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Now even your sex toys are spying on you

Is nothing sacred in this world?  By Zack Whittaker for Zero Day | August 12, 2016                                                                    Image: Standard Innovation Corp   It's surveillance in the one place you really wouldn't want: your sex life. Dubbed the "number one couple's vibrator", the We-Vibe 4 Plus is the latest in internet-connected sex toys. It connects wirelessly…
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Linux TCP flaw lets ‘anyone’ hijack Internet traffic

What started as an attempt to secure TCP/IP in Linux ended up enabling an attack vector that can be used to break, or even hijack, Internet connections between Linux and Android systems.  By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols for Networking | August 12, 2016 Some days you can't win for losing. In 2012, Linux implemented a new…
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Has Facebook outsmarted Adblock Plus in cat-and-mouse ad blocking game?

Facebook's battle with ad blockers intensifies after launching its ad-blocker bypass for the desktop site and Adblock Plus striking back.  By Liam Tung | August 12, 2016  Adblock Plus said Facebook's move to circumvent ad blockers shows it has taken the "dark path against user choice".   Image: Eyeo   Facebook has reportedly started rolling out…
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Microsoft patches 27 flaws in Windows, Office, IE and Edge

Many of the flaws could allow for remote code execution attacks through websites and malicious documents Outside Building 99 in Microsoft's Redmond, Washington, campus. Credit: Microsoft Lucian Constantin By Lucian Constantin IDG News Service | Aug 10, 2016 8:12 AM PT   Microsoft released another batch of security patches Tuesday, fixing 27 vulnerabilities in Windows, Microsoft…
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Municipal broadband just lost a big fight in court

   By Grant Gross  IDG News Service | Aug 11, 2016 Some city-funded broadband networks may be in trouble after a U.S. appeals court struck down Federal Communications Commission rules that prohibited states from restricting those projects. The FCC has no authority from Congress to prohibit state laws that limit municipal funding of broadband networks,…
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Why it’s time to prepare for a world where machines can do your job

Radical changes in employment patterns are on the way as artificial intelligence takes on many routine, repetitive tasks currently performed by people.  By Nick Heath | August 11, 2016 For decades movies have warned of intelligent machines taking our lives while ignoring a more plausible near-future threat: that they will take our jobs. A growing…
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Cyberattacks are growing, but still nobody knows what they really cost

A single method of determining losses following a cyberattack needs to be introduced, according to the European Union Agency for Network and Information.  By Danny Palmer | August 11, 2016 ENISA wants a single methodology for adding up losses to cybercrime. Image: Taras Bahnyuk, Getty Images/iStockphoto     Despite the growing threat of cybercrime, it's almost…
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Ransomware email campaign targets government staff with lure of cheap flights

A new CryptFile2 variant is sending hundreds of thousands of emails that try to tricks targets into clicking on malicious URLs. By Danny Palmer | August 10, 2016 CryptFile2 lures victims with an offer of cheap flights.         Image: Proofpoint A large-scale ransomware campaign is targeting US government agencies with hundreds of thousands of emails containing…
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Microsoft Secure Boot key debacle causes security panic

Security failures have created "golden keys" which unlock Windows devices protected by Secure Boot.  By Charlie Osborne for Zero Day | August 10, 2016 Microsoft   Microsoft has accidentally leaked the keys to the kingdom, permitting attackers to unlock devices protected by Secure Boot -- and it may not be possible to fully resolve the…
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