Searchable Database of 1.4 Billion Stolen Credentials Found On Dark Web

Searchable Database of 1.4 Billion Stolen Credentials Found On Dark Web
Published on December 12, 2017 at 11:00PM
YVRGeek shares a report from IT World Canada: A security vendor has discovered a huge list of easily searchable stolen credentials in cleartext on the dark web, which it fears could lead to a new wave of cyber attacks. Julio Casal, co-founder of identity threat intelligence provider 4iQ, which has offices in California and Spain, said in a Dec. 8 blog his firm found the database of 1.4 billion username and password pairs while scanning the dark web for stolen, leaked or lost data. He said the company has verified at least a group of credentials are legitimate. What is alarming is the file is what he calls “an aggregated, interactive database that allows for fast (one second response) searches and new breach imports.” For example, searching for “admin,” “administrator” and “root” read more

Avis is testing a system that unlocks a rental car with your phone

Continental’s keyless system doesn’t require any major changes to the vehicle’s structure or circuitry, meaning it’s easy to incorporate into pretty much any make or model. “Our partnership with Continental helps us deliver the next generation of mobility solutions and lays the foundation for entirely keyless car rental,” Avis CEO Larry De Shon said in a statement.

Avis, which last year introduced a feature that let its customers choose which rental they wanted through the Avis mobile app, hasn’t said how long it plans to run the pilot program or when it might see a larger rollout. But it will be demoing the new feature at the 2018 CES trade show next month.

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On The Road In Italy: A Travel Adventure In Venice

That was the understatement of the year. Venice is surrounded by water canals, bridges, stairs that can be slippery and few ramps for dragging suitcases. Our last evening on Sunday Oct. 22, 2017 in Venice was rainy. We selected a hotel near the train station. Venezia Santa Lucia is the central station of …
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Searchable Database of 1.4 Billion Stolen Credentials Found On Dark Web

Searchable Database of 1.4 Billion Stolen Credentials Found On Dark Web
Published on December 12, 2017 at 11:00PM
YVRGeek shares a report from IT World Canada: A security vendor has discovered a huge list of easily searchable stolen credentials in cleartext on the dark web, which it fears could lead to a new wave of cyber attacks. Julio Casal, co-founder of identity threat intelligence provider 4iQ, which has offices in California and Spain, said in a Dec. 8 blog his firm found the database of 1.4 billion username and password pairs while scanning the dark web for stolen, leaked or lost data. He said the company has verified at least a group of credentials are legitimate. What is alarming is the file is what he calls “an aggregated, interactive database that allows for fast (one second response) searches and new breach imports.” For example, searching for “admin,” “administrator” and “root” read more

Buyer beware: embedded fingerprint sensors will make phones look boring

As bezels on smartphones have gotten thinner, their designers are faced with a challenge that becomes more difficult with each passing model released: how do you make your phone stand out amongst the rest?

Hot off of the news that Synaptics is rolling out its embedded fingerprint sensors that work through an OLED display, the mountain to scale becomes even steeper. Without bezels or a visible fingerprint biometrics on the phone’s front or back, there’s increasingly little to work with when it comes to crafting a phone’s identity. 

Sure, you might be thinking, the Samsung Galaxy S8, Essential Phone, iPhone X and Google Pixel 2 XL look fairly unique. And while I agree, I also think part of that comes from these phones being the pioneers of trimming bezels and maximizing screen size. 

Synaptics embedded fingerprint sensor

But as I’m sure you’re aware, this aesthetic has since been adopted far and wide in the world of smartphone manufacturing, from the flagship price point down to the startlingly affordable Honor read more

Trump wants to send astronauts to the Moon on the way to Mars

The Trump administration had previously signaled its intentions to send astronauts back to the Moon, but now that renewed space exploration objective is official. On Monday, the president signed Space Policy Directive 1, a document detailing a shift in U.S. policy that would reprioritize a mission to put American boots on the Moon for the first time in 45 years.

While Mars is widely considered to be the primary goal of much current space exploration, a Moon mission would “establish a foundation for an eventual mission to Mars,” President Trump asserted during the signing.

“The directive I am signing today will refocus America’s space program on human exploration and discovery. It marks a first step in returning American astronauts to the Moon for the first time since 1972, for long-term exploration and use.”

This isn’t the first we’ve heard of the Trump administration’s Moon ambitions. In July, Vice President Pence read more

New story in Technology from Time: Your Apple Watch is About to Become More Useful at the Gym

Anyone who has worn a fitness tracker or smartwatch to the gym has probably noticed that the stats on your wrist rarely match what’s being shown on the treadmill or elliptical. That’s part of what Apple is hoping to solve by making it possible for the Apple Watch to communicate directly with compatible workout equipment through its GymKit program, which is just starting to appear in fitness clubs after it was announced in June.

GymKit is a platform that makes it possible to sync your Apple Watch with certain cardio exercise machines, allowing the watch and the equipment to exchange information so that they can provide more accurate feedback. The program is starting to launch in the United States after first appearing in Australia last month and the United Kingdom earlier in December.

GymKit takes a page from other Apple services like Apple Pay — just tap your watch against the machine, and your watch should pair it if it’s compatible. For now, GymKit will only work read more