Monthly Archives: March 2011

Google apologises for Buzz privacy issues

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After a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) review into whether Google snafued its launch of Buzz, a Gmail social media tool, the internet search giant apologized to its users and settled with the FTC yesterday.

No, Samsung is not shipping laptops with keylogger/spy software...

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After yesterday's concern about laptops being shipped with keylogging software installed, it has now been confirmed that the issue was all due to a false positive.

Is Samsung intentionally shipping laptops with keylogger/spy software?

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This story was based on some inaccurate reporting, and has been updated to reflect the updated information. See No Samsung is not shipping laptops with keyloggers for updated information.

RIP Jackie Chan hoax takes on Twitter users

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Twitter users are being bombarded with messages suggesting that Jackie Chan has met his tragic end. For the last several hours "RIP Jackie Chan" has been a trending topic, with many people helping the spammers spread their messages. It appears Read more…

Facebook adds speed bump to slow down likejackers

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Facebook has introduced a new security measure that intends to slow down likejacking. Does it work, and is this method strong enough to make a difference?

Christina Aguilera's stolen saucy snapshots: beware of scams

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Private pics of pop chanteuse Christina Aguilera have cropped up in the public domain after she allegedly left her camera's memory card in a hotel in France, reported the Daily Mail. The photos emerged when they were offered for sale Read more…

BP in troubled waters over Gulf oil spill data spill

BP in troubled waters over Gulf oil spill data spill

US National Public Radio reports today that BP's Gulf oil spill woes - which already include paying out compensation amounting to a whopping $4B - have been worsened by a data spill.

Just one lost laptop caused all the trouble.

The EU parliament computer network is under attack

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The European Parliament's computer network is under attack, and reports suggest it is similar to the cyber attack the EU Commission faced last week. An EU parliamentary spokesperson confirmed that the attack was still underway as of this morning.

Bank of America and $100,000 debit card "incident"

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Imagine handing over your debit card to pay for some purchases, only to find that your card has been declined. Embarassed, you dash over to your local branch, and it is swarming with people who have had the same thing happen to them. Nightmare. And this is exactly what happened to Christy Clark, Bank of America customer in Detroit.

UK utility company targeted in identity theft scam

UK utility company targeted in identity theft scam

Tax refund scams have become commonplace. But this scam does it all differently. It asks for copies of your ID - a crazy-sounding request, yet one which we are increasingly accustomed to comply with.

We should learn to say no. Find out why.

Anonymous go after Riaa.com...again

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Internet hacktivist Anonymous organised a DDoS against the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) website, following a request for $75 Trillion (USD) in damages from peer-to-peer site LimeWire. The DDoS was scheduled for Friday 25 March, at 7pm EST.

UK teachers' union says no to bill allowing searches of student mobiles

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The UK teaching union, NASUWT, calls government plans to address cyberbullying "reckless". The education bill stipulates that teachers can search and even delete content on student mobile phones if "there is a good reason to do so" .

Comodo hacker outs himself, claims "no relation to Iranian Cyber Army"

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Iranian hacker admits to the recent security breach at Comodo SSL. Aside from his delusional ramblings, it appears he may in fact be the hacker who compromised their systems and reveals how easy the task really was.

MySQL.com and Sun hacked through SQL injection

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Proving that no website is ever truly secure, it is being reported that MySQL.com has succumbed to a SQL injection attack.

Italian Facebook likejacking targets more than 107,000 users and Facebook account confirmation scam returns

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Facebook likejacking scams have hit more than 107,000 Italians. New scams proclaiming that Facebook is overcapacity try to convince you to "Confirm your activity" and even give advice on how to disable security features.

Apple users left to defend themselves against certificate attacks

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Apple users have largely been left unprotected against the recent issuance of fraudulent SSL certificates by Comodo. Learn how to configure your Mac to defend against bogus SSL certificates.

Malvertising resurfaces on Spotify and Facebook

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Malicious advertisements hit both Spotify and Facebook in the last 48 hours. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as safe surfing, as most sites are comprised of external content. On occasion even real sites can be dodgy...

When a Facebook friend gets Clickjacked, what should you do?

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Last night, I checked my FaceBook page and noticed a strange post from a friend. The page had all the characteristics of a Facebook ClickJacking page: A link to an amusing/salacious video but in French.

Opinion: Thief punished through YouTube and Facebook's Social Ad campaign

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Earlier this week, i wrote an article about the unexpected dangers of photo-tagging having real life consequences for people. A few more stories emerged this week that raise questions around social networking, privacy and punishment.

Chinese mobile malware controversy: Are Feiliu and Netqin in cahoots?

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According to Mobile Crunch, Chinese mobile security firm NetQin are accused of secretly installing malware. But it turns out that the story might be a little bit more complicated than that.