Looks Like Russian Hackers Stole 100,000 Americans' Tax Returns Online

The Internal Revenue Service suspect that Russian hackers are the culprits who stole the tax records of at least 100,000 people this year, and—yep, you read that right. Russian hackers! If you’re getting déjà vu, that’s because this marks the third time in very recent history that US government websites have been… » 5/29/15 10:22am Today 10:22am

Thieves Used an Online IRS Service to Steal Info from 100,000 People

Paying taxes is generally an unpleasant time. But the baseline misery of siphoning cash back to bureaucrats sounds downright delightful compared to getting straight up robbed, which is what happened to a lot of people this year. The Internal Revenue Service shut down an online tax filing program today after announcing… » 5/26/15 6:30pm Tuesday 6:30pm

AdultFriendFinder Hack Might Expose Your Sexual Orientation

When a company or website you trust gets hacked, it can be pretty unnerving. Particularly if you trusted that company with your credit card or medical information. But what if the hackers had knowledge of your sex life instead? That could be a reality: AdultFriendFinder has suffered a massive data breach. » 5/21/15 8:51pm 5/21/15 8:51pm

What Happens Behind the Scenes When You Buy Things with Your Phone

You’ve decided to buy a new pair of shoes, and you’re going to pay for them by tapping your smartphone against the checkout stand. It’s just like using your credit card — except that it isn’t. Here’s what’s really happening to the money on your phone, when you spend it and when you are just carrying it around. » 5/20/15 4:45pm 5/20/15 4:45pm

Stop Expecting Privacy When You Use Work Apps

Your privacy is important, even if our concern for it is often misplaced. Nowhere is it more misplaced than the tech we use at work. When you use office computers, phones, or other gear, you shouldn’t expect privacy. And yet, so many still do. Here’s why it doesn’t make sense, and what you can actually do if you want… » 5/18/15 3:23pm 5/18/15 3:23pm

United Can't Even Be Bothered To Pay Money For Finding Security Bugs

Bug bounty programs are pretty common among tech firms: the likes of Facebook and Google (although notably not Apple) will offer you hundreds of thousands of dollars in order for exposing security flaws in their products. It’s a good system, and one United Airlines wants to use: just without offering cold, hard cash. » 5/15/15 2:00am 5/15/15 2:00am

Crack a Combination Lock In 30 Seconds With This 3D-Printed Contraption

A few weeks ago hacker Samy Kamkar showed the world how to easily crack a Master combination lock—the same kind used on thousands of school lockers—in eight tries or fewer. But who has the time for that? Thankfully, Samy has followed up with this wonderful 3D-printed contraption that does all the hard work for you, in… » 5/14/15 4:00pm 5/14/15 4:00pm