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Newly-Wormable Windows Botnet Ballooning in Size
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Newly-Wormable Windows Botnet Ballooning in Size

Researchers say a botnet targeting Windows devices is expanding, due to a new infection method that lets malware spread between computers with weak passwords.

Apple Mistakenly Approved Widely Used Malware to Run on Macs
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Apple Mistakenly Approved Widely Used Malware to Run on Macs

Security researchers found that Apple inadvertently passed a well-known form of malware for use on Mac systems through its notarization process.

Microsoft Launches Deepfake Detector Tool Ahead of U.S. Election
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Microsoft Launches Deepfake Detector Tool Ahead of U.S. Election

Microsoft says its Video Authenticator tool was created using a public dataset from Face Forensic++ and tested on the DeepFake Detection Challenge Dataset.

Hackers Say 'Jackpotting' Flaws Tricked Popular ATMs Into Spitting Out Cash
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Hackers Say 'Jackpotting' Flaws Tricked Popular ATMs Into Spitting Out Cash

Security researchers unveiled two new "jackpotting" flaws that force Nautilus ATMs to dispense cash on command.

A Hacker Used Twitter's Own 'Admin' Tool to Spread Cryptocurrency Scam
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A Hacker Used Twitter's Own 'Admin' Tool to Spread Cryptocurrency Scam

A hacker this week accessed an "admin" tool on Twitter to commandeer prominent Twitter accounts to spread a cryptocurrency scam, according to a person with direct...

Norway Pulls Its Coronavirus Contact Tracing App After Privacy Watchdog's Warning
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Norway Pulls Its Coronavirus Contact Tracing App After Privacy Watchdog's Warning

Norway has suspended use of a coronavirus contact tracing application to allow changes to be made.

Amazon Ring doorbells exposed home Wi-Fi passwords to hackers
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Amazon Ring doorbells exposed home Wi-Fi passwords to hackers

Security researchers have discovered a vulnerability in Ring doorbells.

­.K.'s ICO Fines British Airways Record £183M Over GDPR Breach That Leaked Data From 500,000 ­sers
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­.K.'s ICO Fines British Airways Record £183M Over GDPR Breach That Leaked Data From 500,000 ­sers

The U.K.'s Information Commissioner’s Office has leveled a £183.39-million fine against British Airways for a violation of the General Data Protection Regulation...

Apple macOS Security Protections Easily Bypassed With 'Synthetic' Clicks, Researcher Finds
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Apple macOS Security Protections Easily Bypassed With 'Synthetic' Clicks, Researcher Finds

A researcher found a zero-day vulnerability in a central Apple macOS safeguard, allowing apps or malware to circumvent permissions and access a user's private data...

Microsoft Warns ­sers to Patch as Exploits for 'Wormable' BlueKeep Bug Appear
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Microsoft Warns ­sers to Patch as Exploits for 'Wormable' BlueKeep Bug Appear

Microsoft has published an advisory calling on users to install a patch for a "wormable" vulnerability that could be exploited to launch attacks similar to WannaCry...

New Secret-spilling Flaw Affects Almost Every Intel Chip Since 2011
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New Secret-spilling Flaw Affects Almost Every Intel Chip Since 2011

Almost every computer with an Intel chips dating back to 2011 are affected by the vulnerabilities.

Cryptocurrency Mining Malware ­ses Leaked NSA Exploits to Spread Across Enterprise Networks
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Cryptocurrency Mining Malware ­ses Leaked NSA Exploits to Spread Across Enterprise Networks

Malware is being used to infiltrate corporate networks and hijack computers into running mining code to produce cryptocurrency.

Spy on Your Smart Home With This Open Source Research Tool
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Spy on Your Smart Home With This Open Source Research Tool

Princeton University researchers have built an open source Web app that allows homeowners to monitor their smart home devices.

Google Turns Your Android Phone Into Security Key
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Google Turns Your Android Phone Into Security Key

Google says it has developed a Bluetooth-based authentication protocol that will enable smartphones to communicate with the Chrome Web browser.

Too Few Cybersecurity Professionals Is Gigantic Problem for 2019
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Too Few Cybersecurity Professionals Is Gigantic Problem for 2019

Cybersecurity professionals are in short supply, presenting a serious problem as a wave of cyber-attacks is expected this year.
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