NSA Uses Cookies to Pinpoint Hacking Targets

For years, privacy advocates have criticized the commercial use of “cookies” and other tools to track online customers — now it appears that the National Security Agency (NSA) has used these same methods to find targets for hacking operations. According to documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, the agency was especially fond of a Google-specific tracking mechanism called […]

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Retailer Predicts Wii U Will Outpace PS4 and Xbox One this Holiday, but Read Carefully

This is interesting — maybe a little nuts, but interesting nonetheless: Rakuten, which owns Play.com, the U.K.-based online purveyor of games, clothes, movies and more, is saying it expects the Wii U to outsell the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this holiday. Well, maybe: MCV, which reported as much under the rubric “Play.com predicts Wii U dominance this Christmas,” may […]

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Tech Tips: Guide to Protecting Internet Accounts

  Security experts say passwords for more than 2 million Facebook, Google and other accounts have been compromised and circulated online, just the latest example of breaches involving leading Internet companies. Some services including Twitter have responded by disabling the affected passwords. But there are several things you can do to minimize further threats -even if your account isn’t among […]

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Hackers Steal Two Million Passwords from Facebook, Gmail, Twitter

Hackers have stolen some two million usernames and passwords from 93,000 websites, including Facebook, Google, Twitter, Yahoo and LinkedIn. CNN reports that the cybersecurity firm Trustwave traced the massive breach to a server in the Netherlands. Security experts said the confidential information on the server came from a piece of malware which recorded users’ keystrokes at login screens. With the […]

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10 Reasons I’d Pick the Wii U over the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One Today

This could have been Nintendo’s year — should have been Nintendo’s year. And in a sense, it was Nintendo’s year, though it took some doing to get here. No one was supposed to buy the company’s shiny aqua-blue or whatchamacallit-black 3DS when it arrived back in February 2011 with a clamshell thud. Handheld gaming was doomed, proclaimed analysts like smug […]

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Your Guide to Cyber Monday’s Best Deals

Cyber Monday kicked off early Sunday, giving consumers a chance to shop from the comforts of their couches. More consumers than ever before are set to take part in the digital bonanza — in fact, this year’s Cyber Monday could turn out to be the heaviest online spending day in history. According to business analytics firm comScore, shoppers could spend […]

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