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The internet of dildos is here, and it’s vulnerable as hell

When your internet-connected lightbulb gets hacked, a university gets DDoS’d. But when the same thing happens to your internet-connected vibrator? Well, let’s just say the ramifications are a tad more personal.

Welcome to the wild, wonderful, and oh-so vulnerable world known to security researchers as the internet of dildos. A subdomain of the internet of things, IoD encompasses the bevy of connected sex toys adding a little digital spice to our love lives — just maybe not the kind of spice anyone had in mind.

SEE ALSO: A remote-controlled vibrator secretly recorded user’s entire sex session. Eek. Read more…

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Facebook and WhatsApp malware attack is yet another stark reminder: Be wary of links

Hackers continue to successfully dupe people into clicking on shady (though carefully disguised) links, thereby gaining access to the text messages, Facebook accounts, and e-mails on both computers and phones. 

A new in-depth cybersecurity report — undertaken by the cybersecurity firm Lookout and digital rights group the Electronic Frontier Foundation — shows that professionals of all persuasions are making poor clicking decisions: military personnel, medical professionals, journalists, lawyers, and universities.

SEE ALSO: Google investigators find hackers swipe nearly 250,000 passwords a week Read more…

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Those huge CPU vulnerabilities, Meltdown and Spectre, explained

By now you’ve probably heard. A large portion of the world’s computer processors are vulnerable to at least one of two exploits that render them susceptible to hackers. But what, exactly, is going on — and what can you do to protect yourself?

While the answer to the first question is complicated, thankfully the answer to the second isn’t. It turns out that companies like Google and Microsoft have been working behind the scenes to create patches for what the security community has named Meltdown and Spectre. 

SEE ALSO: Here’s what every Chrome user should do in the wake of #Spectre

But we’re not out of the woods yet, and, depending on your operating system, you still need to take some proactive measures to make sure your data is safe.  Read more…

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Here’s what every Chrome user should do in the wake of #Spectre

The new year kicked off with a bang on Jan. 3 when security researchers revealed two major software vulnerabilities that affect, to some extent, most types of computer processors on the planet. Laptops, desktops, Chromebooks, smartphones, and enterprise machines are all potentially at risk, theoretically allowing attackers exploiting what have been dubbed Meltdown and Spectre to steal your passwords and other sensitive data. 

And while the ultimate fix may be a costly hardware one, there are steps you can take today to at least mitigate your risk. If you’re a Chrome user in particular, Google has one very specific recommendation for protecting against Spectre. Read more…

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Microsoft just issued a fix for that big Intel processor vulnerability

So your computer is probably vulnerable to a processor chip bug that could theoretically let JavaScript running in a web browser steal your passwords (among other problems). Both your computer and your smartphone are at risk. It’s not good. 

Thankfully, however, for anyone with a machine running Windows, you’re probably in the clear. That’s because on Wednesday, January 3, Microsoft released a fix.

SEE ALSO: This reported Intel CPU bug is really bad news for everyone

So reports ZDNet, which explains this patch was not issued on Microsoft’s standard Patch Tuesday — suggesting someone at the company decided it was urgent. Importantly, a Microsoft support page notes that the fix only applies to devices running Windows 10.  Read more…

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U.S. government says North Korea was behind WannaCry cyberattack and ransomware

The U.S. government has named North Korea as the source of the devastating WannaCry cyberattack. 

In a Wall Street Journal op-ed Monday, Thomas Bossert, Trump’s homeland security assistant, wrote that North Korea is “directly responsible” for the attack that “was widespread and cost billions.” 

SEE ALSO: North Korea, exiled from the global economy, turns to bitcoin

WannaCry was a ransomware program that spread on Windows-based computers of numerous individuals and institutions in multiple countries in May this year. After infecting a system, the malicious software would encrypt the users’ files and ask for a payment of roughly $300 worth of Bitcoin. In many cases, even paying the ransom did not decrypt the files.  Read more…

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Equifax is making an app, because apparently screwing 143 million people wasn’t enough

As America’s corporate embodiment of negligence and greed, Equifax has gone to great lengths to solidify its place as one of the world’s most hated companies. But that’s all about to change, dear friends and neighbors, because the corporation that lost the personal information of potentially 143 million individuals to hackers are about to be here for you in a big way. 

And just how, exactly, will a company that couldn’t patch a known vulnerability get back in your good graces? Drumroll please… with an app. 

SEE ALSO: Twitter is *not having* Equifax’s response to that massive hack

That’s right, during a Wednesday hearing held by the Senate Commerce Committee, interim CEO Paulino do Rego Barros Jr. told those gathered that his company is making an app. You know, for security and stuff.  Read more…

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