

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | MirageC) The average US home-Internet bill increased 19 percent during the first three years of the Trump administration, disproving former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai’s claim that deregulation lowered prices, according to a new report by advocacy group Free Press. For tens of millions of families that aren’t wealthy, […]

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Researchers peek at proprietary data of US particle physics lab Fermilab

Enlarge (credit: Glukicov) Multiple unsecured entry points allowed researchers to access data belonging to Fermilab, a national particle physics and accelerator lab supported by the Department of Energy. This week, security researchers Robert Willis, John Jackson, and Jackson Henry of the Sakura Samurai ethical hacking group have shared details on how they were able to get […]

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Fix for critical Qualcomm chip flaw is making its way to Android devices

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images) Makers of high-end Android devices are responding to the discovery of a Qualcomm chip flaw that researchers say could be exploited to partially backdoor about a third of the world’s smartphones. The vulnerability, discovered by researchers from security firm Check Point Research, resides in Qualcomm’s Mobile Station Modem, a system of […]

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Twitter’s latest robo-nag will flag “harmful” language before you post

Enlarge / Before you tweet, you might be asked if you meant to be so rude. (credit: Getty Images / Sam Machkovech) Want to know exactly what Twitter’s fleet of text-combing, dictionary-parsing bots defines as “mean”? Starting any day now, you’ll have instant access to that data—at least, whenever a stern auto-moderator says you’re not […]

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Dell patches a 12-year-old privilege escalation vulnerability

Enlarge / At least three companies have reported the dbutil_2_3.sys security problems to Dell over the past two years. (credit: Blogtrepreneur via Flickr) Yesterday, infosec research firm SentinelLabs revealed twelve year old flaws in Dell’s firmware updater, DBUtil 2.3. The vulnerable firmware updater has been installed by default on hundreds of millions of Dell systems since 2009. […]