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Russian propaganda duped millions of Americans with fake election news, report claims

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The problem of fake news and the US election has been reported to death by this point. We've blamed Facebook, Google, the fake news writers, and the world's racist Facebook-sharing uncles by this point.

But one group that hasn't been blamed yet is the Russians, and it's about time that we did something about that. The Washington Post has seen a report that claims Russian propaganda websites were responsible for reaching 15 million Americans with fake news stories in the run-up to the election, and in a close race, that could feasibly have changed the outcome of the election.

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Chris Mills

November 25th

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This security camera was infected by malware in 98 seconds after it was plugged in

61zamoc36rl-_sl1001_ Here’s an object lesson on the poor state of the so-called Internet of Things: Robert Stephens plugged a wi-fi connected security camera into his network and it was compromised in… 98 seconds. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

November 18th

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The $5 PoisonTap quickly, completely hijacks even a locked computer’s internet

ptplug After I learned of this clever exploit from Samy Kamkar, my poor 2012 MacBook Air looks more vulnerable than venerable: Asleep on the table, its USB ports exposed, it could be hijacked in seconds by a malicious Raspberry Pi Zero called PoisonTap. No need for passwords, zero-days, or million-dollar back doors — although a little social engineering to get me to leave the room might help. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

November 16th

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The $5 PoisonTap quickly, completely hijacks even a locked computer’s internet

ptplug After I learned of this clever exploit from Samy Kamkar, my poor 2012 MacBook Air looks more vulnerable than venerable: Asleep on the table, its USB ports exposed, it could be hijacked in seconds by a malicious Raspberry Pi Zero called PoisonTap. No need for passwords, zero-days, or million-dollar back doors — although a little social engineering to get me to leave the room might help. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

November 16th

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Dyn DNS DDoS likely the work of script kiddies, says FlashPoint

troll 2 Business risk intelligence firm FlashPoint has put out a preliminary analysis of last week’s massive denial of service attack against Dyn DNS, and its conclusion is it was likely the work of amateur hackers — rather than, as some had posited, state-sponsored actors perhaps funded by the Russian government. Read More

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Natasha Lomas

October 26th

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Dyn DNS DDoS likely the work of script kiddies, says FlashPoint

troll 2 Business risk intelligence firm FlashPoint has put out a preliminary analysis of last week’s massive denial of service attack against Dyn DNS, and its conclusion is it was likely the work of amateur hackers — rather than, as some had posited, state-sponsored actors perhaps funded by the Russian government. Read More

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Natasha Lomas

October 26th

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Americans uneasy with IoT devices like those used in Dyn DDoS attack, survey finds

iot-stranger A coordinated botnet attack effectively choked internet access to a large number of popular sites last week, and the attack itself was made possible in large part due to the spread of connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Yet a new survey just released by IT security firm ESET and the National Cyber Security Alliance found that a good portion of Americans are not conformable with said… Read More

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Darrell Etherington

October 24th

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US government blames recent political hacks on Russia

Russia Hacks DNC Emails
On Friday afternoon, the Department of Homeland Security and Office of the Director of National Intelligence on Election Security issued a joint statement confirming that the Russian government was behind "the recent compromises of e-mails from US persons and institutions, including from US political organizations."

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Jacob Siegal

October 7th

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The Analogue Nt mini console is a loving tribute to NES history

battletoads The Analogue Nt mini isn’t an NES – it’s better. The third-party system created by designer Christopher Taber is a work of art in its own right, crafted from a solid piece of aluminum and offering internals that boast no-compromise gameplay experience, vs. what you’d get from a home hack using emulation software. Analogue’s Nt mini is the smaller sibling to the… Read More

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Darrell Etherington

August 22nd

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How far we’ve come: The top 5 retro gadgets from the Vintage Computer Festival

SONY DSC VR in the 90s? Computers with gears? TechCrunch brings you five of the coolest retro gadgets and gizmos from this weekend’s Vintage Computer Festival West XI at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. Read More

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John Mannes

August 8th

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