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People Lose Lots of Tech on London Public Transport, Including Drones and Amazon Echos

People are very good at losing things, especially on public transport in London. In 2016 35 sex toys were left on the tube, which just goes to show much much random stuff people carry around with them as they go from place to place. It's got to the point where TfL lost property auction generates hundreds of thousands of pounds in revenue, all because people left stuff behind and didn't go back to claim it. Read More >>

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American Engineer Faces Prison for Stashing US Navy Drone Secrets on His Dropbox

An electrical engineer secretly uploaded onto his personal Dropbox account thousands of files containing sensitive information about the unmanned underwater vehicles his company was developing for the US Navy’s Office of Naval Research. Read More >>

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Buying ‘Access’ to a Major Airport’s Security System Apparently Costs Less Than £8

Security researchers discovered that, for just $10 (£7.56) on the dark web, it appears someone could essentially buy their way into an international airport’s security system. This finding from McAfee’s team of researchers signals how a weak link can undermine systems that may otherwise seem thoroughly secured, even as billions of dollars are put towards locking things up. Read More >>

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US Military Documents Stolen Because Someone Forgot to Update the Router Password

You too can have better cybersecurity than the US military just by properly setting up your router. Read More >>

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‘Mega’ Data Breaches Cost Companies a Staggering Fortune, IBM Study Finds

IBM Security on Wednesday released its latest report examining the costs and impact associated with data breaches. The findings paint a grim portrait of what the clean up is like for companies whose data becomes exposed—particularly for larger corporations that suffer so-called “mega breaches,” a costly exposure involving potentially tens of millions of private records. Read More >>

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Apple’s New iOS Police-Blocking Feature Has a Pesky ‘Workaround,’ Security Firm Says

Apple’s latest version of iOS, released yesterday, includes USB Restricted Mode, a security measure that seems designed to prevent unwanted decryption of iPhones by both bad actors and law enforcement using passcode cracking tools. Read More >>

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Apple’s Police-Blocking iOS Update Is Here

It’s finally here. Apple’s long-awaited feature that is intended to keep bad actors from bypassing Apple’s encryption and breaking into your phone is now available. On Monday, the component went live in the latest iOS update and you should just go ahead and download it. Read More >>

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Workout Data From Fitness App Used to Identify Government Spies and Military Personnel

In the latest incident of seemingly innocuous data sharing leading to potentially dangerous exposure, the popular fitness app and activity trackers Polar Flow has been revealing the location of military and government personnel working at sensitive locations, according to ZDNet. Read More >>

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How to Spot Tech Support Scams and What to Do to Report Them

The tech support scam, obviously shady though it might seem to some, continues to catch more and more people—Microsoft says the number of reported cases is on the rise, while in March the U.S Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) said it logged 11,000 complaints last year, a rise of 86 per cent over 2016. The claimed losses amounted to nearly $15 million (£11.2m). Read More >>

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Scientists Discover Hottest, Most Improbable Way to Steal Your Passwords

Scientists have discovered a new way to capture people’s passwords, though the circumstances needed for the attack to work make the odds of it being ever used in real life fall somewhere between “astronomical” and “no freaking chance.” Read More >>

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Sydney Airport Kicks Off Test to Replace IDs With Facial Recognition

This week, some passengers travelling through the international airport in Sydney, Australia will be the first guinea pigs in a programme that intends to replace the passport with facial scans. The check-in process may surely become less of a headache, but at what price? Read More >>

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Hacking Firm’s Ex-Employee Made Off With Menacing Spy Tools, Israel Says

NSO Group, an Israeli hacking company, is mostly known for peddling malware capable of remotely cracking into iPhones. But according to Israeli authorities, the firm’s invasive mobile spy tools could have wound up in the hands of someone equally, if not far more, devious than its typical government clients. Read More >>

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6 Ways You’re Risking the Security of Your Gadgets Without Thinking

We all want our tech to stay secure, but we also want a life that’s easy and convenient — and sometimes the two don’t fit together all that well. These are some of the ways you’re putting your devices at risk, perhaps without even realising it, and what you can do to stop it. Read More >>

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Adidas Says ‘Unauthorised Party’ Maybe Got Millions of Logins, Reminds Us to Never, Ever Reuse Passwords

On Thursday, Adidas revealed a “potential data security incident” that possibly left the contact and login info of millions of Adidas customers in the hands of an “unauthorised party.” As many as “a few million” customers who used the Adidas US website may have been affected by a breach, the Wall Street Journal reports. Read More >>

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Smart Home Security Camera Sends Footage to Wrong Person, Is Maybe Not So Smart After All

Internet-connected devices are known for having their fair share of security issues — especially when it comes to cameras. But here’s a new one: the BBC reported this week that a smart home security camera started sending video clips to the wrong person. Read More >>