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Could have sworn I deleted that photo from my phone! [PODCAST]

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 16:49
This week: hacking phones at Pwn2Own, the brand new SophosLabs Threat report, and squeezing Shakespeare into one tweet. Enjoy!

How to rob an ATM? Let me count the ways…

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 08:34
A comprehensive new report lifts the lid on the sketchy state of ATM security.

Judge asks if Alexa is witness to a double murder

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 07:18
A judge has ordered Amazon to turn over any recordings an Echo device may have made around the time a horrific crime occurred.

Hacking MiSafes’ smartwatches for kids is child’s play

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 06:23
Researchers describe breaking into the watches as "probably the simplest hack we have ever seen."

AI-generated ‘skeleton keys’ fool fingerprint scanners

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 06:02
Artificial intelligence can be used to 'grow' fake fingerprints that pack in common features, fooling scanners.

Thought you deleted your iPhone photos? Hackers find a way to get them back

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 12:17
The hacking duo @fluoroacetate demonstrated zero-day exploits against phones from Apple, Samsung and Xiaomi at the recent Pwn2Own contest.

Official Google Twitter account hacked in Bitcoin scam

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 05:44
The epidemic of Twitter-based Bitcoin scams took another twist this week as attackers tweeted scams directly from two verified high-profile accounts.

DARPA uses a remote island to stage a cyberattack on the US power grid

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 05:29
It enacted a worst-case, "black start" scenario: swaths of the country's grid offline for a month, battery backups exhausted.

France: Let’s make the internet safer! US: ‘How about NO?!’

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 05:16
Don't cry for us, Argentina: Critics saw potential for government meddling without court order, among other issues.

Steganography – cool cybersecurity trick or dangerous risk? [VIDEO]

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 18:14
Burying secret data in plain sight- is it a clever cybersecurity trick, or a way to attract the very attention you wanted to avoid?

Targeted ransomware attacks – SophosLabs 2019 Threat Report

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 08:01
This year's SophosLabs Threat Report is out. We talk targeted ransomware attacks, and in particular, SamSam.

HTTP/3: Come for the speed, stay for the security

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 06:52
Key personnel at the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) have suggested basing the next version of a core web protocol on Google technology.

Support wouldn’t change his password, so he mailed them a bomb

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 05:16
The Cryptopay customer asked customer services for a new password. They refused, given that it was against the company privacy policy.

Microsoft update breaks Calendar and Mail on Windows 10 phones

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 04:57
Still reeling from last week's Windows 10 Pro debacle, Microsoft dropped a fresh pile of “Oops!” onto Windows 10 Mobile users.

Google and Cloudfare traffic diverted to China… do we need to panic?

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 08:56
A brief outage on Monday diverted traffic to providers such as Google and Cloudflare via China - was it a blunder or a hack?

WordPress GDPR compliance plugin hacked

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 06:48
There's no obvious executable payload in the attack but the attackers may be building a collection of websites and biding their time.

DEA and ICE hiding cameras in streetlights and traffic barrels

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 06:29
Drug and immigration cops in the US are buying surveillance cameras to hide in streetlights and traffic barrels.

Does wiping your iPhone count as destroying evidence?

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 04:26
Police say it's a felony, but a woman arrested in connection with a drive-by shooting says she doesn't even know how to remotely wipe.

How to fit all of Shakespeare in one tweet (and why not to do it!)

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 11:25
A security researcher squoze 1,299,999 words into a single tweet, thanks to image metadata that Twitter doesn't remove.

Headmaster fired over cryptocoin mining on the school’s dime

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 07:24
O, that constant whirring noise? And the sky-high electricity bill? Why, it's those darn air conditioners and heaters!

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