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That Big Security Fix for Credit Cards Won’t Stop Fraud

The banks are fighting real security hand over fist. Why? The United States lags behind even third-world countries in terms of financial transaction security, and it’s the reason for so many high-profile breaches such as Target and Home Depot. The new system looks impressive on the surface, but it does not provide the multiple-factor authentication required for a secure transaction. Technology has surpassed the analog signature as the de facto means of identification, but PINs can be changed at the first sign of a breach with little disruption for the consumer. Wake up, America! Your bank is not working in your best interests! Demand real security now!

The new chip cards and readers won’t stop card fraud but will simply shift it to a different area.

Source: That Big Security Fix for Credit Cards Won’t Stop Fraud | WIRED

With Lock Research, Another Battle Brews in the War Over Security Holes

Assuming that no one will try to break a lock because that action is illegal invites only those who intend to break the law to break said locks. This is the essence of the most dangerous provisions of the DMCA.

In the latest sign that the war between security researchers and the companies they investigate is heating back up, researchers who uncovered vulnerabilities in a brand of high-security electronic locks marketed to airports, police departments and critical infrastructure facilities have been threatened with two aggressive legal letters from the maker of the locks.

Source: With Lock Research, Another Battle Brews in the War Over Security Holes | WIRED

US Congress to vote on ‘cybersecurity’ bills that are basically surveillance bills in disguise

If passed, the bills will adversely affect all Americans’ privacy, but they have particularly critical consequences for journalists and whistleblowers, so we wanted to highlight those concerns that the letters did not fully cover.

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Hackers Could Commandeer New Planes Through Passenger Wi-Fi | WIRED

Boeing 787 Dreamliner jets, as well as Airbus A350 and A380 aircraft, have Wi-Fi passenger networks that use the same network as the avionics systems of the planes, raising the possibility that a hacker could hijack the navigation system or commandeer the plane through the in-plane network, according to the US Government Accountability Office, which released a report about the planes today.

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Facebook-Linked Accounts Can Be Hijacked with This Tool

This is why I NEVER use Facebook’s login API.

A researcher has created an easy-to-use tool designed to hijack accounts on websites that use the Facebook Login button, such as Booking.com, About.me, Vimeo, and even news site Mashable.

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Apple, Google plan fixes for ‘Freak’ security bug resulting from US ban on strong crypto

Apple and Google both announced today that the companies have each developed fixes to help protect users against the newly revealed ‘Freak’ security flaw, which affects mobile devices and Mac computers.

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