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Beware Black Friday Scams Lurking Among the Holiday Deals

Even if you’re an ascetic who eschews the materialism of holiday shopping, the Black Friday and Cyber Monday juggernaut is hard to avoid. Stores hawk their deals everywhere, promotional emails flood your inbox, tweets and even texts tell you what to buy, and where, for the best price. But before you give in to the siren’s song of cheap fitness ...

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Hackers Hit Make-A-Wish Website With Cryptojacking Scheme

Over the last year or so, cryptojacking—which forces your computer to mine cryptocurrency for bad guys when you visit an infected site—has become one of the internet’s most pervasive scourges. It’s shown up everywhere, even inside critical infrastructure. But its practitioners appear to have recently hit a new low, compromising the website of Make-A-Wish, the venerable charity that offers uplifting ...

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Using Airport and Hotel Wi-Fi Is Much Safer Than It Used to Be

As you travel this holiday season, bouncing from airport to airplane to hotel, you’ll likely find yourself facing a familiar quandary: Do I really trust this random public Wi-Fi network? As recently as a couple of years ago, the answer was almost certainly a resounding no. But in the year of our lord 2018? Friend, go for it. This advice ...

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Julian Assange Charges, Japan’s Top Cybersecurity Official, and More Security News This Week

The US refused to join a new global cybersecurity agreement this week—maybe because it was created by French president Emmanuel Macron, with whom President Trump isn’t on great terms with. On the same day, internet traffic that was supposed to route through Google’s cloud servers instead went haywire, traveling through unplanned servers based in the likes of Russia and China. ...

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Machine Learning Can Create Fake ‘Master Key’ Fingerprints

Just like any lock can be picked, any biometric scanner can be fooled. Researchers have shown for years that the popular fingerprint sensors used to guard smartphones can be tricked sometimes, using a lifted print or a person’s digitized fingerprint data. But new findings from computer scientists at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering could raise the stakes significantly. ...

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