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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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HealthCare.gov breached, injected with malware
SEPT 8tH 2014

Federal health officials have discovered that the woebegone US insurance exchange site HealthCare.gov was breached in July when an intruder uploaded malware with the apparent motive of using the system to launch cyberattacks against other sites.

No personal data was taken during the break-in, which was discovered late last month and first reported by The Wall Street Journal.

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IS it thumbs up to Barclays bank's finger-vein-reading authentication?
SEPT 8tH 2014

Barclays bank has announced plans to introduce biometric authentication based on vein patterns in fingers for its UK business customers.

Authentication is as much in the news as ever, with the latest naked celebrity mega-scandal highlighting once again the weakness of online authentication systems.

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97,000 Bugzilla email addresses and passwords exposed in another Mozilla leak
AUG 29tH 2014

Around 97,000 early testers of the Bugzilla bug tracking software have been warned that their email addresses and encrypted passwords were exposed for three months.

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Racing Post let off with stern warning after data breach
AUG 29tH 2014

The Racing Post, which suffered a data breach affecting over 677,000 users late last year, has escaped a fine but has agreed to sign an undertaking promising to try harder to keep its services and data secure.

According to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), the Racing Post has been slacking off on its security arrangements since at least 2007, and has been given until the end of February 2015 to get its house in order.

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Facebook wants you to know that Messenger is not spying on you
AUG 29tH 2014

No, Facebook Messenger will not secretly take video of you, listen to your phone calls, or tap into your brain to get all your secret thoughts.

After a long build-up of rumors surrounding the Messenger app's required permissions to access the device's camera and microphone, Facebook is finally attempting to set the record straight.

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Silk Road suspect Ross Ulbricht hit with three new drug charges
AUG 25tH 2014

New charges have been filed against Ross Ulbricht, the alleged mastermind behind online drug marketplace Silk Road.

According to an indictment filed on Thursday, the 30-year-old now faces charges including narcotics trafficking, distribution of narcotics by means of the internet and conspiracy to traffic in fraudulent identification documents.

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Secret Service says "Backoff" malware hit 1000 businesses - 6 tips to keep your data safe
AUG 25tH 2014

It now appears that the string of recent data breaches at US retail establishments was not a coincidence, but rather related attacks using the same malicious software kit.

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Apple iOS malware gets onto 75,000 iPhones, steals ad clicks
AUG 22nd 2014

You don't see a lot of malware for iPhones or iPads.

One reason for that is Apple's strict control over what you're allowed to install on your own device.

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Shark attack! Google wraps underwater cables in Kevlar-like vests
AUG 18tH 2014

Google has to wrap its trans-Pacific underwater fiber cables in a Kevlar-like material, because sharks are quite partial to having a munch on them.

Dan Belcher, a product manager on Google's cloud team, said that the company goes to great lengths to protect its infrastructure, including wrapping underwater cables to protect against shark attacks, NetworkWorld reports.

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