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White House networks hacked

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Attackers broke into unclassified White House computer networks in the past 2-3 weeks. It's far from surprising, one unnamed official said, given that it's a "constant battle" between the government, trying to secure its sensitive systems, and bad actors seeking to intrude on them.

Snapchat escapes Australian cyberbullying crackdown, for now

Snapchat escapes Australia's cyberbullying crackdown, for now

Australia's cyberbullying crackdown won't see the country putting any legal muscle into forcing "smaller" social media firms like Snapchat to take down harassing content, a Parliament spokesman said on Tuesday.

The "Dirty Dozen" SPAMPIONSHIP - who's got the biggest zombie problem?

Our latest quarterly SPAMPIONSHIP charts are out, showing which countries have the most zombies, and therefore send the most spam.

Take a look, and then ask yourself, "What can I do to help?"

Simple: kill-a-zombie today!

TeamDigi7al US navy hacker sentenced to 2 years in jail

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One of the two leaders of the cyber criminal group known as Team Digi7al was last week sentenced to two years in federal prison for his role in breaking into the computer systems of a pretty random mix of targets.

SSCC 171 - Are you SURE that "1234" is a bad password? [PODCAST]

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Here's the latest Chet Chat podcast for your listening pleasure...

Enjoy.

Arrests made after 'specialist malware' used in £1.6 million ATM heist

£1.6 million ATM heist spree leads to 3 arrests

"Specialist malware" allowed a gang of crooks to empty the cash machines of large amounts of money, averaging over £30,000 per machine. Now, the police have made three arrests in connection with the incidents.

Placemeter monitors streets from apartment windows: time to don a mask?

Placemeter monitors street views from apartment windows: time to don a mask?

Placemeter wants window-owners to survey real-time traffic, while promising that all that data is aggregated and anonymized and won't be stored or shared. Should we relax?

3 ways to make your Outlook.com account safer

Secure your Outlook.com account in 3 easy steps

Following up on our detailed guide to securing your webmail, here's a quick breakdown of how to make the most important fixes for users of Microsoft's Outlook.com (formerly known as Hotmail and, for a while, Windows Live Hotmail).

‘Al-Quida Free Terror Nettwork' Wi-Fi hotspot grounds plane

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American Airlines Flight 136 from LAX to London was delayed after someone picked a wholly inappropriate name for their Wi-Fi hotspot.

Cops swap arrested women's photos in nude-photo 'game'

California cops swap arrested women's photos in nude-photo 'game'

California Highway Patrol (CHP) cops have allegedly been forwarding pics from phones belonging to women in custody to their own phones and to each other.

Is Google Maps accurate? Ask the giant cat...

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Someone edited Google Maps to add a giant cat. It was there one minute, then it was gone, leaping back into whatever cyber kittyland it came from.

Adobe updates its e-reader - DRM data no longer transmitted insecurely

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Adobe's e-reader software now has "enhanced security" for uploading metadata about what you read.

Or, as you might say, "no longer uploads that data insecurely"...

US Senate calls Whisper in for serious questioning on user tracking

US Senate calls Whisper in for serious questioning on user tracking

Following serious allegations brought up by the Guardian, the US Senate has a few privacy-related questions it would like to ask the people in charge over at Whisper, the self-proclaimed "safest place on the internet".

Monday review - the hot 19 stories of the week

Monday review

Get yourself up to date with everything we've written in the last seven days - it's weekly roundup time.

FTC takes down fake support scammers, upbeat about "getting consumers’ money back" [POLL]

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Just paying the money back isn't really a punishment for fake support call scammers.

So, what do *you* think the courts should do to punish these guys?

Have your say in our poll...

POODLEs, Sandworms and getting safe online - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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The week's security news, turned into an entertaining lesson, turned into a 1-minute video.

Enjoy...

Hackers who threaten national security could face life sentences

Hackers who threaten national security could face life sentences

Where damage to human welfare or national security is deemed serious enough, the proposed amendment to the UK's Computer Misuse Act 1990 could mean life in jail for hackers, and some experts believe the changes could be used to target whistleblowers.

Has the "Sandworm" zero-day exploit burrowed back to the surface?

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You may have noticed that Microsoft recently published a Security Advisory that sounds a lot like the "Sandworm" vulnerability all over again.

Paul Ducklin explains...

Twitter invites us to say goodbye to passwords, use Digits instead

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Twitter's new credentials handling scheme is called Digits, and it's hoping that mobile app developers use it to enable their users to sign in with their phone numbers as identifiers, along with one-time passwords SMSed to the phones.