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The less you reveal about your location such as your IP address the more secure your connection. Take control over the information you allow to be visible on the internet.

A virtual private network (VPN) extends your private network across the Internet. It enables you to send and receive data across shared or public networks as if their computing devices were directly connected to the private network. This means you can protect your data and IP address. You can also “tunnel” around blocked sites and censorship by having a virtual presence in another country.  A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is your first line of defense on the internet.

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‘Collection #1’ data breach is just the beginning, cyber security experts warn – The Independent

‘Collection #1’ data breach is just the beginning, cyber security experts warn  The Independent

The vast data breach that might be the biggest ever posted on the internet is just the beginning, cyber security experts have warned. The trove of sensitive …

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Arduino Hacker eBook Bundle: $19.99

We have a big bundle of ebooks for you on Arduino today from The Make called the Arduino Hacker eBook Bundle. With 15 different titles in the bundle, topics range from getting started to project-speci…
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Linux-Targeting Cryptojacking Malware Disables Cloud-Based Security Measures: Report – Cointelegraph

Linux-Targeting Cryptojacking Malware Disables Cloud-Based Security Measures: Report  Cointelegraph

News. A new cryptojacking malware has the ability to disable cloud-based security measures to avoid detection on Linux servers, research by information …

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Hacks to clean and de-clutter your computer (inside and out)

“Get into the habit of saving those files in their proper places. Both Windows and Mac computers have folders assigned for specific types of files (documents, photos, videos). “Keep things simple and …
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Ingenious! The Android malware which only triggers if you’re moving

Ingenious! The Android malware which only activates if you're moving

Android malware in the Google Play Store could tell whether it was likely to be running on a genuine victim’s device or being analysed by a security team.

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The Lifehacker-Approved Apps You Might Not Need

Not every hack, tip, or app is for everyone. In that spirit, here are the Lifehacker-approved apps that I’ve stopped using. I didn’t install them on my new Mac, and I’m curious how many of …
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Senators urge Metro to guard against Chinese spying in new subway cars – Washington Post

Senators urge Metro to guard against Chinese spying in new subway cars  Washington Post

U.S. senators representing the Washington region want Metro to take stronger steps to guard against the risk that buying subway cars from China would allow …

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More than 770 million email addresses found in ‘largest’ data breach – Channel NewsAsia

  1. More than 770 million email addresses found in ‘largest’ data breach  Channel NewsAsia
  2. 773 million email addresses exposed in ‘mega data breach’ — here’s how to see if yours is one of them  MarketWatch
  3. Here’s How to Find Out if Your Email Was One of the 773 Million Exposed in Massive Data Breach  Fortune
  4. How to find out if your email was one of 773 million exposed in data breach  WGN TV Chicago
  5. The recent ‘Collection #1’ data breach that leaked 773M accounts is only the tip of the iceberg  BGR
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Ashbrook Colloquium to address ‘cyber warfare’ | News – Ashland Source

Ashbrook Colloquium to address ‘cyber warfare’ | News  Ashland Source

A leading expert in national security and foreign policy challenges will speak on the topic of cyber warfare at a colloquium on Jan. 25 at 3 p.m. in the Ashbrook.

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The ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ People Are Suing Netflix Over ‘Bandersnatch’

As you may have already heard, the latest iteration of the Black Mirror franchise on Netflix, titled Bandersnatch, is an absolute hit. You likely also have heard that it allows the viewer to influence the plot by making choices within the story’s many inflection points. And, hey, perhaps you even heard that Netflix is facing legal action by Chooseco LLC, the company behind the “Choose Your Own Adventure” series that were popular in the ’80s and ’90s.

But if you haven’t dug into the details, both in terms of why Chooseco states the Netflix series violates its trademark and the damages it is asking for in court, you may not realize just how bonkers all of this is.

Chooseco LLC is suing Netflix for trademark infringement and dilution over the streaming service’s new hit, claiming that Netflix is “willfully and intentionally” using its trademark “to capitalize on viewers’ nostalgia for the original book series from the 1980s and 1990s.”

Bandersnatch is an interactive film that allows viewers to make choices that drive the plot and decide the ending. Early on, the main character informs his father that “Bandersnatch is a ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ book” and holds up a copy by fictional author Jerome F. Davies.

Now, it should be noted that this entire claim appears to rest on two things. First, there is very brief nod to the book series at one point in the film. Second, Netflix at one point had spoken with Chooseco about officially licensing their trademark for a Choose Your Own Adventure series that doesn’t appear to have anything to do with Bandersnatch. But it’s important to make something clear: at no point has Netflix ever referred to its own Banderstatch as “choose your own adventure,” or anything close to that. It is true that many people may have compared the two because, duh, but that’s not on Netflix (one might argue it’s on Chooseco for picking a name that is so easily genericized). From there, Chooseco claims that there will be public confusion about the origin and/or affiliation of Bandersnatch having something to do with Chooseco, and it claims that the film’s use dilutes the positive warm-and-fuzzies people have for the book series. On that front:

Overall, Bandersnatch is a dark film and the videogame that Butler creates in it based on its fictional inspiration is equally dark. Nearly every narrative fork includes disturbing and violent imagery. The movie has a rating of TV-MA, which means the content is specifically designed to be viewed by adults. Depending on the choices the viewer makes, it can include references to and depictions of a demonic presence, violent fighting, drug use, murder, mutilation of a corpse, decapitation, and other upsetting imagery. These dark and violent themes are too mature for the target audience of Chooseco’s CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE BOOKS. Association with this grim content tarnishes Chooseco’ s famous trademark.

This, as should be plainly evident, is absurd on many levels. Fans of Bandersnatch aren’t going to think less of the Choose book series because Bandersnatch is dark. Dark is the whole point of Netflix’s series. Aside from that, a throwaway line in the beginning of the film serving as a simple nod to the book series doesn’t exactly create the lasting impression that there is any affiliation here. Bandersnatch regularly does commentary on popular culture by turning it dark. It’s kind of the point.

And, again, there’s nothing in here that’s going to cause people to somehow think Chooseco is involved in this film at all. The trademark claims ought to fail on the lack of any real concern over public confusion. And yet…

The real legal adventure, though, could come in its request for $ 25 million in damages or Netflix’s profits, whichever is greater, and that the damages be tripled because of the alleged willful nature of Netflix’s conduct.

Supporting the company’s claim that it deserves treble damages is its allegation that the two parties had been in “extensive negotiations” over the use of the trademark in 2016 but that Netflix never obtained a license. Also, Chooseco claims it sent Netflix at least one cease-and-desist letter regarding its unauthorized use of the “Choose Your Own Adventure” trademark in another program.

Every piece of evidence here is weaker than the last, which makes a $ 25 Million price tag seem a bit too much. Perhaps this is a lawsuit fishing for a settlement to make it go away, but I would hope Netflix digs its heels in instead.

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773 million email addresses exposed in ‘mega data breach’ — here’s how to see if yours is one of them – MarketWatch

  1. 773 million email addresses exposed in ‘mega data breach’ — here’s how to see if yours is one of them  MarketWatch
  2. More than 770 million email addresses found in ‘largest’ data breach  Channel NewsAsia
  3. Here’s How to Find Out if Your Email Was One of the 773 Million Exposed in Massive Data Breach  Fortune
  4. The recent ‘Collection #1’ data breach that leaked 773M accounts is only the tip of the iceberg  BGR
  5. Over 20 million passwords leaked in 2019’s first major data breach revelation  The National
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3 ways China’s military could use cyber in war – fifthdomain.com

3 ways China’s military could use cyber in war  fifthdomain.com

A new report articulates how China might use cyber capabilities during a conflict.

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DDoS sueball, felonious fonts, leaky Android file manager, blundering building security, etc etc – The Register

DDoS sueball, felonious fonts, leaky Android file manager, blundering building security, etc etc  The Register

Roundup This week we wrangled with alleged Russian election meddling, hundreds of millions of username-password combos spilled online, Oracle …

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Executive Briefing Series: CDM and Mobile Security – Federal News Network

Executive Briefing Series: CDM and Mobile Security  Federal News Network

In this exclusive executive briefing, federal practitioners explore implementing new CDM capabilities and how the integration of CDM and mobile devices …

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Security flaw found in ES File Explorer app (Update: Patch incoming) – Android Authority

Security flaw found in ES File Explorer app (Update: Patch incoming)  Android Authority

If you use the popular Android app ES File Explorer, be careful: as of right now, the app has a major security vulnerability. However, a patch is on the way.

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These malicious Android apps will only strike when you move your smartphone – ZDNet

These malicious Android apps will only strike when you move your smartphone  ZDNet

Apps containing the Anubis banking Trojan and an interesting motion sensor have been found in the Google Play store.

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Threatpost Survey Says: 2FA is Just Fine, But Go Ahead and Kill SMS

Our reader poll showed overwhelming support for 2FA even in the wake of a bypass tool being released — although lingering concerns remain.
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