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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?