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DOJ indicts HBO hacker for swiping episodes and documents

The charges from the Department of Justice are multiple counts of accessing a computer without authorization, computer fraud, identity theft and extortion. The hacker in question is named Behzad Mesri, an Iranian national who has “worked on behalf of the Iranian military to conduct computer network attacks that targeted military systems, nuclear software systems, and […]

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The Beginner’s Guide to VPNs

Photo Illustration by Elena Scotti/Lifehacker/GMG, photos via Shutterstock In our new series Getting It, we’ll give you all you need to know to get started with and excel at a wide range of technology, both on and offline. Here, we’re arming you with everything you need to know to understand and use virtual private networks. […]

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Flashlight Apps Snuck Malware Into Google’s Play Store, Targeting Bank Accounts

Photo: Getty Active on Google Play Store as recently as last Friday, a mobile banking trojan infected thousands of users who thought they downloading games or innocent-looking apps, according to research published by a trio of cybersecurity firms. The malware, known as BankBot, was concealed inside various flashlight and Solitaire apps, and was first detected […]

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Germany bans kids’ smartwatches that can be used for eavesdropping

A German regulator has banned domestic sales of children’s smartwatches that have a listening function — warning that parents have been using the devices to secretly eavesdrop on teachers at their kids’ school. In an announcement on Friday, the Federal Network Agency telecoms watchdog said it had already taken action against some online sellers. The target […]

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Pentagon Cache of Over 1.8 Billion Scraped Social Media Posts Left Unsecured on Amazon Server

NATO troops in Kabul, Afghanistan, a focus of the leaked data archives, in 2012. Photo: AP The Pentagon accidentally left at least 1.8 billion publicly accessible posts it scraped from social media sites, forums and other web destinations unsecured on an Amazon S3 repository, where anyone with a free Amazon Web Services account could download […]