Monthly Archives: August 2013
Which country came top of Facebook's new "Government Requests" report aimed at outing the countries that fish for Facebook user data the most? (I bet you're thinking it's the USA - but it isn't.)
Watch this week's 60 Second Security and find out!
Building on its use of facial recognition, Facebook has highlighted how it plans to use members' profile pictures as an identification tool to allow their friends to tag them in photos.
Apple's iOS and OS X are currently under what can only be described as a "jolly irritating attack."
Certain text strings, when processed by the operating system's CoreText rendering engine, cause the application that's trying to display them to crash.
Six months ago, we wrote about a risky bug in the sudo command, the Unix equivalent of Run As... on Windows.
The vulnerability is still unpatched on OS X, and now there's a Metasploit exploit pack to take advantage of the hole.
The anonymising service Tor has seen a huge surge in popularity this month with the number daily users shooting up to over 1,200,000 from a fairly consistent average of 550,000 directly connected users over the last year.
German researchers have shown how commodity mobile phones can be turned into call jammers.
Worse still, their attacks could be adapted for eavesdropping and even interception, where a crook receives your calls or SMSes instead of you.
Reality TV mother-of-eight Kate Gosselin sues husband for "hacking" email, phone, revealing private info
Kate Gosselin, who appeared in a reality TV docusoap about her life with her eight children, including sextuplets, is suing her husband for allegedly hacking into her personal email account, her phone and her bank account, as well as stealing a hard drive full of personal files including family photos.
As cloud services become more pervasive criminals continue to try and convince corporate users to surrender their identities.
Google Docs is the latest target, so look out!
A US District Judge, Richard Seeborg, ruled on Monday that Facebook must pay out a total of $20 million over its Sponsored Stories adverts. The settlement is the conclusion to a class action lawsuit brought over two years ago over the social networking giant's use of members' names and pictures without consent.
Surprise! First ever Facebook "Government Requests" report reveals the most inquisitive authorities...
Facebook has released its first ever Global Government Requests Report, listing all the national authorities that have requested access to information on its users.
Don't want "the man" to know about it? Don't share it!
Google's domain serving the Palestinian territories, Google Palestine, was hijacked on Monday by hackers urging Google to rename Israel to Palestine in Google Maps (and the rest of us to listen to Rihanna).
The Syrian Electronic Army attacked an internet domain name provider today taking down for a short time the websites of The New York Times and Twitter for some users,
News, opinion, advice and research!
Chet and Duck bring you their unique and entertaining coverage of all four in their regular quarter-hour podcast.
US whistleblower-friendly site Cryptome recently suffered a short outage, after it was booted offline by its ISP and then let back.
Paul Ducklin looks for security lessons in the story...
German magazine Der Spiegel claims the NSA managed to crack the UN's videoconferencing system.
How secure are *your* teleconferences? Do you keep your ears and eyes open for eavesdroppers?