GAUGING THE ISLAMIC STATE’S CAPABILITIES ONLINE: Is the Islamic State actually tech savvy, or has its online prowess been overblown in the aftermath of the Paris attacks? “The group’s technological knowhow is becoming more widespread. Analysts have noticed members sharing online pamphlets that teach the basics of hiding online communication from the watchful eyes of governments that want to track them,” Mashable writes. “Yet … the most high-profile cyberattack arguably occurred when ISIS supporters took over the U.S. military’s Central Command YouTube and Twitter accounts — more of an embarrassment to the military than an actual problem.”

DELL ADMITS SECURITY HOLE: Some recently shipped Dell laptops contain a security hole that could provide a way in for hackers, the company acknowledged. “A pre-installed program on some newly purchased Dell laptops that can only be removed manually by consumers makes them vulnerable to cyber intrusions that may allow hackers to read encrypted messages and redirect browser traffic to spoofs of real websites such as Google or those belonging to a bank, among other attacks,” Reuters reports. “Dell declined to say how many computers or which specific models are affected. The software began getting installed on laptops in August, according to a spokeswoman.”

BONUS: Wired rounded up the medical devices that are most vulnerable to life-threatening hacks.

THE TOLL OF ONLINE HARASSMENT: The Daily Dot tells the story of a family in Oswego, Ill., who says their life is being upended by an online hacker across the Atlantic: “Since 2010, the Straters have been under assault from an online campaign of ever-increasing harassment—prank deliveries, smear attacks, high-profile hacks, and threats of violence against schools and law enforcement officials in their name—and it’s slowly torn them apart. Masterminding it all, Blair charges, is a teenage computer hacker from Finland, at war with him over a seemingly minor dispute spun completely out of control. His family is just collateral damage.” Read more here.