Monthly Archives: January 2012

TinKode arrested for suspected hack of NASA and Pentagon servers

TinKode arrested for suspected hack of NASA and Pentagon servers

Police believe that they may have apprehended the notorious hacker TinKode, who in the past has hacked into government and military websites, exposing their poor security.

HCG diet spam attack hits Facebook users, spreads rapidly

HCG diet spam hits Facebook users

Once again, Facebook users are being hit by a barrage of spam - this time claiming to promote a diet.

Viruses and hacking, as seen on TV and in the movies

Viruses and hacking, as seen on TV and in the movies

Working in the computer security industry, we're pretty used to seeing malware and hacking misrepresented on our TV and movie screens.

Here are some of our favourite examples.

MegaUpload data could be deleted by Thursday

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According to reports, hosting companies may start deleting MegaUpload users' content from their servers as soon as Thursday - regardless of whether or not the content is legal.

Australian Taxation Office scam preys on those still awaiting refunds

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The personal income tax year in Australia ends on 30 June. Many refunds will already have been processed and paid out.

That hasn't stopped the scammers. They've added a few weasel-words about "delays", as a sort of general-purpose excuse.

How to navigate Google's privacy options

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Google is rolling out a new privacy policy on March 1st, 2012. In this article I sum up the changes and provide information on how to control your Google privacy settings.

Accused Kelihos malware mastermind protests his innocence

Accused Kelihos botmaster protests his innocence

A Russian man who has been accused by Microsoft of being the mastermind behind the Kelihos botnet has used his LiveJournal blog to protest his innocence.

Scammers reveal features of brand new iPhone 5.. or do they?

Scammers don't need to wait for the iPhone 5 to be released

A scam spreads on Tumblr, claiming that every user will be given a free iPhone 5.

Never mind the fact that the iPhone 5 has not been announced yet, let alone released.

The FBI vs the FTC: the battle for user privacy in social media

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An interesting juxtaposition: the FBI's quest for a social media data mining application vs. the FTC taking Facebook and Google to task over privacy transgressions. Should the agencies settle it via Jello wrestling?

What do I do if my Twitter account is hacked?

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Many Naked Security readers ask for assistance when their accounts are hacked, or when their friends, family and colleagues need assistance. This article explains the steps needed to safely reacquire control of your Twitter account.

Facebook sues alleged clickjacking firm

Facebook sues alleged clickjacking firm

Facebook has filed a law suit a firm who, they say, bombarded users with clickjacking scams that earned $1.2 million a month.

Poll reveals widespread concern over Facebook Timeline

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Over 50% of people polled said they are worried about the Facebook Timeline.

But will it be the catalyst for people to leave the site?

US Police use games consoles in crime investigations

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Police in the US use XBox 360 and PS3s as key parts of investigations. With police now cooperating more closely with companies like Microsoft, is it time to ask for greater transparency about their relationships?

Opinion: Google's privacy change - evil or business as usual?

Opinion: Google's privacy change - evil or business as usual?

Google says it will start tracking us across all its services - Gmail, Search, YouTube, etc. - and that it will share data on our activity across all of them. Does it put into question Google's motto, "Don't be evil"

Symantec: Stop using pcAnywhere, right now

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Symantec has admitted that blueprints for current versions of its pcAnywhere software were stolen in 2006 and that all users are at risk of attack and should pull the plug.

Chuck Norris is NOT dead - beware the Facebook scam!

Chuck Norris is NOT dead - beware the Facebook scam!

Messages have been spread on Facebook claiming to link to a video news report of the death of awesome martial arts film star Chuck Norris.

Sophos Security Threat Report 2012 - seeing through the hype

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We know you're probably sceptical of "state of the world" reports from vendors. For all you can tell, they'll turn out to be thinly-digsuised advertorial, unreconstructed product brochures, or worse.

We like to do things differently. Find out how!

Is your smartphone telling every website you visit your telephone number?

Is your smartphone telling every website you visit your telephone number?

O2 mobile users in the UK are venting on Twitter today, fuming at their discovery that their phone number is being shared with every website that they visit over the network.

But users of other mobile phone networks may be also affected.

Hacking boardroom videoconferencing systems

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Videoconferencing equipment is often left wide open for hackers to creep in and peep around organizations.

Canadian resident sentenced to death for writing a computer program

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A Canadian resident has been sentenced to death in Iran for offending the faith, after his computer program was used without his knowledge to upload pornography.