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5 ways to spot a phishing email

Think you're clever enough to recognize a phishing attempt? Think again. Cybercriminals are getting smarter and their phishing skills are getting better, but we've put together this list of clues to help you avoid a costly error.

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Java and Python FTP attacks can punch holes through firewalls

The Java and Python runtimes fail to properly validate FTP URLs, which can potentially allow attackers to punch holes through firewalls to access local networks.

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Nowhere to hide: 9 new hacks coming to get you

The proliferation of insecure devices in every facet of our lives will have consequences far beyond the digital realm

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Here’s how the US government can bolster cybersecurity

Almost 20 years ago, Chris Wysopal was among a group of hackers who testified before U.S. Congress, warning it about the dangers of the internet.

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Experts at RSA give their best cybersecurity advice

Come to the RSA show, and you’ll find plenty of cybersecurity technology. The top vendors from across the industry are here, showing products for fighting ransomware, preventing data breaches and more.

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What happens if your thermostat is hacked? Researchers name the top 7 security threats

Researchers from the SANS Institute outline the top seven threats that security researchers face this year.

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AI faces hype, skepticism at RSA cybersecurity show

The cybersecurity industry has been talking up artificial intelligence and machine learning as a way to stop the hackers, but don’t necessarily believe all the hype.

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Facebook throws an open source hackathon

Last Friday, Facebook’s Cambridge, Mass., office played host to an open source hackathon around the theme of GraphQL, a sophisticated data-fetching query language originally developed by Facebook to help manage its vast stores of user...

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Researchers trick 'CEO' email scammer into giving up identity

Businesses targeted in email phishing schemes don’t always have to play the victim. They can actually fight back.

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Heartbreaking hacks

Every year hackers take advantage of cupid’s sharp arrow to trip-up unsuspecting online users.

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Researcher develops ransomware attack that targets water supply

A security researcher is showing that it’s not hard to hold industrial control systems for ransom. He's experimented with a simulated water treatment system based on actual programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and documented how...

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Experts worried about ransomware hitting critical infrastructure

Expect ransomware to grow more aggressive in the coming years, including higher ransom payments and attempts to go beyond attacking data -- by shutting down entire computer systems to utilities or factories.

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Mac malware, possibly made in Iran, targets U.S. defense industry

Just because you’re using a Mac doesn’t mean you’re safe from hackers. That’s what two security researchers are warning, after finding a Mac-based malware that may be an attempt by Iranian actors to target the U.S. defense industry.

MySpace becomes every hackers’ space with top breach in 2016, report says

Hackers revived what is largely perceived as a dormant social media site, stealing as many as 427 million customer records in 2016. Forrester reported that there was not another breach even close but it did say that 75 percent of...

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OpenSUSE site hacked; quickly restored

One of the openSUSE sites, news.opensuse.org, was compromised by hackers, but "there was no breach of any other part of openSUSEs infrastructure," says openSUSE chairman Richard Brown.

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Dozens of iOS apps fail to secure users' data, researcher says

Dozens of iOS apps that are supposed to be encrypting their users' data don't do it properly, according to a security researcher.

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January 2017: The month in hacks and breaches

Hackers are off to a quick start in the new year.

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Hacker takes out dark web hosting service using well-known exploit

A major hosting service for sites on the dark web has apparently been hacked, resulting in scores of hidden sites, including those offering child pornography, going offline.

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