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We hope you like your cognac "connected". Remy Martin's wants to give its drinkers with "rewards beyond only its dense rich flavors." That apparently corresponds to an NFC tag built into each bottle to ensure it's authenticity, freshness.. and that it hasn't been swapped out for some other brandy ...

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The days of waiting anxiously for bug fixes (assuming they come at all) might soon be over. MIT developers have built a system, CodePhage, that automatically patches flaws by borrowing features from other apps. The tool scans apps to see how they perform security checks, and imports any superior t...

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VPNs (virtual private networks) are a popular choice for sidestepping censorship and geographic restrictions on services like Netflix with more than 20 percent of Europeans using them. However, researchers at the Queen Mary, University of London recently examined 14 of the region's most popular VP...

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When you think of internet security from Cisco, you probably imagine firewalls and routers (usually) stopping hackers and malware from hitting your network. You're going to have to expand that definition very shortly, though. Cisco has snapped up OpenDNS, whose domain name services you might have ...

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One of Google's most well-regarded security researchers is leaving the company, reportedly to help the government beef up its cybersecuity. Re/code is reporting that Peiter "Mudge" Zatko will be building a new agency that examines electronic threats in a similar manner as the famous Underwriters L...

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The Office of Personnel Management has decided to suspend its web-based background checks for the time being. In particular, it has pulled down the Electronic Questionnaires for Investigations Processing system (e-QIP) "for an extended period of time." According to a notice posted on its website, ...

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Passwords are, by many accounts, quickly going the way of the dodo. And while many sites now allow users to log in via social media, they're not always a viable option. That's why (as an alternative to logging in via Facebook or Twitter) blog-publishing platform Medium is trying a different tactic...

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The US' National Institute of Standards and Technology is more than a little worried that its encryption guideilnes have been creating back doors for spies, and it's changing its tune in order to plug those security holes. The agency is no longer recommending an NSA-backed number randomization te...

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The Securities and Exchange Commission doesn't usually investigate cyberattacks, but it's making an exception this time to hunt for a group of hackers known as FIN4. The group reportedly breaks into companies' email accounts to find corporate secrets and info, such as mergers, that can be used to ...

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Your computer is leaking information. It's not from the usual suspects: WiFi, Bluetooth or ethernet, but from radio waves originating from your processor. Researchers at Tel Aviv University and Israel's Technion research institute have built a $300 device that captures those electromagnetic waves ...

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If you're a frequent international flier, you know the pain of the customs check -- outside of the security inspection, it's one of the biggest hurdles you have to clear at the airport. You won't have to deal with it for much longer if Thales has its way. The electronics firm has developed a robot...

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Those worries that governments are trying to undermine security software? They're well-founded. The Intercept has learned that both the US' National Security Agency and the UK's Government Communications Headquarters have been reverse engineering security software, such as antivirus tools and encr...

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WikiLeaks has dumped a second enormous cache of internal documents from Sony into its searchable database. In April of this year, it added internal Sony emails that shined a light on the inner workings of the studio including, the decision making process surrounding projects, employee information,...

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Following the lead of Google, Wikipedia and Facebook, Reddit announced on Wednesday that it will begin encrypting all of its traffic by the end of the month. Once July rolls around, users will see the increasingly common HTTPS header in Reddit URLs. The move comes as privacy advocates push for the...

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It's not just the American government that's facing withering internet attacks in recent days. Canadian officials have confirmed that a "cyberattack," likely a denial of service campaign, has taken down government websites on the gc.ca web domain -- which, if you know the country, means that virtu...

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Tibetans and pro-democracy activists in China are often the victims of cyberattacks, but a public campaign to educate people against blindly opening email attachments has been a big success. Unfortunately, as Motherboard reports, this has had the knock-on effect of forcing hackers into being a lot...

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The folks in Mountain View have been paying security researchers who find flaws in Google's software for years. After announcing a program that specifically targeted Chrome, the company is looking to find vulnerabilities in its mobile OS. The Android Security Rewards program will pay researchers w...

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There's little doubt that PIN codes are lousy security measures. They're not only easy to crack (there are just 7,290 non-repeating four-digit combos), but hard to remember at first. Intelligent Environments thinks there's a better way: replace them with emoji. Its Android banking app asks you to ...

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Password-management service LastPass announced today that it "discovered and blocked suspicious activity" on its network on Friday. While the company says that there is no evidence that user vault data (a user's stored passwords) was taken or that accounts were accessed, it did acknowledge that us...

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