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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.

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.

Microsoft brings Internet Explorer's security into the 21st century

Microsoft brings Internet Explorer's security into the 21st century

Internet Explorer (IE) will finally catch up with rival browsers next week when it begins blocking out-of-date ActiveX controls.

Facebook privacy under spotlight as thousands join class action lawsuit

Facebook privacy under spotlight as thousands join class action lawsuit

More than 17,000 people have signed up to a class action lawsuit against Facebook, which alleges that the social network violated its users' privacy.

Mozilla database leaks 76,000 email addresses, 4,000 passwords

Mozilla database leaks 76,000 email addresses, 4,000 passwords

Email addresses and encrypted passwords of thousands of Mozilla developers were accidentally exposed for a month - and there are no guarantees that they were not snaffled up by those with ill intent.

Twitter: 46% rise in requests for user information by governments

Twitter transparency report: 46% rise in requests for user information by governments

In all, there were 2,058 information requests from governments in the first half of 2014, which Twitter says were typically connected with criminal investigations. Those requests covered a total of 3,131 user accounts - 48% more than in the last report.

Sony offers games as part of $15m Playstation Network breach settlement

Sony hacking suspect smashes computers to get out of prosecution

Sony has offered gamers digital goods as part of a $15m settlement in the 2011 PlayStation Network (PSN) data breach case.

Google given 18 months to change its handling of user data

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The Italian Data Protection Commissioner has given Google 18 months to change the way it treats and stores user data.

Apple and Google told to stop misleading consumers about 'free' apps

Apple drags its heels whilst Google drops ‘free’ label from apps with in-app purchases

The European Commission (EC) has recently been working with national authorities and app store owners to address concerns over in-app purchases, especially where those transactions are undertaken by children. Google's response was positive, while Apple says it that it is doing "more than others" to protect parents.

Bing follows Google by offering 'right to be forgotten' form

Bing follows Google by offering ‘right to be forgotten’ form

It's unclear whether Microsoft will take a similar approach to Google in the way it handles Bing search results. The situation certainly needs clarification and the big 3 search engines have been invited to meet with EU privacy regulators next Thursday to discuss how the ruling should be implemented.

Google+ drops real name policy. What do you think? [POLL]

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Following years of criticism, Google announced on Tuesday that it is waving goodbye to the real names policy it employed to block the use of pseudonyms on its Google+ social network.

Microsoft and No-IP reach settlement over malware takedown

Microsoft and No-IP reach settlement over malware takedown

Microsoft has reached a settlement with domain provider No-IP less than two weeks after it grabbed 23 internet domain names, knocking out 1.8 million customer sites and over 5 million hostnames.

Google lawsuit highlights why every business needs to manage its online presence

Google lawsuit highlights why every business needs to manage its online presence

Virginia restaurant owner Rene Bertagna is suing Google, claiming that his business' listing was sabotaged by a competitor and that the web giant turned a blind eye.

Student jailed for refusing to hand over password to police

Student jailed for refusing to hand over password to police

Christopher Wilson, who has his own business programming artificial intelligence systems, is suspected of hacking into police websites and using a voice-changing device to make hoax telephone calls warning of a cyber attack. When detectives asked Wilson to reveal his computer password to aid in their investigation he refused.

SEA hacks Israeli Defence Force Twitter account, posts bogus nuclear warning

SEA hacks IDF Twitter account to post a bogus nuclear warning

The Syrian Electronic Army hacked the Israeli Defense Force's Twitter account and posted a bogus warning about an imminent nuclear attack. The hack comes less than a week after the SEA took aim at the IDF's official blog.

Did Facebook's emotion experiment break the law? ICO probes

Did Facebook's emotion experiment break the law? ICO probes

Did Facebook's emotional manipulation study break data protection laws? The UK's Information Commissioner's Office is to investigate the experiment, which caused outrage after it manipulated the feeds of close to 700,000 users to determine how they reacted to positive or negative news.

Cupid Media "breached Privacy act" after storing users' passwords in plain text

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The Australian Privacy Commissioner has ruled that Cupid Media Pty Ltd breached the Privacy Act following a data breach which saw over 40 million customer records exposed.

Syrian Electronic Army uses Taboola ad to hack Reuters (again)

Syrian Electronic Army uses Taboola ad to hack Reuters (again)

Code dynamically inserted into Reuters web pages by content serving company, Taboola, appears to have been poisoned by the Syrian Electronic Army in order to redirect visitors to another page under the hackers' control. It highlights the need for websites to consider security in a broad context and to not rely solely on traditional server-based defenses.