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Senators Want Airlines To Explain Recent Outages & Why Travelers Couldn’t Be Rebooked On Competing Carriers

In just the last few weeks, Delta and Southwest each experienced massive system-wide outages that grounded thousands of flights and ruined travel plans for countless passengers — and there are reasons to believe it could happen to other carriers. Now some lawmakers want the airlines to answer for these failures and to explain what’s being done to prevent future shutdowns. [More]


Report: 100M VW Vehicles Vulnerable To Remote Hack

Owning a vehicle with keyless entry is often a convenience: Forget your key? Just enter a code. But for the owners of more than 100 million Volkswagen vehicles, that convenience has been turned into a doorway for hackers.  [More]

Laptop-Using Car Theft Ring Busted In Houston

Laptop-Using Car Theft Ring Busted In Houston

Hey, remember those car thefts in Houston where the suspect was caught on security cameras fiddling with a laptop computer before driving off with the vehicles? The cops say that they’ve found the culprits, who allegedly were able to drive off with the vehicles by programming blank key fobs with codes that they obtained through illicit access to the Fiat Chrysler database. [More]

Raiders Of The Lost Walmart Will Administer Antibiotics To Your Windows Vista PC Now

Raiders Of The Lost Walmart Will Administer Antibiotics To Your Windows Vista PC Now

The Raiders of the Lost Walmart are the brave mall explorers who scour the nation’s clearance racks for the most comically overpriced retail antiquities. Here are some of their latest discoveries. [More]

Hacker Claims To Be Selling Stolen Info For 200 Million Yahoo Accounts

Hacker Claims To Be Selling Stolen Info For 200 Million Yahoo Accounts

After a rash of account breaches on social media networks like MySpace, LinkedIn, Tumblr, and Twitter, the latest site to fall victim to hackers seems to be Yahoo, with a hacker claiming he’s got account information for 200 million users and is selling those credentials on the internet’s black market. [More]

Mike Mozart

FCC Votes To Open Up Super-Speedy Airwaves For Future 5G Wireless Broadband

Boy, the future sounds great… at least according to the Federal Communications Commission. From medicine to manufacturing and music, the future’s got a level of autonomy and connected convenience that makes Star Trek look downright pedestrian. And it’s all down to policy that lets tech develop, of course — and so the FCC this morning voted unanimously to take the first step to open up new ultra-fast, super-speedy mobile broadband… for whenever it comes. [More]

Nest Adds An Outside Security Camera To Its Lineup

Nest Adds An Outside Security Camera To Its Lineup

Generally, delivery people and other visitors to our homes seem to operate under the assumption that regular citizens do not have security cameras. As systems become smaller and cheaper, this turns out to be a bad assumption. Now Alphabet-owned connected-home company Nest has announced that its popular cameras now have an outdoor sibling. [More]


BlackBerry Not Ready To Give Up On Making Handsets That Run On Its OS Just Yet

After BlackBerry announced it would be pulling the plug on its BlackBerry Classic smartphone, its last device to use a physical keyboard, the news was greeted with sadness by some and shrugs by others. Either way, BlackBerry says it’s not necessarily done making handsets that run on its proprietary operating system just yet. [More]

Great, Now Someone Can Steal Your Car Using A Laptop Computer

Great, Now Someone Can Steal Your Car Using A Laptop Computer

If car theft seems like a low-tech crime to you, you’re forgetting the extent to which computers are now standard car parts. Computer control of automobiles makes some cool features possible, but one of those features may be that thieves can start a vehicle using a portable computer. How? Police in Houston, where a culprit was caught on camera, aren’t actually sure how they did it. [More]

Ninja M.

BlackBerry To Stop Making Classic Smartphone

It’s out with the old to make room for the new at BlackBerry, as the smartphone manufacturer announced it would stop making the BlackBerry Classic, its last device to use a physical keyboard.  [More]

Karen Chappell

Study: 78% Of Resold Drives Still Contain Readable Personal Or Business Data

A new phone or laptop is expensive. So you trade in an old one to fund the upgrade. Straightforward, right? And thousands of businesses do the same every year. But that means there’s a whole big world out there of resold devices that may still have more of your data on them than they are supposed to. A lot more. [More]

Great Beyond

Google Simplifies Two-Factor Authentication With Built-In Prompt

For anything online to be secure these days, it’s essential to use two-factor authentication, whether it’s backup codes stored offline, an authenticator app, or codes sent via text message. Google is taking some of the work out of the process with a new prompt that’s built in for Android users but will also be available to iOS users in the near future. [More]

Vulnerability Leaves Mitsubishi Outlander’s WiFi Open To Hacks

Vulnerability Leaves Mitsubishi Outlander’s WiFi Open To Hacks

Three months ago, federal regulators and law enforcement officials warned carmakers that their vehicles were increasingly vulnerable to hackings. Today, security researchers revealed one such issue in the Mitsubishi Outlander that allows would-be hackers to turn off the car’s alarms.  [More]

Quinn Dombrowski

Would You Sign Up For TSA PreCheck If It Was Cheaper?

The Transportation Security Administration continues to try to wriggle itself out of the tough spot it’s found itself in, with passengers, airlines, lawmakers, and airport officials chiming in on excessively long wait times at security checkpoints in our nation’s airports. In an effort to cut down those lines, the agency has been trying to push more people to enroll in its PreCheck Program — but is the cost keeping travelers from signing up? [More]

Quinn Dombrowski

Delta Offers Up Workers To Help TSA At Major Hubs In The Name Of Shorter Lines

While some airports are threatening to fire the Transportation Security Administration over long lines at screening checkpoints, and other airlines are calling the agency onto the carpet, Delta Air Lines is offering up help in the form of free labor. [More]


Senators Tell Airlines: Drop Checked Bag Fees To Speed Up Airport Security

With most airlines now charging for checked bags, passengers frequently travel with rolling suitcases that push the limits of the term “carry-on.” Would getting rid of these fees (and the bulkier carry-on bags) alleviate the increasingly long wait times at airport security? Yes, at least according to two lawmakers. [More]

Parvinder Singh Arora

New Payroll Fraud Variation: Scammers Gain Access To Corporate ADP Accounts

In recent months, we’ve seen a scam aiming to social engineer payroll information out of employees hit well-known companies like Snapchat and Seagate. The fraudsters’ goal is to get employees’ personal information and salary data, and file tax returns to collect refunds under their names. Now the tax scammers have found the ultimate source of payroll data: they’re able to access some companies’ accounts with payroll processing company ADP. [More]

Senator Calls For Everyone To Rally Around Encryption Like They Did Against SOPA


While the debate about encryption (brought to the foreground by the recent fight between Apple and the FBI) continues to rage on, at least one U.S. senator has clearly had enough, and is ready to draw a line in the sand. [More]