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Hacker pleads guilty to charges he sold “magic passwords” to sensitive networks | Ars Technica

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How is it that computer hacker/geniuses are so criminally stupid?

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FCC approves sweeping Internet regulation plan, Obama accused of meddling

FCC approves sweeping Internet regulation plan, Obama accused of meddling | Technology by Mike | Scoop.it
The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday adopted sweeping new regulations sought by President Obama for how Americans use and do business on the Internet, in a party-line vote that is sure to be challenged by the broadband industry.
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Developer of Blackshades RAT Pleads Guilty, Faces 10 Years in Prison

Developer of Blackshades RAT Pleads Guilty, Faces 10 Years in Prison | Technology by Mike | Scoop.it
One of the developers of Blackshades spying tool pleaded guilty to distributing the malicious software on Wednesday in the Manhattan federal court.
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Meet Spot, Google’s newest four-legged robot

Meet Spot, Google’s newest four-legged robot | Technology by Mike | Scoop.it
Boston Dynamics shows off a smaller, electric robo-dog that works indoors.
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We Can Now Build Autonomous Killing Machines. And That's a Very, Very Bad Idea | WIRED

We Can Now Build Autonomous Killing Machines. And That's a Very, Very Bad Idea | WIRED | Technology by Mike | Scoop.it
Clearpath Robotics is a 80-person company founded six years ago by three college buddies who had a passion for machine building. They specialize in all-terrain test vehicles, such as the Husky, a stout four-wheeled robot vehicle that’s used by the Department of Defense as a test machine. They make drones too, and have even built a robot boat called the Kingfisher. But there is one thing the company will never build: a robot that can kill.
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Should Linux users worry about no-cost Windows 10 for Raspberry Pi?

Should Linux users worry about no-cost Windows 10 for Raspberry Pi? | Technology by Mike | Scoop.it
The tables have turned, the magnetic poles have reversed, Microsoft is desperate.
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The Pirate Bay Updated With Phoenix Image and Set to return on 1 February

The Pirate Bay Updated With Phoenix Image and Set to return on 1 February | Technology by Mike | Scoop.it
The Pirate Bay updated recently with a new Phoenix Image and finally Set to return on 1 February, 2015.
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​Flash zero-day flaw under attack to spread ad malware, botnet | ZDNet

​Flash zero-day flaw under attack to spread ad malware, botnet | ZDNet | Technology by Mike | Scoop.it
New attacks on Flash Player may force Adobe to issue another patch just days after fixing nine flaws.
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This Company Is Squeezing An Entire Computer Into A Mouse — All You Need Is A Monitor

This Company Is Squeezing An Entire Computer Into A Mouse — All You Need Is A Monitor | Technology by Mike | Scoop.it
The Mouse-Box will be "very cheap" and available globally in "maybe a few months."
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The Most Accurate Apple Analyst In The World Says There's A Big Change Coming To The Mac

The Most Accurate Apple Analyst In The World Says There's A Big Change Coming To The Mac | Technology by Mike | Scoop.it
Apple may use the same processors that power the iPhone and iPad in its future Mac computers.
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Why DNS in OS X 10.10 is broken, and what you can do to fix it

Why DNS in OS X 10.10 is broken, and what you can do to fix it | Technology by Mike | Scoop.it
Here's how to squash this bug yourself, if you can't afford to wait on Apple.
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Thunderstrike shocks OS X with firmware bootkit

Thunderstrike shocks OS X with firmware bootkit | Technology by Mike | Scoop.it
Permanent backdoor affects all Macs packing Thunderbolt ports
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Google shows hackers how to exploit Windows 8.1

Google shows hackers how to exploit Windows 8.1 | Technology by Mike | Scoop.it
If I told that you that a bunch of hackers had found a zero-day vulnerability in Microsoft Windows 8.1 you would probably be concerned. Especially [...]
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Report: Microsoft’s browser for Windows 10 won’t be Internet Explorer

Report: Microsoft’s browser for Windows 10 won’t be Internet Explorer | Technology by Mike | Scoop.it
Instead, new Chrome-like browser codenamed "Spartan" will ship alongside IE11.
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GCHQ's Hacking Of Gemalto Shows The Global Telecoms Industry Is Broken

GCHQ's Hacking Of Gemalto Shows The Global Telecoms Industry Is Broken | Technology by Mike | Scoop.it
Snowden's latest leaks reveal an assault by British spies on the telecoms industry. It's alleged the British agency GCHQ stole SIM encryption keys from Gemalto, which provides the phone chips to many of the world's biggest networks. In doing so, it could access a massive number of communications and share them with the NSA. And it has shown just how little people can now trust in their telecoms services.
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Lenovo PCs ship with man-in-the-middle adware that breaks HTTPS connections

Lenovo PCs ship with man-in-the-middle adware that breaks HTTPS connections | Technology by Mike | Scoop.it
Superfish may make it trivial for attackers to spoof any HTTPS website.
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New High-Tech Farm Equipment Is a Nightmare for Farmers | WIRED

New High-Tech Farm Equipment Is a Nightmare for Farmers | WIRED | Technology by Mike | Scoop.it
I squatted down in the dirt and took stock of my inadequate tools. Over my left shoulder a massive John Deere tractor loomed. I came here to fix that tractor. So far, things weren’t going as planned. I’m a computer programmer by training, and a repairman by trade. Ten years ago, I started iFixit, an…
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Apple fixes 33 security bugs with iOS 8.1.3 update

Apple fixes 33 security bugs with iOS 8.1.3 update | Technology by Mike | Scoop.it
Apple fixed a number of flaws with its latest iOS update and improved stability and performance.
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Please don't use these passwords. Sincerely, the Internet

Please don't use these passwords. Sincerely, the Internet | Technology by Mike | Scoop.it
You may have protected your personal data with strong passwords, but when hackers seize control of other computers, the resulting "botnets" can cause ple
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Drug Drone: Meth-Carrying Hexacopter Crashes Near US/Mexico Border

Drug Drone: Meth-Carrying Hexacopter Crashes Near US/Mexico Border | Technology by Mike | Scoop.it
Amazon promises drone-delivered packages in the future. Drug smugglers in Tijuana are making this a reality even faster, although not without their own hiccups. Yesterday, Tijuana police announced ...
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NASA and Nissan Join Forces to Build Self-Driving Vehicles for Earth and Space | WIRED

NASA and Nissan Join Forces to Build Self-Driving Vehicles for Earth and Space | WIRED | Technology by Mike | Scoop.it
Nissan and NASA signed a five-year partnership to jointly develop autonomous driving tech that will eventually be put into use on Earth and in space exploration.
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In 2015, hackers will evade arrest by framing the innocent

In 2015, hackers will evade arrest by framing the innocent | Technology by Mike | Scoop.it
Fortinet, a network security firm, says that in 2015, advanced evasion techniques will evolve in order for cyber attackers to cover their tracks.
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The Navy's New Robot Looks and Swims Just Like a Shark | WIRED

The Navy's New Robot Looks and Swims Just Like a Shark | WIRED | Technology by Mike | Scoop.it
The Navy’s new underwater drone is designed to look and swim like a real fish.
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