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Apple questioned on Watch privacy by state attorney general

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Apple calls the gadget its "most personal device ever". Attorney General George Jepsen would like to know how Apple's planning to protect all that data, which will include things as intimate as our heartbeats.

California passes "landmark bill" to protect students' personal data

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There's a lot at stake: think student records that cover attendance, grades, discipline, health, academics, intimate details about family members, parent and student contact information, biometrics, and sometimes even a child's geolocation.

Apple adds two-step verification for iCloud, effective immediately

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Apple has listened, and extended its two-step verification system to iCloud.

It's a great start...but does it go far enough?

From the Labs: VBA is definitely not dead - in fact, it's undergoing a resurgence

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Our most recent detection statistics show that using Visual Basic code in malicious documents is a trend on the rise. So why have malware authors turned to Visual Basic to do their bidding?

Apple relents, lets you "depurchase" that U2 album you never bought in the first place‏

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Apple has listened!

The company has come up with a free Album Removal Tool that allows you to "unbuy" the U2 album that recently showed up in your iTunes account...

"Shocking" Android browser bug could be a "privacy disaster": here's how to fix it

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The Metasploit crew is calling this Android Browser bug a "privacy disaster.”

Here's what you can do to avoid trouble...

Man buys old servers, accuses Ernst & Young of data breach

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Mark Morris claims he picked up some old servers for $300 and recently found out they're full of customer data. Ernst & Young wants the data deleted or just to get the servers back, but Morris says whoa, not so fast - time is money!

Nigerian bank IT worker on the run after $40m cyber heist

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A Nigerian IT worker is wanted by police after a major cyber-heist at the bank where he was employed.

Facebook predator charged after posing as teenager to stalk girls online

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A 22-year-old man from New Jersey has been charged with stalking one teenage girl and soliciting sexually explicit photos from another via Facebook.

Legendary NYC steakhouse sues Yelp to unmask spitting-waiter reviewer

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A man turned down for a job at the eatery shares a name with the reviewer, who claimed to work at Sparks Steak House, where management purportedly encourages spittle garnishes. He says it wasn't him; it was an imposter! Sparks wants Yelp to reveal the true identity to get to the bottom of the bogus claim.

Liberty Reserve CTO pleads guilty to involvement in massive money laundering

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Mark Marmilev, CTO of former digital currency brokerage Liberty Reserve, has pleaded guilty to playing a major role in the operation of the business which became a favourite for cybercrooks and money launderers.

Facebook wants to know why you hate specific adverts

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Facebook's not happy to just let us hide ads anymore; now it wants to know why we hid a given ad so it can purge newsfeeds of super-cruddy ads.

Monday review - the hot 22 stories of the week

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

Firefox sneaks out an "inbetweener" update, with security improvements rather than fixes

Usually, if everything goes according to plan, Firefox updates appear every six weeks.

But if needs must, Mozilla delivers in-between updates, too, and that's what has happened here, bumping Firefox from version 32.0 to 32.0.1.

Why would we let you say "No" to something that's free? 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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Here's our latest 60 Second Security video for your viewing pleasure.

Enjoy...

Apple's free gift: Did U get the album 2?

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Apple's gift of a free U2 album for iTunes users?

Turns out it's "free" as in "compulsory"...

Target tops the list of most epic privacy fails

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Our readers ranked Target’s data breach ahead of Adobe, Snapchat, Google Glass, and Talking Angela for the biggest privacy failure of the past year.

Serial hacker pleads guilty to bank bitcoin blackmail

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A 22-year-old with a lengthy history of convictions pleaded guilty last week to charges of blackmail and fraud, after threatening to reveal details of thousands of phished bank accounts if the bank involved refused to pay up.

US government "threatened" Yahoo with daily $250,000 fines over user data

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In the post-Snowden era many web firms came in for criticism over their apparent willingness to bend over for the NSA as the agency went on a massive data grab. Now, however, Yahoo has revealed how much it would have cost the company to disregard government data requests – a cool quarter of a million dollars per day.