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Controlling Central Heating Via Wi-Fi

If you’ve ever lived in a building with manually controlled central heating, you’ll probably understand [Martin]’s motivation for this hack. These heating systems often have old fashioned valves to control the radiator. No Nest support, no thermostat, just a knob you turn.

To solve this problem, [Martin] built a Wi-Fi enabled thermostat. This impressive build brings together a custom PCB based on the ESP8266 Wi-Fi microcontroller and a mobile-friendly web UI based on the Open Thermostat Scheduler. The project’s web server is fully self-contained on the ESP8266.

To replace that manual value, [Martin] used a thermoelectric actuator from a Swiss …read more

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Police issue advice after cyber attacks affect computers in Sheffield

Congratulations, you’re now registered! Let us know what news and updates you want to hear about and we’ll send them straight to your inbox. South Yorkshire Police has issued advice on how to avoid becoming a victim of cyber attacks, after a new report…

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NTT Com Security to wed UK cyber specialist Nebulas, say sources

Everyone wants a bigger piece of the cyber security pie

NTT Com Security is to acquire rapidly growing London-based Nebulas Solutions Group, according to well-placed industry tipsters.…

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TalkTalk admits massive data breach

Noticed an increase in scamming late last year

TalkTalk has admitted to a major breach of user information, which may have led to some customers handing over bank information to hackers.…

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Silent Circle targets enterprise users with ‘world first’ privacy ecosystem

Encrypted communications provider Silent Circle has raised approximately $50 million in a funding round aimed at pushing the company forward in the enterprise market.
Announced on Thursday, Silent Circle said “strong demand” from enterprise customers s…

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OPSEC For Activists, Because Encryption Is No Guarantee

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    “None of the claims of what comsec works is to be taken saltless: Tor, OTR, ZTRP are lures.” —Cryptome [3], Dec. 30, 2014

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D-Link remote access vulnerabilities remain unpatched

D-Link routers have several unpatched vulnerabilities, the worst of which could allow an attacker to gain total control over a device, according to a systems engineer in Canada.
Peter Adkins, who does security research in his free time, released detail…

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CloudFlare crypto gets faster on old mobes

Popular denial of service deflection platform CloudFlare is deploying new speedy cipher suites previously championed by Google, maths boffin Nick Sullivan says.
The ChaCha-Poly1305 cipher is three times faster than the resource heavy AES-128-GCM cipher…

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Madonna Hacker Indicted in Israel

The Israeli arrested on suspicion of hacking into Madonna’s computer and leaking unreleased music has been formally indicted.
Five weeks after his arrest in Tel Aviv, 39-year-old Adi Lederman, who three years ago auditioned for Israel’s then leading si…

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Paranoid Android Kaymera smartmobe takes on Blackphone

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Security specialist Kaymera – based in Herzliya, Israel – has launched a mobile security platform aimed at paranoid corporations.

The Kaymera 360° software consists of a secure build of Android and accompanying MDM functions. The company describes it as a three-layer approach of protection, prevention and detection.

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