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Here we go again, gumshoes. WikiLeaks (read: Julian Assange) says it acquired a massive cache of CIA documents related to the agency's cyberwar efforts. The information therein, WikiLeaks claims, reveals covert CIA hacking tools that can take over iPhones, Android phones, TVs and pretty much any type of computer. It's scary stuff — if you believe what WikiLeaks is saying is true.

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Huge security disasters like Cloudbleed are never fun. However, as more information about the newly reported vulnerability becomes available, we can understand how dangerous bugs stand to screw up the internet. Luckily, in the case of Cloudbleed, it's not as bad as it could have been. But it's not good, either.

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In a party line vote, the US House Administration Committee voted yesterday to kill the Election Assistance Committee, which sets federal standards for voting technology. If the bill becomes law, it could affect efforts to protect US elections from cyber attacks, further indicating that Republicans aren't all that bothered by the threat of election hacking.

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As more and more things become connected to the internet, they all become more susceptible to hackers. So it should come as no surprise that even state-of-the-art hotel lock systems are now getting ransomed. Hackers recently penetrated the security system of a four-star hotel in Austria, leaving the hotel unable to create new keys. The system was only restored after the hotel agreed to pay a ransom in Bitcoin.