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PegaSwitch is an easy exploit toolkit for the Nintendo Switch

A day after the world got confused whether or not the Switch was truly hacked, a group of programmers have released PegaSwitch, a "toolkit" that allows for limited code execution, allowing users to ex

Hack of VP Pence’s personal email last year may have included state business

The vice president's personal email was hacked last year, and it turns out that the hackers may have had access to official state business which Pence reportedly conducted on it. But wait — put down

Yahoo shares tumble as investors fear Verizon acquisition trouble

Yahoo shares tumbled 6% on Thursday as investors feared that the latest Yahoo hack could spell bad news for its sale to Verizon. This is the second major hack revelation in recent months and there’s

The government body that oversees the security of voting systems was itself hacked

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission, which is responsible for testing and certifying voting systems, among other things, was hacked around the time of the election, security outfit Recorded Future

A single typo may have tipped the election

Among the many exasperating lapses detailed in the New York Times' lengthy report on Russia's apparent interference with the 2016 election, one in particular stands out — the scale of its repercussi

Colonel panic: KFC loyalty club system hacked

Did someone order their chicken extra risky? KFC has alerted members of its Colonel's Club loyalty system in the U.K. that its website had been targeted and several accounts potentially compromised.

Crunch Report | Facebook Builds a Censorship Tool

Facebook builds a censorship tool so it could not be banned from China anymore, Twitter suspends Jack Dorsey's Twitter account, your headphones can be hacked to listen to you, MIT creates artificial m

Verizon says Yahoo privacy breach had “material” impact 

It looks like those 500 million hacked Yahoo accounts may affect its sale to Verizon (TechCrunch’s parent). At a company public policy round table in DC this afternoon, Verizon general counsel Craig

Clinton Foundation denies hack claims by Guccifer 2.0

The hacker who claimed responsibility for the Democratic National Committee email leak claims to have breached the Clinton Foundation’s servers and retrieved a number of files potentially damagi

Broadband access creeps along but DDoS attacks explode

Akamai released its quarterly State of the Internet reports today, one detailing quality of access and the other attacks on companies and infrastructure. The slow march continues towards a better and

FBI director warns that hackers have been ‘poking around’ voter registration systems

The systems underlying our elections process are more important than ever this year, and the bad guys know it too. FBI director James Comey said at a House Judiciary Committee hearing today that "bad

Phoney.club gets you out of uncomfortable conversations

Some people are simply the worst. For reasons that are my own fault, I’ve recently been involved in series of conversations that I’d really rather not be having. Enter Phoney.club, a mob

Waiter will wait on hold for you and call you back when a representative answers

Everyone knows waiting on hold for a representative sucks, and only a few companies have systems that will call you back when a representative is ready. The result is hours wasted and very often you&

Apple patches zero-day vulnerabilities in Safari and OS X

The apparently government-sponsored hackery aimed at activist Ahmed Mansoor last week prompted a quick response from Apple, with a patch for iOS arriving the day of the news. Turns out the three (!) z

Dropbox employee’s password reuse led to theft of 60M+ user credentials

Dropbox disclosed earlier this week that a large chunk of its users’ credentials obtained in 2012 was floating around on the dark web. But that number may have been much higher than we original

‘Smart’ locks yield to simple hacker tricks

It's an open secret that the Internet of Things (if we must call it so) is pretty terrible, whether in standards, interoperability or security. Good security, though, you don't really expect in a smar

Hacked Bitcoin exchange Bitfinex will reduce balances by 36% to distribute losses amongst all users

Late last week we reported that Bitfinex, a popular Hong Kong-based Bitcoin exchange was hacked, losing about $70M worth of customer’s bitcoin. The loss caused the price of Bitcoin to drop about

ATM skimmer caught in the wild by a real security engineer

Whoda thunk it? Tourist/cybersecurity expert Benjamin Tedesco was hanging out in Vienna when he walked up to an ATM. Because he trusts no one he decided to give the reader a little tug and came away w

Warning: Do not let a drone equipped with terrifying robo-scissors cut your hair

What happens when carefree hackers Simone Giertz and Samy Kamkar get together for a lazy afternoon? A lunatic plan to cut hair using a drone and a pair of automatic scissors.

Researchers find a way to snoop on you through your phone’s vibration motor

Cover up your webcam, disable microphone access and put on your tinfoil hat — but it won't make any difference, because the Illuminati can get at you through your phone's vibration motor now. Well,
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