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Car thieves are now using laptops to hack into and steal cars

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Throughout the 80s and 90s, innumerable movies and TV shows taught us that stealing a car was a relatively straightforward affair. Simply break into the front seat of a given vehicle, fuse a few wires together from underneath the dash, and just like that, you'd be well on your way. These days, hot-wiring a car has given way to a more advanced form of car theft: computer hacking. According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, enterprising thieves have begun using hacking techniques in order to break into a car's computer, start the car's electric ignition, and drive off without so much as making a noise.

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Yoni Heisler

July 8th

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The FBI has quietly been hacking Americans for 20 years

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Countless Snowden leaks have detailed the highly sophisticated tools used by the NSA to collect data in bulk from unsuspecting people, including American citizens. But the NSA isn’t the only agency conducting spying operations. The FBI has been spying on US citizens as part of ongoing investigations for two decades, yet many details about its data collection practices are still secret, despite all of the leaks in recent years.

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Chris Smith

May 17th

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Typo Bank Attacks Linked With 2014 Sony Pictures Hack

Security researchers have identified “strong links” between recent Swift bank attacks, one of which was foiled by a typo, and the Sony Pictures hacks of 2014.

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Jamie Condliffe

May 16th

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So, who else puts tape over their laptop’s webcam?

Should I Put Tape On My Laptop Camera
I admit it: I put tape over my computer's webcam. This is a paranoid thing to do. That said, I spend so much time in front of my computer that if a hacker managed to infiltrate my webcam and record everything I do, I'm sure they'd get lots of footage of me doing something embarrassing or disgusting. As I said earlier, I'm admittedly paranoid. But I'm not alone.

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Brad Reed

April 12th

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So, who else puts tape over their laptop’s webcam?

Should I Put Tape On My Laptop Camera
I admit it: I put tape over my computer's webcam. This is a paranoid thing to do. That said, I spend so much time in front of my computer that if a hacker managed to infiltrate my webcam and record everything I do, I'm sure they'd get lots of footage of me doing something embarrassing or disgusting. As I said earlier, I'm admittedly paranoid. But I'm not alone.

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Brad Reed

April 12th

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Panama Papers Are From an External Hack, Claims Mossack Fonseca

The Panama law firm Mossack Fonseca has spoken out about the huge data leak it’s suffered, claiming it’s been the victim of an external hack.

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Jamie Condliffe

April 6th

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It Takes These Brazen Thieves Just Seconds to Install an Invisible Card Skimmer

This unsettling video, released by Miami Beach Police in Florida, shows just how little time is needed for thieves to install a card skimmer on an ATM or debit machine.

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Andrew Liszewski

March 17th

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Remember, When You Wire Up Your Hotel With A Fancy Interface, Make Sure It’s Protected

Matthew Garrett is a Security Developer for CoreOS, and noticed something interesting about the hotel he was staying in. They had installed tablets in the rooms to control the lights, temperature and shades. He also found that they weren’t protected.

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Andrew Liptak

March 13th

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Some Guy Figured Out How to Hack Into Any Facebook Profile

A white hat hacker in India says he found a way to hack into any Facebook user’s profile. Don’t freak out though! Like a good white hat, the hacker alerted Facebook to the disastrous loophole. Facebook paid him a $15,000 bug bounty. Seems small.

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Bryan Lufkin

March 8th

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Yes, Ransomware Can Affect Macs Too

A report from security firm Palo Alto Networks has the paranoid corners of the internet freaking out today: the first fully-functional ransomware has been found screwing up people’s Macs. But put down the emergency whiskey, and don’t panic just yet.

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Chris Mills

March 7th

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