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Intel’s 17-qubit quantum test chip.

Source: Intel

Stefan Thomas really could have used a quantum computer this year.

The German-born programmer and crypto trader forgot the password to unlock his digital wallet, which contains 7,002 bitcoin, now worth $265 million. Quantum computers, which will be several million times faster than traditional computers, could have easily helped him crack the code.

Though quantum computing is still very much in its infancy, governments and private-sector companies such as Microsoft and Google are working to make it a reality. Within a decade, quantum computers could be powerful enough to break the cryptographic security

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Signal hacked Cellebrite’s phone hacking software used by law enforcement

After the cellphone hacking company Cellebrite said it had figured out a way to access the secure messaging app Signal, Signal said in a blog post that it has turned the tables. The app’s creator Moxie Marlinspike claimed that his team obtained Cellebrite’s hacking kit and discovered several vulnerabilities. He then implied that Signal will update the app to stymie any law enforcement attempts to hack it. 

Cellebrite sells a suite of “data analysis devices” called UFED that allows law enforcement to break into iOS or Android phones and extract messaging logs, call records, photos and other data. The suite

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La Plata County Sheriff’s Office warns of computer hacking scam

The La Plata County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents of a scam that took place last week in which someone claimed to be a CenturyLink technician, but was really trying to gain access to the potential victim’s computer.

The so-called technician calls a household and explains the person needs to reboot his or her computer because of a power outage that occurred in the area. The victim is then asked to download an update from a website called ultraviewer.net.

But ultraviewer.net allows people to control a computer remotely, which then allows a person to access documents and passwords on that

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The FBI Just Snuck Into Computers All Over the Country to Stop a Hacking Campaign

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In what may be a first-of-its-kind operation, the FBI recently accessed private servers across the United States, ostensibly to delete malware that had previously been installed by foreign hackers.

The FBI targeted this unique digital clean-up at servers running the vulnerability-ridden email product Microsoft Exchange. The U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday that the purpose of the bureau’s operation was to digitally erase traces of web shells that, had they remained, “could have been used to maintain and escalate persistent, unauthorized access to U.S. networks.”

The security flaws plaguing Microsoft’s product are well

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FBI hacks vulnerable US computers to fix malicious malware | Hacking

The FBI has been hacking into the computers of US companies running insecure versions of Microsoft software in order to fix them, the US Department of Justice has announced.

The operation, approved by a federal court, involved the FBI hacking into “hundreds” of vulnerable computers to remove malware placed there by an earlier malicious hacking campaign, which Microsoft blamed on a Chinese hacking group known as Hafnium.

Hafnium’s operation placed backdoors into “tens of thousands” of servers running Microsoft’s Exchange software, which allows businesses to manage emails, contacts and calendars for their employees. It took advantage of a weakness in

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The FBI is remotely hacking hundreds of computers to protect them from Hafnium

In what’s believed to be an unprecedented move, the FBI is trying to protect hundreds of computers infected by the Hafnium hack by hacking them itself, using the original hackers’ own tools (via TechCrunch).

The hack, which affected tens of thousands of Microsoft Exchange Server customers around the world and triggered a “whole of government response” from the White House, reportedly left a number of backdoors that could let any number of hackers right into those systems again. Now, the FBI has taken advantage of this by using those same web shells / backdoors to remotely delete themselves,

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