Monthly Archives: May 2012

How to teach tomorrow's doctors about social media privacy

Teaching the next generation of doctors about digital privacy can’t just be about punishment

Social media and health care privacy may not mix well, but telling the trainees who have grown up with social media to simply "abstain – or else!" doesn't help students structure their behaviours in the digital age.

Hotel booking confirmation emails aim to infect your computer. Watch out!

Hotel booking confirmation emails aim to infect your computer. Watch out!

Be on your guard against emails that claim to be about a hotel booking that you never made - you could be putting your computer at risk of infection by malware.

Employers on track to get more nosey with employees' social media lives

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By 2015, 60% of employers are likely to be eavesdropping on our social media selves to make sure our e-blabbing isn't poking security holes into their outfits, according to a recent report.

Run a Facebook page with other admins? You need to read this

Run a Facebook page with other admins? You need to read this

Facebook introduces new roles for page administrators - helping you avoid having your Facebook page hijacked.

Anatomy of an Attack comes to San Diego, Santa Fe, Toronto and Indianapolis

Anatomy of an attack comes to San Diego, Santa Fe, Toronto and Indianapolis

Sophos is hosting events in San Diego, Santa Fe, Toronto and Indianapolis in the next few weeks where our experts will explain how malware threats actually work and what you can do to protect your business.

Phishing with help from Google Docs

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It's child's play to create a Google account, and use the Google Docs facility to host an online form.

But scammers are exploiting Google Docs to phish for passwords and sensitive information.

NJ mayor and son arrested for hacking site criticising their administration

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New Jersey town mayor was arrested on Thursday for allegedly hacking into a site that criticized his administration and intimidating individuals associated with it. You couldn't make this stuff up...

One weekend, one million jailbreakers - what should Apple do next?

One weekend, one million jailbreakers - what should Apple do next?

Last weekend, Chronic Dev tweeted about the latest jailbreak tool for Apple's iDevices. In just two days, nearly one million people used it.

With such clear minority interest in jailbreaking, what should Apple do next?

Spying Trojan targets Iranian and Syrian web surfers, dissidents

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A proxy tool used by Iranian internet users to evade censorship and oppression is being distributed with a Trojan horse that can log their keystrokes and surfing habits reporting back their activities to its author.

Flame malware - The biggest? The baddest? A little perspective

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Is Flame a big malware threat?

Well, yes it is. But perhaps not in the way you think.

Beware Remove your Facebook Timeline scams

Beware Remove your Facebook Timeline scams

Not everyone is a fan of Facebook's Timeline feature. And that's a fact of which spammers and scammers are happy to take advantage.

Think before you install a browser plugin to hide your Facebook Timeline.

SKA - no longer a troublesome mass-mailing computer virus

SKA - no longer a troublesome mass-mailing computer virus

In computer security history, the word Ska is most notably associated with a widespread mass-mailing virus also known as Happy99.

Happily, that association has recently been subsumed by an ambitious astronomical project - one which brings astonishing computer science challenges all of its own.

Flame malware - more details of targeted cyber attack in Middle East

Flame malware - more details of targeted cyber attack

Skywiper, Flame, Flamer - whatever you want to call it, this malware is making the headlines today.

Find out more.

Flame worm - Iran claims to discover new Stuxnet-like malware

Flamer worm - Iran claims to discover new Stuxnet-like malware

Iranian authorities claim to have discovered another targeted cyberattack against the country - the Flamer worm (also known as Flame).

Take a 666 chill pill: 'Barcode at birth' author was just joking

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Science fiction writer Elizabeth Moon does *not* believe that all humans should be subcutaneously RFID chipped at birth.

Serco reports 123,000 US government employees' personal information stolen

Serco reports 123,000 US government employees' personal information stolen

Serco, a large international government services provider, disclosed a compromise of its systems that may have led to 123,000 people's Social Security Numbers and other sensitive details to be in the hands of criminals. A rather unusual way to celebrate Memorial Day for our dedicated government workers, postal workers and military.

Motorists warned of Dalek invasion by hacked road sign

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First there was a warning that there were zombies on the road ahead..

Now it's the turn of the Daleks.

How long would it take to crack your password?

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Password policies are the enemy of security, the developer of a password analyzing tool concludes, while a vendor pushes it further to decree that password security is, basically, toast.

Apple's iCloud syncs stolen iPhone photos to nab thief

Apple's iCloud syncs stolen iPhone photos to nab thief

A Facebook user used Apple's iCloud to identify the thief who stole her iPhone on a Disney cruise. While an interesting story, what can you do to better protect your smartphone or tablet to not have to repeat this process if your device is stolen?

Angry Birds malware - Firm fined £50,000 for profiting from fake Android apps

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A firm has been fined £50,000 after Trojan versions of popular Android apps secretly sent expensive SMS messages to premium rate numbers.