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The Wisconsin GOP Lost $2.3 Million in an Email Scam

October 31st, 2020
Trump's website gets hacked, a ransomware group calls it quits, and more of the week's top security news.

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A Navy SEAL, a Quadcopter, and a Quest to Save Lives in Combat

October 30th, 2020
On the battlefield, any doorway can be a death trap. A special ops vet, and his businessman brother, have built an AI to solve that problem.

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Ransomware Hits Dozens of Hospitals in an Unprecedented Wave

October 29th, 2020
As Covid-19 infections spike in many parts of the US, malware gangs are wreaking havoc on the health care system.

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All the Ways Slack Tracks You—and How to Stop It

October 29th, 2020
From changing privacy settings to putting limits on those infuriating notifications, here’s how to take control of Slack.

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‘Watch Dogs: Legion’ Tackles Surveillance Without Humanity

October 28th, 2020
The game envisions a near future full of techno-dystopian surveillance, but it doesn't have much to say about the people it affects.

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New Research Reveals the Hidden Downsides of Link Previews

October 28th, 2020
The feature is convenient, but it can also leak sensitive data, consume bandwidth, and drain batteries. And some sites are worse than others.

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A Hacker Is Threatening to Leak Patients’ Therapy Notes

October 26th, 2020
An extortionist has turned a breach of Finland's Vastaamo mental health services provider into a nightmare for victims.

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Study shows which messengers leak your data, drain your battery, and more

October 26th, 2020
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Link previews are a ubiquitous feature found in just about every chat and messaging app, and with good reason. They make online conversations easier by providing images and text associated with the file that’s being linked.

Unfortunately, they can also leak our sensitive data, consume our limited bandwidth, drain our batteries, and, in one case, expose links in chats that are supposed to be end-to-end encrypted. Among the worst offenders, according to research published on Monday, were messengers from Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Line. More about that shortly. First a brief discussion of previews.

When a sender includes a link in a message, the app will display the conversation along with text (usually a headline) and images that accompany the link. It usually looks something like this:

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The Russian Hackers Playing ‘Chekhov’s Gun’ With US Targets

October 26th, 2020
Berserk Bear has had plenty of opportunity to cause serious trouble. So why hasn't it yet?

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The Unsinkable Maddie Stone, Google’s Bug-Hunting Badass

October 25th, 2020
The Project Zero reverse engineer shuts down some of the world's most dangerous exploits—along with antiquated hacker stereotypes.

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