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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.

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.

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.