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Silenced for two years by Volkswagen, car hackers reveal their paper into security hole

Two years ago, a trio of researchers were preparing to present the findings of their investigation into the security of car immobilisers used by luxury cars. The way these devices are supposed to work is like this: You sit in your car, and push the "Start" button. The engine should remain immobilised, and refuse to start, unless a cryptographic algorithm on the key's RFID transponder correctly verifies the...

A skateboard with Bluetooth? Yep, that can be hacked with FacePlant

Two security researchers have revealed that they have found a way to hack into the Bluetooth controllers of electric skateboards, seizing control, and potentially sending their riders crashing to the ground. Speaking to Wired, Mike Ryan and Richard "Richo" Healey, revealed that they first became interested in how easily electric skateboards might be hacked after Healey's board became uncontrollable last yea...

Facebook – now with added PGP encrypted notification emails to boost your security

The number of monthly active Facebook users is now close to 1.5 billion, and by my reckoning at least twelve of them are likely to be using PGP. I'm joking, of course, but it must be a pretty funny Venn diagram seeing how many people are comfortable having an active Facebook account and are also determined to keep their email chats private with PGP. PGP is, of course, the well-known standard for encrypting...

The Truth Behind Alternative Passwords

Weak passwords are known as the soft spot of any online security strategy. Hackers regularly break into website databases, steal passwords and then use them to access user accounts. Even when passwords are encrypted, cyber-criminals often find ways to crack them. So it was only natural for users and security specialists to think of new ways to secure accounts and devices. Here is an overview of the newest a...

Steam users beware! Bad guys hide malware inside fake game demos

Steam users are being warned to be on their guard after cybercriminals were found trying to infect video game fans by disguising their malicious downloads as cool new games. According to media reports, the popular Steam game service fell foul of fraudsters who created fake pages on the site in a bid to trick unsuspecting gamers into installing malware on their computers. The bad guys took a demo of a genuin...

Microsoft Tackles Piracy with Free Windows 10 Upgrade

Microsoft announced it will deliver its newest Windows version for free to everyone using pirated copies of the software, according to Reuters. Sometime this summer, Windows users from 190 countries will receive free upgrades to Windows 10, regardless whether their license is original or pirated. The initiative was announced at the WinHEC technology conference in Shenzhen, China by Terry Myerson, Microsoft...

How billions of Facebook photos could have been deleted in an instant, due to software vulnerability

Hundreds of millions of photographs are uploaded to Facebook every day - can you imagine if many of them were deleted in the blink of an eye? We have security researcher Laxman Muthiyah to thank for not abusing his ability to delete billions of images, when he stumbled across a serious vulnerability in Facebook's Graph API last week. The Graph API is the primary way that Facebook apps access and post inform...

Bitdefender Wins `Product of the Year’ in Independent Testing

Bitdefender, the creator of innovative antivirus software solutions, was awarded Product of the Year by AV-Comparatives for a second time after a year of rigorous independent testing confirmed its world-leading blend of iron-clad protection, ease of use and low system impact. Bitdefender, which also won the award in 2013, beat out 22 other leading security providers for the top prize, including Symantec, Mc...

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