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How Safe Can Apple Pay Really Be?

Apple just promised to revolutionise how we spend money. More specifically, the company announced Apple Pay, a new mobile payments platform that lets you buy things with your iPhone (or smartwatch). Sounds cool! But given recent high-profile security lapses, it’s fair to wonder: Is it safe?


Is ISIS Actually Attacking PSN?

A group of ISIS hackers are taking credit for a DDOS that took down Sony’s PSN and Battle.Net over the weekend. Or did they?


Hackers Just Proved That Secret Isn't Really Secret

It’s the worst fear of narcissists around the globe: Those confessions, those private things, those secrets you’ve been sharing on the popular app Secret aren’t actually secret. Well, narcissists of the globe, your worst fear has come true. Secret isn’t really secret.


Why Chinese Hackers Stole 4.5 Million US Hospital Records

This month’s instalment of Chinese hackers stealing your data focuses on breaches at an especially scary type of venue: hospitals. A massive hospital empire that mostly serves small towns and rural areas reports that hackers lifted 4.5 million patient records earlier this year. You might be surprised by what the hackers were after.


Pro Hackers Could Be Spying On You Through YouTube

Bad news, dudes and dudettes. It’s getting increasingly straight-forward for deep-pocketed hackers to buy commercial-grade equipment so sophisticated that it can infect your computer with malware when you do something as innocuous as watching cat videos on YouTube. This is why it’s time to encrypt your shit.


FBI Is Infecting Tor Users With Malware To Catch Kiddie Porn Creeps

Tor’s had a tough week. Just a few days ago, the organisation made the difficult announcement that an attack on its system likely stripped users of anonymity. Now, Wired reports that the FBI effort has been running a campaign to identify Tor users by installing malware on their computers for years, virtually unchecked by the courts.


Researcher Can Hack Aeroplanes Through In-Flight Entertainment Systems

If you’re about to get on an aeroplane, you might want to wait until you land before you read this post. Because cyber security whiz Ruben Santamarta says he has devised a method that can give hackers access to a passenger jet’s satellite communications equipment through the passenger Wi-Fi and in-flight entertainment systems.


Hacks Stole Data From Companies That Built Israel's Main Defence System

Israel currently tries to protect itself from a barrage of rocket attacks using its “Iron Dome” missile shield — but Krebs on Security reveals that hackers have stolen sensitive documents from the three Israeli defence contractors responsible for building it.


Russia Wants To Expose Tor For Fun And Profit

Crack your knuckles and get out your chequebooks, hackers! Russia is offering a $US110,000 contract to the first person who can come up with a good way to discover the personal information of otherwise anonymous Tor users. But there’s a catch. The privilege of competing will cost you over $US5500.


It's Alarmingly Easy For Hackers To Control Your Hotel Room

Next time you’re in Shenzhen, “the Silicon Valley of mainland China“, don’t stay at the St Regis hotel. Sure, it looks nice and everything. And those iPad-powered “digital butlers” sound neat. But, really, the system is so littered with security vulnerabilities that a hacker on the other side of the planet can easily break in and turn off your lights when you least expect it.


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