Target confirms its Twitter was hacked to promote a Bitcoin scam


Target has officially confirmed its Twitter account got hacked to promote a malicious cryptocurrency giveaway scam, promising over $31 million worth of Bitcoin to naive investors. “Early this morning, Target’s Twitter account was inappropriately accessed” a company spokesperson told Hard Fork in an email. “The access lasted for approximately half an hour and one fake tweet was posted during that time about a Bitcoin scam.” “We’re in close contact with Twitter, have deleted the tweet and have locked the account while we investigate further,” the retail giant further told Hard Fork. Unfortunately, the origin of the breach remains unclear. For those…

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IBM opens up its blockchain dev platform to AWS (and other cloud services)


IBM appears hell-bent on establishing its dominance in the fledgling blockchain enterprise market. The company has announced a bunch of improvements to its IBM Blockchain Platform, which offers a suite of developer tools to build decentralized solutions. Among other things, the platform will now support third-party cloud providers like AWS (Amazon Web Services). “To support clients as they work to accelerate solutions that rely on blockchain, IBM is making the Blockchain Platform something a wide range of clients can implement — whether on the IBM Cloud, on another preferred cloud environment such as AWS, or locally using on-premises data centers,”…

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Be the uber tech-geek you’ve always wanted to be with this $19 training bundle


Since you never know when you’ll need to assemble a rocket from scratch or crack a computer network and sink a Central American economy, it pays to have a vast pool of instruction standing by, ready to teach you anything whenever you need it. The Ultimate Tech Training Bundle ($19, over 90 percent off, from TNW Deals) is just that, a veritable bottomless well of training opportunities in countless tech-related fields.

How to scan documents with your phone


Welcome to Plugged Basics, a collection of tips, tricks, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. Despite all the promises of us living in a paperless world, hard copies of documents are still a part of our lives. Whether it’s signing a new job agreement, sending receipts for expenses, or even sorting out a lease on your house, there are always times we need to quickly turn something physical into something digital. Yes, you can take a normal photo with your phone, but often these are hard to read…

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What does Brexit mean for the fight against cybercrime?


In less than five months, Britain will leave the European Union. Although the referendum debate gravitated to a few small areas, like immigration and trade policy, the reality is that Brexit has much broader implications. Take, for example, law enforcement. Thanks to the institutions of the EU, Europe’s police forces are able to seamlessly co-operate on investigations, and extradite suspects from one nation to another. But what will happen after March 29, 2019? At CyberSecurity Connect UK, which took place last week in Monaco, TNW spoke to Peter Goodman, Chief Constable of Derbyshire Police. During our chat, we talked about…

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What you need to know before choosing your first cryptocurrency wallet


Welcome to Hard Fork Basics, a collection of tips, tricks, guides, and advice to keep you up to date in the cryptocurrency and blockchain world. This might seem like an obvious one to a seasoned cryptocurrency hodler, but if you’re new to the game – there are a few basic things you should know when it comes to storing your cryptocurrency. Technically, you don’t actually store your cryptocurrency, but rather the private key that allows you to access, send, and spend your cryptocurrency. But without that private key, you can’t access your coins, so for the most part storing your…

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Walmart-owned Flipkart Group CEO resigns over allegations of misconduct


Flipkart, the largest online store in India, just saw its company group CEO and co-founder Binny Bansal resign over allegations of misconduct. The news follows an independent investigation into Bansal’s actions at the Walmart-owned firm, and his denial of the allegations. Details of the incident are scant; Walmart noted in a press release: While the investigation did not find evidence to corroborate the complainant’s assertions against Binny, it did reveal other lapses in judgement, particularly a lack of transparency, related to how Binny responded to the situation. Because of this, we have accepted his decision to resign. “The allegations left…

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