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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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Who doesn't love a good scary problem that has a "-gate" suffix? An Israeli security firm has dubbed a particularly nasty outbreak of ransomware "ImageGate" and that will help us all remember that if you receive a random image on your favourite social network, you probably shouldn't click it.

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Video: Come up with a password, they will crack it. Program a key card, they will hack it. Tie your identity to a DNA sequence and Russian black hats will break into your bedroom while you're sleeping and steal all your blood. In the end, there's only one truly unbreakable security measure: Atelerix albiventris, the humble hedgehog.

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Facebook has admitted that it trolls the black market for stolen passwords in an effort to beef up its own security and protect its users who may use the same password across multiple online accounts.

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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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A UNSW Canberra academic at the Australian Centre for Cyber Security has become one of only 35 people in the world to achieve the highest, and most recognised information security qualification.

Dr Gideon Creech is now a Cyber Guardian. Yes, that is a real title. Cyber Guardian. This is the world we live in, say it again with me: Cyber Guardian.

Amazing.

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Friday's DDoS attack on Dyn's domain name servers was unprecedented. The attack utilised a botnet made up of "internet of things" (IoT) devices (think: Smart TV's, DVRs and internet-connected cameras) to take down a major piece of internet infrastructure. The result? For most of Friday, people across the United States and some parts of Europe were unable to access sites like Amazon, Twitter, CNN, PayPal and Spotify. Here's what we know so far.