Technology 

HACKER WARNING: Over a BILLION login and password details listed on the Dark Web

Login details, including username, password and e-mail credentials for some 1.4billion accounts, have been published in a database on the Dark Web. The staggering amount of sensitive information is available unencrypted and indexed alphabetically, so it is easy to access and search through. The data breach was discovered by security researchers at 4iQ, and the terrifying database on the Dark Web has a hefty 41GB file size. Cyber security experts 4iQ said the credential breach aggregated 252 previous breaches. It includes decrypted passwords from known previously breaches like LinkedIn as…

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Technology 

Acer Chromebook 15 (2017) review – CNET

If you believe “bigger is better,” allow me to introduce the Acer Chromebook 15 ($264.99 at Walmart). For $399 (£249) the laptop packs a 15.6-inch touchscreen, making it one of the biggest Chromebook models you can buy. AU pricing and availability have not been announced, but the price converts to AU$525. Aside from it’s super-sized screen, it has great battery life, loud speakers, a backlit keyboard and solid performance. One or two of these features on a budget laptop is good, but all of them combined makes for an excellent…

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How To 

Stop shipping notifications from ruining the holidays – CNET

After you have taken the necessary steps to shop on Amazon without spoiling holiday surprises, the next step is to lock down shipping notifications from Google. My kids borrow my iPhone all the time to play music, watch YouTube videos and Google stuff. I’ve already had a few close calls where a shipping notification from the Google search app nearly exposed a package that allegedly will be hand-delivered from the North Pole in a couple of weeks. The Google search app — on iPhone and Android — pulls in shipping…

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Top Stories World 

Russian trolls pushed graphic, racist tweets to American voters

Warning: this story contains offensive content. A zealous band of Russian trolls flooded Twitter with hundreds of thousands of divisive posts in 2016 — accusing Democrats of satanic practices and supporting rape — in an attempt to influence the presidential election, according to a new analysis of a Twitter database by NBC News. The effort tricked thousands of users into spreading graphic racial epithets across social media, interweaving provocative content with disinformation and falsehoods. The tweets were uncovered in a database of over 202,000 Russian troll tweets that NBC News…

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How To 

How to give your parents the security talk this Thanksgiving – CNET

Get ready for a feast of security questions this Thanksgiving. Aaron Robinson/CNET Thanksgiving is a time for family to gather together at the dinner table. If you’re the family tech whiz, brace yourself for a feast of security questions. Given the cornucopia of high-profile hacks over the last year, you can bet that a relative will bring up cybersecurity over turkey and gravy. With half of the American population affected by Equifax’s breach, security will be fresh on people’s minds. Don’t look at this as a chore. Instead, take Thanksgiving…

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Science 

Report Shows the Complex Way Russian Hackers Went After Hillary Clinton and the Democrats

Forensic data shows that hackers were aligned with interests of the Russian government More (WASHINGTON) — It was just before noon in Moscow on March 10, 2016, when the first volley of malicious messages hit the Hillary Clinton campaign. The first 29 phishing emails were almost all misfires. Addressed to people who worked for Clinton during her first presidential run, the messages bounced back untouched. Except one. Within nine days, some of the campaign’s most consequential secrets would be in the hackers’ hands, part of a massive operation aimed at…

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Technology 

Harman Kardon Invoke review – CNET

“Hey, Cortana: What can you do for me that Alexa can’t?” That’s the opening question you might want to ask the Harman Kardon Invoke ($199.95 at B&H Photo-Video), a smart speaker that’s the first non-Windows PC device powered powered by Microsoft’s Cortana digital assistant. While Alexa is tops for smart home integration and shopping, and Google Home ($129.00 at Walmart) is best for answering deeper AI-powered questions, Cortana — not surprisingly — finds her strengths with Office-centric tasks such as calendar queries and Skype calls. And thanks to Harman Kardon’s…

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Technology 

Twitter slow to nix Russia-linked account, says report – CNET

Twitter has been criticized for dragging its feet when punishing accounts that violate its terms of service. This time around, instead of a failure to stop harassment or death threats, the social network may have let a Russian government troll flourish on its platform. The Russia-linked account, known as @TEN_GOP, claimed to represent the Tennessee Republican party and sent out tweets that said unarmed black men killed by police had deserved it, according to a report in BuzzFeed. Twitter is being accused of waiting almost a year to remove a…

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Technology 

Senators aim to halt bogus political ads on Facebook – CNET

Sen. John McCain co-sponsors The Honest Ads Act, which aims to create more transparency with online and social media ads. Sen. John McCain Some US Senators are looking to beef up laws around political ads sold online and on social media sites, given possible Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. It’s largely believed the election was swayed by bogus political ads on Facebook, Twitter and Google. Senators Amy Kobuchar (D-MN) and Mark Warner (D-VA) don’t want that to happen again. So, they announced Wednesday they’re introducing legislation aimed at…

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Technology 

Google reportedly put fake news ads on fact-checking sites – CNET

Google’s ad program reportedly put fake news on a fact-checking website. Claudia Cruz/CNET The fake news plague has reportedly spread to fact-checking websites. Fake news ads popped up as recently as last week on fact-checking pages like Snopes and PolitiFact, reported The New York Times. One ad falsely said that First Lady Melania Trump was leaving the White House, according to the report. The fake news ads were served up by Google‘s AdWords system, which automatically places ads based on a target audience. The ads reportedly had enticing fake headlines, that…

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