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This weekend, San Francisco's Municipal Railway was savaged by hackers demanding over $US70,000 ($93,679) in bitcoins, leaving the metro system unable to collect fares. But the hack may be much more devastating for the transit agency, according to a list of servers allegedly compromised by the hackers and obtained by Gizmodo.

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Without the aid of specialised tools, everything you do online (and plenty of things you don't realised you're doing) is being tracked. Desktop browsers have the benefit of extensions and add-ons that block pages from tracking you, but mobile browsers tend to be a little less advanced. That's what makes Focus, Firefox's privacy-forward iOS browser, so refreshing.

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Yesterday, against all odds, Donald J. Trump was elected president of the United States. The real estate mogul and reality TV star, who has said he would ban all Muslims from entering the country and once bragged about sexually assaulting women, will now take the reins of the country at a precarious time.

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Google provides a lot of helpful, free services, but they often come at the cost of privacy. You might love Gmail, but you have to suffer through targeted ads; you may enjoy using Google Maps, but you have to give up your location privacy. Signing up for Google's suite of apps almost always involves some degree of data collection, but you should at least try to limit the amount of spying the company performs on you. Here's how you can keep using Google's apps without constantly getting spied on.

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Look to your left. Look to your right. Do you see two people? Congrats on being social today. One of those two people is probably included in the FBI's massive facial recognition database. A new Georgetown report says there are 117 million Americans in the database. That's about 50 per cent of the US population.

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Now that everyone with a few hundred bucks to burn can become an amateur drone pilot, we're seeing quadcopters buzzing all over the place, including places they're not supposed to fly. That's where the drone-hunting Airspace comes in. Like a bird of prey, it hunts down other flying drones and knocks them out of the air.

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Tinder, with its data-driven approach to romance, has always had a slightly creepy feel — it's basically just a game to win, after all. But now, with a new feature called Smart Photos, the app has gone one step further in turning its users into human guinea pigs whose every swipe is catalogued and carefully tracked.

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Kim Kardashian was "bound and gagged" in a Paris hotel on Sunday evening while being held up at gunpoint by five armed men dressed as policemen. While the hotel itself is known for its discretion when hosting celebrities, one has to wonder exactly how the thieves tracked down Kardashian's exact location. The Kardashians have publicly expressed anxiety that Snapchat could be revealing their locations in the past.

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While most of us eventually stop playing spies, American police departments have found it increasingly tough to grow up, using military-developed surveillance equipment for crimes as minor as 911 hangups in recent years. Sensing an opportunity, defence contractors apparently stepped in to fulfil the demand, as demonstrated by a newly leaked 2014 product catalogue from British defence firm Cobham.

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Not all emails are what they seem. Many messages come with embedded code designed to tell the sender when (and even where) you open them up. It's a trick often used by marketing companies to work out if you're actually paying any attention to them, but there are ways of spotting this kind of email tracking.

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Hillary Clinton has yet to offer a definitive policy stance on strong end-to-end encryption, the mathematical algorithms that protect our data, instant messages, and web browsing. Instead of calling for a ban on government mandated encryption backdoors, something computer security experts have universally urged, she's taken a backseat, supporting a hand waving "encryption commission."