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Venmo’s new crypto service lets you buy and sell bitcoin, ether, and litecoin

Enlarge / Promotional image of Crypto on Venmo. (credit: Venmo) The PayPal-owned Venmo service will let users buy, sell, and hold bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies within the Venmo app, the company announced today. “Customers will have the ability to buy and sell cryptocurrency using funds from their balance with Venmo, or a linked bank account or […]

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Google Play apps with 700k installs steal texts and charge you money

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images) Security researchers have uncovered a batch of Google Play apps that stole users’ text messages and made unauthorized purchases on users’ dime. The malware, which was hidden in eight apps that had more than 700,000 downloads, hijacked SMS message notifications and then made unauthorized purchases, McAfee mobile researchers Sang Ryol Ryu […]

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Millions of web surfers are being targeted by a single malvertising group

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images) Hackers have compromised more than 120 ad servers over the past year in an ongoing campaign that displays malicious advertisements on tens of millions, if not hundreds of millions, of devices as they visit sites that, by all outward appearances, are benign. Malvertising is the practice of delivering ads to people […]

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Dishy McFlatface to become “fully mobile,” allowing Starlink use away from home

Enlarge / A Starlink satellite dish in the Idaho panhandle’s Coeur d’Alene National Forest. (credit: Wandering-coder) SpaceX CEO Elon Musk expects the Starlink satellite broadband service to be “fully mobile” later in 2021, allowing customers to use the satellite dishes away from home. “Yeah, should be fully mobile later this year, so you can move […]

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Backdoored developer tool that stole credentials escaped notice for 3 months

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images) A publicly available software development tool contained malicious code that stole the authentication credentials that apps need to access sensitive resources. It’s the latest revelation of a supply chain attack that has the potential to backdoor the networks of countless organizations. The Codecov bash uploader contained the backdoor from late January […]

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US government strikes back at Kremlin for SolarWinds hack campaign

Enlarge (credit: Matt Anderson Photography/Getty Images) US officials on Thursday formally blamed Russia for backing one of the worst espionage hacks in recent US history and imposed sanctions designed to mete out punishments for that and other recent actions. In a joint advisory, the National Security Agency, FBI, and Cybersecurity and Information Security Agency said […]

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100 million more IoT devices are exposed—and they won’t be the last

Enlarge (credit: Elena Lacey) Over the last few years, researchers have found a shocking number of vulnerabilities in seemingly basic code that underpins how devices communicate with the Internet. Now, a new set of nine such vulnerabilities are exposing an estimated 100 million devices worldwide, including an array of Internet-of-things products and IT management servers. […]

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Microsoft acquires Nuance—makers of Dragon speech rec—for $16 billion

Enlarge / In this 2011 photo, Dr. Michael A. Lee uses Dragon Medical voice-recognition software to enter his notes after seeing a patient. (credit: David Ryan via Getty Images) Earlier today, Microsoft announced its plans to purchase Nuance for $56 per share—23 percent above Nuance’s closing price last Friday. The deal adds up to a […]

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No password required: Mobile carrier exposes data for millions of accounts

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images) Q Link Wireless, a provider of low-cost mobile phone and data services to 2 million US-based customers, has been making sensitive account data available to anyone who knows a valid phone number on the carrier’s network, an analysis of the company’s account management app shows. Dania, Florida-based Q Link Wireless is […]

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US adds Chinese supercomputing companies to export blacklist

Enlarge / A staff member works beside China’s ‘Sunway TaihuLight’ supercomputer at the National Supercomputer Center on August 29, 2020 in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province of China. (credit: China News Service | Getty Images) The US has placed Chinese groups accused of building supercomputers to help the Chinese military on an export blacklist, the first such […]