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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.

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.

Facebook privacy case to be referred to European Court of Justice

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The High Court in Ireland has referred the data-sharing case of Austrian law student, Max Schrems, to the European Court of Justice.

FBI arrests alleged NullCrew hacker

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Federal prosecutors have arrested and charged a Tennessee man for allegedly conspiring to attack a number of businesses and educational organisations since the middle of 2012.

Domino's Pizza hacked, customer database held to ransom

Domino's Pizza database stolen, passwords and toppings held for ransom

Hacker group, Rex Mundi, who claim to have cracked a Domino's Pizza database say they have stolen the details of more than 650,000 dough-loving customers. It says the data will be released later today if the pizza chain fails to pay a ransom of €30,000.

People demand better privacy but don't take basic steps to protect themselves

Consumers expect erosion of privacy to continue, says recent survey

The vast majority of internet users expect their privacy to be eroded over the next five years, according to a recent study.

P.F. Chang's investigates possible credit card breach

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Restaurant chain P.F. Chang's China Bistro says it is investigating claims of a data breach which may have led to debit and credit card details being posted on an underground forum.

UK hackers could "face the justice they deserve" with up to life in jail

UK hackers could "face the justice they deserve" with up to life in jail

A proposed amendment to the Computer Misuse Act 1990 will carry a sentence of up to lifetime imprisonment. The current Act only allows for a maximum sentence of 10 years behind bars, which ministers feel does not adequately reflect the potential damage posed to people and the UK economy.

Sydney teen arrested as hacking hoaxster sends SWAT team to his house

Sydney teen arrested as hacking hoaxster sends SWAT team to his house

Having been told that residents were tied up inside the home, and that shots had been fired, officers swooped on the Bonar Street address at 4.40 am. But it was all a hoax.

Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde arrested in Sweden

Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde arrested in Sweden

Which must have come as a surprise to him, because despite facing a jail sentence and a fine of 46 million Swedish krona ($6.9 million, £4.1 million), Sunde wasn't even sure whether there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest in Sweden.