When robocallers pretend to be real

Watch out for “Can you hear me now?” robot telemarketers, the Federal Trade Commission warns.   You pick up the phone and hear a pause, then a young woman speaks. “Excuse me, I had a…

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Crash testing your connected stuff—before you get hacked

A consumer group is checking to see if products & apps keep you safe online.   If you need a new vacuum, you might go to Consumer Report to see which one has the…

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Hack my dust

As tiny “smart dust” computers become reality, some worry criminals—or companies—will invade your personal space.   You just stepped on one. And there could be another one in your left nostril. …

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Did your child’s teddy bear expose personal info & voice recordings?

“You must assume data like this will end up in other peoples’ hands,” researcher says.   A fluffy kitty, a soft bear, a plush pup. These are the CloudPets, stuffed animals that…

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Scammers are using human farms to steal money online

Scamming humans take over for scam robots who took over for scamming humans.   Lisa Baergen really wants to catch the guy who stole thousands of dollars-worth of stuff the day…

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New ransom attacks on new databases could leave you with nothing

Researchers find cyber crooks going after MySQL databases & offering shady promises to give you your data back.   ***Updated 2-27-17: MySQL said it will not comment****   Where do…

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