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August 2017

Real Madrid Twitter account announces Lionel Messi signing after hack

Real Madrid’s official Twitter account seems to have been been hacked, after a post welcoming Lionel Messi to the club appeared on their feed. Just days after Barcelona’s account was taken over by hackers OurMine, which announced Paris St Germain’s Angel Di Maria had joined the club as a hoax, the group was at it again, this time on the Champions League winners’ account. At 5.30am BST, accompanied by a …Read More

Info on 1.8M Chicago voters was publicly accessible

A file containing the names, addresses, dates of birth and other information about Chicago’s 1.8 million registered voters was published online and publicly accessible for an unknown period of time, the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners said Thursday. The acknowledgment came days after a data security researcher alerted officials to the existence of the unsecured files. The researcher found the files while conducting a search of items uploaded to Amazon …Read More

Vendor-neutral smart car bug has ‘dangerous’ and ‘even fatal’ consequences

A vendor-neutral vulnerability affecting the CAN Bus standard can have “dangerous” and “even fatal” consequences for smart car owners. Discovered by the work of Trend Micro, Linklayer Labs, and Politecnico di Milano, the flaw isn’t a “vulnerability” in the traditional sense of the term. It’s an insecure design choice within the Controller Area Network (CAN) Bus, a vendor-neutral standard which specifies how various systems built into most connected cars communicate …Read More

NIST’s new password rules – what you need to know

It’s no secret. We’re really bad at passwords. Nevertheless, they aren’t going away any time soon. With so many websites and online applications requiring us to create accounts and think up passwords in a hurry, it’s no wonder so many of us struggle to follow the advice of so-called password security experts. At the same time, the computing power available for password cracking just gets bigger and bigger. OK, so …Read More

A smart fish tank left a casino vulnerable to hackers

Hackers attempted to steal data from a North American casino through a fish tank connected to the internet, according to a report from security firm Darktrace. Despite extra security precautions set up on the fish tank, hackers still managed to compromise the tank to send data to a device in Finland before the threat was discovered and stopped. “Someone used the fish tank to get into the network, and once …Read More

Robot vacuum cleaner plans to sell maps of people’s homes

Robot vacuum cleaners have been hoovering up more than dust and grime as they autonomously travel around owners’ floors, and the information could soon be up for sale. Roomba’s robot hoovers use mapping technology to learn floor plans of customers’ houses, which could be sold on to companies such as Apple, Amazon and Google. The automated iRobot vacuum cleaners, which cost as much as £900, are fitted with tech that can chart everything from …Read More