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Congressman requests Meltdown and Spectre briefing from chip makers

US Representative Jerry McNerney sent a letter to Intel, AMD and ARM today requesting a briefing on the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities and the companies' handling of them. McNerney, a California representative and member of the House Energy and...

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OnePlus halts credit card payments on its site after fraud reports

This weekend, reports began to surface that some people who had made purchases on OnePlus' website were seeing unauthorized transactions pop up on their credit cards. OnePlus released a statement on its website saying that it was looking into the iss...

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US Congress reportedly lobbied AT&T to dump Huawei smartphones

AT&T recently revealed that it wouldn't carry Huawei smartphones, despite rumors that it would be the first US carrier to do so, raising suspicions that politics played a part in its decision. Now, Reuters is also reporting that US lawmakers did...

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OnePlus site was reportedly hacked to steal credit card details

Anybody who used at credit card to purchase their flashy new OnePlus handsets from the company’s official site ought to immediately contact their bank: hackers might be out to steal your funds. Following a slew of complaints about possible credit card ...

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Army base pulls Chinese security cameras over ‘negative perception’

If it wasn't already clear that concerns over the security of Chinese equipment are reaching a fever pitch, it is now. The US Army has pulled five of Hikvision's surveillance cameras from Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri not because they pose an active...

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Russian hackers are targeting U.S. Senate email accounts

 According to a new report, the same group that hacked the Democratic National Committee actively targeted the U.S. Senate through the latter half of 2017. The revelation comes out of a new report from Trend Micro, a Japanese firm that has reveale...

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Visa will make signatures optional for chipped credit cards

It's been about a month since American Express and Mastercard decided to stop requiring signatures for EMV chip credit cards. Now Visa is joining their ranks, making signatures optional for chipped transactions in North America.

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Intel’s Meltdown and Spectre fixes have some bugs of their own

Earlier this week, Intel said it would have Meltdown and Spectre fixes available by the end of the month for all recently made chips. But as the Wall Street Journal reports, some of the patches the company has released have caused some problem...

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AMD is deploying a patch for the second Spectre CPU vulnerability

While Intel is at the center of the Spectre/Meltdown fiasco, AMD's chips are also affected by the CPU vulnerabilities. The company previously said that its chips are only susceptible to the first Spectre variant, but in its latest announcement, it ad...

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Google details how it protected services like Gmail from Spectre

Google says it already deployed anti-Spectre and Meltdown solutions to protect its products, and users didn't even notice. The downside of the patches companies are rolling out to fix the CPU vulnerabilities is that they have the potential to slow do...

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More details emerge of Uber’s tactics for thwarting police raids

 Yet another uncomfortable revelation about Uber’s legacy business and attitude to legal oversight: Between spring 2015 until late 2016 the ride-hailing giant routinely used a system designed to thwart police raids in foreign countries, acco...

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House votes to extend NSA’s warrantless surveillance capabilities

Today, the US House of Representatives voted to renew the law that allows the National Security Agency to surveil communications between American companies and foreigners located outside of the country without a warrant. It's Section 702 of the FISA...

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Google shares which Chromebooks won’t get a Meltdown fix

Google has published a list that includes every Chromebook model, which are vulnerable to Meltdown and the patch status of each one. You can check out the list here. The column you'll most want to pay attention to is the one titled "CVE-2017-5754 mit...

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South Korea to ban cryptocurrency trading amid fears of tax evasion

In a move that's sent bitcoin spiralling, officials in South Korea have announced plans to ban cryptocurrency trading in the country. The plans come against a backdrop of concerns regarding tax evasion, as cryptocurrency trading in the country is hig...

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