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Invisible Mouse Clicks Let Hackers Burrow Deep into MacOS

One way operating system developers try to protect a computers’s secrets from probing hackers is with an appeal to the human at the keyboard. By giving the user a choice to “allow” or “deny” a program’s access to sensitive data or features, the operating system can create a checkpoint that halts malware while letting innocent applications through. But former NSA ...

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How to Protect Your Phone Against a SIM Swap Attack

A spate of hacked Instagram accounts. A $220 million lawsuit against AT&T. A bustling underground crime ring. They all have roots in an old problem that has lately found new urgency: SIM card swaps, a scam in which hackers steal your mobile identity—and use it to upend your life. At its most basic level, a SIM swap is when someone ...

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Hackers Turned an Amazon Echo Into a Spy Bug

Since smart speakers like the Amazon Echo first began to appear in homes across the world, the security community has come to see them as a prime target. But that threat has remained largely hypothetical: No Echo malware has appeared in the wild, and even proof-of-concept attacks on the devices have remained impractical at best. Now, one group of Chinese ...

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A Costly CIA Mistake, a Campaign Hack, and More Security News This Week

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 ...

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