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Hot tub hack reveals washed-up security protection

Hot tub hack reveals washed-up security protection

Technology
Thousands of hot tubs can be hacked and controlled remotely because of a hole in their online security, BBC Click has revealed. Researchers showed the TV programme how an attacker could make the tubs hotter or colder, or control the pumps and lights via a laptop or smartphone.Vulnerable tubs are designed to let their owners control them with an app. But third-party wi-fi databases mean hackers can home in on specific tubs by using their GPS location data.Balboa Water Group (BWG), which runs the affected system, has now pledged to introduce a more robust security system for owners and said the problem would be fixed by the end of February.Christmas alertPen Test Partners - the UK security company that carried out the research - wa...
These overlooked Social Security claiming strategies can help you get bigger checks in retirement

These overlooked Social Security claiming strategies can help you get bigger checks in retirement

Finance
If you're like most Americans, it has taken years for you to qualify for Social Security retirement benefits. And you don't want to blow it by using the wrong claiming strategy. There are many ways to claim Social Security benefits. And if you don't use the right strategy for you, you could leave thousands of dollars on the table over the course of your lifetime. The following strategies are often overlooked, but could pay big if you use them properly. It may sound like t...
Cyber security breaches rising across UK defence sector

Cyber security breaches rising across UK defence sector

Technology
UK defence secrets are increasingly being exposed to hostile nation states after the number of security breaches in the sector rose this year. Heavily-redacted records obtained by Sky News show an increase in incidents reported to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) between January and October compared to the same period in 2017.Sky News previously revealed the MoD and its partners failed to protect military and defence data in 37 incidents throughout the whole of last year, with military data exposed to nation-state level cyber risks on dozens of occasions.These incidents included defence information being left unprotected to foreign states' surveillance of internet traffic, and checks not being performed to spot sophisticated espionage malware on computer devices.Similar slip-u...
Social Security benefits will go up in 2019. Find out now how big your check will be

Social Security benefits will go up in 2019. Find out now how big your check will be

Finance
If you're like other retirees, you're eager to see just how big your Social Security check will be next year. The Social Security Administration has released its cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, notices online. To find out what your payment will be, log on to your My Social Security account. Your cost-of-living adjustment will be found in the message center. Be warned: It may take more than one try in order to access your notice. More from Fixed Income Strategies:Investors avoid emerging m...
NATO's Jens Stoltenberg: Russia INF violation a risk to Euro-Atlantic security

NATO's Jens Stoltenberg: Russia INF violation a risk to Euro-Atlantic security

Business
Dec. 5 (UPI) -- NATO has decided to start planning for a post-Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty world after the organization agreed Russia was in violation of the agreement earlier this week, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said. The statement followed a Tuesday meeting of foreign ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels, including U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. "All allies have concluded that Russia has developed and fielded a new ground-launched cruise missile system -- the SSC-8, also known as the 9M729," Stoltenberg said. "Allies agree that this missile system violates the INF Treaty and poses significant risks to Euro-Atlantic security." The treaty dates back to a Cold War-era agreement signed by President Ronald Reagan and Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev in ...