Say Hello to the Super-Stealthy Malware That’s Going Mainstream

Say Hello to the Super-Stealthy Malware That’s Going Mainstream

Banks are being hit by a type of stealthy malware attack that doesn’t leave a file trace. Anyone could be next. The post Say Hello to the Super-Stealthy Malware That’s Going Mainstream appeared first on WIRED.

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Trump’s Cybersecurity Chief Could Be a ‘Voice of Reason’

Trump’s Cybersecurity Chief Could Be a ‘Voice of Reason’

Homeland security adviser Tom Bossert stands out in Trump’s cabinet as a cautious wonk among hotheads. The post Trump’s Cybersecurity Chief Could Be a ‘Voice of Reason’ appeared first on WIRED.

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Beware: Most Mobile VPNs Aren’t as Safe as They Seem

Beware: Most Mobile VPNs Aren’t as Safe as They Seem

Recent research suggests that many VPNs for Android have privacy and security flaws, and the problem of choosing a reliable VPN goes even further. The post Beware: Most Mobile VPNs Aren’t as Safe as They Seem appeared first on WIRED.

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How To Stop Your Smart TV From Spying on You

How To Stop Your Smart TV From Spying on You

If your TV is hooked up to the internet, it’s probably tracking you somehow. Here’s how to get a little bit of control back. The post How To Stop Your Smart TV From Spying on You appeared first on WIRED.

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Want to Keep Hackers Out of Gadgets? Try International Law

Want to Keep Hackers Out of Gadgets? Try International Law

Opinion: A Yale cyberlaw expert explains how international law could make it harder for hackers to hamper IoT devices. The post Want to Keep Hackers Out of Gadgets? Try International Law appeared first on WIRED.

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Passing the Email Privacy Act Has Never Been More Urgent

Passing the Email Privacy Act Has Never Been More Urgent

With surveillance hawk Jeff Sessions about to head up Trump’s DOJ, privacy advocates push for a long-overdue bill to lock in digital privacy protections. The post Passing the Email Privacy Act Has Never Been More Urgent appeared first on WIRED.

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Russians Engineer a Brilliant Slot Machine Cheat—And Casinos Have No Fix

Russians Engineer a Brilliant Slot Machine Cheat—And Casinos Have No Fix

Digging through slot machine source code helped a St. Petersburg-based syndicate make off with millions. The post Russians Engineer a Brilliant Slot Machine Cheat—And Casinos Have No Fix appeared first on WIRED.

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Data-Crunching Is Coming to Help Your Boss Manage Your Time

A new generation of workplace technology is allowing white-collar jobs to be tracked, tweaked and managed in ways that were difficult even a few years ago. Employers of all types — old-line manufacturers, nonprofits, universities, digital start-ups and retailers — are using an increasingly wide range of tools to monitor workers’ efforts, help them focus, cheer them on and just make sure they show up on time. Source: Data-Crunching Is…

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Personal data being shared on huge scale.

Personal and financial data is being traded on a “huge scale” – and sometimes illegally – according to an investigation by Which? Undercover researchers from the consumer group contacted 14 companies that sell data. They managed to access personal information about half a million people over the age of 50, including details about their salary and pensions. In some cases the data was on sale for as little as 4p…

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They call it fun, but the digital giants are turning workers into robots

If you hear the term “people analytics”, worry. Some systems are straightforwardly intrusive: Worksnaps, for example, is an application that can take repeated screenshots of workers’ computers, count their mouse-clicks and take webcam images. Others are more passive-aggressive: BetterWorks uses a Facebook-like application that depends on employees publicly posting their supposed workplace goals, and regularly issuing “cheers” and “nudges” to their colleagues. “In the office of the future,” says the…

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London university tells students their emails may be monitored

One of the UK’s most prestigious universities has warned students and staff that their emails may be retained and monitored as part of the government’s Prevent programme to stop radicalisation on campuses. Campaigners have raised concern after King’s College London (KCL) introduced a warning on its email login page stating that by using the system students and staff were consenting to their emails being “monitored and recorded”. A spokesperson for…

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Most doctors ignore one of the most potent ways to improve health

Leveraging existing relationships with friends and family may be a more effective way to improve patients’ health and encourage new healthy habits and behaviors than increasing interactions with physicians or other clinicians. In a new perspective article, behavioral economists suggest a five-step ladder to effectively engineering social engagements that promote health and to test their acceptability and effectiveness.

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