Hacker targets Sacramento Regional Transit, deletes 30 million files in ransomware attack

A hacker hit Sacramento Regional Transit over the weekend, deleting about 30 million files in a ransomware attack.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/11/21/hacker-targets-sacramento-regional-transit-deletes-30-million-files-in-ransomware-attack.html

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Retailers, Etailers Brace for Invasion of the Black Friday Shoppers


A total of 164 million Americans, or 69 percent of the U.S. population, plan to shop Thanksgiving weekend, according to a new survey by the National Retail Federation. Upwards of 115 million people, or about 70 percent, plan to shop on Black Friday, the report shows, while 78 million plan to shop on Cyber Monday, 71 million on Small Business Saturday, and 32 million on Thanksgiving Day. About 66 percent of consumers said they plan to shop during the weekend to take advantage of special deals and promotions.

The original article can be found here: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/84955.html?rss=1

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5 Ways Etailers Can Make Online Shoppers Feel Safe


At least 145 million Americans — half the United States population — were impacted by a data breach at Equifax that netted thieves personal information such as names, addresses, birthdates, Social Security Numbers and driver’s license numbers. That pales in comparison to the earlier Yahoo breaches, which affected more than 1 billion accounts. However, those incidents may be just the tip of a very large iceberg, as reports of data breaches just keep on coming. “Consumer confidence is at an all-time low,” said Generali COO Paige Schaffer.

The original article can be found here: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/84941.html?rss=1

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Netflix member? Don’t get caught out by the latest email scam

With more than 100 million users globally, Netflix is an attractive target for email scammers. Another ruse has just showed up, and it’s designed to get hold of your login credentials and credit card information. So take care.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/11/07/netflix-member-don-t-get-caught-out-by-latest-email-scam.html

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Sneaky fake WhatsApp app attracts more than 1 million downloads

Over a million Android users may have been duped into downloading a fake WhatsApp product on Google Play, thanks to a character space.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/11/06/sneaky-fake-whatsapp-app-attracts-more-than-1-million-downloads.html

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Here are the Russian Facebook ads you might have seen during the election

The ads, which were seen by at least 10 million Americans, according to Facebook, are most likely associated with the Russian “troll farm” Internet Research Agency.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/11/02/here-are-russian-facebook-ads-might-have-seen-during-election.html

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Facebook: Russian-backed content reached 20 million Americans on Instagram

Facebook said Wednesday that about 20 million people Americans may have seen Russian-backed content on Instagram.

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Facebook: Up to 126 million people saw Russian-backed content

Facebook Inc. estimates that about 126 million people may have seen content posted by Russian-backed accounts over more than two years that sought to disrupt American society, the social-media giant plans to tell congressional investigators Tuesday, according to a prepared copy of the remarks obtained by The Wall Street Journal.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/10/30/facebook-up-to-126-million-people-saw-russian-backed-content.html

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Artificial intelligence could help us see farther into space than ever before

New AI algorithm is 10 million times faster at analyzing images of so-called “gravitational lenses” in space. That means that analysis which previously took months can now be carried out in a fraction a second.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/09/05/artificial-intelligence-could-help-us-see-farther-into-space-than-ever-before.html

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Canadian university falls victim to email phishing scam, loses $9.5M to fraudsters

MacEwan University in Edmonton has confirmed that it lost 11.8 million Canadian dollars (US $9.5 million) after falling victim to a phishing attack.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/09/01/canadian-university-falls-victim-to-email-phishing-scam-loses-9-5m-to-fraudsters.html

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Writing an algorithm to solve this chess problem could net you a cool $1 million

Have a good mind for computational chess problem-solving? Want to earn $1 million? Then the University of St. Andrews and Clay Mathematics Institute sure have the competition for you.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/09/01/writing-algorithm-to-solve-this-chess-problem-could-net-cool-1-million.html

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Brain-like neural networks study space-time distortions at breakneck speed

Researchers have used brain-like “neural networks” to analyze key distortions in space-time 10 million times faster than conventional methods can do so.

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Robots May Become Go-To Customer Service Reps


The customer service robot market will be worth $88 million by 2022, according to Tractica. Annual shipments are expected to increase from 2,730 units in 2016 to nearly 4,800 in 2022. The robots will be both humanoid and non-humanoid. However, telepresence robots, chatbots, and stationary customer interactive systems that don’t have moving parts are not included in the count. Nearly half of all customer service robots will be deployed in the Asia Pacific Region; other significant markets will be North America and Europe.

The original article can be found here: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/84765.html?rss=1

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Ashley Madison offers to pay $11.2 million to hacking victims

Ashley Madison’s parent company has reached a proposed $11.2 million settlement agreement with lawyers representing victims of the cheating site’s 2015 data breach.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/07/17/ashley-madison-offers-to-pay-11-2-million-to-hacking-victims.html

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Washington State University warns 1 million about stolen hard drive containing personal data

Washington State University sent letters earlier this month to 1 million people warning them they could be at risk of identity theft after a hard drive was in a locked safe that was stolen more than a month go.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/06/23/washington-state-university-warns-1-million-about-stolen-hard-drive-containing-personal-data.html

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Data on nearly 200 million US voters exposed in huge GOP contractor leak

The personal details of nearly 200 million voters have been accidentally exposed in the largest U.S. leak of voter data, according to a security expert.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/06/20/data-on-nearly-200-million-us-voters-exposed-in-huge-gop-contractor-leak.html

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