Some Galaxy Note 7 owners have issues with their non-exploding replacement device


Samsung can’t seem to catch a break at the moment. Three weeks ago, it was discovered that a battery defect was responsible for a number of Galaxy Note 7’s catching fire while on charge. Shortly after, the company announced that it would recall the handset and issue owners a replacement. However, some customers in South Korea who have participated in the exchange program are reportedly experiencing issues with their replacement device. The list of problems includes the unit overheating and losing battery power as it’s being charged. The exact amount of complaints submitted to Samsung remains unknown. However, a representative of…

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Hackers Turn Square Hardware Into Device to Steal Old Credit Card Information

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Just because the Square Reader is new doesn’t mean it isn’t susceptible to the same scams as old school ATMs and credit card readers.

Three recent Boston University graduates are preparing to publicly present research that demonstrates how to hack Square’s mobile payments hardware. The research is set to be shown off at the The Black Hat Security conference in Las Vegas this week.

The team said it discovered a way to steal credit card information using a modified Square magnetic stripe reader.

By tampering with the magstripe reader, the team was able to turn Square’s hardware into a credit card skimmer, a device that can be used to steal credit card informationThe modified reader doesn’t work with the proprietary Square app, but it could be used to steal credit card information using a custom-recording app, according to the team behind the hardware hack Read more…

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