House Energy and Commerce Committee ranking member Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., and Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii are seeking a Government Accountability Office investigation into the DDoS attack that targeted the Federal Communications Commission in May. The FCC needs to clarify how it knows an attack occurred, how it plans to avoid future hacks and what other systems may have been hit, the pair wrote in a letter to the GAO.
The hacking group OurMine claims that it is behind Sunday's hack of PlayStation's social-media accounts. The group -- which also recently said it hacked HBO's social-media accounts -- also claims to have gained access to the company's PlayStation Network database, which contains user names and email addresses.
An eMarketer report forecasts that Snapchat will have the most US users in the coveted 12-to-17 and 18-to-24 age groups by the end of 2017 and will increase its US social-network market share to 40.8%. Instagram is predicted to see growth of 23.8% in overall US monthly users, with users under 12 growing 19% and users ages 12 to 17 growing 8.8%.
Smartphone replacement parts purchased from third parties -- including wireless chargers, displays and NFC readers -- can be used by hackers to steal data, including passwords and payment information, a study conducted by Israel's Ben Gurion University said. Source code can be combined with the vendor's code, which invalidates security protocols and isn't detected by antivirus software.
A hacking group calling itself "Mr. Smith" sent an email to the website Mashable indicating that it has more stolen data from HBO and has threatened to release the final two episodes of the current season of "Game of Thrones." The group also says it has login information for the network's social-media accounts.
Music streaming via Bluetooth for the Google Home is now available, and users are able to pair phones with the device to use the feature. The offering was quickly added and removed in June, so this is the permanent roll out of the option.
Beta 7 of Apple's iOS 11 is now available for developers paying $99 a year for access. Also, beta 6 is now available for the public and is reported to load quickly.
HTC dropped the price on its Vive virtual reality system by 25% to $600, likely owing to lower than expected demand. Cost has been seen as a major barrier to the widespread implementation of VR, and companies such as HTC and Facebook have consistently dropped prices to gain more sales.
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