Monthly Archives: September 2013
At this week's Virus Bulletin conference in Berlin, two SophosLabs researchers will present a paper on ads and adware in the mobile ecosystem.
We'd love to put *your* questions and comments to them from the conference floor - so here's your chance to have your say...
The 19-year-old Californian man turned himself in to FBI agents on Thursday. If found guilty, he's looking at up to two years in federal prison on the charge of extortion after allegedly hacking more than a dozen women's computers, taking nude images via their webcams, and contacting then in an attempt to get more images out of them.
It took students one week to dismantle the security keeping them away from online candy such as Twitter and Facebook. That leaves one very peeved school system, dismayed at the fact that its kids are smarter than the adults who tried to corral them into this dreary thing called "the curriculum." The verdict: No more iPads for YOU!
Microsoft has published its second "Law Enforcement Requests Report", covering the first half of 2013.
John Hawes takes a look at what the numbers tell us...
The UK's Police Central e-crime Unit (PCeU) is claiming to have kept an astonishing £1.01 billion out of the hands of cybercrooks over the past two-and-a-half years.
But just how accurate is that figure?
John Hawes investigates...
How do you copy fingerprints? Which is the most trustworthy browser? Who will use Facebook for payments? How long does an email address live?
Satisfy your curiosity with this week's 60 Second Security!
Power Ventures lured Facebook users into handing over access to their contact lists, then spammed everyone they knew with emails urging them to join their site. Now that Facebook has won its five-year legal battle, has it earned back some trust?
The UK's Office of Fair Trading has investigated how apps and browser-based games comply with consumer law. Alarmed by their findings, they're recommending new developer guidelines around in-app purchases and language inciting children to pay for in-game rewards.
The rise of online dating has been spotted by cyber-crooks looking to exploit every weakness of the web-using world. Poor "Tony" lost $500,000 (CAD) to online scammers after being pulled into a complex, long-term fake romance con by a man he met on a dating site.
Researchers have concluded that 73% of the 40,000 most popular websites that use WordPress software are vulnerable to attack. But they admit they might be wrong. Even so, they still highlight an important security issue which isn't diminished one iota by their sketchiness.
Two motorists using their iPhone Maps application followed it right across one of the runways - as in, where airplanes might have squashed them - and onto the airport ramp side of the passenger terminal.
Police are linking the 16-year-old to the March DDoS attack against Spamhaus - an attack of unprecedented force that rippled through the internet, affecting the London Internet Exchange and causing worldwide disruption.
Apple has quickly fixed two lockscreen bugs that it introduced with iOS 7.
Well done, Cupertino!
(To all hardcore Apple fans reading this: that's not irony. I really mean it.)
Italian computer scientist Michele Spagnuolo recently wrote about what he considered a security issue in the popular iPhone and iPad email app "Mailbox."
Not everyone agreed with him...
Servers at Lexis-Nexis, Dun & Bradstreet, and Kroll Background America/HireRight show up in the dashboard of a small, effective botnet run by a service that sells vital personal information on US residents, an investigation has revealed.
It is time to start thinking of our hearts as random number generators that can serve as passwords to secure medical devices that are vulnerable to hacking, US researchers at Rice University have proposed.
They've flooded Yelp and other consumer review sites with puffery, and now they have to pay, to the tune of $350,000.
We really didn't want to write another Apple iOS 7 story.
But with reports surfacing that HAL's smooth-talking stepsister Siri lets you *talk* your way into a locked iPhone, we couldn't help it.