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The Starwood hackers used the same cloud hosting service that previous Chinese hackers had used. (Source: TechSpot)

Chinese hackers believed to be behind massive Marriott data breach

Sources involved in the investigation of the Marriott/Starwood data breach have revealed that Chinese hackers are believed to be behind the incident. Marriott International announced at the end of November that 500 million custome...
Google will kill Google+ sooner due to bug that exposed data of 52.5 million users

Google will kill Google+ sooner due to bug that exposed data of 52.5 million users

A recent software update to a Google+ API left some data of 52.5 million users exposed and available to app developers. The data included rudimentary user information, including names and birth dates. As a response, Google has mov...
Meng's supporters have been protesting outside the British Columbia Supreme Court. (Source: bdnews24)

Huawei's Meng Wanzhou granted bail set at CA$10 million; Chinese officials detain Canadian ex-diplomat

Huawei’s Chief Financial Officer, Meng Wanzhou, has been granted bail at a hearing in a court in Canada on Tuesday (December 11). The executive’s bail has been set at CA$10 million (~US$7.5 million) and she has had to give up her ...
The Sony PlayStation Classic was launched on December 3, 2018. (Source: Digital Trends)

Hacked PlayStation Classic plays games from USB flash drive

It has been reported that the new Sony PlayStation Classic has already been hacked, even though the console has only just been released. Apparently, hackers have been able to run software on the device using a USB flash drive, aft...
The reported tiny Chinese spy chip in question was smaller than a pencil tip. (Source: Debuglies via Bloomberg)

No Chinese spy chips found in Supermicro internal investigation

Supermicro has published a letter to its customers to explicitly state that no evidence of tampering was discovered in its hardware during a recent thorough internal review. An article from Bloomberg claimed that Supermicro produc...
Microsoft's move to Chromium is the first time the company has abandoned attempts to design a totally first party web browser. (Source: The Hacker News)

Mozilla CEO warns against Google's increasing control over internet browsers after Microsoft adopts Chromium engine

Ever since Google's Chrome browser launched, a large part of internet users have used the browser over competitors such as Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Explorer, and Edge. With the death of Edge and Microsoft's move to a Chromium based...
Meng Wanzhou could face a lengthy prison sentence in the US. (Source: Telecoms)

Huawei's CFO Meng Wanzhou faces extradition and fraud charges

Huawei’s Chief Financial Officer, Meng Wanzhou, has appeared in court in Canada today. The high-level executive was at the Supreme Court of British Columbia for her bail hearing where she listened to the reasons behind her recent ...
Ms. Meng has been working at Huawei since 1993. (Source: Huawei)

Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou arrested in Canada

A spokesperson for the Canadian Department of Justice has confirmed the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, the current Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Chairwoman of Huawei Technologies. It’s believed Meng was detained by Canadian authorit...
SplitSpectre threatens both Intel and AMD processors (Source: ZDNet)

The phantom returns: Researchers discover a new Spectre CPU attack, name it SplitSpectre

Since the research team who discovered the SplitSpectre attack used SpiderMonkey 52.7.4 — the JavaScript engine in Firefox — to target both Intel and AMD chips nobody seems to be safe anymore. The attack has been successfully carr...
The Bitcoin bubble may not have completely burst, but it's heading in that direction. (Source: NewsBTC)

Bitcoin stays below US$4,000, approaching "capitulation moment"

Bitcoin has closed at a price of US$3,964.89 today, keeping the well-known digital currency under the US$4,000 mark. Its value actually dropped to a low of US$3,505 on November 25 but has managed to gain a little over the last few...
Dell stated that no products or services were affected by the incident. (Source: V3)

Dell's network affected by attempted hack

Dell has published a press release that will be of some concern to customers that use its network. The company suffered from a recent cyber attack, and although the attempted hack was apparently “detected and disrupted” it is poss...
It has been reported that technology related to the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Flex has been sold. (Source: PocketNow)

Samsung tech secrets sold to Chinese competitor

Nine people and two companies in South Korea have been charged with selling Samsung technology to a Chinese rival. It is believed bendable OLED technology, which is expected to be incorporated in the South Korean company’s upcomin...
Eurocom "Tune Up" program will make your laptop feel like new again regardless of brand (Source: Eurocom)

Eurocom "Tune Up" program will make your laptop feel like new again regardless of brand

Launching for users in North America only for now, the Eurocom service promises to update your laptop software, BIOS, anti-virus, operating system, and more for a small fee. A "deep cleaning" of the fans, hinges, and motherboard i...
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DriveSavers can now recover data from locked smartphones for a mere $3,900

DriveSavers, one of the world's leading data recovery companies, now offers a service for unlocking smartphones and tablets that have a locked passcode, including iPhones and iPads. DriveSavers claims to be the only company that o...
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Two weeks ahead of release, a full copy of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has been leaked

A group known for Nintendo Switch piracy has obtained and distributed a full file dump of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, set to release in two weeks on December 7th. While early game leaks are not uncommon, a leak this far in advance...
Mark Zuckerberg consented to facing the European Parliament in May 2018. (Source: CNBC/Gizmodo)

UK Parliament forces executive to hand over internal Facebook documents

The UK Parliament has seized important internal Facebook documents from an executive of the software start-up Six4Three. The unprecedented move is believed to be partly in response for Mark Zuckerberg’s failure to stand before Bri...
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LinkedIn used 18 million non-user emails to buy targeted ads on Facebook

In a report published by the Irish Data Protection Commissioner (DPC), it was revealed that LinkedIn has been using 18 million non-user emails to generate targeted ads on Facebook. It was also shown that LinkedIn has been using th...
It's not the first time Google Play has suffered from malware issues. (Source: Tech Viral)

Google Play security exposed by malware hidden in fake driving games

According to malware researcher Lukas Stefanko, Google Play users have installed a number of driving game apps that are actually malware. The 13 affected apps, which all come from the same developer, had been downloaded and instal...
The cryptocurrency market has been crashing lately. (Source: Daily Express)

Cryptocurrency crash: Leading cryptos suffer sizeable price falls

Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, and other leading cryptocurrencies have been experiencing sharp falls in their prices in the market recently. Bitcoin in particular has suffered a terrible week that will have owners feeling nervous ab...
Tumblr logo, app banned from the Apple App Store due to child pornographic content

Tumblr kicked out from the App Store due to child pornography

Tumblr's disappearance from Apple's App Store finally has an official reason: what was first simply described as "an issue" was, in fact, child pornography that slipped through the filters — enough of it to make the app vanish. Th...
Mark Zuckerberg's opinion on Apple's price crash has not yet been reported. (Source: NASDAQ/Newsfeed/edit)

Apple stock decline slows down; Zuckerberg not an iOS fan

Apple’s stock price seems to have stabilized and even briefly bounced back after days of steep decline. The NASDAQ community has offered a “bullish” rating for the stock, implying there is still plenty of optimism in the company’s...
Image via "DeepMasterPrints: Generating MasterPrints for Dictionary Attacks via Latent Variable Evolution"

NYU researchers developed an AI that can imitate fingerprints to bypass biometric readers

In a paper presented at a biometric securities conference, a research team from NYU showed off a new algorithm for cracking fingerprint readers. The system, named "DeepMasterPrints," operates in similar fashion to a dictionary att...
The engineers behind HTTP/3 assert that it will make data transfers faster and easier. (Source: winfuture.de)

HTTP-over-QUIC officially acknowledged as HTTP/3 by IETF

The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) has formally re-named HTTP-over-QUIC as HTTP/3. This means that it is the next generation in internet-traffic-enabling protocols. HTTP/3 essentially allows QUIC to supplant TCP, and may h...
The Apple T2 chip has earned a lot of criticism from right-to-repair advocates. (Source: iFixit)

Apple's T2 chip could severely limit the possibilities of third-party Mac repair

Apple has confirmed to The Verge that its T2 chip will limit the ability to repair new Macs as it feels that the chip is crucial to enabling modern security features on Mac computers. However, critics are concerned that Apple's mo...
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CloudFlare releases an Android app to change your phone's DNS

CloudFlare has released a new app that will route your Android device's internet traffic through its local services, effectively changing your phone's DNS. While this may be a boon for privacy advocates that bemoan the lack of DNS...
A study by Valimail has found that US email users have trouble identifying fake messages. (Source: Valimail)

Most US adults can't tell real election-campaign emails from fake: new study

Valimail, a US authority in online authentication, has released the results of a study conducted on the ability to spot false election campaign material sent via email. It has found that only 20% of a group identifying as Republic...
FB Messenger has reportedly been hacked, with thousands of private conversations stolen. (Source: Softonic)

Facebook messages from at least 81,000 accounts hacked & offered for sale online

The BBC has reported that the private messages associated with a minimum of 81,000 Facebook accounts have been stolen. This data was hacked using a browser extension, then offered for sale online. The security company Digital Shad...
SMT allows for multi-threaded parallel processing, but has an apparent security flaw. (Source: Wikipedia)

New side-channel vulnerability confirmed in Kaby Lake and Skylake CPUs

A new CVE may enable yet another side-channel exploit in Intel processors. This vulnerability, known as CVE-2018-5407 (or "PortSmash"), targets Hyper-Threading (or simultaneous multi-threading (SMT)). It is confirmed as effective ...
Websites could battle more bots without interrupting users thanks to reCAPTCHA v3

Websites could battle more bots without interrupting users thanks to reCAPTCHA v3

Google's latest iteration of the reCAPTCHA system, reCAPTCHA v3, is now available to website administrators and webmasters. reCAPTCHA v3 runs in the background, tracking user behavior and assigning a risk score based on that behav...
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Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus get updated... to Android 8.1 Oreo

The Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus are now receiving an update to Android 8.1 Oreo. While receiving a year old update is bad enough, the phones are also receiving the June 2018 Android security patch, putting the devices' security four ...
Image: Gab logo w/ edits

Paypal bans alternative social media site Gab due to posts of the Pittsburgh shooter

Gab, a social media alternative to the likes of Facebook and Twitter, has come under fire yet again for posts from its users. This time, anti-Semitic posts from the Pittsburgh shooter, who shot and killed 11 people in a synagogue ...
A large part of the point of the IoT revolution was to automate the home. (Source: uxdesign.cc)

Less than 40% of IoT consumers consider themselves reliant on their connected devices

Most people who own connected devices appear not to need them in their everyday lives. This is one of the findings of a new study into IoT use in the home and similar settings. 29% of these users were unsure of how their data was ...
Yahoo suffered from massive data breaches in 2013 and 2014. (Source: PYMNTS)

Yahoo to pay US$50 million in data breach damages

Web service provider Yahoo has agreed to pay out US$50 million in damages in response to the huge data breaches the company suffered from in 2013 and 2014. Once the settlement has been legally approved, Yahoo accountholders affect...
Huawei Mate 20 Pro colors, flagship not available in the US

No Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro for the US market

Google and Apple can celebrate because the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and its non-Pro sibling will not give them a hard time in the US. Unfortunately for Huawei's US fans, the Chinese company has just confirmed that these two devices will...
China has been accused of installing spy chips in servers used by U.S. companies like Apple and Amazon. (Source: PCMag)

Supermicro to carry out internal review in Chinese spy chip case

Supermicro has sent out a letter to its customers to reassure them that the tech company will be carrying out a thorough internal review of its hardware in regard to allegations made by a Bloomberg article. The news item argued th...
MIT's DAWG could easily be integrated in OS updates, and it is said to be less taxing on the overall system performance. (Source: Bit-Tech)

MIT provides alternative solution for Spectre-like CPU bugs

Intel may be implementing in-silicon solutions against Spectre and meltdown attacks, but not all threat variants can be identified this way. MIT's DAWG solution can detect all variants plus similar speculative attacks, and it can ...
The Google Pixel 3 models feature the custom Titan M embeded security chip. (Source: Google)

Google details Titan M custom security chip in Pixel 3

Google has detailed what is so special about the new Titan M custom silicon it has baked into the Pixel 3 to help secure the device. In its latest blog post since the official launch of the device, Google has identified four key a...
Google+ is shutting down following a data breach. (Source: sharethis.com)

Google+ to shut down following hacking revelation

Google has admitted that its social media app, Google+, has been hacked. This data theft has affected approximately half a million profiles. The users in question may have had many points of important user data extracted from thei...
The must-have fingerprint reader feature of this year may have competition already. (Source: Anandtech)

2019's in-display fingerprint reader may be considerably better than 2018's

There are some phones to be released later this year - as well as some that already have been - with in- or under-display fingerprint (FP) scanners. This technology is based on optical (or light) sensors that act to construct a 2D...
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DuckDuckGo, the privacy-focused search engine, grows daily searches by 50% to 30 million

DuckDuckGo is quickly becoming a popular alternative to Google's increasingly invasive search engine. The privacy-focused search tool just announced hitting 30 million searches a day. While this is a far cry from the 3.5+ billion ...
The Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL. (Source: Google)

Pixel 3 and 3 XL launch: any surprises are on the inside

The Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL have been released. Their appearance will surprise nobody, as both phones look exactly as described in all their leaks. The Pixel 3 XL has a notch, but may also have a lot of interesting new Google feat...
Bloomberg claims that almost 30 US companies were affected by the alleged Chinese spy chips. (Source ITPro)

US Homeland Security statement plays down Bloomberg spy chips claim

The US Department of Homeland Security has issued a statement that seems to refute Bloomberg’s claim that a significant number of US companies had been compromised due to clandestine microchips reporting sensitive data back to Chi...
The T2 chip found in new MacBooks. (Source: macsales.com)

Can you fix your own 2018 MacBook? An internal Apple report says no, but iFixit says yes

An internal service document recently leaked from within Apple states that no-one but company staff and Authorized Apple Service Providers (AASPs) can repair or replace most MacBook 2018 and iMac Pro components without the devices...
Pete Lau has revealed a few more details about the 6T. (Source: thehindu.com)

OnePlus CEO interview suggests that the 6T will cost more than the 6

Pete Lau, the CEO of the smartphone maker OnePlus, has been talking about the company's upcoming release in a new interview with CNET. Lau admitted that this phone, the 6T, is going to retail for more than its predecessor. Accordi...
The video may have been intended to tease Screen Unlock. (Source: MSN)

OnePlus releases first official teaser video for the 6T

OnePlus has posted a teaser video for its upcoming 6T flagship update on Twitter. This clip, which is the first of its kind, may hint at the in-display fingerprint sensor confirmed to feature in the phone. The video also invites u...
50 million Facebook accounts were compromised due to a security flaw

50 million Facebook accounts were compromised due to a security flaw

A Facebook breach has compromised almost 50 million accounts. After discovering the breach on September 25, the company reset the access tokens of the 50 million affected accounts and 40 million others as a precautionary step. The...
A render showing all the leaked color options for the Mate 20 Pro. (Source: gizmochina.com)

Huawei Mate 20 Pro may come with voice-based unlocking

Huawei is now rumored to be integrating a new form of device security, Voice Unlock, into its upcoming flagship, the Mate 20 Pro. This device may also have a 6.9-inch screen, as much as 6GB in RAM and an extra-large battery. Howev...
Adbank is an Ethereum-based ad platform. (Source: Adbank)

Austrian national tourism body will use blockchain to protect its next ad campaign

The Austrian national tourist office (ANTO) is embracing blockchain in order to protect its upcoming advertisement investment. It is a digital campaign that ANTO will roll out in partnership with Adbank, an Ethereum-linked platfor...
The Galaxy P30 may feature Samsung's first in-display fingerprint sensing. (Source: 123rf.com)

Rumored Samsung device could be first to get Galaxy P-series name and graded color scheme

Move over Galaxy S, Galaxy P is here. At least, this is what an increasing number of leaks say. The series is purported to kick off with the release of the Galaxy P30 and P30+. It is also possible that one of them will come with i...
Chrome now automatically logs you into the browser without telling you

Chrome now automatically logs you into the browser without telling you

The latest version of Google's Chrome browser will now automatically log users in if they log into any Google service. This, in turn, opens the door for the user's browsing data to be accessed by Google. While this isn't the case ...

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