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Report: Mandatory Olympic app has serious security flaws

A smartphone app that athletes and others attending next month's Winter Games in Beijing must install has glaring security problems that could expose sensitive data to interception, according to a report published Tuesday.

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Protecting EV charging stations from cyberattacks

As the number of electric cars on the road grows, so does the need for their electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and the Internet-based managing systems within those stations. However, these managing systems face their ...

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Cyber attack in Albuquerque latest to target public schools

When the superintendent of Albuquerque Public Schools announced earlier this week a cyber attack would lead to the cancellation of classes for around 75,000 students, he noted that the district's technology department had ...

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Teen hacker claims ability to control 25 Teslas worldwide

A 19-year-old security researcher claims to have hacked remotely into more than 25 Tesla Inc. cars in 13 countries, saying in a series of tweets that a software flaw allowed him to access the EV pioneer's systems.

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Modelling the spread of viruses

New research published in the International Journal of Mathematics in Operational Research plots a new route for viral propagation in a computer network.

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Ransomware attack locks down US prison

A ransomware attack locked down a US jail, knocking out security cameras and leaving inmates confined to their cells, court documents show.

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Google Docs comment feature exploited to distribute phishing links

A team of security researchers at Avanan is reporting that hackers are taking advantage of a Google Docs security vulnerability—one that takes advantage of a comment feature. They are claiming that they saw hackers using ...

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IT security: Computer attacks with laser light

Computer systems that are physically isolated from the outside world (air-gapped) can still be attacked. This is demonstrated by IT security experts of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in the LaserShark project. ...

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Ransomware persists even as high-profile attacks have slowed

In the months since President Joe Biden warned Russia's Vladimir Putin that he needed to crack down on ransomware gangs in his country, there hasn't been a massive attack like the one last May that resulted in gasoline shortages. ...

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Spyware find highlights depth of hacker-for-hire industry

Security researchers said Thursday they found two kinds of commercial spyware on the phone of a leading exiled Egyptian dissident, providing new evidence of the depth and diversity of the abusive hacker-for-hire industry.

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Here's how to stay safe while online shopping for the holidays

The holiday season is one of the busiest times of year for most online retailers—and for would-be scammers. While millions of people are searching for that perfect gift, hackers and online thieves will be looking for security ...

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Keeping the world connected, without sacrificing privacy

Smart phones, vehicles, thermostats, fitness monitors and other internet-connected devices have made our lives far more convenient, but the amount of personal data they upload to the cloud has raised concerns about privacy. ...

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EXPLAINER: The security flaw that's freaked out the internet

Security pros say it's one of the worst computer vulnerabilities they've ever seen. Firms including Microsoft say state-backed Chinese and Iranian hackers and rogue cryptocurrency miners have already seized on it.

Computer Sciences

New tool protects users' private data while they browse

Computer scientists funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation and affiliated with the University of California San Diego and Brave Software have developed a tool that will increase protections for users' private data ...

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Germany: 'Critical' cybersecurity flaw already exploited

Germany has activated its national IT crisis center in response to an "extremely critical" flaw in a widely used software tool that the government says has already been exploited internationally.

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Indian PM's Twitter hacked again by crypto scammers

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Twitter account was hacked Sunday with a message declaring his country had adopted bitcoin as legal tender and was distributing the cryptocurrency to citizens.

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Global race to patch critical computer bug

Security experts around the world raced Friday to patch one of the worst computer vulnerabilities discovered in years, a critical flaw in open-source code widely used across industry and government in cloud services and enterprise ...

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Researchers unveil new cyber protections against "logic bombs"

Cybersecurity researchers at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and the Georgia Institute of Technology have proposed new ways to protect 3D printed objects such as drones, prostheses and medical devices from stealthy "logic ...