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Hackers breach Healthcare.gov system, taking files on 75,000 people

Hackers breach Healthcare.gov system, taking files on 75,000 people

A government system used by insurance agents and brokers to help customers sign up for healthcare plans was breached, allowing hackers to siphon off sensitive and personal data on 75,000 people. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services confirmed the breachin a late Friday announcement but revealed few details about the contents of the files stolen.
Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive

Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive

Oculus Rift and HTC Vive head to head: Prices are lower, but our favorite remains the same. The virtual reality headset industry is far more mature than when it re-emerged with exciting new hardware in 2016, but Oculus and HTC’s flagship PC headsets are still two of the best choices out there. While you might be more excited about the HTC Vive Pro, Oculus Go, or Oculus Quest, the Oculus Rift versus HTC Vive comparison is still a major debate worth having when it comes to picking the right VR headset for you — especially if you already have a capable gaming PC.
Canada won’t keep its cannabis lead for long, once the American brand machine gets rolling, say insiders

Canada won’t keep its cannabis lead for long, once the American brand machine gets rolling, say insiders

The people that for whatever foolish reason thought Canada was going to dominate the world of cannabis, they need to disabuse themselves of that notion' Canada may have a head start in the global cannabis industry now that pot is legal, yet companies targeting the U.S. market say the advantage won’t last long once the American branding machine gets rolling.
North Korean hacker crew steals $571M in cryptocurrency across 5 attacks

North Korean hacker crew steals $571M in cryptocurrency across 5 attacks

North Korean hacking outfit “Lazarus” is the most profitable cryptocurrency-hacker syndicate in the world. Since 2017, internet baddies have in total stolen $882 million worth of cryptocurrency from online exchanges, but none have done it quite as well as the infamous North Koreans. World-renowned cybersecurity unit Group-IB is prepping to release its annual report on trends in hi-tech cybercrime.
Existing-home sales slump to a near 3-year low as buyers back out

Existing-home sales slump to a near 3-year low as buyers back out

The numbers: Existing-home sales ran at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.15 million in September, the National Association of Realtors said Friday. That was a 3.4% decline for the month and the lowest pace of sales since November 2015.
Encrypted SNI Comes to Firefox Nightly

Encrypted SNI Comes to Firefox Nightly

Firefox Nightly now supports encrypting the TLS Server Name Indication (SNI) extension, which helps prevent attackers on your network from learning your browsing history. You can enable encrypted SNI today and it will automatically work with any site that supports it. Currently, that means any site hosted by Cloudflare, but we’re hoping other providers will add ESNI support soon.
Flaws in telepresence robots allow hackers access to pictures, video feeds

Flaws in telepresence robots allow hackers access to pictures, video feeds

Vendor has patched two of five reported bugs. Three patches are in the works Telepresence robots from Vecna Technologies can be hacked using a suite of five vulnerabilities. The flaws can be combined to allow an attacker full control over a robot, giving an intruder the capability to alter firmware, steal chat logs, pictures, or even access live video streams. Vecna has already patched two of the five vulnerabilities and is in the process of addressing the other three.
Apple CEO Tim Cook Is Calling For Bloomberg To Retract Its Chinese Spy Chip Story

Apple CEO Tim Cook Is Calling For Bloomberg To Retract Its Chinese Spy Chip Story

"I feel they should retract their story. There is no truth in their story about Apple. They need to do that right thing." Apple CEO Tim Cook, in an interview with BuzzFeed News, went on the record for the first time to deny allegations that his company was the victim of a hardware-based attack carried out by the Chinese government. And, in an unprecedented move for the company, he called for a retraction of the story that made this claim.
Microsoft patent highlights a potential VR text input system

Microsoft patent highlights a potential VR text input system

Microsoft has been awarded a patent for a new virtual reality text input system that could prove to be a better way for writing complicated or lengthy text in VR when using motion controllers and Xbox gamepads. It uses a radial design with layered inputs and predictive elements that put the most likely of letters within easy reach depending on what’s being “typed.”
Apple sends out invitations for the new iPad event on October 30

Apple sends out invitations for the new iPad event on October 30

Apple has sent invites for a launch event this month in New York City. Apple will launch new products in Brooklyn, New York on October 30. Apple launched new iPhones and Apple Watches last month, so analysts expect Apple to launch new iPad Pros and MacBook laptops at this month's event. Apple could also launch AirPower, the wireless charger for iPhones that is supposed to come out in 2018.
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