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Columbia University researchers have recently found a security exploit that can not only leave your personal information open for hackers to steal, but can also end up blowing up your printer and setting your house on fire. No, we’re not kidding. The researchers have found that certain internet-connected HP LaserJet printers (but could potentially be any model of internet-connected printers) are vulnerable to a malware attack that would give total control of your printer to a hacker from anywhere in the world.

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When you think about hackers and malware, what normally comes to mind is probably the Windows operating system and all of the malware attacks that are targeted at it. However, this is at no fault of the Windows operating system itself, but instead is due to the popularity of the system and the value that a hacker gains by creating an effective hack against it. Apple users, for the most part, have been malware-free because of their low value to hackers.

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This is one of those posts that makes us really glad that video cameras are so widespread and available whenever they’re needed. After repeatedly being told that he’s lying about his teacher bullying him, Julio Artuz, a 15-year-old special needs student from New Jersey finally got the proof he needed.

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Looking at the title of this post, you might be thinking, “How in the world can almost every internet user be considered a criminal?” Well, if the law that the the U.S. Department of Justice wants to get passed actually does go through, every person that ever violated a website’s terms of service (such as using a fake name, e-mail, or lying about personal details like age) would be considered a felon.

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Considering how many people are on Facebook worldwide, it seems an appropriate time for the government to step in to ensure that user’s privacy and rights were protected. Especially since Facebook has a history of randomly updating its privacy settings, exposing user data to the rest of the Web, the Federal Trade Commission decided that all sharing should be opted into instead of Mark Zuckerberg’s typical opt-out.

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We’re all aware that when we communicate something on our cell phone that the information we send doesn’t go directly to the person we’re calling or texting, but first goes through the cell phone service provider. However, something that most people don’t think about is that all of that information is being recorded and can easily be accessed by an interested third party, like a government agency.

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