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Security News This Week: A Devastating Report on the CIA’s Deadly Mistakes in China

There's no such thing as summer vacation in security, and researchers started off this week by disclosing a problematic flaw in Intel processors that undermines the company's so-called secure enclave offering, and potentially other capabilities like virtual machines. A different group of analysts realized that they could potentially take a power grid down by conscripting air conditioners, water heaters, and other devices into a botnet and coordinating a massive power draw. And yet another research team exposed risks in how developers manage app storage on Android. Plus, an analysis of…

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Security News This Week: Surprise, the FCC Lied About That DDoS Attack

It’s Black Hat and DefCon conference time again, when the world’s top security researchers descend on the den of iniquity that is Las Vegas in August and try to scare the bejeezus out of people with new research into ominous hacks. Hooray! WIRED’s been there for a few days already. Lily Hay Newman discovered that several mobile credit card readers are rife with bugs, potentially leaving you exposed. She also reports that researchers found a way to hack new Mac computers right out of the box, and the hubs that…

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Security News This Week: Maybe Go Ahead and Make Your Venmo Private

This week started with a controversial, widely derided meeting between President Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin, and ended with… an invite for round two! And yes, all manner of craziness managed to happen in between. That includes yet more denials on Trump’s part that Russia interfered—and continues to—with US democracy, a stance that has serious repercussions, however many times he walks it back. The Putin press conference performance also prompted concern across the aisle, as senators Marco Rubio and Mark Warner cast it as a major setback in efforts…

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Security News This Week: Mapping the NSA’s Secret Spy Hubs

It has been, to be quite honest, a fairly bad week, as far as weeks go. But despite the sustained downbeat news, a few good things managed to happen as well. So we'll start with those. California has passed the strongest digital privacy law in the United States, for starters, which as of 2020 will give customers the right to know what data companies use, and to disallow those companies from selling it. It's just the latest in a string of uncommonly good bits of privacy news, which included last…

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Security News This Week: Julian Assange Has Lost His Internet Privileges

After weeks of unrelenting chaos, the cybersecurity world took a little bit of a breather. Well, relatively, anyway. There was still one of the bigger data breaches in recent memory, compliments of UnderArmour. The sportswear company's MyFitnessPal apps suffered a breach of 150 million users' data, including names and passwords. And while Under Armour says "the majority" of the latter were protected by powerful hashing, some were barely protected at all, making the potential impact of the hack that much worse. But hey, everyone makes mistakes, including the world’s most…

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