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When you visit a new website, your computer probably submits a request to the domain name system (DNS) to translate the domain name (like arstechnica.com) to an IP address. Currently, most DNS queries are unencrypted, which raises privacy and security concerns. Google and Mozilla are trying to address these concerns by adding support in their browsers …

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Remember the “Big bitcoin heist” we reported last month when a group of thieves stole around 600 powerful bitcoin mining devices from Icelandic data centers? Icelandic Police had arrested 11 suspects as part of the investigation, one of which has escaped from prison and fled to Sweden on a passenger plane reportedly also carrying the …

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The Hacker News (THN), the widely-read cybersecurity news source for hackers and technologists, is celebrating its 7th Anniversary today. This is a huge milestone for THN and our team, but this day really belongs to you—our readers. Without you, we would not be here, and we appreciate you for reading, commenting, and sharing our content …

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The group of unknown hackers who hijacked CCleaner’s download server to distribute a malicious version of the popular system optimization software targeted at least 20 major international technology companies with a second-stage payload. Earlier this week, when the CCleaner hack was reported, researchers assured users that there’s no second stage malware used in the massive …

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Ransomware: It’s a fast-growing form of malware that has the potential to disrupt business in a huge way. Some, like the recent WannaCry outbreak, even have the potential to spread from computer to computer. Ransomware’s continued spread may be due to how simple it is to use. After all, why do all the work of …

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Two years ago, Gartner analyst Merv Adrian lambasted the “nearly non-existent response” to Hadoop’s “security issue,” dubbing it “shocking.” “Can it be that people believe Hadoop is secure?” he asked, “Because it certainly is not. At every layer of the stack, vulnerabilities exist.” Hadoop vendors like Cloudera and Hortonworks have made their millions selling, in …

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  Image: iStock/AleksOrel Much has been said about how big data will help solve many of the world’s thorniest problems, including pandemics, hunger, cancer treatments, and conservation. However, because of the seriousness of the problems, and complexity of big data and its analysis, a great deal of testing is required before any results can be …

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Image: iStockphoto/suphakit73 Blockchain is the next big thing, or will be if mere mortals don’t keep screwing it up. Blockchain promises “nearly friction-free cooperation between members of complex networks that can add value to each other by enabling collaboration without central authorities and middle men,” declared Vinay Gupta in a Harvard Business Review article. Yet, …