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Jul
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Researchers: Power Sockets can Detect Keyboard Input

Researchers at security firm Inverse Path plan to demonstrate how standard power sockets (used in a home, for instance) can be used to eavesdrop on what is being typed onto a computer keyboard. They plan to make a presentation at the Black Hat ... Security conference taking place in Las Vegas from July 25-30 this year. The researchers found that poor electrical shielding on some keyboard cables can result in data being leaked into power circuits. Analyzing such information allowed the researchers to see what was being typed on a keyboard. So far, demonstrations of the attacks have worked at ... (view more)

Wed
08
Jul
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Online Fraud Easier Due to Social Security Flaw

Researchers have discovered that it's easier to predict social security numbers than previously realized. The discovery means giving away too many personal details online is even more dangerous. A report by Carnegie Mellon University, published in ... The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, says that social security numbers were never intended to be used as a way of confirming somebody's identity. Instead they were meant purely as a way of keeping track of an individual's tax and benefit payments. The researchers were investigating a theory that there was a distinct pattern to the ... (view more)

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23
Apr
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Windows Smartphone Used As Med Probe, Military Use

Researchers have developed a system that adapts a Windows-based smartphone to act as an ultrasound scanner. The device could be revolutionary in developing nations and might also have military uses. The system is based on existing portable ... ultrasound wands, which scan using soundwaves to produce an image of the inside of a body. The technique is best known for scanning images of fetuses, but has a wide range of medical uses. The problem with the existing system is that the wands then had to be plugged into an Internet-connected computer via a USB cable in order to share the results instantly ... (view more)

Fri
09
Jan
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SSL Websites Not Secure Enough, say Researchers

Pretty much anyone with a basic knowledge of web security knows to look for the padlock symbol and an address beginning 'https:' before typing in personal or confidential details. But security researchers say the system behind this safeguard may not ... be as secure as believed. You shouldn't panic immediately, however: the workaround was found by legitimate researchers and the full details are being kept secret for obvious reasons. It would also take both intensive computer power and some other hacking tricks for criminals to exploit the loophole. At the moment, the security gap is more of a ... (view more)

Tue
16
Dec
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Internet Security Is Losing The Online War

Despite the efforts of the computer security industry, malicious software is reportedly spreading faster than ever and security researchers have acknowledged that they cannot seem to get ahead of the onslaught. Internet security is broken and it ... appears that nobody knows quite how to fix it. This so-called malware surreptitiously takes over a PC then uses it to spread more malware to other machines exponentially. (Source: informationweek.com ) A conservative estimate by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe says that as more businesses and people move onto the Web, criminals ... (view more)

Fri
24
Oct
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Researchers Find that Hot Drinks Can Improve Mood

Having a bad day at the office? Here's a solution only some of you may have discovered: a hot drink. According to a recent study, the warmth of a steaming cup of coffee, hot tea, or decadent cappuccino can improve one's mood. Conversely, researchers ... found a cold drink can have the opposite effect. Researchers in the journal Science recently tested the role hot and cold drinks have on personality. Lead researcher John Bargh and his University of Colorado team interviewed forty-one volunteers while holding a warm drink. The researchers presented subjects with total strangers -- people they ... (view more)

Wed
03
Sep
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Online Acts of War Tracked By New Breed Of Hackers

In the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto, a new breed of hacker-investigators monitoring how traffic is routed through countries where web sites are blocked and why it is happening are reportedly conducting digital espionage --- turning their ... attention to a new weapon of international warfare: cyber attacks. "Hacktivists," led by Ronald J. Deibert, director of Citizen Lab, referred to as the "NSA of operations," set out to help residents in countries that censor online content, but have ended up tracking wars. Citizen Lab researchers created a software tool called Psiphon that helps ... (view more)

Thu
24
Jan
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Need More Sleep? Ditch the Cell

Can't get the sandman to stop by? Quit calling the guy. According to reports from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, talking on a cell phone before heading to bed can prevent a person from getting a good night's sleep. Ironically enough, ... the study was funded by mobile phone companies. Research performed by Sweden's Karolinska Institute and Wayne State found that radiation emitted by the average cell phone can cause more than just headaches, confusion, and car accidents -- it can also lead to insomnia. (Source: usatoday.com ) How, you ask? Researchers found that using a cell phone ... (view more)

Wed
14
Mar
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Google Answers Get Recycled

Although Google pulled the plug on its Google Answers service in November, not everyone who worked on the project was quite as willing to toss their service in the trash. A group of researchers who worked on the Google Answers project have decided ... to reincarnate the service into a similar one called Uclue. Uclue is definitely reminiscent of Google Answers. It allows users to ask a question and set a price, ranging from $5 to $250, in return for having their question answered. Although Google eliminated Google Answers when the service failed to rake in solid traffic, the researchers who worked ... (view more)

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