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Darlene Storm (not her real name) is a freelance writer with a background in information technology and information security. It seems wise to keep an eye on new hacks and holes, to know what is possible and how vulnerable you might be. Most security news is about insecurity, hacking, cybersecurity and even privacy threats, bordering on scary. But when security is done right, it's a beautiful thing...sexy even. Security is sexy.

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Macs can be remotely infected with firmware malware that remains after reformatting

Researchers created Thunderstrike 2 firmware malware that could remotely infect Apple computers and remain even if a user were to wipe the hard drive and reinstall OS X.

Adventures in an American Hacker Camp

ToorCamp is an American-flavored hacker camp.

Def Con: How to Hack All the Transport Networks of a Country

“I did not do it! I just downloaded a torrent I found when I was looking for porn,” stated 24-year-old Alberto García Illera at the beginning of his Def Con presentation called “How to hack all the transport networks of a country.”

Black Hat: Hacking Iris Recognition Systems

What if iris scans could be faked for real via a simple printed image to fool iris recognition systems?

Ridiculous Claims of Respecting Your Privacy After Violating It

Does anyone else shake their head in irritated bewilderment when privacy is quoted as the reason you cannot be told how your privacy has been invaded?

Secret Service Laced Honeypot With Seduction to Catch Hackers

The Ultimate Guide to Social Engineering [PDF] states “social engineers offer free gifts of favors” counting on the fact that reciprocation is a human impulse. An example is to give a “plate of cookies,” but what if the bait goodies were more along the lines of a plate of nookie?

3 Free Apps to Guard Android from Malware

Mobile malware madness: Favorite target? Android. Here's how to protect your device.

Netflix Frictionless Sharing: Do You Want to Automatically Broadcast What You Watch?

Netflix is ready to fight the U.S. Senate on frictionless sharing. Do you want to automatically broadcast what you watch?

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DOJ Says Requiring Warrant for Cell Phone Tracking Would 'Cripple' Law Enforcement

The Justice Department told a congressional committee that law enforcement and prosecutors would be crippled if they were required to obtain a search warrant for cell phone location tracking information. What happened to probable cause, the Fourth Amendment and a reasonable expectation of privacy?

Amazon Security FAIL: Contactless Bank Cards Vulnerable to Pickpocketing via NFC Phones

Barclays contactless bank cards are vulnerable to electronic pickpocketing via NFC-enabled phones.

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Judge Refuses Capitol Record's Injunction Request Against Music Reseller ReDigi

ReDigi wins round one of the battle against Capitol Records.

Anonymous Called 'Hard to Kill Web Hippies' in Leaked Internal Stratfor Emails

Anonymous hacktivists have started publishing the internal Stratfor emails in two different "teaser" edition sets.

Surrounded by Surveillance: Is Everything Spying On You?

Depending upon who you listen to, GPS tracking shouldn't be your only concern when you are out and about on the streets.

Uncle Sam Wants You, Hackers: Cyberwarriors Needed to Stop Cyberspies

Cyberwarrirors are needed for 'hunter teams.' If cyberspace is like the wild, wild west, could you be a modern-day cyber cowboy?

Dirty Little Secrets Revealed By Ethical Hackers

Here's an interview with ethical hacker Chris Gates about the presentation: The Dirty Little Secrets They Didn't Teach You In Pentesting Class.