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You Wouldn't Think It, But Typeface Piracy Is a Big Problem
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You Wouldn't Think It, But Typeface Piracy Is a Big Problem

It's safe to assume that most people have no idea that fonts, like music or movies, are protected by intellectual property laws, they usually come with a hefty...

X-Ray Scans Expose an Ingenious Chip-and-Pin Card Hack
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X-Ray Scans Expose an Ingenious Chip-and-Pin Card Hack

The chip-enabled credit card system long used in Europe, a watered down version of which is rolling out for the first time in America, is meant to create a double...

Hackers Can Silently Control Siri From 16 Feet Away
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Hackers Can Silently Control Siri From 16 Feet Away

Siri may be your personal assistant. But your voice is not the only one she listens to.

Cops Don't Need a Crypto Backdoor to Get Into Your Iphone
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Cops Don't Need a Crypto Backdoor to Get Into Your Iphone

Late last week, the privacy community scored a victory in a year-long battle over the future of encryption: In internal discussions, the White House quietly overruled...

How a Single Car Could Spread Malware to Thousands More
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How a Single Car Could Spread Malware to Thousands More

Over the last summer, the security research community has proven like never before that cars are vulnerable to hackers—via cellular Internet connections, intercepted...

That Big Security Fix For Credit Cards Won't Stop Fraud
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That Big Security Fix For Credit Cards Won't Stop Fraud

Tomorrow is the deadline that Visa and MasterCard have set for banks and retailers across the U.S. to roll out a new system for more secure bank cards with microchips...

New Crypto Tool Makes Anonymous Surveys Truly Anonymous
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New Crypto Tool Makes Anonymous Surveys Truly Anonymous

Cornell Tech security researchers have built a free survey alternative which they say makes it mathematically impossible for anyone to identify respondents.

Whoa. Microsoft Is ­sing Linux to Run Its Cloud
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Whoa. Microsoft Is ­sing Linux to Run Its Cloud

Microsoft has cozied up to the open source community in recent years.

The Dismal State of America's Decade-Old Voting Machines
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The Dismal State of America's Decade-Old Voting Machines

Almost all U.S. states are using technologically outdated touchscreen and optical-scan voting systems that are at least 10 years old, according to a report.

Facebook's New Spam-Killer Hints at the Future of Coding
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Facebook's New Spam-Killer Hints at the Future of Coding

Louis Brandy pauses before answering, needing some extra time to choose his words.

Court Says the Ftc Can Slap Companies For Getting Hacked
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Court Says the Ftc Can Slap Companies For Getting Hacked

For companies like the dating site Ashley Madison or the health insurer Anthem, financial loss, customer anger and professional embarrassment aren't the only consequences...

Crackdowns Haven't Stopped the Dark Web's $100m Yearly Drug Sales
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Crackdowns Haven't Stopped the Dark Web's $100m Yearly Drug Sales

A new Carnegie Mellon University study suggests law enforcement take-downs of online drug markets have largely failed to dent the traffic in drugs on the Dark Web...

Crackdowns Haven't Stopped the Dark Web's $100 Yearly Drug Sales
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Crackdowns Haven't Stopped the Dark Web's $100 Yearly Drug Sales

After more than four years and two giant law enforcement busts, the Dark Web's drug market is still just as robust as it was during the Silk Road's heyday.

Code 'transplant" Could Revolutionize Programming
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Code 'transplant" Could Revolutionize Programming

A new software tool is capable of automatically isolating the code of a feature in one program and "transplanting" it into another program.

This Hacker's Tiny Device ­nlocks Cars and Opens Garages
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This Hacker's Tiny Device ­nlocks Cars and Opens Garages

The next time you press your wireless key fob to unlock your car, if you find that it doesn’t beep until the second try, the issue may not be a technical glitch...

Researchers Create First Firmware Worm That Attacks Macs
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Researchers Create First Firmware Worm That Attacks Macs

Researchers discovered Mac computers can be affected by known firmware bugs, and created a proof-of-concept worm. 

Hackers Can Disable a Sniper Rifle—Or Change Its Target
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Hackers Can Disable a Sniper Rifle—Or Change Its Target

Put a computer on a sniper rifle, and it can turn the most amateur shooter into a world-class marksman.

Researchers Hack Air-Gapped Computer With Simple Cell Phone
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Researchers Hack Air-Gapped Computer With Simple Cell Phone

The most sensitive work environments, like nuclear power plants, demand the strictest security.

After Jeep Hack, Chrysler Recalls 1.4m Vehicles For Bug Fix
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After Jeep Hack, Chrysler Recalls 1.4m Vehicles For Bug Fix

Welcome to the age of hackable automobiles, when two security researchers can cause a 1.4 million product recall.

Hackers Remotely Kill a Jeep on the Highway—with Me in It
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Hackers Remotely Kill a Jeep on the Highway—with Me in It

I was driving 70 mph on the edge of downtown St. Louis when the exploit began to take hold.
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