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PDFex Attack Can Exfiltrate Data from Encrypted PDF Files
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PDFex Attack Can Exfiltrate Data from Encrypted PDF Files

Researchers in Germany have developed a new attack that can extract and steal data from encrypted Portable Document Format (PDF)  files, sometimes without user...

Intel Server-Grade CPUs Impacted by New NetCAT Attack
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Intel Server-Grade CPUs Impacted by New NetCAT Attack

Researchers have described a new exploit targeting Intel central processing units that support Data-Direct I/O Technology and Remote Direct Memory Access features...

Avast, French Police Take Over Malware Botnet, Disinfect 850,000 Computers
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Avast, French Police Take Over Malware Botnet, Disinfect 850,000 Computers

Antivirus maker Avast and the French National Police neutralized the back-end infrastructure of a malware botnet.

One in Five U.K. Schools Says Students Have Broken Into Computer Systems
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One in Five U.K. Schools Says Students Have Broken Into Computer Systems

A cybersecurity audit found 21% of 430 U.K. schools had their computers, networks, or servers hacked by students.

Mobile Malware Attacks are Booming in 2019: These are the Most Common Threats
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Mobile Malware Attacks are Booming in 2019: These are the Most Common Threats

Malware attacks against mobile devices, especially Android handsets, have ballooned this year.

Hackers Breach Greece's Top-Level Domain Registrar
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Hackers Breach Greece's Top-Level Domain Registrar

Researchers said Greece's top-level domain registrar has suffered a hacker breach, and identified the state-sponsored "Sea Turtle" hacker group as the perpetrator...

HSM Vulnerabilities Impact Banks, Cloud Providers, Governments
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HSM Vulnerabilities Impact Banks, Cloud Providers, Governments

Researchers have discovered vulnerabilities that can be exploited remotely to retrieve sensitive data stored inside Hardware Security Modules .

Machine Learning Sniffs Out Its Own Machine-Written Propaganda
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Machine Learning Sniffs Out Its Own Machine-Written Propaganda

Researchers have modified a neural network to create a natural language processing algorithm that generates, as well as detects, convincing fake articles.

Security Researchers Discover Linux Version of Winnti Malware
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Security Researchers Discover Linux Version of Winnti Malware

Security researchers have discovered a Linux version of Winnti, a malware used by Chinese government-sponsored hackers.

Dell Laptops and Computers Vulnerable to Remote Hijacks
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Dell Laptops and Computers Vulnerable to Remote Hijacks

Dell laptops and personal computers can be remotely commandeered via a vulnerability in the Dell SupportAssist utility.

Academics Hide Humans From Surveillance Cameras With 2D Prints
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Academics Hide Humans From Surveillance Cameras With 2D Prints

Researchers have developed a technique of using simple two-dimensional images to render wearers invisible to surveillance cameras.

Researchers Warn Open Sky Drone Policy Poses Cybercriminal Risk
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Researchers Warn Open Sky Drone Policy Poses Cybercriminal Risk

Researchers warn of the potential for unregulated aerial drones to threaten citizens.

Study Shows Programmers Will Take the Easy Way Out and Not Implement Proper Password Security
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Study Shows Programmers Will Take the Easy Way Out and Not Implement Proper Password Security

Researchers have found that developers tend to write code that stores user passwords in an unsafe manner, because that is easier than creating a more secure product...

Cisco: Patch Routers Now Against Massive 9.8/10-Severity Security Hole
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Cisco: Patch Routers Now Against Massive 9.8/10-Severity Security Hole

Cisco has advised enterprise users of its wireless virtual private network and firewall routers to immediately install updates to patch a critical flaw.

Your Bionic Hand Is Now at Risk From Hackers
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Your Bionic Hand Is Now at Risk From Hackers

Kaspersky Lab researchers revealed at Mobile World Congress 2019 in Spain that bionic hand prostheses from Moscow-based Motorica are vulnerable to hacking.

Security Flaws Found in 26 Low-End Cryptocurrencies
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Security Flaws Found in 26 Low-End Cryptocurrencies

Researchers have discovered two security flaws that impact 26 Proof of Stake cryptocurrencies.

Security Conference Will Let You Hack Tesla Car, Earn Cash Prizes
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Security Conference Will Let You Hack Tesla Car, Earn Cash Prizes

Security researchers attending the Pwn2Own CanSecWest security conference this March in Vancouver, Canada, will be incentivized to hack a Tesla Model 3 car.

Data Breaches, Cyberattacks Top Global Risks Alongside Natural Disasters, Climate Change
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Data Breaches, Cyberattacks Top Global Risks Alongside Natural Disasters, Climate Change

The World Economic Forum has listed large-scale cyberattacks and massive data breaches among the five most probable risks facing the world today.

E­ to Fund Bug Bounty Programs for 14 Open Source Projects
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E­ to Fund Bug Bounty Programs for 14 Open Source Projects

The European Union will cover the costs of bug bounty programs for 14 open source projects.

Hyundai Develops Fingerprint Tech to Unlock and Start Cars
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Hyundai Develops Fingerprint Tech to Unlock and Start Cars

Hyundai Motor has developed a system that will allow drivers to unlock and start their vehicles using only their fingerprints.
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