Siri/Google Now Headphone Hack No Biggie

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If you’ve heard that French researchers have successfully hacked Siri and Google now, don’t worry too much. “Success” is most certainly a relative term. While the researchers at government IT security agency ANSSI have demonstrated their ‘hack’ it’s barely more than a proof of concept. In this case the concept is that electromagnetic waves and […]

Free eBook: Raspberry Pi for Secret Agents, Second Edition (A $14.99 Value)

For today’s free ebook, get Raspberry Pi for Secret Agents (Second Edition), a value of $14.99, for FREE! Turn your Raspberry Pi into your very own secret agent toolbox with this set of exciting projects. This book is for all the mischievous Raspberry Pi owners who would like to see their computer transformed into a […]

Apple Fixes iOS 9 Lock Screen Security Bug

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Apple has released an update to iOS 9 that’s a must install. It fixes a security problem that would let a thief access some iPhone contents without knowing the PIN code. The update is to iOS 9.0.2 and fixes the problem introduced in last week’s 9.0.1 update. While it didn’t mention the fix in the […]

Accused Can Keep Passcodes Secret… Sometimes

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A federal court has ruled that the fifth amendment can cover the passcode on an employee’s phone even if it was given to them by their employer. The case involves two data analysts for Capital One who were accused of insider trading. The Securities and Exchange Commission believed it had the legal right to see […]

US Issues First Bitcoin License

New York has become the first US state to issue a bitcoin license. Circle Internet Financial will now have to follow some of the same consumer protection regulations that affect traditional banks. The state came up with the idea of a specific BitLicense back in January 2014 but had yet to issue one. In June […]

The Home Of Codebreaking: Three Days At Bletchley Park (Part 3)

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(Check out parts oneĀ and two of this report if you haven’t yet seen them.) Following the main museum we visited the Mansion, home during the war to the top brass and, before Bletchley Park’s expansion, the codebreakers. Most of this area was simply rooms filled with props to resemble their state during the war, though […]

The Home Of Codebreaking: Three Days At Bletchley Park (Part 2)

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Following our visit to the National Museum of Computing (see Part 1), we returned the next day for Bletchley Park proper. It’s a deceptively huge visitor facility which begins with two brief exhibition galleries designed as an introduction to the context of the second world war and the general codebreaking process. Useful as these were, […]

The Home Of Codebreaking: Three Days At Bletchley Park (Part 1)

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Taking advantage of the freedom of our (tiny) motorhome, my wife and I decided our last long weekend away this year should be to a geeky facility I’ve written about several times here at GaS but never visited until now: Bletchley Park. For those who don’t know, this is a British country mansion whose grounds […]

Amazon Deal of the Day: Wiley’s “For Dummies” Back to School Sale + Wiley’s Featured Security Books Sale

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For today’s edition of Deal of the Day, Amazon offers some big savings on books from the “For Dummies” series as well as various security-themed books from Wiley, including many certification guides (CISSP, etc…) and many more! –Wiley’s Featured Security Books Sale –Wiley’s For Dummies Back to School Sale

Selfie Security: Mastercard May Make Your Face A PIN Alternative

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MasterCard is to test facial recognition as a payment authorization tool on smartphones. That’s prompted questions over the security of the way it will handle the data. The idea is to replace the need to type in a PIN code when making a purchase. While MasterCard hasn’t confirmed this, it’s likely the tool will work […]

Emoji Could Replace Digits In Passcode

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A company has launched a system for logging into online banks using emoji rather than digits. But there’s no word of a major bank taking up the idea. Intelligent Environments works in online and mobile financial services in the UK. Among its products is a financial services ‘platform’ that includes login systems. The company has […]

Hackerman From ‘Kung Fury’ Releases Tutorial On How To Hack Time

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If you saw the wonderful, brilliant, hilarious movie we posted last week, Kung Fury, then you certainly remember the character of Hackerman. His computer skills were all but unrivaled, and without him on the team, they would not have been able to achieve the time traveling which was an essential element to their journey. But […]