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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.

Hackers who threaten national security could face life sentences

Hackers who threaten national security could face life sentences

Where damage to human welfare or national security is deemed serious enough, the proposed amendment to the UK's Computer Misuse Act 1990 could mean life in jail for hackers, and some experts believe the changes could be used to target whistleblowers.

Facebook: Dear DEA, please don't set up fake profiles to trap criminals

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Facebook CSO Joe Sullivan sent a letter to the DEA on Friday in which he explained how law enforcement agencies need to play by the same rules as the rest of us and not lie about who they are.

Average person has 19 passwords - but 1 in 3 don’t make them strong enough

Average person has 19 passwords - but 1 in 3 don’t make them strong enough

The vast majority of people are leaving themselves at risk of identity theft, fraud and extortion by not taking simple but necessary steps to protect themselves online, according to a new study.

South Korean ID system faces overhauls following 10 years of data thefts

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The South Korean government is considering reissuing national identity card ID numbers for every citizen over the age of 17, at the cost of billions of US dollars.

Kmart becomes the latest retail data breach victim

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Kmart has been confirmed as the latest retail chain to be breached after its parent company admitted that some customers’ debit and credit card numbers had been compromised.

Police thwarted by remote wiping of tablets and phones

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Several UK police forces are left baffled after evidence on phones and tablets has evaporated into thin air, even after suspects have been taken into custody.

Revenge porn offenders could face 14 years in jail

Calls for revenge porn to be classed as a sexual offence, with jail time to match

The UK's Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has issued new guidance on the posting of revenge pornography. The suggested new approach would see more serious cases of revenge porn prosecuted under the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

JP Morgan Chase confirms breach, 76 million homes and 7 million businesses affected

JP Morgan confirms breach, 76 million homes and 7 million businesses affected

JP Morgan Chase has confirmed that user information including names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses for 76 million households and 7 million small businesses has been stolen in one of the largest data breaches ever.

International hackers charged over Call of Duty and Apache helicopter software theft

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Hackers from Australia, Canada and the US have been charged with breaking into the networks of games developers and the US Army to steal software worth at least $100m, according to prosecutors.

Snapchat says fat spam is not its fault

Snapchat says fat spam is not its fault

Have your Snapchat friends taken to calling you fat recently? If so, don't get mad at them - their suggestion that you pop a weight loss pill is probably the result of having their account hacked.

More celeb nude photos leaked: Cara Delevingne, Anna Kendrick and Jennifer Lawrence (again)

55 more celeb photos leaked: Cara Delavingne, Anna Kendrick and Jennifer Lawrence (again)

Jennifer Lawrence again finds herself the subject of tawdry picture posters in what has been dubbed 'The Fappening 3' by Redditers and 4chan community members.

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.