In India, you don’t need a Google phone to have a Google Assistant

A new toll-free Google Assistant service in India can be accessed from any phone.

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World’s most destructive botnet returns with stolen passwords and email in tow

Noticing an uptick in spam from people you know? You can probably blame Emotet.

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Harnessing machine learning to make managing your storage less of a chore

Storage management largely revolves around pattern recognition—and AI can help.

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Iowa officials claim confusion over scope led to arrest of pen-testers

Rules of engagement covered courthouse and authorized lock picking.

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Los Angeles partnership launches platform to help people catch phishes

Nonprofit LA Cyber Lab launches app to help small businesses spot phishing, malware.

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Advanced hackers are infecting IT providers in hopes of hitting their customers

Previously undocumented Tortoiseshell is skilled but by no means perfect.

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More evidence points to Iranian cruise missiles, drones in attack on Saudi oilfield

Cruise missile parts, UAV wreckage indicate attack was at least backed by Iran.

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AT&T considers getting rid of DirecTV as TV business tanks, WSJ reports

AT&T reportedly considers spinoff of DirecTV or combination with Dish.

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Protocol found in webcams and DVRs is fueling a new round of big DDoSes

WSD is supposed to be confined to local networks. It's not, and researchers are concerned.

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No phishing: LA Cyber Lab puts out app to help spot malicious emails

Nonprofit LA Cyber Lab launches app to help small businesses spot phishing, malware.

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Video: DOD pulls plug on Boeing/Raytheon missile interceptor program

DOD takes its search for a multi-target interceptor into recompete.

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Lawsuit: AT&T signed customers up for DirecTV Now without their knowledge

AT&T faces investor lawsuit as TV business continues freefall.

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WSJ: Amazon changed search results to boost profits despite internal dissent

Amazon denies report; WSJ says algorithm uses factors associated with profitability.

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Password-exposing bug purged from LastPass extensions

Google Project Zero finds and reports flaw in widely used password manager.

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Missiles and drones that hit Saudi oil fields: Made in Iran, but fired by whom?

Evidence shows Iran supplied cruise missiles, "loitering munitions" used previously.

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New clues show how Russia’s grid hackers aimed for physical destruction

2016 Russian cyberattack on Ukraine intended to cause far more damage than it did.

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Verizon plans 5G Home Internet in every city where it deploys mobile 5G

Verizon Wireless home Internet due for expansion, but 5G availability is sparse.

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Meet the three North Korean hacking groups funding the country’s weapons programs

Hackers are behind attacks that wreak destruction and steal hundreds of millions of dollars.

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Check the scope: Pen-testers nabbed, jailed in Iowa courthouse break-in attempt

Iowa court officials authorized "various means" to check county court's security.

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AT&T to lose 1.1 million TV subscribers as DirecTV continues nosedive

AT&T forecasts subscriber loss as big shareholder says DirecTV buy was a mistake.

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Hackers are exploiting a platform-agnostic flaw to track mobile phone locations

Attacks work by sending commands directly to applications stored on SIM cards.

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SpaceX says it will deploy satellite broadband across US faster than expected

SpaceX will reorganize orbits to cover more of the US in initial deployment.

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18 months after indictment, Iranian phishers are still targeting universities

A group charged with stealing 32 terabytes of academic data is still going strong.

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Debian 10: Playing catch-up with the rest of the Linux world (that’s a good thing)

If you skipped the last release, Debian 10 (Buster) should encourage an update into 2019.

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Weakness in Intel chips lets researchers steal encrypted SSH keystrokes

DDIO makes servers faster. It can also allow rogue servers to covertly steal data.

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Some Chromebooks mistakenly declared themselves end-of-life last week

Users on the Canary or Dev builds of ChromeOS got a nasty shock last week.

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