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Apple Finally Fixed The Bug That Let Fake Chargers Hack Your iPhone

The bug that allowed fake chargers to hack your iPhone has finally been fixed by Apple. Good! But you won’t get the software fix until iOS 7. Apple was alerted of the security hole earlier this year and the hack was demonstrated at the Black Hat hacking convention on Wednesday.


Forbes Reporter Remotely Hacks Smart Homes

The connected house you can control from the internet or your smartphone? They might be called a smart homes, but some of them have some very dumb vulnerabilities. In fact, some of the houses made smart by a company called Insteon were insecure enough that a Forbes reporter could hack them from the comfort of her living room.


This $200 Brute Force Bot Will Bust Your Phone's Pin In Hours

Your Android phone is not safe. This 3D-printed robot systematically tries all of the possible lock screen PINs for your phone until it gets in. With your standard four-digit number, your phone is compromised in under a day. If only you’d had an iPhone!


Canary: This Might Be Your Home Security System Of The Future

Things that were once dumb are now smart. At least that’s the trend for home appliances as of late. Canary, the self-proclaimed world’s first smart home security system, is launching today on Indiegogo, and it might actually work.


The World's Biggest Data Breaches, Visualised

It sometimes feels like there’s a big data breach in the news every week — but some are far worse than others. This data visualisation shows the world’s biggest data breaches to date, and how they compare over time.


Apple's Developer Center Hacked By Security Researcher, Data Unharmed

Apple revealed late yesterday that its Developer Center had been forced out of action by “an intruder”. But a researcher has provided evidence to confirm that the downtime was a result of his identification of a security vulnerability.


Thanks To A Secret Court The NSA Can Continue Spying On Americans

On Friday, the secret court that oversees cases related to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act renewed the order that enables the NSA to compel American telcos to hand over records whenever it wants. Translation: No end in sight to the NSA spying on phone records.


Why Doesn't Skype Protect You Against Eavesdropping?

Skype has long claimed to be “end-to-end encrypted”, an architectural category that suggests conversations over the service would be difficult or impossible to eavesdrop upon, even given control of users’ internet connections. But Skype’s 2005 independent security review admits a caveat to this protection: “defeat of the security mechanisms at the Skype Central Server” could facilitate a “man-in-the-middle attack” (see section 3.4.1).


The Technology You Need To Protect Against Mass Surveillance

In the past several weeks, EFF has received many requests for advice about privacy tools that provide technological shields against mass surveillance. We’ve been interested for many years in software tools that help people protect their own privacy; we’ve defended your right to develop and use cryptographic software, we’ve supported the development of the Tor software and written privacy software of our own. This article looks at some of the available tools to blunt the effects of mass surveillance.


North Korea Tries To Blame Anonymous For Cyberattacks On South Korea

North Korea tried and failed to hide behind the undisputed superstars of the hacker community last month when South Korea got hit by a large scale cyberattack. According to South Korea, Kim Jong Un and company worked hard to cover its tracks by hiding the IP addresses of computers used in the attacks and later destroying their hard drives. And when they got caught, they did what any dictatorial wasteland would: blame Anonymous.