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Here's The Email eBay Is Sending Everyone Who Was Hacked

As everyone knows by now, eBay was hacked — the official line is that the event was “a cyberattack that compromised a database containing encrypted passwords and other non-financial data”. After staying quiet on the topic for too long, eBay is sending all its users an email advising that they — yes, that’s you — change passwords immediately.


The Guy Who Invented Computer Passwords Thinks They're A Nightmare

Half a century ago, Fernando Corbató changed the world. He helped deploy the first computer password, transforming not only how we use technology but also how we think about privacy. Now, in the era of the web, the former MIT professor thinks passwords are a nightmare. He’s not wrong.


You Need To Change Your Ebay Password Right Now

Ebay has asked all users to change their passwords due to a massive cyberattack that hit the encrypted password database. The company says that no financial data that was compromised, and there’s no evidence of unauthorised user activity.


Adorable Five-Year-Old Discovers Bonehead Xbox Vulnerability

Five-year-old Kristoffer Von Hassel’s parents didn’t want him getting into the grown-up games on the family’s Xbox, so they put the gory stuff behind a password. But Kristoffer’s an inquisitive little guy, and he blew right past the parental safeguard — and discovered a pretty silly Xbox security flaw in the process.


Twitter Accidentally Reset Users' Passwords

Don’t panic! Your Twitter account hasn’t been hacked, the password has just been accidentally reset.


A Key You Can Photograph Is A Key That Can Be Copied

If you take a picture of a car or house key, could you use that picture to get a copy made? Yes — quite trivially, actually. I have a folder on my laptop that is filled with photos people have taken of their keys and put onto the internet. Every few weeks, I take some idle time and associate one of those keys to an address (lot of Googling, mostly) and then I decode the cuts in the key.


How Well 100 Popular Online Retail Sites Look After Your Password

Ever wondered if the site that you’re typing your credit card details in can really be trusted? Well, a new report reveals how well 100 top retail sites look after your details.


The 25 Most Popular Passwords Of 2013: God Help Us

You’d think that, by this point, people would start being a little more discerning with their passwords. You would be wrong. And here are the 25 most common (i.e. worst) passwords of 2013 to prove it.


Your Hacked LinkedIn Password Is Art

Last year, LinkedIn suffered the embarrassment of having millions of its users’ passwords stolen. So someone went and turned it into art. Of course they did.


Microsoft Research's Magical Internet Machine Guesses Your Passwords

Got a super-secure password? Maybe you shouldn’t be so sure. Telepasswords can help you find out and practically read your mind in the process.


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