Snapchat's new verification already hacked

In about the time it takes to order of one of those vile pizza replicas from Domino's, one security researcher has proven how Snapchat's new verification system can be hacked.

Steve Hickson used his knowledge of how computers recognize images and template matching to show how a computer could fool Snapchat's new Captcha-style image verification that debuted on Wednesday.

"I spent around 30 minutes writing up some code" to perform the automated recognition and selection task, Hickson said. "With very little effort, my code was able to 'find the ghost' in the above example … Read more

BlackBerry may have some life left with Pentagon order

CNET Update talks BlackBerry, Apple and Samsung, and Facebook.

In this episode of CNET Update:

- BlackBerry lands a large Defense Department order.

- A judge pares down Samsung's patent claim against Apple.

- Facebook could lose 80 percent of its users, according to a study.

- Snapchat makes sure users are real people.

- China experiences an Internet glitch.

- Edward Snowden will participate in a Q&A.

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Russia linked to cyber espionage across Asia, Europe, US

Russia actively engaged in cyber espionage in 2013, a new report from cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike has revealed.

Last year, Russia's intelligence forces hacked into corporate networks around the world -- including those in the US, Asia, and Europe -- to peek into what the firms were working on, according to CyberStrike. The Russian hackers allegedly stole intellectual property from firms in the energy and technology industries, CrowdStrike reported.

Russia now joins a growing number of countries hacking into other networks on foreign soil. It's been well-documented that both the US and China are allegedly hacking networks, though in … Read more

Verizon buys Intel's TV business to boost Fios

CNET Update talks Verizon and Intel, Amazon, and HP.

In this episode of CNET Update:

- Verizon buys Intel's Internet-based TV business.

- Amazon may ship items before you even order them.

- HP brings back Windows 7.

- Beats Music service launches for iPhone and Android.

- Apple may unveil the iPhone 6 in June in two larger screen sizes.

- Apple can now fix your cracked iPhone 5C screen in the store.

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Obama calls for NSA reforms but defends agency

CNET Update talks the NSA, Google, and Samsung.

In this episode of CNET Update:

- President Obama calls for NSA reforms on phone records.

- Google develops smart contact lenses for diabetics.

- The first Tizen phone is canceled in Japan.

- HTC reportedly preps a bigger HTC One.

- Nintendo slashes Wii U sales projections.

- YouTube previews Super Bowl ads.

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Neiman Marcus hack reportedly went undetected for months

A security breach that yielded Neiman Marcus customers' payment card information went undetected for nearly six months, according a report in the New York Times.

The upscale department store revealed Friday that hackers may have stolen customers' credit and debit card information during an intrusion it detected in mid-December, but sources told the Times that the earliest time stamp on the breach was from July. During a call with credit card companies on Monday, the company acknowledged that the intrusion had been fully contained only a day earlier, three days after it was publicly revealed, sources told the newspaper.

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Netflix gets its first Oscars nod with 'The Square'

CNET Update talks Netflix, T-Mobile, Facebook, and Target.

In this episode of CNET Update:

- Netflix gets an Oscar nod.

- T-Mobile plans a Macklemore and Ryan Lewis concert.

- Mark Zuckerberg signs up for Mobile World Congress.

- Facebook takes a cue from Twitter with "Trending."

- Target covers a year of credit monitoring for hack victims.

- eBay may open an online mall to lure brands.

- Samsung introduces the much-rumored Galaxy Tab 3 Lite.

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HealthCare.gov security -- 'a breach waiting to happen'

The government's problem-riddled Obamacare Web site may face further problems from hackers taking advantage of its many security holes. At least that's the consensus of a group of security professionals who have analyzed the site.

David Kennedy, who is CEO of computer security consulting firm TrustedSec and who is testifying before Congress today on the security issues related to HealthCare.gov, outlined his concerns in a blog post today. Kennedy previously testified in November. Since then, it's still been "business as usual" on the site, he said in the blog.

Among the security holes identified … Read more

Security researcher finds clues to malware in Target heist

While Target has said hackers used malware installed on point-of-sale terminals to pilfer the payment card information from millions of customers, the retailer has been silent about how the malware siphoned off the sensitive data.

CEO Gregg Steinhafel confirmed this week that malware installed on checkout keypads was used to steal the names, mailing addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of as many as 110 million customers. Sources have told Reuters that one of the tools used by the thieves was a memory scraper, which harvests encrypted data as it moves through the computer's memory in plain text.

A … Read more

Microsoft employee e-mail also hit by Syrian Electronic Army

In addition to compromising some of Microsoft's social-networking accounts, the Syrian Electronic Army also accessed a "small number" of employee e-mail accounts, the company confirmed Wednesday.

The hacking group, which has taken responsibility for an array of breaches in the past couple of years, tweeted three e-mails over the weekend that appeared to originate from Microsoft employee Outlook Web Access accounts. The screenshots posted by the group included conversations among employees regarding recent compromises of Microsoft-owned Twitter accounts.

"A social engineering cyberattack method known as phishing resulted in a small number of Microsoft employee social media … Read more