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NSA director states China can shut down U.S. electric grids, report indicates

The director of the NSA stated that China, as well as "one or two" other countries, is capable of launching cyberattacks to shut down electric grids and other critical infrastructure in parts of the U.S.

Brigham Young University-Idaho student hacks transcript, earns $7k in scholarships

Jacob Mahonri Espinal hacked into his school's computer system to bring his grades up from academic probation status to straight As.

FTC shuts down operations of computer repair scammers

Two telemarketing operations conned thousands of customers by tricking them into buying into tech support services for computer problems that didn't exist.

ACLU requests info on gov't spy program using 'dirtboxes'

Earlier this month, it was revealed that DOJ uses "dirtboxes" attached to aircrafts to spy on Americans' mobile devices.

Privacy, rights groups support gov't spyware detection tool

The EFF, Amnesty International and other organizations are lending support to Detekt, an open source spyware detection tool.

Malicious banking apps in Google Play target Brazilian Android users

Researchers at Kaspersky Lab said the first trojan banker, published by "Governo Federal," was predictable.

Drupal addresses denial-of-service, session hijacking vulnerabilities

An advisory was issued on Wednesday regarding a denial-of-service vulnerability in Drupal 7 and a session hijacking flaw in Drupal 6 and 7.

SC Congress Chicago 2014: Make FBI an ally after breach

Panelists at the closing keynote at SC Congress 2014 in Chicago urged attendees to work with the FBI to unravel breaches.

RTF exploit is delivered through spear phishing scheme

Researchers at McAfee have identified a new attack that exploit a Microsoft Word ActiveX control vulnerability.

WhatsApp begins rolling out end-to-end encryption

The popular messaging app announced on Tuesday that it has already begun encrypting users' messages.

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