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Social media users don't like discussing Snowden and surveillance online

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Just 42% of those surveyed said they were willing to air their views or enter a discussion on Facebook or Twitter but 86% said they would be happy to discuss the NSA surveillance program in a face-to-face setting.

"There is no inside" - How to get the most from your firewall

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Firewalls are often seen as having the role of a moat surrounding the castle.

But data is everywhere, so it's time to take a new look at firewalling...

Linux hits 23 - the Time Machine that changed the world!

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Linux reached the entirely respectable age of 23 this week, more or less.

Paul Ducklin looks at what might have been...

OMG, you would not BELIEVE what Facebook thinks about click-baiting

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Facebook is cracking down on those click-baiting headlines - you know, the ones that say “YOU WOULD NOT BELIEVE WHAT THIS GIRL DID NEXT”, or “Watch what happens when this guy puts a BATTERY in a MICROWAVE”.

"Lizard Squad" hackers force PSN offline and Sony exec from the sky

"Lizard Squad" hackers force PSN offline and Sony exec from the sky

Hackers calling themselves "Lizard Squad" tweeted a bomb threat that forced a plane with Sony Online Entertainment's president on board to divert for an emergency landing on Sunday. At the same time, a DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack flooded traffic to Sony's PlayStation Network, forcing the gaming network offline for a short time.

Do Not Track - the privacy standard that's melting away

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Do Not Track hasn't been in the news lately but that's only because it's failing too slowly for the naked eye to see. It's melting away like a giant glacier and its meltwater is slowly washing away any hope for an industry standard that puts consumers in control of who can track them.

Duping the machine - the cunning malware that throws off researchers

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Traditionally, when malware detects that it is not running in a genuine victim setting, it will simply exit immediately. But there's a certain subset of malware families that are more cunning when they detect an analysis environment...

220 million records stolen, 16 arrested in massive South Korean data breach

220 million records stolen in massive South Korean data breach

South Korean authorities have revealed a massive data breach that has affected over half of the country. The stolen records include real names, account names, passwords and resident registration numbers from a number of website registrations across online game and movie ticket sites.

Watch out for fake versions of Flappy Bird sequel Swing Copters in Google Play Store!

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Remember Flappy Bird, and the imposter apps that swarmed around at his death?

The imposters were back in force at the birth of Flappy's follow-on game, Swing Copters...

How to improve your Twitter security and privacy

Understanding Twitter's security and privacy settings

We don't lump Twitter in the same privacy bracket as, say, Facebook. But like any social network, Twitter is vulnerable to oversharing, data leakage and unintended consequences. We take a look at Twitter's privacy settings, find out what they really mean, and tell you how fix them up right now, before it's too late.

Silk Road suspect Ross Ulbricht hit with three new drug charges

Silk Road suspect Ross Ulbricht hit with three new drug charges

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

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

Backoff malware strike 1,000 US businesses

In a security advisory from the US Secret Service, the government said the malware known as Backoff has struck more than 1000 US companies since October 2013...

Monday review - the hot 21 stories of the week

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Catch up with everything we wrote in the last seven days - it's weekly roundup time...

"You're under arrest for possession of an insecure phone" - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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Here's this week's 60 Second Security video.

News you can use in a format you can enjoy...all in 60 seconds!

Apple iOS malware gets onto 75,000 iPhones, steals ad clicks

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Apple keeps iOS locked down, so malware on iPhones and iPads is very rare.

But iOS malware does happen, and this one is called "AdThief" because that's exactly what it does - steals ad click revenue...

Facebook given 4 weeks to respond to "largest privacy class action in Europe"

Facebook given 4 weeks to respond to "largest privacy class action in Europe"

Austrian law student Max Schrems has won the first round in his class action lawsuit against Facebook over online privacy. Schrems and others are seeking damages of €500 each ($664/£400) for alleged data violations by Facebook.

The UPS Store breach - what went wrong and what UPS got right

UPS apologizes for data breach

Data breaches at 51 UPS Stores in two dozen US states have put as many as 100,000 customers at risk of identity theft and credit card fraud, after malware was found on the stores' networks.

Clearly something went wrong, but here's what UPS got right ...

We need to talk about email

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Today the people of the world will exchange about 250 *billion* messages using a system that has been shockingly insecure for decades: email.

That's why we need to talk about email...

Android users - Sophos needs you (and you could bag a prize)!

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Sophos is looking for beta testers for the new version of Sophos Anti-Virus and Security for Android. And to sweeten the deal, we're giving away 20 Google Play gift cards worth $25.

Police push for phone screen locking by default

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The UK's Met Police has been putting pressure on mobile device makers to enable screen locks on all new mobile devices, to encourage better security and reduce theft.