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AdultFriendFinder Hack Might Expose Your Sexual Orientation

When a company or website you trust gets hacked, it can be pretty unnerving. Particularly if you trusted that company with your credit card or medical information. But what if the hackers had knowledge of your sex life instead? That could be a reality: AdultFriendFinder has just suffered a massive data breach.


How A Hacker Could Hijack An Aeroplane From Their Seat

Reports that a cybersecurity expert successfully hacked into an aeroplane’s control system from a passenger seat raises many worrying questions for the airline industry.


Sketchy Spyware Company Hacked, Targets Doubly Screwed

Spyware company mSpy — which lets people pay for software to secretly track their loved ones, employees and really whoever they want — has been hacked, and a huge data dump posted on a Tor-accessible website.


Simple Code Turns Any USB Drive Into A Kill Switch For Your Computer

Master criminals, serial adulterers and other tinfoil-hat-wearers spend their lives looking over their shoulders, scared of being caught with a powered-on laptop full of incriminating information in, say, a public library. But some simple code and an empty USB drive could make life much harder for the police.


An Ageing Cold War Policy May Make It Easier To Hack Nuclear Warheads 

Floppy disks. Cheating schemes. Drunken bar antics. The security of America’s nuclear arms is… less than perfect. And now, more critics are questioning the outdated policies that regulate them.


Anonymous: Still Trolling After All These Years

Yesterday, an environmentalist faction of Anonymous took down a Hawaiian state government website and a site for the Thirty Meter Telescope project, a controversial effort to build the world’s second largest telescope atop Mauna Kea. You’ve probably never heard of Operation Green Rights. But that’s the point.


Russian Hackers Read Obama's Emails During White House Security Breach

Last October, some of President Obama’s emails were leaked to Russian hackers during a White House computer system breach, although no classified networks appear to have been accessed, the New York Times reports.


Security Researcher: It's 'Trivial To Bypass Security Tools On Macs'

At one time, Mac owners could sit smugly in the knowledge that their computer was far safer than a Windows machine. But the rise of Apple brought the rise of hacker interest — and now a researcher claims that it’s “trivial for any attacker to bypass the security tools on Macs”.


The Life Of An Ex-Hacker Who Is Now Banned From Using The Internet 

When programmer Higinio Ochoa wants to share some a batch of new code with his boss, he has to mail it in on paper. Why the roundabout process? Ochoa is a convicted hacker, and his punishment is that he is not allowed to use the internet.


Medical Robots Can Be Hacked During Surgery, Researchers Find

Researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle have just hijacked a teleoperated surgical robot, demonstrating major security weaknesses in the machines that may eventually replace a surgeon’s hands in hospitals worldwide. Yikes.