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US Chip Cards Are Being Compromised In the Millions

SlashDot - Mon, 2018-11-12 17:40
According to a study from Gemini Advisory, some 60 million U.S. cards were compromised in the past 12 months. "Of those, 93 percent were EMV chip-enabled," reports Threatpost. "Also, crucially, 75 percent, or 45.8 million, were records stolen from in-person transactions." From the report: These were likely compromised through card-skimming malware and point-of-sale (POS) breaches at establishments like retailers, hotels and restaurants, the likes of which continue to make headlines. Further results show that the U.S. leads the rest of the world in the total amount of compromised EMV payment cards by a massive 37.3 million records. In the past 12 months, about 15.9 million compromised non-U.S. payment cards were posted for sale on the underground, split between 11.3 million card-not-present (online transaction) records and 4.6 million card-present records, of which 4.3 million were EMV enabled. This means that the theft level of EMV-enabled card data in the U.S. is 868 percent higher than the rest of the world combined. The reason for this state of affairs, according to Gemini, is the lack of U.S. merchant compliance -- too many of them still use the mag-stripe function at PoS terminals. Gemini also said that card-present data "is also collected via a more manual method by skimmer groups, who are utilizing custom made hardware known as 'shimmers' to record and exfiltrate data from ATMs and POS systems. The firm also found that while most large U.S. merchants have fully transitioned to EMV, gas pump terminals and small/medium size businesses are emerging as the main targets for cybercriminals going forward.

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Apple says T2 chip can limit third-party repairs for recent Macs

Engadget - Mon, 2018-11-12 17:18
Yes, the reports were true -- Apple's T2 chip can potentially restrict third-party Mac repairs. The company confirmed to The Verge that the co-processor can limit third-party repairs for certain components on recent systems, likely including the iMac...

Black Friday 2018 Google Assistant deals: $25 Google Home Mini, $99 Nest Thermostat E, $170 SimpliSafe security system and more - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2018-11-12 17:16
Jump-start your holiday shopping with deals on these Google-Assistant-enabled devices.

Alexa's Echo Buttons can trigger your smart home routines now - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2018-11-12 17:10
All of a sudden, these cheap Alexa accessories sound pretty darned useful.

Now you can race real-world go-karts through a VR world - Roadshow

CNET News - Mon, 2018-11-12 17:07
You can get behind the wheel of this moving go-kart and literally drive through a video game.

Apple Confirms Its T2 Security Chip Blocks Some Third-Party Repairs of New Macs

SlashDot - Mon, 2018-11-12 17:03
An anonymous reader shares a report from The Verge about Apple's new security-focused T2 chip found in the newest Mac computers. The introduction of the chip "has renewed concerns that Apple is trying to further lock down its devices from third-party repair services," The Verge reports. From the report: The T2 is "a guillotine that [Apple is] holding over" product owners, iFixit CEO Kyle Wiens told The Verge over email. That's because it's the key to locking down Mac products by only allowing select replacement parts into the machine when they've come from an authorized source -- a process that the T2 chip now checks for during post-repair reboot. "It's very possible the goal is to exert more control over who can perform repairs by limiting access to parts," Wiens said. "This could be an attempt to grab more market share from the independent repair providers. Or it could be a threat to keep their authorized network in line. We just don't know." Apple confirmed to The Verge that this is the case for repairs involving certain components on newer Macs, like the logic board and Touch ID sensor, which is the first time the company has publicly acknowledged the tool's use. But Apple could not provide a list of repairs that required this or what devices were affected. It also couldn't say whether it began this protocol with the iMac Pro's introduction last year or if it's a new policy instituted recently. First revealed last month by MacRumors and Motherboard, both of which got their hands on an internal Apple document, the T2 chip could render a computer inoperable if, say, the logic board is replaced, unless the chip recognizes a special piece of diagnostic software has been run. That means if you wanted to repair certain key parts of your MacBook, iMac, or Mac mini, you would need to go to an official Apple Store or a repair shop that's part of the company's Authorized Service Provider (ASP) network. If you want to repair or rebuild portions of those devices on your own, you simply can't -- at least, according to this document. The parts affected, according to the document, are the display assembly, logic board, top case, and Touch ID board for the MacBook Pro, and the logic board and flash storage on the iMac Pro. It is also likely that logic board repairs on the new MacBook Air and Mac mini are affected, as well as the Mac mini's flash storage. Yet, the document, which is believed to have been distributed earlier this year, does not mention those products because they were unannounced at the time. Regardless, to replace those parts, a technician would need to run what's known as the AST 2 System Configuration suite, which Apple only distributes to Apple Stores and certified ASPs. So DIY shops and those out of the Apple network would be out of luck.

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UFO spotted by multiple pilots prompts investigation - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2018-11-12 16:59
Pilots saw bright lights "moving so fast" over Ireland Friday. They're not calling the sight aliens, but authorities are taking a closer look.

Twitter grapples with fake Elon Musk accounts promoting bitcoin scams - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2018-11-12 16:58
Cryptocurrency scammers are promoting tweets through ads after they hijack verified accounts.

Rewatch Marvel-ous Stan Lee movie cameos - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2018-11-12 16:49
From a clueless security guard to a FedEx driver looking for Tony STANK, late Marvel legend Stan Lee was always a star.

Marvel's Stan Lee dies: Remembering the godfather of geeks and my former boss - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2018-11-12 16:47
CNET's Bonnie Burton remembers the Generalissimo not just as the co-creator of beloved superheroes, but as an enthusiastic fan of comic book fans themselves.

Snapchat's head of content steps down

Engadget - Mon, 2018-11-12 16:47
Nick Bell, Snapchat's vice president of content, is leaving the company according to The Hollywood Reporter. Bell, who has been with Snapchat for the last five years, posted a memo to staff confirming his departure, but did not offer any specific rea...

Stan Lee dies at 95: Praise pours in for Marvel's biggest icon - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2018-11-12 16:45
Those inspired by his work offer condolences and commemoration on Twitter.

To prepare for the AI revolution, learn to be more human - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2018-11-12 16:40
AI will displace many workers, says tech exec and investor Kai-Fu Lee. But it's got limits.

More Than 50 Nations Launch 'Paris Call' To Fix Hate Speech and Cyberattacks; China and Russia Not Among Signatories, Trump Administration Reluctant To Sign

SlashDot - Mon, 2018-11-12 16:25
French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday launched a push to regulate the internet. France and U.S. technology giants, including Microsoft, are pushing for governments and companies worldwide to sign up for a new initiative aimed at establishing regulations for the internet, to fight such online threats as cyber attacks, hate speech and online censorship. A report adds: With the launch of a declaration entitled the 'Paris call for trust and security in cyberspace,' French President Emmanuel Macron is hoping to revive efforts to regulate cyberspace after the last round of United Nations negotiations failed in 2017. In the document, which is supported by many European countries but, crucially, not China or Russia, the signatories urge governments to beef up protections against cyber meddling in elections and prevent the theft of trade secrets. The Paris call was initially pushed for by tech companies but was redrafted by French officials to include work done by U.N. experts in recent years. [...] In another sign of the Trump administration's reluctance to join international initiatives it sees as a bid to encroach on U.S. sovereignty, French officials said Washington might not become a signatory, though talks are continuing.

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Stan Lee dies at 95: A look back at his most iconic characters on screen - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2018-11-12 16:18
As we commemorate Stan Lee's passing, take a look back at some of Lee's most beloved characters, including famous faces that have entertained the masses on the big screen.

Uber's data report on sexual assaults to be released in 2019 - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2018-11-12 16:16
After ending forced arbitration that kept claims out of court, the ride-hailing company compiles a safety transparency report.

Google adds GIF and emoji recommendations to Gboard

Engadget - Mon, 2018-11-12 16:16
Users of Gboard are about to see their keyboard get a lot smarter. Google announced that its first-party keyobard will use artificial intelligence to recommend GIFs, emoji and stickers based on the context of the conversation you're having. The new s...

Apple may release a 5G iPhone in 2020 after all - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2018-11-12 16:10
Intel has unveiled its new 5G chip, which will be available in late 2019.

Twitter's working on an edit button, but it won't be what you think - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2018-11-12 16:05
It's a decade in the making... and still counting.

Intel speeds up its 5G modem plans

Engadget - Mon, 2018-11-12 15:57
Intel isn't about to let Qualcomm claim a lengthy lead in 5G mobile chipsets. The company is stepping up the launch of a new 5G modem, the XMM 8160, by half a year. The wireless part is now due to arrive in the second half of 2019 and promises up t...