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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...

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...

Google Calls for Laws to Allow Europeans to Challenge Data Abuse by US Government

Google is calling for legal changes that would allow European Union citizens to go to US courts to challenge misuse of their personal data by the US government, according to a Google blog post. The company’s support for the extension of the US Privacy Act in Europe joyed by US citizens – who can go to European courts to challenge misuse of their data by European governments. The move follows Edward’s Snowde...

Snapchat Warns Users of Malicious Third-Party Apps

Snapchat will ask customers to stop using unauthorized third-party apps built on Snapchat services as they may compromise their accounts, the company announced in a blog post. “Starting today, we will notify Snapchatters when we have detected that they may be using third-party apps and we’ll ask those Snapchatters to change their password and stop using unauthorized apps,” the post reads. The decision comes...

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