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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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How will you pay for the internet of the future?
AUG 18tH 2014

How much is Facebook worth?

If you have an account and were asked to put a price on a monthly service fee, how much money would you pay to be inspired, to keep up with news events, or to stay in touch with family, friends and colleagues?

You're paying for it now, of course, though not with money.

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Microsoft stops Patch Tuesday emails, blames Canada, then does U-turn
AUG 15th 2014

The days of having your homepage switched or suddenly discovering a mysterious toolbar in your browser may be set to come to an end soon.

Yesterday, Google announced it will be expanding its Safe Browsing service to include warnings about deceptive software.

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Snowden: NSA working on 'MonsterMind' cyberwar bot
AUG 15th 2014

Edward Snowden has described to Wired the final straw that broke the camel's back and turned him into a whistleblower: an NSA project called MonsterMind that would give the agency control of all internet traffic entering the US, the ability to detect and block attacks in progress, and potentially, some day, the power to autonomously launch retaliatory strikes without human intervention.

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Android "Heart App" virus spreads quickly, author arrested within 17 hours
Aug 11tH 2014

SophosLabs has been following an interesting Android malware story over the past week.

The malware goes by the name XXshenqi or the Heart App, as it calls itself in English.

In theory, the implication seems to be that you can use the app, which you receive as an SMS invitation from one of your friends, to organise a romantic hook-up.

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Pwnie Awards for Heartbleed, "goto fail", Mt. Gox
Aug 11tH 2014

The Pwnie Awards, named after the hacker vernacular "pwn", for "to own", "to control" or "to compromise," has been recognizing information security excellence and ignominy since 2007.

There is a trophy involved.

It's a golden My Little Pony toy with a Black Hat logo plastered on its behind.

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Apple iPads and MacBook Pros banned for Chinese government use
Aug 11tH 2014

China's escalating anti-US tech rampage already includes banning Windows 8 for use in government offices, raiding Microsoft and partner Accenture's offices in China as part of an anti-trust investigation, and calling iPhones hazardous to state security.

The latest: According to reports, China has banned Apple products including iPads and MacBook Pros, stopping government officials from buying the gadgets to avoid the US hijacking them to spy on Beijing.

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How to send 5 million spam emails without even noticing
Aug 5tH 2014

We write about bots, also known as zombies, fairly frequently on Naked Security.

That's because they're the money-making machinery of modern cybercrime.

The idea is simple: malware on your computer regularly "calls home," often by making an innocent-looking web request using HTTP, just like your browser.

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Oxford and Cambridge in the race to eliminate passwords
AUG 4tH 2014

More novel approaches to authentication have been gaining media attention this week, each linked to major universities.

Cambridge University are working on a technology-oriented approach where multiple small devices create an "electronic aura", enabling a main device to transmit a unique identification signal.

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Apple faces class action suit for tracking users without consent
AUG 4tH 2014

Apple's been hit with a class action suit [PDF] in the US for using the location service function on its iPhones to track customers without notice to, or consent from, customers when it comes to their whereabouts being tracked, recorded, sent to Apple, and potentially provided to third parties.

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