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7/20/2018

Three FBI cybersecurity officials are stepping down from their roles, sources say. Scott Smith of the cyberdivision is to retire this month, while David Resch of the criminal, cyber, response and services branch and Carl Ghattas of the national security branch also will be leaving the bureau.

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7/20/2018

Samsung may release a smart speaker powered by Bixby in August, per a report in The Wall Street Journal. The device may be released Aug. 9 in conjunction with the Samsung Unpacked event.

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7/20/2018

On Amazon's Prime Day, the best-selling brand of PC notebooks, desktops and monitors was Acer, the company reports, adding that it offered 17 items as Prime deals and that more than 100 million items were sold.

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7/20/2018

Google is reportedly working to develop an alternative to the Android operating system, termed project Fuchsia. The team's goal is to produce an operating system that can run on a range of devices, including phones, laptops and Internet-connected sensors, and can better handle frequent updates and voice commands, sources say.

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7/20/2018

Apple is overhauling Apple Maps, including taking charge of its own mapping data. Adam Dorfman takes a look at what to expect and whether Apple can catch up with rival Google Maps.

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7/20/2018

Microsoft is planning to engage consumers through accessible technology with its Modern Life Services initiative. The goal is to reach "professional consumers," people familiar with technology but who need to find ways to use it more productively, according to Yusuf Mehdi, who is heading up the project.

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7/20/2018

Dongguan Diqee 360 vacuums have security vulnerabilities that could be used to turn them into surveillance devices, warns Positive Technologies. The "dynamic monitoring" feature, which uses a 360-degree camera and Wi-Fi, could be used as a botnet for distributed-denial-of-service attacks or spying on vacuum owners, the company warns.

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7/20/2018

Mobile games including "Clash Royale" and "Clash of Clans" are being used to launder money through more than 20,000 stolen credit cards, security firm Kromtech reports. Thieves are using data taken from MongoDB databases to make purchases and sell accounts to third parties, the company's report states.

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Variety
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Clash Royale
7/20/2018

Cisco has released patches for four vulnerabilities announced this week. The vulnerabilities mostly affect pre-18.2.0 versions of Policy Suite and could leave users at risk for database tampering, compromised accounts and information leaks.

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7/20/2018

Hacking group Mealybug's operation is spreading beyond just targeting banking customers in Europe and is making its way to the US, per Symantec. Mealybug is profiting from the use of its Emotet trojan by malicious actors to deliver payloads such as Qakbot, Symantec reports.

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