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Steel bin maker Brabantia breached, trashes passwords just to be safe JUNE 8th 2015

Brabantia is a Dutch company known for making steel bins, but its database must have been a bit easier to rip into than steel, given that crooks have plucked out customer data tidbits.

The company sent customers a letter, also printed on its site, saying that routine monitoring of database accounts revealed that intruders may have compromised some "consumer details".

The Register reports that the intrusion happened sometime between Thursday and Friday.

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WhatsApp can be hijacked in seconds JUNE 8th 2015

Facebook's WhatsApp messaging service is insanely popular.

In fact, in January, it was the most popular messaging app on the planet, with more than 600 million active users, and by April it blew that number away, zooming up to 800 million active users.

That's quite a lot of chitchat!

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Thousands of sites block and redirect Congress to Patriot Act protest page
JUNE 1st 2015

As of Sunday night, 14,827 websites and counting were blocking IP addresses associated with the US Congress, redirecting visitors away from their sites and toward a page protesting mass surveillance.

The protest was led by the online activist group Fight for the Future, whose protest page told Congress that it "should be ashamed of [National Security Agency (NSA)] mass spying."

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20 students charged in school sexting scandal May 29th 2015

Twenty middle and high-school students in the US are facing charges of privacy invasion after investigators swooped in and collected 27 phones, finding numerous photos of nude and partially nude female students being swapped by male students via text message and social media.

According to the office of the prosecutor in Cape May, New Jersey, the sexting investigation is centered on the Lower Cape May Regional High School and the Richard M. Teitelman Middle School.

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We don't cover stupid, says cyber insurer that's fighting a payout May 28th 2015

In 2013, California healthcare provider Cottage Health System discovered that security on one of its servers had been disabled, leaving tens of thousands of patients' files potentially open and exposed on the internet.

Those files included patients' names, addresses, dates of birth, and in a few cases, their diagnosis, lab results and procedures performed.

Cottage was sued, along with inSync, a Laguna Hills-based company responsible for putting the records in a secure location online.

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5 tips to improve your Linux desktop security May 28th 2015

There are lots of Linux servers out there - sufficiently many that it's impossible to give the precise number, and difficult even to come up with a good approximation.

But we're unlikely to offend anyone if we say that at least 20%, probably 40%, and possibly more than 50% of the internet's servers run some flavour of Linux.

As a result, cybercrooks have learned how to hack into Linux servers on an industrial scale in order to steal both storage space and network bandwidth.

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