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This repayment hack could help you knock out credit-card debt faster

This repayment hack could help you knock out credit-card debt faster

Finance
Taking a closer look at your credit card statement could help you dig out of debt faster. Consumers paid off more of their monthly credit card balance — and whittled down big debts faster — when given the chance to target specific purchases on their statement for repayment, compared to when only offered typical repayment options such as making the minimum payment. In other words, instead of plunking down the minimum $ 50, you might nix all your Uber rides, that new pair of sneakers and last week's happy hour tab. That's according to a forthcoming study from researchers at Ohio State University, Harvard Business Sc...
Will Facebook be fined after hack attack?

Will Facebook be fined after hack attack?

Technology
Following the revelation that up to 50 million Facebook accounts may have been accessed in an attack due to a weakness in the platform's code, many questions remain about the breach.In theory Facebook could be fined if it is found to be in breach of GDPR, Europe's data protection rules.It has not revealed whether other services which people use their Facebook log-ins for - such as Tinder and Spotify - have also been affected.Facebook has now fixed the issue.People potentially affected were logged out of their accounts on Friday and those definitely affected were notified.Facebook says it has identified 50 million accounts which were certainly involved in the breach, with an extra 40 million also warned as a precautionary measure.The Irish Data Protection ...
Lawsuit lays bare Israel-made hack tools in Mideast, Mexico

Lawsuit lays bare Israel-made hack tools in Mideast, Mexico

Technology
One day late last year, Qatari newspaper editor Abdullah Al-Athbah came home, removed the SIM card from his iPhone 7 and smashed it to pieces with a hammer. A source had just handed Al-Athbah a cache of emails suggesting that his phone had been targeted by hacking software made by Israel's NSO Group. He told The Associated Press he considered the phone compromised. "I feared that someone could get back into it," he said in an interview Friday. "I needed to protect my sources." Al-Athbah, who edits Qatar's Al-Arab newspaper, now has a new phone, a new SIM card and a new approach to email attachments and links. He says he never opens anything, "even from the most trusted circles in my life." Al-Athbah's discovery touched off a process that has led, months later, to parallel lawsuits filed ...
Apple files stored by teen in 'hacky hack hack' folder

Apple files stored by teen in 'hacky hack hack' folder

Technology
A teenage boy from Australia has pleaded guilty to hacking into Apple's network and downloading internal files, according to reports.The 16-year-old accessed 90 gigabytes worth of files, breaking into the system many times over the course of a year from his suburban home in Melbourne, reports The Age newspaper.It says he stored the documents in a folder called 'hacky hack hack'.Apple insists that no customer data was compromised.But The Age reports that the boy had accessed customer accounts.In a statement to the BBC, Apple said: "We vigilantly protect our networks and have dedicated teams of information security professionals that work to detect and respond to threats. "In this case, our teams discovered the unauthorised access,...
Twelve Russians charged with US 2016 election hack

Twelve Russians charged with US 2016 election hack

World
The US Department of Justice has charged 12 Russian intelligence officers with hacking Democratic officials in the 2016 US elections.Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said the dozen accused used spear phishing emails and malicious software.He said the hackers also stole data on half a million voters from a state election board website.The Kremlin said there was no evidence linking the 12 to military intelligence or hacking.The claims were "an old duck" and a "heap of conspiracy schemes", said Moscow's foreign ministry in a statement.Friday's indictment was the first by US officials to directly charge Russia's government with meddling in the US vote two years ago. Four intriguing lines in Mueller charges Who's who in Russia-Trump drama? What are the a...