Monthly Archives: March 2014

Google Glass recording without permission could become illegal in Australia

Google Glass recording without permission could become illegal in Australia

The country's considering an overhaul of privacy laws that could make it illegal to record private conversations or activities without consent via Google Glass or similar wearable technologies.

Porn site age-check law demanded by UK media watchdog

Porn site age-check law demanded by UK media watchdog

A video-on-demand watchdog in the UK - whose government seems to have its knickers in a permanent twist over children potentially accessing internet porn - is demanding an age-check law for porn sites.

Transatlantic cables will bypass USA to avoid NSA spying

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EU says "A new fibre-optic submarine cable, connecting Latin America directly with Europe" will "enhance data protection". Is NSA evasion really the reason for new undersea cable projects wrapping around the globe?

Rebunking Google's Glass "myth" debunking

Rebunking Google's Glass "myth" debunking

Google's published a listicle about what it says are the Top 10 Glass Myths. Here's Naked Security's security- and privacy-centric view of some of those "myths."

Monday review - the hot 21 stories of the week

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Make sure you're up to date with everything we wrote in the last seven days - it's weekly roundup time.

World Backup Day - are your important files backed up?

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Today is World Backup Day! If your storage system fails, at work or at home, any valuable data could be lost for good. It's an essential task, but can be as simple or as complex as you choose. Here's our best practice for backing up your data.

Google reports new shenanigans in ongoing Turkish internet blockade

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Turkey recently blocked Twitter and YouTube, as well as Google's free Public DNS servers that many people used to get around the blockade.

Now Google reports another layer of "active intervention" by Turkish ISPs...

Word zero-day, Snapchat blasted, MS-DOS released - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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What should you do about the latest Word zero-day? What does Mr Rockefeller think of SnapChat? And is that MS-DOS I see before me?

Watch 60 Sec Security for 29 March 2014, and find out!

Turkey blocks YouTube access amid “security concerns”

Turkey blocks YouTube access amid “security concerns”

The Turkish government continued its heavy-handed approach to social media on Thursday, restricting YouTube access after the leak of an audio recording of Turkish officials discussing possible military action in Syria.

NIST to review standard for cryptographic development - do we really care?

NIST to review standard for cryptographic development - do we really care?

Whether you use it to protect personal data, protect customer data or secure your communications, cryptography is an integral part of our digital world, but the announcement late in 2013 that NIST is reviewing its standards for cryptography seems to have gone largely unnoticed.

MS-DOS and MS-Word source code released for review - get it while it's new!

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You have GOT to see this! Early MS-DOS and Word for Windows source code, ready for security review!

Paul Ducklin and Gabor Szappanos take a bit of a trip down memory lane, and muse, "How different the 1990s might have been."

Boston Bomber slipped past while spelling glitch tripped up the law

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The old data-quality maxim "garbage in, garbage out" proves true yet again in the case of the Boston Marathon bomber, who, a Congressional report confirms, slipped through the border when a database failed to suggest an alternative name spelling.

Senator says Snapchat 'hiding something' by skipping data breach hearing

Senator says Snapchat 'hiding something' by skipping data breach hearing

Snapchat has drawn fire from US Senator Jay Rockefeller, the powerful chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Technology, and Transportation, for refusing to testify in a hearing on data breaches.

US school to fork over $70K for hassling sixth-grader about Facebook posting

US school to fork over $70K for hassling sixth-grader about Facebook posting

Riley Stratton was forced to hand over her Facebook and email passwords and, with a police officer in the room, school officials searched her Facebook page for an alleged conversation she had with a boy about sex. Is this a grade-school version of prosecutorial overreach?

Is data privacy more important than ever?

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This article is inspired by another piece we've published today in which John Bryan asks 'is data privacy an out of date concept?' I think we all have a responsibility to ourselves and the younger generation to take greater steps to protect our data - we can't know the significance of exposure today on our lives tomorrow.

Is data privacy an out of date concept?

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For some people, it seems as if they put their whole lives on display on social media. They are often, themselves, posting the very information that organisations go to great lengths to try to protect. So are we trying to protect privacy based on past social values? Are we old-fashioned in trying to keep a lid on the social media generation?

Spammers take advantage of Naked Security writing about spammers

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An identity theft focused spam campaign is doing the rounds pretending to be a winning notification from the American "green card lottery". Worse yet, the spammers decided to utilize imagery hosted on Naked Security.

SSCC 140 - Does Windows have more holes than OS X? Whither messaging privacy? [PODCAST]

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How bad is the latest Microsoft Word 0-day? Does OS X really need patching less often than Windows? What does Gmail's move to HTTPS-only really mean? And if WhatsApp has privacy coded into its DNA, is it coded into its app, too?

Chet and Duck get stuck in...

Chinese cops nab 1,530 mobile SMS spammers in raid on fake base stations

Chinese cops nab 1,530 mobile SMS spammers in raid on fake base stations

Chinese police have arrested 1,530 spammers who've been driving around, spewing spam at people's phones from mobile, fake base stations. But it's just a drop in China's enormously spammy bucket.

Tumblr beefs up security with two-factor authentication

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Just like you need two keys to launch a nuclear missile (and we really, really hope that you weren't planning to do that anytime soon), you can now flip on the extra protection of needing-two-things to get at your Tumblr dashboard.