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August 17, 2018
How Hacked Water Heaters Could Trigger Mass Blackouts
When the cybersecurity industry warns about the nightmare of hackers causing blackouts, the scenario they describe typically entails an elite team of hackers breaking into the inner sanctum of a power utility to start flipping switches. But one group of researchers has imagined how an entire power grid could be taken down by hacking a less centralized and protected class of targets: home air conditioners and water heaters. Lots of them.
Hanging Up on Mobile in the Name of Security
An entrepreneur and virtual currency investor is suing AT&T for $224 million, claiming the wireless provider was negligent when it failed to prevent thieves from hijacking his mobile account and stealing millions of dollars in cryptocurrencies.
DEF CON’s Voting Village Tests Hacker-Government Collaboration
The national conversation on election security came into sharp focus Friday at a renowned hacker conference as U.S. officials and security researchers sought common ground in raising awareness of potential vulnerabilities in election equipment.
Chrome Bug Allowed Hackers to Find Out Everything Facebook Knows About You
With the release of Chrome 68, Google prominently marks all non-HTTPS websites as ‘Not Secure’ on its browser to make the web a more secure place for Internet users. If you haven’t yet, there is another significant reason to immediately switch to the latest version of the Chrome web browser.
Victims Lose Access to Thousands of Photos as Instagram Hack Spreads
In a probable quest to build a botnet, someone is hacking Instagram accounts, deleting handles, avatars and personal details, and linking them to a new email address.