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  • Researchers hack Vizio Smart TVs to access home network


    Not only do Vizio's Smart TVs track users' viewing habits by default (and that information is sold to third parties who can then use it to deliver targeted ads to other internet-connected devices that share an IP address or other identifier with the Smart TV), but they are also vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attacks that can result in attackers harvesting data that is sent from the TV to the server that collects it, as well as to attacks that could lead to attackers taking over control of the smart device and/or the entire home network.

  • Tor Project claims FBI paid university researchers $1m to unmask Tor users


    Have Carnegie Mellon University researchers been paid by the FBI to unmask a subset of Tor users so that the agents could discover who operated Silk Road 2.0 and other criminal suspects on the dark web? Tor Project Director Roger Dingledine believes so, and says that they were told by sources in the information security community that the FBI paid at least $1 million for the service.

  • Comcast resets passwords for 200,000 users after login credentials go on sale


    Over the weekend, someone has been peddling a batch of 590,000 email address/password combinations allegedly belonging to Comcast customers.

  • Vizio Smart TVs track your viewing habits, info is sold to third parties


    Owners of Smart TVs manufactured by California-based consumer electronics company Vizio should be aware that their viewing habits are being tracked and that information sold to third parties ("partners").

  • ProtonMail restores services after epic DDoS attacks


    After several days of intense work, Switzerland-based end-to-end encrypted e-mail provider ProtonMail has largely mitigated the DDoS attacks that made it unavailable for hours on end in the last week.


MagSpoof: A device that spoofs credit cards, disables chip-and-PIN protection

The device can wirelessly spoof credit cards/magstripes, disable chip-and-PIN protection, and predict the credit card number and expiration date of Amex cards after they have reported stolen or lost.

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