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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Login information for as many as 225,000 Apple accounts may have been stolen using a sophisticated malware called KeyRaider that targets jailbroken devices -- those that have hardware restrictions removed and are no longer protected by Apple.

Cyber security company Palo Alto Networks, working alongside Chinese technology group WeipTech, published research detailing the breach, which apparently allows hackers to download apps using the person's account to remotely lock a device and hold it for ransom.

"We believe this to be the largest known Apple account theft caused by malware," researcher Claud Xiao wrote.

The malware appears to have been spread by being built into jailbreak tweaks, which are software additions not evaluated by Apple, Xiao said. The tweaks have been downloaded more than 20,000 times, leading researchers to believe at least that many people are taking advantage of the 225,000 stolen account credentials.

Some people have reported unusual purchasing history in their App Store accounts while others have had their devices locked for ransom, according to researchers.

Apple advises users to not jailbreak their devices due to security issues.

"Jailbreaking your device eliminates security layers designed to protect your personal information and your iOS device," Apple's support website explains. "With this security removed from your iOS device, hackers may steal your personal information, damage your device, attack your network, or introduce malware, spyware or viruses."

Palo Alto Networks said it provided the stolen account information to Apple on Aug. 26. It was also noted that researchers were only able to recover half of the stolen account information before the hacker fixed the vulnerability.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- It's finally the end of the worst month for stocks in several years as Wall Street closes mostly down, but crude oil is up nearly 30 percent in just three days.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 114.98 to finish the session at 16528.03.

The Nasdaq also lost 51.82, ending at 4776.51, while the S&P 500 dropped 16.69 to close at 1972.18.

Crude oil rose nearly 8 percent, closing at more than $49 a barrel, the biggest three-day gain since 1990. Business Insider attributes the surge to OPEC, as they stand "ready to talk to all other producers." 

Still no word on whether or not the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates, however a Fed official said over the weekend a September interest rate hike was still possible.

Apple and Cisco Systems are working together in a new attempt to try and sell more iPhones and iPads to corporate customers. It's an effort to work on Internet networking gear and to allow workers' office phones to be synced up as well.

Blue Bell ice cream is back in grocery stores, four months after the company shut down production due to a listeria outbreak. Ice cream from the Texas-based company is now available at stores around Houston and Austin and parts of Alabama.

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Bill Pugliano/Getty Images(DETROIT) -- Is a merger between Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and General Motors possible? GM has so far rejected any ideas of a merger, but the FCA chief isn't backing off.

In a recent interview with Automotive Magazine, FCA Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne said "it would be unconscionable not to force a partner" when discussing a potential merger.

Marchionne told Automotive Magazine, "Look, the combined entity can make $30 billion a year in cash. Thirty. Just think about that [expletive] number. In steady-state environments, it'll make me $28 to $30 billion."

According to Marchionne in the interview, the upsides of the merger would be too great and he refuses to accept "no" as an answer.

Though this might sound "hostile," Marchionne told Automotive Magazine there is nothing hostile about it.

"There are varying degrees of hugs," said Marchionne to Automotive Magazine. "I can hug you nicely, I can hug you tightly, I can hug you like a bear, I can really hug you. Everything starts with physical contact. Then it can degrade, but it starts with physical contact."

Even though Marchonne is pushing for a merger, he tells Automotive Magazine GM isn't answering his calls.

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Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Apple Watch just got some competition from Android Wear.

Google announced in a blog post today that newer wearables running the open source platform will also have iPhone compatibility.

Android Wear owners can download a free app to their iPhone 5, 5C, 5S, 6 or 6 Plus running iOS 8.2 or later. After pairing their watch with their phone, users should be all set to take advantage of the watch's always-on displays, fitness tracking and a savvy assistant to answer questions and give reminders.

There have been reports of the app also working with older Android Wear watches, according to 9to5Google. The official word from Google, however, is the app will work with the LG Watch Urbane and all future editions of the devices released by various companies including Huaiwei, Asus and Motorola.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Traffic may be a killer in your state, but when all the negative things that come with driving are accounted for, one southern state ranked the worst for drivers, according to a recent analysis.

All 50 states were ranked by Bankrate.com according to six negative factors for drivers, including fatal crashes, car thefts, gas spending, insurance, car repair costs and, of course, average commute times.

The best state is Idaho, according to Bankrate.com's report, driven by low gas prices and insurance premiums, plus below-average commute times and thefts. In Idaho, the average commute each way is 19.5 minutes and annual gas spending is about $733.06. Their average five-year insurance premium is $656.08 while there are about 95 car thefts per 100,000 people. And there were 1.34 fatal crashes per 100 million miles driven.

At the bottom was Louisiana, due in part to having the nation's highest car insurance costs ($1,279.42 five-year average insurance premium) and above-average fatal crash rate (1.51 crashes per 100 million miles driven).

“We built this ranking because we’re always looking for new entry points into a conversation about personal finances," Bankrate.com's research and statistics analyst Chris Kahn said.

Population density has a major effect on the rankings, Kahn said, as wide-open spaces can be a better environment for driving. But, still, Louisiana was a surprise, he admitted.

"They’re not dominated by big, urban areas like the other states at the bottom. What sank them in our ranking was their sky-high insurance premiums and high rate of fatal crashes," Kahn said.

Here are the top 5 states for drivers, according to Bankrate.com:

1. Idaho

2. Vermont

3. Wyoming

4. Wisconsin

5. Minnesota

You can see how all 50 states rank on Bankrate.com.

Here are the 5 worst states:

1. Louisiana

2. California

3. Texas

4. Maryland

5. New Jersey

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Carl Court/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Adultery website Ashley Madison said today it has continued to attract new members, many of whom self-identified as female when signing up for the service.

Avid Life Media, the parent company of Ashley Madison, said in a statement Monday that "hundreds of thousands of new users signed up for the Ashley Madison platform" in the wake of an unprecedented hack that left as many as 37 million members exposed. Of the new Ashley Madison members, the company said 87,596 are women.

"Recent media reports predicting the imminent demise of Ashley Madison are greatly exaggerated," a statement from Avid Life Media said. "The company continues its day-to-day operations even as it deals with the theft of its private data by criminal hackers. Despite having our business and customers attacked, we are growing."

The latest statement comes three days after Noel Biderman, the CEO of Avid Life Media, announced he was stepping down from his position and handing over control of the company to its senior management team until a new chief executive is selected.

"This change is in the best interest of the company and allows us to continue to provide support to our members and dedicated employees. We are steadfast in our commitment to our customer base," a statement posted on Avid Life Media's website said. "We are actively adjusting to the attack on our business and members' privacy by criminals."

A 500,000 Canadian dollar reward (approximately $376,000 USD) is being offered for information leading to the identification, arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators.

Personal data believed to have been stolen from Ashley Madison was posted on the dark Web a little more than a week ago, apparently exposing names, email addresses and phone numbers for some of the website's 37 million members, among other information.

The data dump came one month after Avid Life Media confirmed a "criminal intrusion" into its system.

Going by the name "The Impact Team," the hacker or hackers said the breach was spurred by a disagreement with Avid Life Media's business practices, specifically a "full delete" feature. For $19, the company allows repentant cheaters to scrub their information from the website.

"Full Delete netted ALM $1.7mm in revenue in 2014. It's also a complete lie," the Impact Team wrote after the hack last month. "Users almost always pay with credit card; their purchase details are not removed as promised, and include real name and address, which is of course the most important information the users want removed."

Business practices aside, the hacker or hackers also had another message: "Too bad for those men, they're cheating dirtbags and deserve no such discretion...Too bad for ALM, you promised secrecy but didn't deliver."

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Adair Mahoney may only be 9 years old, but she knows how to get things done.

The North Carolina native was shopping for pajama pants on line at the popular store, Vineyard Vines, when she noticed that boys’ bottoms were called “lounge pants,” while the girls’ pants were called described as “lazy pants.”

“I thought, ‘uh, did they really just call me lazy?’” Adair said in an interview with ABC News’ Mara Schiavocampo.

Adair decided to write a letter to Vineyard Vines, and she didn’t hold back.

“I think boys and girls and men and women should all be treated the same,” she wrote. “I don't want to wear lazy pants because it makes me feel bad. Can't we all just wear comfy pants?”

Adair’s mother, Janet, said she was “shocked and impressed and incredibly proud when she saw Adair’s letter.

After they received the letter, Vineyard Vines founders Shep and Ian Murray — who are brothers — took immediate action.

“You know we didn't mean that women were lazy, we meant that they were pants for when you guys wanted to have a, you know, a lazy day,” Shep said.

The brothers invited Adair and her family to their Connecticut headquarters, where she renamed the girls’ “lazy pants,” dubbing them “lounge pants” instead.

The Murrays also invited Adair to help design her own pair of pajamas. She selected her pattern and colors, then watched as her design became reality.

“Her design was so smart because she said she wanted to have fish going one direction and a whale going the other. And she clearly is that whale … She's not afraid to follow her own path,” Ian said.

As for what she was going to call the pants she designed?

“Adair ya to be awesome!” she said.

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Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(LOS GATOS, Calif.) -- Now's the time to catch some of the biggest blockbusters on Netflix.

Netflix announced in a statement on Sunday that they will dropping its contract with Epix, the cable network, in pursuit of creating more original content.

Without Epix, the streaming service will not show such films as Hunger Games: Catching Fire, World War Z and Transformers: Age of Extinction, anymore after September.

"While many of these movies are popular, they are also widely available on cable and other subscription platforms at the same time as they are on Netflix and subject to the same drawn out licensing periods," said the statement from Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. "Through our original films and some innovative licensing arrangements with the movie studios, we are aiming to build a better movie experience for you."

Next year, Netflix will serve as "the exclusive US pay TV home" for movies from The Walt Disney Company, which includes Pixar, Lucasfilm and Marvel movies. The streaming service also has a deal with DreamWorks Animation to develop shows.

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PeterHermesFurian/iStock/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) -- Italian energy group Eni claims it has found, what is being called, one of the world's biggest natural gas fields, according to the BBC.

The field was found off the coast of Egypt and could possibly hold 5.5 billion barrels of oil.

Eni has full rights to the area after signing an energy exploration deal with the Egyptian oil ministry, says BBC News.

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Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Google's driverless cars are heading east.

Google and Austin Mayor Steve Adler have announced that the Texas city will be the first outside of California to test the company's self-driving cars.

One Lexus SUV has already been spotted on the streets of Austin this summer, with safety drivers along for the ride.

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Spencer Platt/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Uber hires two hackers.

After remotely hijacking a Jeep and causing the Fiat Chrysler recall of 1.4 million vehicles, hackers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek are now working for Uber.

"Looking forward to starting Tuesday with the great team at @Uber Advanced Technology Center," tweeted Miller. "Should be a cool challenge and a lot of fun."

Uber's Advanced Technology Center is where the ride-sharing company experiments with autonomous vehicles and robotics.

"Charlie and Chris are joining the team at Uber’s Advanced Technologies Center, and will also work closely with Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan and Chief Information Security Officer John Flynn to continue building out a world-class safety and security program at Uber,” said an Uber spokesperson in a statement to WIRED.

Uber is no doubt concerned about the security of its vehicles. In February, the ride-sharing company experienced a security breach that may have exposed the names and license identification numbers of potentially 50,000 Uber drivers.

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This photo released by University of Hawai'i's press site on July 29, 2015 shows Kim Binsted at HI-SEAS habitat on Hawai'i Island. University of Hawai'i(NEW YORK) -- Six scientists began their year-long stay in a solar-powered dome to help researchers learn what space travelers would endure while heading to Mars.

The 365-day experiment started Friday on Mauna Loa, a Hawaiian volcano, according to the University of Hawaii. It's the fourth and longest mission run by the Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS).

The experiment focuses on the crew's cohesion and performance to help determine the best way to travel to Mars and back, which is an estimated three-year journey, the University of Hawaii said.

"The longer each mission becomes, the better we can understand the risks of space travel," said Kim Binsted, HI-SEAS principal investigator. “We hope that this upcoming mission will build on our current understanding of the social and psychological factors involved in long duration space exploration."

The study is funded by NASA.

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seewhatmitchsee/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Twitter has committed itself to hiring more women in an effort to increase diversity, the company said in a blog post on Friday.

"We want the makeup of our company to reflect the vast range of people who use Twitter," the post read. "Doing so will help us build a product to better serve people around the world." The company hopes to increase its employment of women to 35 percent of its workforce, with other specific figures related to specific areas of business.

Data released by the company last year showed that women represented just 30 percent of its workforce and just 10 percent of its tech employees. By the end of 2016, Twitter says it aims to have those figures up to 35 percent and 16 percent respectively.

Data released Friday, however, shows that much of that jump has already been accomplished, and that women now represent 34 percent of the employees at Twitter and 13 percent of tech jobs.

"As we look ahead," the post continued, "we see opportunity rather than a challenge: an opportunity to build a platform and a company that will better serve the diverse community on Twitter and the increasingly diverse one at Twitter."

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Small gains and losses, a calm end for Wall Street after five wild days of trading.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 11.76 to finish the session at 16643.01.

The Nasdaq gained 15.62, ending at 4828.32, while the S&P 500 was up 1.21 to finish the week at 1988.87.

When will the Federal Reserve raise interest rates? That's been the big question these past few weeks, but now many are wondering "if" the Fed will raise interest rates. Vice Chairman of the Federal Reserve Stanley Fischer said it was now too early to decide to raise rates, especially after the crazy week for the markets and China's devaluation of its currency.

According to the University of Michigan, consumer confidence has fallen slightly from 93.1 in July to 91.2 in August. However, the change is still nearly 11.5 percent higher than a year ago. University of Michigan Survey of Consumers Chief Economist Richard Curtin says, "The data suggest that real personal consumption expenditures will expand by a still healthy 2.9 percent in 2015, with the pace of growth rising to 3.0 percent in 2016. Needless to say, consumer sentiment must be carefully monitored in the months ahead."

World markets had their own issues this week with volatility and sell-offs, but Asia's markets ended mostly higher with Japan's Nikkei 225 gaining 2.9 percent and the Shanghai composite index up 4.8 percent. Europe's were mixed with London's FTSE 100 up 0.9 percent and Germany's DAX down 0.2 percent.

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iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Police detained a Los Angeles man this week after he allegedly flew his drone dangerously close to an LAPD helicopter, which was on the hunt for a suspect.

After taking evasive action to avoid the hovering drone, the chopper diverted, tracking the drone operator to a Rite-Aid parking lot, where officers handcuffed him and took him into custody.

“I just got this thing!” the visibly perturbed man told police. “I don’t understand what I did wrong.”

Despite campaigns aimed at educating the public about laws governing the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), the Federal Aviation Administration has recorded more than 760 pilot drone sightings this year -- around triple what they recorded in all of 2014.

Many UAV operators are “just going up at their leisure, and they think it’s a game -- but every game has consequences,” NYPD aviation unit Lt. Richard Knoeller told ABC News’ David Kerley at a chopper ride-along earlier this month. "It's a very dangerous, dangerous instrument."

If a drone smacked into a helicopter’s tail rotor, “it would send us spinning out of control,” said Knoeller.

“You would have to be very foolish to think you’re not putting people and lives in danger by operating a drone thousands of feet in this congested airspace,” he told Kerley. “If it does enough to shred the blade or damage any of the parts to the tail rotor, the results could be catastrophic.”

When pilots spot UAVs in their airspace, they may be forced to take evasive action. Even at high altitudes, pilots aren’t immune: Drones have been spotted as high as 10,000 feet, according to the FAA.

Of course, operating drones near airports and airplanes is illegal. But hunting down operators flying them illegally isn’t always easy.

Spotting a drone from above is like looking for a needle in a haystack, and because drone batteries only last about 15 or 20 minutes, police generally have to work within a tight time window.

Though the FAA has vowed that violators will face “stiff fines and criminal charges, including possible jail time,” arrests are still relatively rare.

“People think it’s the cool thing to do, and it’s just not,” Knoeller said. “It’s life threatening.”

In New York, where Knoeller works, there have been only two arrests this year – and just four in all of 2014.

But NYPD aviation unit officers are using every tool at their disposal -- including sensors, infrared cameras, and GPS overlays -- to track the drones back to their operator. Airborne officers can then collaborate with teams on the ground to apprehend drone owners.

"It's almost a matter of time, you know, before something drastic happens," said Knoeller. "When all else fails, it's going to be time to prosecute."

As for the man piloting the drone near the LAPD chopper? He was taken into custody, but not arrested or booked.

“Didn’t have anything to arrest him under,” said LAPD public information officer Nuria Vaneges.

Meanwhile, the LAPD plans to turn over its report to the District Attorney to determine whether they have a case – and officers confiscated his drone as evidence.

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