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TV piracy ring walks the plank after Euro cops launch 14 raids and shutter 11 data centres

Illegal streaming gang served up sports from 800 channels

A taskforce led by Spanish cops has dealt TV piracy a heavy blow after shuttering a network of illegal sports streaming sites operating across Spain, the UK, Denmark, Latvia, the Netherlands and Cyprus.…

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Source:: TheRegister

Over 100,000 GitHub Repos Have Leaked API or Cryptographic Keys

A scan of billions of files from 13 percent of all GitHub public repositories over a period of six months has revealed that over 100,000 repos have leaked API tokens and cryptographic keys, with thousands of new repositories leaking new secrets on a daily basis. From a report: The scan was the object of academic research carried out by a team from the North Carolina State University (NCSU), and the study’s results have been shared with GitHub, which acted on the findings to accelerate its work on a new security feature called Token Scanning, currently in beta. The NCSU study is the most comprehensive and in-depth GitHub scan to date and exceeds any previous research of its kind. NCSU academics scanned GitHub accounts for a period of nearly six months, between October 31, 2017, and April 20, 2018, and looked for text strings formatted like API tokens and cryptographic keys.

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Security Lessons from My Game Closet

In an era of popular video games like Fortnite and Minecraft, there is a lot to be learned about risk, luck, and strategy from some old-fashioned board games. …read more

Source:: DarkReading

Hyundai Tucson N Line is a sharper, sportier SUV – Roadshow

It’s only been announced in Europe so far, but hopefully the US gets a crack at it, too. …read more

Source:: CNet

Microsoft: This is world’s first automated DNA data storage, retrieval system

Microsoft researchers reveal an apparatus for automating the storage and retrieval of data stored in DNA. …read more

Source:: ZDNet

Pre-checked cookie boxes don’t count as valid consent, says adviser to top EU court

You can’t assume active participation from someone who didn’t untick something

Requiring someone to uncheck a pre-ticked box doesn’t count as valid cookie consent under EU law, the adviser to the bloc’s top court has said.…

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Source:: TheRegister

Most Bitcoin Trading Faked by Unregulated Exchanges, Study Finds

Up to 95% of all reported trading in bitcoin is artificially created by unregulated exchanges, according to a new study [PDF], raising fresh doubts about the nascent market following a steep decline in prices over the past year. From a report: Fraudulent trading volume has dogged cryptocurrency trading for years, but the extent of the market manipulation has been difficult to determine. Bitwise Asset Management said its analysis of trading activity at 81 exchanges over four days in March indicates that the actual market for bitcoin is far smaller than previously thought. The San Francisco-based company submitted its research to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission with an application to launch a bitcoin-based exchange-traded fund.

The study, made public Thursday, is an attempt to alleviate the agency’s longstanding concerns that a bitcoin ETF would leave investors exposed to fraud and market manipulation. Bitwise’s fund, if approved, would be based upon the 5% of trading it considers legitimate, said Matthew Hougan, Bitwise’s head of global research. That volume comes from 10 regulated exchanges that can verify that their trading data and customers are real. This slice of the market, he said, is well regulated, transparent and efficient. “I hope everyone sees there is a real market for bitcoin,” he said.

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Hackers Take Down Safari, VMware, And Oracle At Pwn2Own

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Source:: PacketStorm

Early Cambridge Analytica Fears Revealed

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Source:: PacketStorm

FB Stored Hundreds Of Millions Of Passwords Unprotected

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Source:: PacketStorm

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