Articles by Lee Munson

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Lee Munson is the founder of Security FAQs, a social media manager with BH Consulting and a blogger with a huge passion for information security.

Apple’s Tim Cook talks privacy: 'We're not like all the others'

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Apple has launched a new privacy website to explain what it does and doesn't do with user data. On the front page, a letter from CEO Tim Cook explains that Apple views privacy differently to other internet services who, he says, view users as products and not customers.

New Google transparency report details hike in government user data requests

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Governments around the world are demanding increasingly larger amounts of user data from search giant Google, according to the company’s latest Transparency Report.

Facebook predator charged after posing as teenager to stalk girls online

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A 22-year-old man from New Jersey has been charged with stalking one teenage girl and soliciting sexually explicit photos from another via Facebook.

US government "threatened" Yahoo with daily $250,000 fines over user data

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In the post-Snowden era many web firms came in for criticism over their apparent willingness to bend over for the NSA as the agency went on a massive data grab. Now, however, Yahoo has revealed how much it would have cost the company to disregard government data requests – a cool quarter of a million dollars per day.

Bitcoin inventor's identity allegedly under threat after claimed "Satoshi Nakamoto" email hijack

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An anonymous internet user claims to have hacked the email account of Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of virtual currency Bitcoin, and is threatening to unveil Nakamoto's identity for 25 Bitcoins.

Reddit bans celebrity naked photo leaks subreddit 'The Fappening'

Underage photos of McKayla Maroney prompt Reddit to ban r/TheFappening

Reddit has banned r/TheFappening, a subreddit in which people shared the leaked nude celebrity photos. With some of the images said to be taken of American gymnast McKayla Maroney when she was underage, Reddit was leaving itself open to claims of publishing child pornography.

Apple iCloud - 3 tips for keeping your photos and other data safe

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Apple confirmed it found no evidence of a security breach, but that some individual celebrity iCloud accounts were compromised. With that in mind, here are 3 tips to help protect you when using iCloud:

Review your settings with Facebook’s new privacy checkup tool

Review your settings with Facebook’s new privacy checkup tool

Facebook has now rolled out its dinosaur-led privacy tool to everyone. So you can either wait for your dino-popup to appear, or click on the padlock icon in Facebook, go to Privacy Checkup, and follow these 3 simple steps.

Jennifer Lawrence naked photo scandal - Apple and FBI to investigate

The FBI and Apple respond to celebrity nude photo theft

The FBI are 'addressing' the matter of stolen nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence, Rihanna and other celebs. Meanwhile, Apple also said that it is "actively investigating" the theft after it was alleged that the photos were stolen from iCloud accounts.

Jennifer Lawrence, Rihanna, 98 other celebs' nude photos leaked online

JLaw and other celebrities hacked as nude images circulate online

The anonymous hacker reportedly gained access to the private photos of actress Jennifer Lawrence, as well as images of 99 other celebrities, allegedly via Apple's iCloud storage system.

97,000 Bugzilla email addresses and passwords exposed in another Mozilla leak

Another Mozilla data leak: 97,000 Bugzilla email addresses and passwords

Around 97,000 early testers of the Bugzilla bug tracking software have been warned that their email addresses and encrypted passwords were exposed for three months. This is the second accidental exposure by Mozilla this month.

Massive cyber attack on oil and energy industry in Norway

Massive cyber attack on 300 Norwegian oil and energy industry

As many as 300 oil and energy companies have been targeted in the largest ever coordinated cyber attack in Norway.

Social media users don't like discussing Snowden and surveillance online

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Just 42% of those surveyed said they were willing to air their views or enter a discussion on Facebook or Twitter but 86% said they would be happy to discuss the NSA surveillance program in a face-to-face setting.

220 million records stolen, 16 arrested in massive South Korean data breach

220 million records stolen in massive South Korean data breach

South Korean authorities have revealed a massive data breach that has affected over half of the country. The stolen records include real names, account names, passwords and resident registration numbers from a number of website registrations across online game and movie ticket sites.

Silk Road suspect Ross Ulbricht hit with three new drug charges

Silk Road suspect Ross Ulbricht hit with three new drug charges

New charges have been filed against Ross Ulbricht, the alleged mastermind behind online drug marketplace Silk Road.

Facebook given 4 weeks to respond to "largest privacy class action in Europe"

Facebook given 4 weeks to respond to "largest privacy class action in Europe"

Austrian law student Max Schrems has won the first round in his class action lawsuit against Facebook over online privacy. Schrems and others are seeking damages of €500 each ($664/£400) for alleged data violations by Facebook.

Google et al slammed by justice chief over 'right to be forgotten'

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Europe’s Commissioner for Justice, Martine Reicherts, has slammed Google and other opponents of the 'right to be forgotten' ruling, claiming that they are attempting to undermine the reform.

US Nuclear Regulatory Commission hacked 3 times in 3 years

US Nuclear Regulatory Commission hacked 3 times in 3 years

According to documents obtained under an open-records request, two of the hacks, perpetrated via phishing emails, are believed to have originated in foreign countries, while the source of the third remains unknown because incident logs have been destroyed. The report does not say when the attacks occurred, nor does it divulge what, if any, data was compromised.

Google adds deceptive software warnings to Safe Browsing service

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The days of having your homepage switched or suddenly discovering a mysterious toolbar in your browser may be set to come to an end following an announcement from Google yesterday. From next week, Chrome will display a message whenever a piece of software attempts to do anything sneaky or unexpected with your browser or computer.

Gmail introduces filters for non-Latin characters, weeding out more phishing emails

Gmail introduces filters for non-Latin characters, weeding out more phishing emails

Using non-Latin characters that look very similar to their ASCII counterparts helps scammers, spammers and phishing crooks send emails from legitimate-looking addresses. Now Google's putting a stop to that with a set of new spam filters.