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Apple pushes out critical security fixes for OS X, iOS and Apple TV

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You still can't tell when you're going to get your next update from Apple, but serious security fixes do seem to be coming more frequently these days.

Like the latest round of patches, closing a raft of hackable holes in OS X, iOS and Apple TV...

Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg: targeted ads don't trample on privacy

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Facebook Bigwig Sheryl Sandberg wants us all to know that, targeted advertising or no, the Zuckerbergians are hovering over our private data like an anxious mother bird protecting her fluffy nestlings from voracious advertising raptors.

Teachers cyberbullied by students and their parents

Teachers cyberbullied by students and their parents

One in five UK teachers have been cyberbullied by students and/or their parents, according to a survey published by the teachers' union NASUWT.

Google refunds Android users who bought fake Virus Shield app

Google refunds Android users who bought fake Virus Shield app

Earlier this month a fake Android anti-virus app, named Virus Shield, managed to fool thousands of customers into buying it. Now Google is offering full refunds to anyone who bought Virus Shield long after the usual 15-minute refund window, and is also issuing a $5 Play Store credit.

Dutch student sells online soul at auction for €350

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Shawn Buckles has sold bucket-loads of his online data in a Faustian bargain with the highest bidder, intended to prove a point about loss of privacy in the age of big data. But what about the privacy rights of everyone he's emailed in the past?

New iOS malware with a funky name: "Unflod Baby Panda"

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You may have heard mention, over the past few days, of some curiously-named new iOS malware.

You'll hear it called "Unflod", because of the name of the file in which it was found, as well as "Baby Panda."

Paul Ducklin goes on a Panda expedition...

Facial recognition - coming soon to a shopping mall near you

Facial recognition - coming soon to a shopping mall near you

Forget monitoring customers' smartphones. Technology giant NEC's Hong Kong branch is promoting a small, "easy to install" appliance which will enable businesses to monitor their customers based on facial recognition.

Monday review - the hot 21 stories of the week

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It's weekly roundup time!

Here's all the great stuff we've written in the past seven days.

Heartbleed bust, Fingerprint fakery, WhatsApp privacy SNAFU - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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What happens if you hack your local tax office? Can you trust the Samsung Galaxy S5's fingerprint security? Did WhatsApp finally get security right in its app?

Find out the answers in one entertaining minute of video - it's 60 Second Security!

Don't share your location with your friends on WhatsApp

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A group of budding security researchers at the University of New Haven in Connecticut recently taught themselves a handy lesson about the difference between *liking* WhatsApp and *trusting* it.

PCI DSS - What's new in v3.0?

PCI DSS - What's new in v3.0?

If the PCI DSS applies to your business you should also know that the document has been updated. With nearly 100 changes, the current version has incremented one full revision and stands at v3.0. We focus on some of the changes and their impact.

Clicking 'Like' can cancel your right to sue a company

Clicking 'Like' can cancel your right to sue a company

General Mills might be the first company to rig its legal terms to ensure that interacting with it in just about any way online - downloading or printing a coupon, visiting its website, or getting its email newsletter - means you can't sue it.

Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint reader hacked - it's the iPhone 5s all over again!

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner can be fooled with wood glue, just like Apple's "Touch ID" sensor in the iPhone 5s.

So why are both Apple and Samsung touting fingerprint scanners as more secure than passwords?

Heartbleed sees first arrest in wake of Canada Revenue Agency breach

Heartbleed sees first arrest in wake of Canada Revenue Agency hack

The arrest of Stephen Arthuro Solis-Reyes, who is alleged to have grabbed 900 Social Insurance Numbers from the Canadian tax authorities over a period of six hours, marks the first time that authorities have apprehended someone in relation to the "heartbleed" bug in OpenSSL.

The Dirty Dozen Spampionship: Who's who in the global spam-sending league?

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It's once again time for our quarterly Spampionship charts.

We looked at the sending countries for all our spam in the first three months of 2014, and turned the figures into a League Table - the sort of league you *don't* want to win!

Phishing boom in China bucks global trends

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There's been a sharp upturn in the numbers of phishing pages observed, with the majority of them hosted in China and targeting Chinese victims and sites, according to analysis of world phishing trends from the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG).

SSCC 143 - Heartbleed revisited, cybercrooks busted, failed malware cleanup censured by FTC [PODCAST]

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From the latest Heartbleed revelations to various successes by law enforcement, Sophos experts Chester Wisniewski and Paul Ducklin take you through the big computer security stories of the week.

Be entertained as you learn from the news, all in our regular quarter-hour podcast format.

Hardware maker LaCie admits to year-long credit card breach

Hardware maker LaCie admits to year-long credit card breach

The major hardware maker has admitted to a nearly year-long credit card breach - just the latest in a string of companies that have suffered Adobe ColdFusion vulnerabilities-related exploits.

Massive FBI facial recognition database raises privacy fears

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The FBI is building a massive facial recognition database that could contain as many as 52 million images by 2015, including 4.3 million non-criminal images, according to information obtained by the EFF via a freedom of information request.