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An Android Vulnerability Went Unfixed for Over Five Years

With more than 2 billion users, Android has a staggering number of devices to protect. But a "high-severity" bug that went undetected for more than five years—that attackers could exploit to spy on a user and gain access to their accounts—serves as a reminder that Android's impressive open source reach also creates challenges for defending a decentralized ecosystem. Discovered by Sergey Toshin, a mobile security researcher at the threat detection firm Positive Technologies, the bug originated in Chromium, the open-source project that underlies Chrome and many other browsers. As a…

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Security Failure: EpiPens Database Of Everyone Whos Allergic To Bees Has Been Obtained By Bees

If you or someone you know has a bee allergy, you need to read this right now. Large consumer data hacks have had devastating impacts on countless Americans, but this recent leak may be the most serious yet: EpiPen’s database of everyone who is allergic to bees has been obtained by bees. This is absolutely sickening. EpiPen is scrambling after discovering the breach in its system a few hours ago, and company officials are advising all customers to stay inside until further notice while they figure out just how much…

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No gender pay gap for ‘Game of Thrones’: Kit Harington and Lena Headey make the same

Lena Headey and Kit Harington, smiling all the way to equal paydays at the Iron Bank.Image: Vera Anderson/WireImage The Iron Bank is equally generous to kings and queens. Game of Thrones principal cast members Kit Harington (Jon Snow) and Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister) are making exactly the same per-episode salaries and bonuses, and have been since at least the beginning of this season, according to leaked documents sent to Mashable that purport to be the actors’ contracts covering Seasons 7 and 8. SEE ALSO: The ‘Game of Thrones’ world must…

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Russian hackers ‘traded stolen passwords of British MPs and public servants’

Credentials of officials including MPs, diplomats and senior police officers reportedly sold on Russian websites after 2012 attack on LinkedIn Passwords belonging to British politicians, diplomats and senior police officers have been traded by Russian hackers, it has been reported. Security credentials said to have belonged to tens of thousands of government officials, including 1,000 British MPs and parliamentary staff, 7,000 police employees and more than 1,000 Foreign Office staff, were in the troves sold or swapped on Russian-speaking hacking sites. The majority of the passwords are said to have…

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Sources: Yahoo CISO Bob Lord out after AOL-Yahoo merger

According to our sources, Yahoos chief information security officer, Bob Lord, is losing out to AOLs Chris Nims for the security chiefs chair of new umbrella entity, Oath. This is as a result of the AOL-Yahoo merger, with Verizons acquisition of Yahoo expected to close next week. The jockeying for SVP positions within the combined entity has seen several Yahoo senior managers taking the leadership reins at Oath at the expense of their AOL counterparts. But when it comes to security, the optics were always going to look unkind for…

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Leaked NSA report names Russia in pre-election hacks, contradicting Putins claims of innocence

Attribution is not an easy thing to do in the case of cyberattacks, especially if the actors have been careful. But the NSA seemed confident enough regarding certain pre-election hacks that it has directly named Russian intelligence as the perpetrators an accusation rather at odds with President Putins claims that the country never engaged in that type of activity. The information comes courtesy of The Intercept, which obtained a top secret report from the NSA, issued in May and subsequently confirmed as genuine. The 5-page report can be read in…

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Reality Winner accused of leaking NSA file about Russia hacking US election

Prosecutors say federal contractor printed classified document detailing how Russia hacked voting equipment vendor and was trying to breach local systems Three days before Americans voted last November, Reality Winner joked with her sister online that Moscows efforts to influence the US presidential election could have an upside for her as a keen weightlifter. When we become the United States of the Russian Federation, she said on Facebook, Olympic lifting will be the national sport. Seven months later, Winner, 25, called home to Texas on Saturday to let her family…

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