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Nation-state espionage group breaches Alaska Department of Health

Enlarge / If Alaska’s native Ursus arctos population could be enlisted for cyber defense patrols, attackers might need paws for reflection before committing a criminal breach. (credit: Jared Lloyd via Getty Images) Last week, Alaska’s Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) disclosed a security breach apparently made by a sophisticated nation-state level attacker. According […]

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Epik data breach impacts 15 million users, including non-customers

Enlarge (credit: Tom Roberts) Epik has now confirmed that an “unauthorized intrusion” did in fact occur into its systems. The announcement follows last week’s incident of hacktivist collective Anonymous leaking 180 GB of data stolen from online service provider Epik. To mock the company’s initial response to the data breach claims, Anonymous had altered Epik’s […]

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A new app helps Iranians hide messages in plain sight

Enlarge / An anti-government graffiti that reads in Farsi “Death to the dictator” is sprayed at a wall north of Tehran on September 30, 2009. (credit: Getty Images) Amid ever-increasing government Internet control, surveillance, and censorship in Iran, a new Android app aims to give Iranians a way to speak freely. Nahoft, which means “hidden” […]

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SpaceX Starlink will come out of beta next month, Elon Musk says

Enlarge / Screenshot from the Starlink order page, with the street address blotted out. (credit: SpaceX Starlink) SpaceX’s Starlink satellite-broadband service will emerge from beta in October, CEO Elon Musk said last night. Musk provided the answer of “next month” in response to a Twitter user who asked when Starlink will come out of beta. […]

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Cryptocurrency launchpad hit by $3 million supply chain attack

Enlarge (credit: Austin Distel) SushiSwap’s chief technology officer says the company’s MISO platform has been hit by a software supply chain attack. SushiSwap is a community-driven decentralized finance (DeFi) platform that lets users swap, earn, lend, borrow, and leverage cryptocurrency assets all from one place. Launched earlier this year, Sushi’s newest offering, Minimal Initial SushiSwap Offering (MISO), is […]

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Telegram emerges as new dark web for cyber criminals

Enlarge (credit: Carl Court / Getty Images) Telegram has exploded as a hub for cybercriminals looking to buy, sell, and share stolen data and hacking tools, new research shows, as the messaging app emerges as an alternative to the dark web. An investigation by cyber intelligence group Cyberint, together with the Financial Times, found a […]

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Office 2021 will be available for non-Microsoft 365 subscribers on October 5

Enlarge (credit: Microsoft) New versions of Microsoft Office aren’t as big a deal as they used to be, thanks to the continuously updated (and continuously paid for) versions of the apps that come with a Microsoft 365 subscription. But for everyone else, there’s still Office 2021, an upgrade to Office 2019 that’s coming to both […]

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Anonymous leaks gigabytes of data from Epik, web host of Gab and Parler

Enlarge (credit: Tom Roberts) Hacktivist collective Anonymous claims to have obtained gigabytes of data from Epik, the web host for the Texas GOP, Gab, Parler, and 8chan, among other right-wing sites. The stolen data has been released as a torrent. The hacktivist collective says that the data set, which is over 180GB in size, contains […]

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Microsoft accounts can go passwordless, making “password123” a thing of the past

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images) Microsoft has been working to make passwordless sign-in for Windows and Microsoft accounts a reality for years now, and today those efforts come to fruition: The Verge reports that starting today, users can completely remove their passwords from their Microsoft accounts and opt to rely on Microsoft Authenticator or some other […]

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Travis CI flaw exposed secrets of thousands of open source projects

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images) A security flaw in Travis CI potentially exposed secrets of thousands of open source projects that rely on the hosted continuous integration service. Travis CI is a software-testing solution used by over 900,000 open source projects and 600,000 users. A vulnerability in the tool made it possible for secure environment variables—signing […]