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I Can Crash Your iPhone with a Text Message

A bug in iOS, Apple's operating system, allows anyone to send a text message and crash an iPhone. Or an iPad. Or an Apple Watch. Or even a Mac computer.

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Tags: Mac, iOS, texting, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Bug

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Did Russia Steal Your Tax Return?

Over 100,000 tax returns were stolen due to compromised data recently, and the IRS believes the theft came from Russia.

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Tags: Russia, IRS, Tax Fraud

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Linux Moose, The Social Network Spammer

A new worm looks for cable and DSL modems, routers and other devices and turns them into creators of fake social media accounts.

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Tags: Hack, Router, Worm,

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How to Not Get Broken: A Guide to Passwords

Have you ever forgotten a password and been confronted with the question: Mother’s maiden name? Or maybe: High school mascot? These personalized security questions were recently proven to be more harmful than helpful in a study done by researchers at Google.How to Not Get Broken: A Guide to Passwords

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Tags: Google, Password, Security Questions

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Hacker Commandeers Airplanes

What happens when a famous and talented computer hacker discovers a way to take control of your airplane and changes its route? Within the past few months, the FBI have been investigating Chris Roberts’ claims that he can and has taken control of a plane using the plane’s in-flight entertainment systems to do so.

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Tags: Hack

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PGP Encryption 101

Making sure that your communications are secure could be the difference between sending your spouse a message about the electric bill and handing your credit information over to a Russian hacker. The trick is knowing how to properly encrypt your emails, which isn’t as hard as it may sound.

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Tags: PGP, GPG, GNU, Email

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Web and Mail Servers Threatened by Logjam HTTPS Bug

Another major flaw in SSL has been discovered. This one could affect tens of thousands of servers.

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Tags: Cyber Security, Logjam

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