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Former CEO of collapsed Mt.Gox bitcoin exchange arrested in Japan: reports
- Mark Karpeles, the former head of defunct bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox, was arrested on Saturday in connection with the disappearance of hundreds of millions of dollars worth of the virtual currency, Japanese media reports said. The French-born Karpeles, 30, is suspected of falsifying data on the outstanding balance of the exchange, at one point the world's largest hub for trading the digital currency, they added. When it filed for bankruptcy in February 2014, Mt. Gox said 750,000 customer bitcoins and another 100,000 belonging to the exchange were stolen due to a software security flaw.
Leaked NSA slides: Chinese hackers have been wreaking havoc on corporate America
- NBC News this week obtained leaked slides from a February 2014 NSA presentation which highlight in specific detail the extent to which China has successfully hacked U.S. corporations and individuals. As indicated by the map above, each red dot represents a unique “successful Chinese attempt to steal corporate and military secrets and data about America’s critical infrastructure, particularly the electrical power and telecommunications and internet backbone.” All told, there were nearly 700 successful hacking attempts on U.S. targets over the last five years. DON’T MISS: Windows 10 is spying on almost everything you do – here’s how to opt out Not surprisingly, the clusters of red congregate mostly in California and in the DC and Maryland area. Interestingly, North Dakota is the
Researchers warn of bogus emails offering Windows 10
- Some hackers are exploiting Microsoft's offer of free upgrades to its new Windows 10 operating system. Security researchers are warning about a wave of bogus spam emails with malicious attachments, labeled ...
Citing hacking risk, FDA says Hospira pump shouldn't be used
- The federal government says health care facilities should stop using Hospira's Symbiq medication infusion pump because of its vulnerability to hacking. The Food and Drug Administration said Friday it's ...
FDA says hospitals should stop using Hospira pump
- The federal government says health care facilities should stop using Hospira's Symbiq medication infusion pump because of its vulnerability to hacking. The Food and Drug Administration said Friday it's ...
Car hacking risk may be broader than Fiat Chrysler: U.S. regulator
- By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The cybersecurity issues that led Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV to recall 1.4 million vehicles this month could pose a problem for cars and trucks from other automakers, the top U.S. auto safety regulator said on Friday. Mark Rosekind, who heads the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, said his watchdog agency is trying to determine how many car makers have received radios from the company that supplied Fiat Chrysler. “The supplier didn’t just supply radios to Chrysler but to a lot of other manufacturers," Rosekind told reporters.
Dozens of Clinton emails censored for security reasons
- WASHINGTON (AP) — Dozens of emails that traversed Hillary Clinton's private, unsecure home server contain national security information now deemed too sensitive to make public, according to the latest batch of records released Friday.
FDA warns of security flaw in Hospira infusion pumps
- By Jim Finkle BOSTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday advised hospitals not to use Hospira Inc's Symbiq infusion system, saying a security vulnerability could allow cyber attackers to take remote control of the system. The agency issued the advisory some 10 days after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security warned of the vulnerability in the pump, which is used to deliver medications directly into the bloodstream of patients. The FDA and DHS cited research from independent cyber security expert Billy Rios, who found that remote attacks could be launched on patients by accessing a hospital's network.
University of Connecticut says hit by hackers from China
- By Richard Weizel MILFORD, Conn. (Reuters) - The social security numbers and credit card details of up to 6,000 University of Connecticut students, faculty and others may have been stolen by cyberhackers from China, the university said on Friday. Officials detected a potential breach of the School of Engineering's network in March and an investigation uncovered that hackers may have gained access to it as early as September, 2013, spokesman Tom Breen said. Breen said the hack has been traced to China "based on the type of cyber-attack that was launched, and the software used." He added the FBI and several state agencies have been notified.
NY village makes ransom payments to keep computers running
- ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A village in central New York made ransom payments of $300 and $500 last year to keep its computers running after two official-looking emails released malware throughout its system, state auditors said.
Ahead of the Bell: FireEye shares fall on CFO departure
- Shares of cybersecurity firm FireEye Inc. fell in premarket trading Friday, the morning after the company's chief financial officer said he was leaving. Michael Sheridan had been CFO since 2011. The company ...
What's considered 'classified' is a judgment call
- WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton is under scrutiny over whether she sent or received classified information on unsecured email when she was secretary of state. The inspector general of the U.S. intelligence community recently alerted the Justice Department about classified information included improperly on email that went through a home server Clinton used in lieu of the official State Department email system.
Hacker claims he can use GM’s OnStar app to remotely open and start your car
- Connected cars are awesome but they also present big opportunities for hackers to cause significant, and potentially deadly, mischief. Reuters reports that white-hat hacker Samy Kamkar says he’s figured out a way to hack into GM’s OnStar mobile app and then use it to remotely open and start GM cars. RELATED: Hackers take over a Jeep driving down the highway at 70 mph Essentially, Kamkar says he’s found a way to intercept communications between the OnStar RemoteLink app and the OnStar service itself, which he can then use to control some of the car’s key functions. He’ll provide more technical details on how this hack works at the Def Con conference in Las Vegas next month. News of Kamkar’s research comes a week
Researcher says can hack GM's OnStar app, open vehicle, start engine
- By Jim Finkle and Bernie Woodall BOSTON/DETROIT (Reuters) - A researcher is advising drivers not to use a mobile app for General Motors Co's OnStar vehicle communications system, saying hackers can exploit a security flaw in the product to unlock cars and start engines remotely. "White-hat" hacker Samy Kamkar posted a video on Thursday saying he had figured out a way to "locate, unlock and remote-start" vehicles by intercepting communications between the OnStar RemoteLink mobile app and the OnStar service.
FireEye reports 2Q loss
- The Milpitas, California-based company said it had a loss of 87 cents per share. Losses, adjusted for stock option expense and amortization costs, came to 41 cents per share. The results exceeded Wall ...
Airfares will soon be the cheapest they’ve been in four years
- If you’re planning to book any flights this fall, you might want to wait until August. According to Montreal-based analytics company Hopper, the price of an average round-trip ticket will plummet to $244 next month. That’s nearly a 5% decrease from the average price in August 2014. READ MORE: Windows 10 brings back the Start Menu – here’s how to customize it “Typically, prices will fall during the latter part of summer before stabilizing in the fall and early winter,” Hopper’s chief data scientist Patrick Surry told Fortune. “Since this summer was cheaper than last summer, we expect prices to remain lower than last year through the rest of this year, returning slightly closer to normal by the end of the year.”
Nokia, Alcatel-Lucent post strong results as merger approaches
- Nokia's 15.6 billion euro ($17 billion) acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent announced in mid-April aims to position the company to better compete with market leader Ericsson and low-cost Chinese powerhouse Huawei [HWT.UL], by forging a strong number two in mobile with a more complete product line. The deal is supposed to be completed by mid-2016, although Alcatel-Lucent hinted that closing could come earlier since some key regulatory approvals had already been secured. Shares of Nokia surged 7.8 percent while Alcatel gained 5.7 percent, having slumped 20 percent and 27 percent respectively in the past three months against a 20 percent fall for Ericsson.
MIT researchers can break Tor anonymity without even touching encryption
- Before the arrest of Silk Road creator Ross Ulbricht made headlines a few years ago, most everyday web users had never heard of Tor. Originally developed by US Naval Research Laboratory employees, Tor (an acronym for “The Onion Router”) is a popular piece of software designed to enable truly anonymous communications online. Today, it’s estimated that approximately 2.5 million users use Tor on a daily basis. DON’T MISS: Why does every Android phone company think it can be Apple? Highlighting Tor’s robust privacy features, a leaked NSA presentation titled ‘Tor Stinks’, courtesy of Edward Snowden of course, reads in part: We will never be able to de-anonymize all Tor users all the time. With manual analysis we can de-anonymize a very small fraction
Warning: Crazy new Android security flaw can render your phone completely lifeless
- Another day, another Android vulnerability. Just days after researchers disclosed an MMS-based Android vulnerability that potentially puts 950 million Android devices at risk, a different group of researchers have come forward with yet another Android-based security exploit. The latest Android vulnerability affects more than half of all Android devices in circulation today and has the potential to render handsets completely inert, which is to say infected phones cannot make calls or receive any other type of notification. What’s more, the screen itself may become lifeless, effectively turning Android phones into expensive screen savers. DON’T MISS: 5 awful Windows 8 problems that are fixed in Windows 10 The exploit, discovered by researchers at Trend Micro, can be enacted either via a malicious app or
Yes! Amazon snags Jeremy Clarkson for a new ‘Top Gear’-like show
- This is what you’ve been waiting for, Top Gear fans: Amazon announced on Thursday that it’s signed former Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson and his former cohosts Richard Hammond and James May to star in a new car show that doesn’t yet have an official title. The show is set to go into production “shortly” and will air as an Amazon Prime exclusive beginning in 2016. DON’T MISS: Have hackers stolen your personal information? This handy quiz will let you know The always colorful Clarkson wasn’t shy about boasting of his new deal with Amazon, which he heavily implied was a much sweeter arrangement than the one he had with the BBC. “I feel like I’ve climbed out of a bi-plane and into a spaceship,” said
New Nexus 5 leak: This might be our first look at the phone’s case
- Google is widely expected to release two new Nexus handsets this year, including a new LG Nexus 5 and a Huawei Nexus phablet. Both devices have appeared in a variety of reports so far and a newly leaked image shows what looks like the smaller Nexus’s rear housing. DON’T MISS: How to download and install Windows 10 right now UPDATE: French publication NowhereElse, which is also managing the @OnLeaks Twitter account, published more images showing Nexus 5 (2015) case designs – check them out at the end of the post. According to @OnLeaks, the rear case in the drawing below comes from a case manufacturer. The image offers some details about the device, including support for what appears to be a 3D
Samsung Electronics cautious on second half; capital returns disappoint
- By Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Thursday offered a downbeat outlook for the second half of the year as smartphone market growth slows and ahead of the expected release of new iPhones from arch rival Apple Inc . Samsung's dominance is being chipped away at the low-to-mid end by Chinese rivals such as Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] and in the premium segment by Apple, while some markets show signs of saturation. Researcher TrendForce last week cut its 2015 global smartphone market growth forecast to 8.2 percent from 11.6 percent earlier.
Planned Parenthood reports second website hack in a week
- Websites operated by Planned Parenthood and its political branch, Planned Parenthood Action, were clogged by a wide-scale "distributed denial-of-service," or DDoS, attack, the organization said. Service was restored shortly after the attack, but the group opted to keep its websites offline for the remainder of the day "to ensure that we are fully protected," Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement. Visitors to Planned Parenthood sites, which serve some 200,000 people a day seeking information on reproductive health, birth control, sexually transmitted diseases, parenting, abortion and other topics, were being redirected to its Facebook pages for the time being, Laguens said.
Ex-software engineer gets 2 years prison for insider trading
- A former software engineer at a prominent California law firm was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison for insider trading by a judge who noted that he should have realized the dangers of what he ...
Average US vehicle age hits record 11.5 years
- In the age of Apple's CarPlay, a lot of cars on the road still have tape decks. The average vehicle in the U.S. is now a record 11.5 years old, according to consulting firm IHS Automotive, a sign of the ...
Fiat Chrysler sued in Canada following recent vehicle recalls
- By Euan Rocha TORONTO (Reuters) - A Canadian law firm said it filed a lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles on Wednesday seeking $4 billion in damages, in connection with the massive recall announced by the automaker earlier in July. Merchant Law Group said the lawsuit, which seeks class action status, was filed in the Superior Court in Montreal. A Fiat Chrysler spokeswoman said the company has not yet been served with the lawsuit and that it would be inappropriate to comment until it had studied the allegations in the action.
Longtime Android fanboy will ‘hate’ himself for it, but he’s switching to iPhone
- The incredibly long time it takes for many Android phones to receive software updates is something that has driven users crazy for years now. Longtime Android fanboy Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai recently reached a breaking point with Android after news broke this week about a massive flaw in the platform that lets hackers compromise Android devices simply by sending them either an MMS message or a multimedia file. In particular, Franceschi-Bicchierai was enraged that it would take so long for his phone to get a necessary patch, if it ever got it at all. RELATED: I’ve Used Android Exclusively for the Past 5 Years – Here’s Why I’ll be Buying an iPhone 6s What makes this particularly infuriating is that Google was alerted to this
Is Mullah Omar Really Dead This Time?
- Mullah Muhammad Omar’s survival record would be the envy of any alley cat. Now it’s possible that Omar’s luck has run out: New reports say the top Taliban leader is dead. There’s been no official confirmation from either the Afghan government or the Taliban, but for what is apparently the first time, there are multiple high-level sources within both groups confirming that Omar is dead to The Wall Street Journal and BBC.
Russians hackers used Twitter, photos to reach U.S. computers: report
- By Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Russian government-backed hackers who penetrated high-profile U.S. government and defense industry computers this year used a method combining Twitter with data hidden in seemingly benign photographs, according to experts studying the campaign. In a public report Wednesday, researchers at security company FireEye Inc said the group used the unusual tandem as a means of communicating with previously infected computers. FireEye has briefed law enforcement on what it found.
Vasco posts 2Q profit
- The Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois-based company said it had profit of 35 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, were 40 cents per share. The Internet security company posted revenue ...
Brinks safe hacked with USB stick and 100 lines of code
- As typically portrayed in action movies, breaking into an ostensibly impenetrable safe often requires a world class lock-picker or, barring that, an array or C4 explosives positioned in just the right orientation. But in the real world, surprisingly enough, defeating the security mechanisms on a top-notch Brinks safe can be done with nothing more than a USB stick and 100 lines of code. At the always entertaining Def Con Hacking Conference set to kick off in Las Vegas next week, researchers Daniel Petro and Oscar Salazar of Bishop Fox will detail how they were able to skirt around the defenses of the Brinks CompuSafe Galileo with relative ease. DON’T MISS: The trailer for Seth Rogen’s drug-filled Christmas movie is 172 seconds of
U.S. defense contractor copied secret military documents: Justice Department
- The U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday accused a former Chinese army serviceman of copying classified files from a U.S. military computer network while employed as a U.S. defense contractor in Kuwait in 2013. Wei Chen, 61, of Westfield, Massachusetts, was charged with making a false statement and damaging army computers after he lied on a questionnaire about his foreign military service to get his as a computer system administrator. Chen, a naturalized U.S. citizen, served in the China People's Liberation Army from 1971 to 1976 in an anti-aircraft unit, but did not disclose that fact in a background check questionnaire before he began working at Camp Buehring in Kuwait, according to the indictment.
Make Your Short-Term Bond Investment Work Smarter
- Many different types of short-term products have been introduced to the marketplace during the Fed’s historic low rate regime, some highly sophisticated and technical, some more traditional.
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How to Save for Large Fast-Approaching Expenses
- There are a lot of large expenses in life. Before the "Just Married" is washed off the car, the average married couple has dreams of multiple children, annual vacations, and homeownership in ...
5 Lessons Investors Haven't Learned From The Credit Crunch
- As we start to head out of the credit crunch, here's a look at some of the lessons many investors have failed to learn.
The Atlantic Daily : Obama in Africa, Boston Olympics, Cosby's Accusers
- The President Speaks Out in Kenya and Ethiopia During a symbolically powerful visit to his father’s homeland over the weekend, President Barack Obama praised Kenya’s progress while urging the country to protect gay rights. From there, Obama traveled to Ethiopia, where he spoke about the spiraling conflict in South Sudan and al-Shabaab’s threat in Somalia. He will address the African Union for the first time on Tuesday.
Planned Parenthood investigating claims of website hack
- Planned Parenthood called on the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice on Monday for help managing cybersecurity, following a report that the reproductive healthcare group's website had been hacked by anti-abortion activists. The organization has come under scrutiny since the release of two secretly recorded videos earlier this month that critics said showed it was involved in the illegal sale of aborted fetal tissue for medical research. The Daily Dot online newspaper reported Monday that a hacking group had gained access to Planned Parenthood's website databases and the names and email addresses of its employees.
The Debate Over Free Community College
- This fall, Cesar Sanchez, 18, will do something he never thought possible. He’ll enroll at Southwest Tennessee Community College through a state program called Tennessee Promise, which lets students complete two years of community college at no cost.
Fiat Chrysler could spend billions to buy back unrepaired trucks
- By Paul Lienert DETROIT (Reuters) - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles could pay billions of dollars to buy back defective trucks as part of a settlement with U.S. safety regulators, but has the option to recover costs by reselling vehicles once they are repaired. FCA said on Monday that about 193,000 Ram trucks previously recalled for suspension and steering problems had not been repaired and were therefore eligible for the buyback deal negotiated with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A company representative noted on Monday that the NHTSA agreement gives FCA the option of repairing and reselling any vehicles it repurchases from owners.