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How Flashing a Peace Sign Could Get You Hacked

In January, a team from Japan’s National Institute of Informatics demonstrated how fingerprint data could be obtained from photographs taken with a high-resolution digital camera. The copied prints were a near 100 percent match to the original fingerprints—even when the subject was standing up to 10 feet away.
READ MORE: http://europe.newsweek.com/how-flashing-peace-sign-get-hacked-570187?rm=eu

Kim Dotcom: Windows is “Effectively CIA Spyware,” Trump Spied on “24/7”

Megaupload and Bitcache Founder Kim Dotcom has highlighted the most striking revelations from WikiLeaks’ latest expose on CIA spying practices.

In a series of tweets on Tuesday and Wednesday, the entrepreneur noted that the agency likely spied on US President Donald trump “24/7” by bugging his electronic devices.

“They used his phone cam & mic. Watching and listening 24/7,” he wrote.
READ MORE: https://cointelegraph.com/news/kim-dotcom-windows-is-effectively-cia-spy...

New Leaks Confirm: CIA Posed as ‘Russian Hackers’


All allegations of "digital fingerprints" left behind by Russian hackers must now be dismissed as either fake or meaningless: http://russia-insider.com/en/new-leaks-confirm-cia-posed-russian-hackers...

To keep Tor hack source code secret, DOJ dismisses child porn case

Rather than share the now-classified technological means that investigators used to locate a child porn suspect, federal prosecutors in Washington state have dropped all charges against a man accused of accessing Playpen, a notorious and now-shuttered website.

The case, United States v. Jay Michaud, is one of nearly 200 cases nationwide that have raised new questions about the appropriate limitations on the government’s ability to hack criminal suspects. Michaud marks just the second time that prosecutors have asked that case be dismissed.
READ MORE: https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/03/doj-drops-case-against-child...

Hackers hold MILLIONS of voice recordings to ransom after creepy CloudPets teddy bears leak private data of parents and children

'Smart' teddy bears that listened to the voices of children and parents have leaked 2 million recorded messages online - and hackers are now holding them for ransom.

The company that makes the 'CloudPets' toys also leaked the user details of 800,000 accounts, including email addresses and passwords.
READ MORE: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4267276/Toys-leak-2MILLIO...

HAARP lives! US military weapon reactivated 'for experiment to create and study artificial auroras'

This week at the High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) about a half dozen scientists are running experiments, including Chris Fallen, Assistant Research Professor with the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute.

Over the course of four nights, Fallen has been attempting to create and study the artificial aurora.

"The more we understand about the artificial aurora, it helps us understand the natural aurora and vice versa," says Fallen.
READ MORE: https://www.sott.net/article/343431-HAARP-lives-US-military-weapon-react...

Mysterious Gmail account lockouts prompt hack fears

A substantial number of Gmail users have been affected by a potential but unconfirmed hack of unknown origin or purpose.

El Reg learnt of the issue following a tip from a self-described "very security conscious" IT professional who got locked out of his Gmail account. This happened after one of his security phone numbers was changed.
READ MORE: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/02/24/gmail_hack_fears/

Stolen NSA "Windows Hacking Tools" Now Up For Sale!

The Shadow Brokers who previously stole and leaked a portion of the NSA hacking tools and exploits is back with a Bang!

The hacking group is now selling another package of hacking tools, “Equation Group Windows Warez,” which includes Windows exploits and antivirus bypass tools, stolen from the NSA-linked hacking unit, The Equation Group.

For those unfamiliar with the topic, The Shadow Brokers is a notorious group of black-hat hackers who, in August 2016, leaked exploits, security vulnerabilities, and "powerful espionage tools" created by The Equation Group.
READ MORE: http://thehackernews.com/2017/01/nsa-windows-hacking-tools.html?m=1

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