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The mobile application that accompanies many Hyundai cars exposed sensitive information that could have allowed attackers to remotely locate, unlock, and start vehicles.
The vulnerability was patched in the latest version of the mobile app released in March but was publicly disclosed on Tuesday.

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The hackers spreading ransomware are getting greedier. In 2016, the average ransom demand to free computers hit with the infection rose to US$1,077, up from $294 the year before, according to security firm Symantec.
“Attackers clearly think that there’s more to be squeezed from victims,” Symantec said in a Wednesday report.

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With workplace cyberattacks on the rise, industry experts are pressing businesses to train their workers to be more vigilant than ever to protect passwords and sensitive data and to recognize threats. “It is imperative for organizations of all sizes to instill among employees the critical role they play in keeping their workplace safe and secure,” said Michael Kaiser.

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For example, The Economist featured an ominous cover story: “Why computers will never be safe.” It’s a common worry. Since APIs by definition govern access to important data, any concerns about data security lead inevitably to questions about API security. This focus will continue to become increasingly top of mind as more APIs are created, published and used in the growing API-first world.

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