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We don't cover stupid, says cyber insurer that's fighting a payout May 28th 2015

In 2013, California healthcare provider Cottage Health System discovered that security on one of its servers had been disabled, leaving tens of thousands of patients' files potentially open and exposed on the internet.

Those files included patients' names, addresses, dates of birth, and in a few cases, their diagnosis, lab results and procedures performed.

Cottage was sued, along with inSync, a Laguna Hills-based company responsible for putting the records in a secure location online.

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5 tips to improve your Linux desktop security May 28th 2015

There are lots of Linux servers out there - sufficiently many that it's impossible to give the precise number, and difficult even to come up with a good approximation.

But we're unlikely to offend anyone if we say that at least 20%, probably 40%, and possibly more than 50% of the internet's servers run some flavour of Linux.

As a result, cybercrooks have learned how to hack into Linux servers on an industrial scale in order to steal both storage space and network bandwidth.

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1 in 5 experts believe artificial intelligence will pose an 'existential threat'
May 27th 2015

About 18% of experts working in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) believe that AI will one day pose an 'existential threat' to humanity, according to a report from Oxford University.

The possibility that AI might be our ultimate undoing has been a hot topic of late, with doom-laden remarks from people like Elon Musk, Bill Gates and Stephen Hawking widely reported.

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Former virus writer open-sources his DIY combination lock-picking robot
May 18th 2015

Back in 2005, a youngster called Samy Kamkar wrote and unleashed a JavaScript virus on MySpace.

You probably remember MySpace: back in 2005, it was the the place to be online, making it the place to try out social networking malware.

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United Airlines: Hack our site for free miles (just don't mess with onboard systems) May 18th 2015

United Airlines is offering up to 1 million free air miles in a new bug bounty program that rewards hackers who discover security flaws in the airline's websites, apps and databases.

The program is the "first of its kind within the airline industry," United proclaims on its website.

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Police arrest Virginia Tech student over Yik Yak threat May 5th 2015

This is the threat that appeared over anonymous messaging app Yik Yak last Tuesday night, 28 April:

Another 4.16 moment is going to happen tomorrow. Just a warning.

To most of the world, that could have meant just about anything.

But to students at the US school Virginia Tech, it could only mean one thing: the date is the anniversary of one of the country's largest mass murders.

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