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Tor confirms attack, which may have exposed hidden users

  • 31/07/2014 at 16:23 by It's a Gadget Staff
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TOR LogoThe Tor Project has released an official statement confirming rumors about a long standing attack on the browser that may have put the anonymity of users at risk.

According to the released blog post, the attack began in January. As of February and until the discovery on July 4th, users may have been exposed by the perpetrators. That means at least six months of a security breach.

When they were discovered, a thread was followed to find out exactly what had happened, Staff found that someone had applied modifyed Tor protocol headers to do traffic confirmation attacks. It remained on the network, undetected, from January 30th onward. 

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New Android security flaw could lead to stolen financial details

Android LogoA new flaw in Android security could potentially leads to stolen financial and personal details. It is all thanks to a “fake ID” style malware system that can sneak into other apps, undetected.

For some time, Android has been criticized for their lax approach to third-party app security. Fake applications, or those that only claim to provide a service but actually do nothing, have been featured in the past as “top apps” recommended by Google Play.

Now, a much bigger issue has been uncovered. A new form of malware could be using those apps to gain access to your information.

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Google’s new quest: The human body

  • 25/07/2014 at 23:49 by It's a Gadget Staff
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GoogleGoogle has embarked on an ambitious new project that would attempt to map the human body, and find out what defines health in our species.

The project, which will take genetic and molecular data from groups of anonymous subjects, will be used to find a what creates the ultimate healthy human. They are calling it Baseline Study, and it shows a new direction for Google that proves they are looking to tap into every possible industry.

Dr Andrew Conrad, a molecular biologist who is best known for his work with HIV, has been with Google X for a year. During that time, he has been building a team and preparing for this new line of research, funded by the Google brand.

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KickStarter: Sense wants to help you sleep the smart way

KickStarter Sense Sleep SmartPeople don’t sleep much anymore. There have been many studies that show this, as well as those that claim we sleep too much regardless of the number of hours. Maybe the problem isn’t the amount we sleep, but the quality of the zzz’s we are getting. An issue that Sense wants to correct.

Sense is a gadget currently seeking funding on Kickstarter. It is a two-piece device. One is a sphere that monitors the environment for movement, sound, light and other elements, provides white noise or sounds on request, and functions as an alarm. The second is a tiny “pill” that clips onto your pillow to monitor your own movement through the night, and when you slip in and out of REM.

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Microsoft is laying off 18,000 workers and will end Android experiment

MicrosoftMicrosoft has followed up their email on the new productivity focus of the company with a far more alarming set of messages from Satya Nadella and Stephen Elop. It looks like a lot of people will be losing their jobs.

Just a few months after taking up Nokia and beginning their own Android experiment, Microsoft is cutting back on funding for the project. That includes the slashing of 18,000 jobs, a massive cut that could begin as early as this week. A full 12,500 of those jobs are coming directly from the merged Nokia workforce.

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Rumour has it: Yahoo and AOL might be merging

  • 14/07/2014 at 22:24 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Yahoo Head LogoVarious sources have confirmed that Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer has been seen hanging out with Tim Armstrong of AOL. Could a possible merger between the two be on the horizon?

According to many, the two were seen spending hours in the late night at a resort bar, talking animatedly. There is a chance they were doing nothing more than getting a few drinks and letting off steam, perhaps keeping up on their connections like all good execs.

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Facebook breaks down their role in taking down Lecpetex botnet

  • 09/07/2014 at 23:09 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Lecpetex Botnet worldwide spreadFacebook has released a post describing their role in taking down the Lecpetex botnet, a security threat that was spread through the social media platform.

“Lecpetex”, named by Microsoft, was a lesser known bit of malware that first started to show a pattern about seven months ago. Giving a way in to the infected computer via the social account itself, it would hijack user accounts to promote spam files that further spread the malware.

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