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Adobe updates its e-reader - DRM data no longer transmitted insecurely
OCT 27th 2014

Adobe has published an update to its cryptographically-challenged Digital Editions 4 e-reader software.

Digital Editions lets you read eBooks, but thanks to the exigencies of Digital Rights Management (DRM), it also keeps track of a fair chunk of information about your reading habits.

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Facebook and Yahoo team up to block account hijackings via recycled accounts
OCT 27th 2014

Remember the Very Bad Idea of giving away dormant account user names that Yahoo came up with last year?

We didn't like it. Nor did other security-minded people, who pointed out that attackers could request a password reset email from popular websites - say, Google or Facebook - in order to hijack the accounts belonging to the original Yahoo account owner.

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Sophos products and the SSL v3.0 CBE vulnerability (Poodle)
OCT 20th 2014

A new SSL v3.0 CBE vulnerability known as Poodle has recently been identified. We have identified that a sub-set of Sophos products are affected.

For detailed information on which Sophos products use SSL v3.0 and available workarounds, please visit KBA 121509. We will update the KBA with more information on a regular basis.

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'The Snappening': Snapchat images flood the internet after SnapSaved.com hack
OCT 13th 2014

Hundreds of thousands of supposedly self-destructing Snapchat snaps have been apparently jimmied out of the database for SnapSaved.com, a third-party website not affiliated with Snapchat that allows users to save unopened photos from Snapchat without the sender knowing the images have been saved.

From a message posted to the SnapSaved.com Facebook page (the website is currently down).

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Dubai police add facial recognition to Google Glass
OCT 7th 2014

Dubai police are rigging $1,500 Google Glass gadgets up with facial recognition for use by their detectives, Reuters reports.

A spokesman confirmed a report in Dubai's 7 Days newspaper that police have developed software that will connect a Glass wearer to a database of wanted people.

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Facebook warns against buying fake likes, but the fans-for-sale industry is booming
OCT 7th 2014

Facebook is taking another swipe at fraudulent likes that artificially inflate a Facebook Page's number of fans.

In a note published last Friday on the Facebook Security Page, the social media giant advises Page administrators that it is working "aggressively to get rid of fake likes."


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Tor users could be FBI's main target if legal power grab succeeds
SEPT 22nd 2014

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) is proposing a power grab that would make it easier for domestic law enforcement to break into computers of people trying to protect their anonymity via Tor or other anonymizing technologies.

That's according to a law professor and litigator who deals with constitutional issues that arise in espionage, cybersecurity and counterterrorism prosecutions.

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10 security holes that cybercrooks dream about - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]
SEPT 20tH 2014

Got a minute to spare?

Watch this week's 60 Second Security...

In this episode:

• [0'05"] "Shocking" Android browser bug: here's how to fix it

• [0'27"] Apple ships a sevenfold security surprise, including iOS 8‏

• [0'50"] Home Depot breach totals 56 million credit cards

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eBay takes flak for leaving rigged iPhone listing up for 12 hours
SEPT 19tH 2014

eBay's getting flak for its chilled response to a serious attack.

On Wednesday, a redirect attack was discovered on the auction site, working to grab customers' credentials on a spoofed eBay site.

The company left up the listing, which appeared to be advertising an iPhone 5S for sale, for 12 hours after it was reported on Wednesday night.

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Apple relents, lets you "depurchase" that U2 album you never bought in the first placE
SEPT 16tH 2014

Someone at Apple must be listening!

The company offered every iTunes user (let's call that half a billion people) a free copy of U2's latest album.

Largesse, swag, booty, a tchotchke, call it what you will.

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"Shocking" Android browser bug could be a "privacy disaster": here's how to fix it
SEPT 16tH 2014

Independent security researcher Rafay Baloch has written about a security bug in the Android Browser app that allows one website to steal data from another.

The guys over at Metasploit are calling it a "Privacy Disaster," and promising to take the time to create a video that is "sufficiently shocking" in order to show you why.

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Just how much information can be squeezed from one week of your metadata?
SEPT 16tH 2014

Because of Edward Snowden, we’ve been hearing a lot about metadata for the past 15 months.

Governments have been getting that metadata by covert means of questionable legality.

As news about surveillance efforts have leaked, officials have typically downplayed it as "just" metadata - as if metadata didn't reveal just about as much about us as email or phone call content itself.

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Tim Cook says Apple *does* care about iCloud Security. But is that enough?
SEPT 8tH 2014

In the fallout of last week's celebrity nude photo publication scandal, the Wall Street Journal managed to get Apple CEO Tim Cook on the record about his company's attitude to security.

It's certainly fashionable to beat up on Apple over security.

One reason is the company's self-contained, even secretive, approach to security issues.

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