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Tougher security bolsters the Blackphone (pictures)

For a phone with mid-tier hardware, the Blackphone punches high with nearly $900 worth of security and privacy tools. Here's what using the phone looks like.

6 Images By September 29, 2014

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'Internet of Things,' not privacy, to dominate at Black Hat

Security experts gather again in Vegas to show off and debate the latest in hacks and flaws, focusing this year on the latest risks facing Net-connected devices.

By August 6, 2014

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No black art to the Blackphone's quest for smartphone privacy

While Blackphone sales are off to a lukewarm start, our hands-on with the privacy-obsessed smartphone finds that it simplifies staying secure on the go.

By September 29, 2014

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Lavabit founder's DarkMail needs help to cross finish line

Embattled email guru Ladar Levison updates the DefCon crowd on encrypted email project DarkMail and asks for help from the hacker faithful to get what may be his final email project done.

By August 10, 2014

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Want a safe car? Check its cyber safety rating

At the Defcon hackers convention, a security research group proposes an automobile cyber safety rating system that could go far beyond hacking cars.

By August 9, 2014

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Ellison retrospective: An original straight out of central casting

Oracle's founder, who stepped down Thursday as CEO, has carved out a unique -- and sometimes controversial -- persona as a titan of tech.

By September 18, 2014

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​Yahoo teams up with Google on encrypted webmail

At the hacker conference Black Hat, Yahoo's new security honcho promises that Yahoo Mail will be encrypted end-to-end in 2015.

By August 7, 2014

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​Why you shouldn't be scared by the 'largest data breach' ever

Experts say the reported heist of 1.2 billion account credentials is legit, but caution that for most people there's little they can do -- or should be worried about.

By August 7, 2014

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Yowza! Yahoo once faced $250K in daily fines from US government

Declassified documents related to Yahoo's challenge of a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court opinion are now out. But the company doesn't see it as an all-out victory.

By September 11, 2014

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How the Hubble telescope captures the colour out of space

The Hubble can only take images in black and white. Does this mean its gorgeous full-colour photos are "fake"? Well, actually... no.

By September 8, 2014