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Facebook Admits SMS Notifications Sent Using Two-Factor Number Was Caused by Bug
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Facebook has clarified the situation around SMS notifications sent using the company’s two-factor authentication (2FA) system, admitting that the messages were indeed caused by a bug. From a report: In a blog post penned by Facebook Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos, the company says the error led it to “send non-security-related SMS notifications to these […]

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NSA sent coded messages through Twitter
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Spy agencies have a long history of using public outlets to deliver secret messages, such as numbers stations or cryptic classified ads. Now, however, they've adapted to the internet era. Both the New York Times and the Intercept have learned that…

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False Tsunami Warning Sent To the East Coast, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean
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An anonymous reader shares a report: Some residents along the East Coast received a false tsunami warning on Tuesday morning after a private company sent out an alert following a monthly test by the National Weather Service. A tweet from the National Weather Service (NWS) in Charleston, South Carolina, said the alert was sent around […]

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Fake 'Inbound Missile' Alert Sent To Every Cellphone in Hawaii
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“Somebody sent out a false emergency alert to all cell phones in Hawaii saying, ‘BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL’,” writes Slashdot reader flopwich, adding “Somebody’s had better days at work.” The Associated Press reports: In a conciliatory news conference later in the day, Hawaii officials apologized […]

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Apple says iCloud China data migration notice sent to some users in error
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 Apple says that an email sent to users with Apple IDs with locations not set to China that their iCloud data was being moved to a Chinese company’s servers was done so accidentally. The Cupertino tech giant had announced Wednesday that next month it will begin the process of moving Chinese users’ iCloud data to […]

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The Most Insane Claims From the Climate Conspiracy Manual Just Sent to Thousands of Teachers
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The Heartland Institute, America’s leading peddler of climate change denialism, is back with a new installment in its ongoing misinformation campaign. According to InsideClimate, the Koch brothers-backed think tank recently mailed a second edition of its report on the “unsettled” science of global warming to thousands… Read more…

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Black market Blackphones get sent a kill message that bricks them
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Even if it came in this retail packaging, beware of Blackphones bought from unauthorized sellers—Silent Circle is trying to disable them. (credit: Sean Gallagher) On January 16, the makers of the Blackphone 2 warned would-be customers to stay away from eBay. Silent Circle, the company behind the privacy-focused smartphone with encrypted voice services, issued an […]

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Feds say Chicago e-recycler faked tear-downs, then sent CRTs to Hong Kong
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Enlarge / EnviroGreen’s homepage. Just because a website has pictures of a lush forest doesn’t mean it represents a company that does good things for the environment. (credit: EnviroGreen) According to an indictment filed in Chicago federal court (PDF) late last week, 45-year-old Brian Brundage cut some serious corners while running his e-recycling businesses. He was arrested […]

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The most powerful camera in deep space just sent 1,000 more pics back to Earth
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Dunes dubbed Kolhar. NASA/JPL/University of Arizona It has now been nearly a decade since the HiRISE camera arrived in orbit around Mars and began taking high-resolution images of the Red Planet. Tucked aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, HiRISE has a telescope aperture of 0.5 meter, making it the most powerful camera ever sent into deep space, with a […]

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