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Intel’s latest Core processors have serious security flaws

In the worst case scenario, the vulnerabilities can allow hackers to “load and execute arbitrary code outside the visibility of the user and operating system,” Intel wrote in the security bulletin. Other flaws affect the Management Engine and Intel’s Server Platform Services, potentially giving hackers privilege escalation rights. Intel has published a detection tool for […]

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ProtonMail will use encryption to lock down your contacts list

The service works within ProtonMail’s email system, and includes both zero access encryption (which means that even ProtonMail won’t know what’s stored on their servers) and digital signature verification (which makes sure no one else has tampered with your data). You can encrypt specific fields of your contact data, including phone numbers and note fields. […]

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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 […]