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OnePlus got pwned, exposed up to 40,000 users to credit card fraud

Ars Technica - 1 hour 42 min ago

Enlarge / If you bought directly from OnePlus in the last two months or so, double-check your credit statements.

Earlier this week, numerous reports of credit card fraud started pouring in from OnePlus users. On the company's forums, customers said that credit cards used to purchase a OnePlus smartphone recently were also seeing bogus charges, so OnePlus launched an investigation into the reports. It's now a few days later, and the company has admitted that its servers were compromised—"up to 40k users" may have had their credit card data stolen.

OnePlus has posted an FAQ on the incident. "One of our systems was attacked," the post reads. "A malicious script was injected into the payment page code to sniff out credit card info while it was being entered." OnePlus believes the script was functional from "mid-November 2017" to January 11, 2018, and it captured credit card numbers, expiration dates, and security codes that were typed into the site during that time. Users that paid via PayPal or a previously-entered credit card information are not believed to be affected.

OnePlus says it "cannot apologize enough for letting something like this happen." The company is contacting accounts it believes to have been affect via email, and OnePlus says it is "working with our current payment providers to implement a more secure credit card payment method, as well as conducting an in-depth security audit."

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OnePlus minus 40,000 credit cards: Smartmobe store hacked to siphon payment info to crooks

The Register - 1 hour 49 min ago
Chinese biz scrambles to tear down injected theft script

OnePlus today confirmed thieves siphoned tens of thousands of people's credit card numbers from its online store.…

NSA surveillance programs live on, in case you hadn't noticed - CNET - News - 2 hours 12 min ago
Lawmakers renew spy programs that collect massive amounts of global communications with little fuss. Privacy advocates say secrecy led to limited debate.

Can we zero-in on Earth’s sensitivity to CO₂?

Ars Technica - 2 hours 12 min ago

Enlarge (credit: Kristin Andrus)

If it were easy to pin down the exact value for our planet’s sensitivity to greenhouse gas emission, it would have been done a long time ago—and you wouldn’t be reading yet another news story about it. It's not like we have no idea how sensitive the climate is. The range of possible values that scientists have been able to narrow it down to only spans from “climate change is very bad news” to “climate change is extremely bad news.”

But the difference between “very bad” and “extremely bad” is pretty important, so climate scientists aren’t throwing up their hands any time soon—as two new studies published this week show.

There are several basic strategies available for calculating the climate's sensitivity. These range from studying climate changes in the distant past to building and evaluating climate models to analyzing the warming over the last century or so. Each strategy has pros and cons. A handful of studies looking at the last century made waves a few years ago for yielding oddly lowball estimates of the impact of CO2 on warming, for example. Later studies have found problems that push those estimates upward when corrected, but one of this week’s studies demonstrates that the entire strategy is inherently problematic.

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CNET Show Us Yours: Submit photos of your home theater now! - CNET - News - 2 hours 19 min ago
Want your kickass home theater setup featured on CNET? We're looking for submissions, so get your photos ready and show us what you got.

Is a Ram 1500 Hellcat in the works? - Roadshow - News - 2 hours 24 min ago
An eagle-eyed person picked up on what might be a pavement-pounding Easter egg.

Silicon Valley is 'becoming unhinged,' says top VC - CNET - News - 2 hours 38 min ago
Commentary: Michael Moritz of Sequoia Capital seems to believe California is lazy, while, oh, China is setting the example in work ethic, according to a Financial Times interview.

Detour for astronaut set to be first African-American on ISS - CNET - News - 2 hours 38 min ago
NASA astronaut Jeanette Epps is no longer scheduled to travel to the International Space Station in 2018.

Verizon to include Mexico and Canada to Go Unlimited plan starting Jan. 25 - CNET - News - 2 hours 54 min ago
Users under the Go Unlimited phone plan can call and text to the two countries starting next week.

Amazon has made it more expensive to subscribe to Prime month-to-month

Ars Technica - 2 hours 55 min ago

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos. (credit: Steve Jurvetson)

Amazon on Friday announced that it has raised the price of its Prime membership program for those who subscribe on a month-to-month basis.

The plan previously cost $10.99 a month, but it will now cost $12.99 a month. That means the price of subscribing to the monthly Prime plan for a full year has jumped 18 percent, from $131.88 to $155.88. Those who currently subscribe to the monthly plan will see the price hike take effect on their first payment after February 18.

The e-commerce giant said it has also raised the rate of its cheaper Prime plan for students from $5.49 a month to $6.49 a month. The Prime Student plan launched this past October.

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Bitcoin currency operators slapped with lawsuits alleging fraud - CNET - News - 2 hours 55 min ago
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission says three separate cryptocurrency-related companies defrauded customers.

Malicious Chrome extension is next to impossible to manually remove

Ars Technica - 3 hours 1 min ago

(credit: Malwarebytes)

Proving once again that Google Chrome extensions are the Achilles heel of what's arguably the Internet's most secure browser, a researcher has documented a malicious add-on that tricks users into installing it and then is nearly impossible for most to manually uninstall. It was available for download on Google servers until Wednesday, 19 days after it was privately reported to Google security officials, a researcher said.

Once installed, an app called "Tiempo en colombia en vivo" prevents users from accessing the list of installed Chrome extensions by redirecting requests to chrome://apps/?r=extensions instead of chrome://extensions/, the page that lists all installed extensions and provides an interface for temporarily disabling or uninstalling them. Malwarebytes researcher Pieter Arntz said he experimented with a variety of hacks—including disabling JavaScript in the browser, starting Chrome with all extensions disabled, and renaming the folder where extensions are stored—none of them worked. Removing the extension proved so difficult that he ultimately advised users to run the free version of Malwarebytes and let it automatically remove the add-on.

When Arntz installed the extension on a test machine, Chrome spontaneously clicked on dozens of YouTube videos, an indication that inflating the number of views was among the things it did. The researcher hasn't ruled out the possibility that the add-on did more malicious things because the amount of obfuscated JavaScript it contained made a comprehensive analysis too time consuming. The researcher provided additional details in a blog post published Thursday.

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Super blue blood moon prowls across the sky on Jan. 31 - CNET - News - 3 hours 24 min ago
The upcoming supermoon will also deliver a lunar eclipse to people in the right viewing locations. You can catch all the action online too.

Amazon Prime cost jumps nearly 20 percent for monthly subscription - CNET - News - 3 hours 38 min ago
Those of you paying for Prime month to month will see a higher fee of $12.99. Annual fees will remain the same.

The global state of science

Ars Technica - 3 hours 38 min ago

Enlarge (credit: Oak Ridge National Lab)

By law, the National Science Foundation is required to do a biennial evaluation of the state of science research and innovation. This is one of the years it's due, and the NSF has gotten its Science and Engineering Indicators report ready for delivery to Congress and the president. The report is generally optimistic, finding significant funding for science and a strong return on that investment in terms of jobs and industries. But it does highlight how the global focus is shifting, with China and South Korea making massive investments in research and technology.

Science isn't a monolithic endeavor, so there's no way to create a single measure that captures global scientific progress. Instead, the NSF looked at 42 different indicators that track things like research funding, business investments, training of scientists, and more. All of these measures were evaluated for the globe, in order to put the US' scientific activity in perspective.

Show me the money

Overall, science funding is on a good trajectory. In 2005, global R&D spending was just under a trillion dollars; by 2015, it had cleared $2 trillion. In total, 75 percent of that is spent in 10 nations; in order of spending, these are the United States, China, Japan, Germany, South Korea, France, India, and the United Kingdom. The US alone spends about $500 billion. China, which was at roughly $100 billion a decade ago, has now cleared $400 billion.

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Windows Mixed Reality headset prices cut in half on Amazon - CNET - News - 3 hours 48 min ago
If $200 is your sweet spot for a VR headset and controllers, now's your chance.

Which streamer should you buy? - CNET - News - 3 hours 54 min ago
Plenty of options exist for streaming Netflix, YouTube, Amazon and the rest. We've reviewed almost all of them. Here are our picks.

Ford Mustang Bullitt No. 001 will be auctioned for charity - Roadshow - News - 4 hours 7 min ago
Pick up a badass ride for a good cause.

Weekend Streaming: ‘Black Lightning’ arrives online - CNET - News - 4 hours 9 min ago
DC’s newest superhero show is now streaming, along with the return of “The Flash.”

2018 Nissan Leaf touts a claimed 13,000 preorders - Roadshow - News - 4 hours 14 min ago
Big demand means Nissan's decision to make the Leaf a bit less wacky was a wise one.

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