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Official Monero website is hacked to deliver currency-stealing malware

Pixabay The official site for the Monero digital coin was hacked to deliver currency-stealing malware to users who were downloading wallet software, officials with GetMonero.com said on Tuesday. The supply-chain attack came to light on Monday when a site user reported that the cryptographic hash for a command-line interface wallet downloaded from the site didn’t …

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As DirecTV tanks, AT&T says it will “re-bundle” TV with HBO Max

Enlarge / AT&T executive John Stankey at a presentation for investors at Warner Bros. Studios on October 29, 2019, in Burbank, California. Getty Images | Presley Ann AT&T’s traditional TV business is tanking, with the company having lost nearly 5 million satellite-and-wireline TV customers since the end of 2016. But AT&T President John Stankey sees …

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Google & Samsung fix Android spying flaw. Other makers may still be vulnerable

Enlarge Aurich Lawson / Getty Until recently, weaknesses in Android camera apps from Google and Samsung made it possible for rogue apps to record video and audio and take images and then upload them to an attacker-controlled server—without any permissions to do so. Camera apps from other manufacturers may still be susceptible. The weakness, which …

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Unrelenting “ad blocker” plasters users with—you guessed it—ads

Enlarge captcreate / Flickr A fake ad blocker available outside of Google Play is bombarding Android users with ads, many of them vulgar, and to make matters worse, the cleverly hidden adware is hard to uninstall. As documented by antimalware provider Malwarebytes, Ads Blocker, as the app is called, employs several tricks to surreptitiously and …

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Microsoft sends a new kind of AI processor into the cloud

Microsoft rose to dominance during the ’80s and ’90s thanks to the success of its Windows operating system running on Intel’s processors, a cosy relationship nicknamed “Wintel”. Now Microsoft hopes that another another hardware–software combo will help it recapture that success—and catch rivals Amazon and Google in the race to provide cutting-edge artificial intelligence through …

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What the newly released Checkra1n jailbreak means for iDevice security

Enlarge @Checkra1n It has been a week since the release of Checkra1n, the world’s first jailbreak for devices running Apple’s iOS 13. Because jailbreaks are so powerful and by definition disable a host of protections built into the OS, many people have rightly been eyeing Checkra1n—and the Checkm8 exploit it relies on—cautiously. What follows is …

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Breach affecting 1 million was caught only after hacker maxed out target’s storage

Enlarge Ryan Adams / Flickr The US Federal Trade Commission has sued an IT provider for failing to detect 20 hacking intrusions over a 22-month period, allowing the hacker to access the data for 1 million consumers. The provider only discovered the breach when the hacker maxed out the provider’s storage system. Utah-based InfoTrax Systems …

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Google: You can trust us with the medical data you didn’t know we already had [Updated]

Enlarge Getty Images | Leon Neal Update: The Google/Ascension project is now being investigated by the Office for Civil Rights in the Department of Health and Human Services, the Wall Street Journal reported in an update last night. The office said it “will seek to learn more information about this mass collection of individuals’ medical records to …

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RunCode challenge returns with coding, pwning puzzles—and prizes

Enlarge / Capture the flag with your code in the RunCode challenge this weekend. Getty Images It’s Veterans Day weekend again, which means it’s time for the return of RunCode, an annual capture-the-flag style programming and information security competition run by a non-profit group formed by a collection of volunteers (many of them with day jobs …

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One of the world’s most advanced hacking groups debuts new Titanium backdoor

Enlarge https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benutzer:Alchemist-hp#/media/Datei:Titan-crystal_bar.JPG One of the world’s most most technologically advanced hacking groups has a new backdoor that’s every bit as sophisticated as its creators. Dubbed Titanium by the Kaspersky Lab security researchers who discovered it, the malware is the final payload delivered in a long and convoluted attack sequence. The attack chain uses a host …

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