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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.

Heartbleed sees first arrest in wake of Canada Revenue Agency breach

Heartbleed sees first arrest in wake of Canada Revenue Agency hack

The arrest of Stephen Arthuro Solis-Reyes, who is alleged to have grabbed 900 Social Insurance Numbers from the Canadian tax authorities over a period of six hours, marks the first time that authorities have apprehended someone in relation to the "heartbleed" bug in OpenSSL.

Massive FBI facial recognition database raises privacy fears

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The FBI is building a massive facial recognition database that could contain as many as 52 million images by 2015, including 4.3 million non-criminal images, according to information obtained by the EFF via a freedom of information request.

Zeus malware - nine charged with conspiracy to steal millions of dollars

US charges 9 with stealing millions of dollars with Zeus malware

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has charged nine individuals over their alleged involvement in a criminal organisation that stole millions of dollars from victims' bank accounts.

$50 million thief pleads guilty

$50 million thief pleads guilty

Cameron Harrison of Georgia, US, was part of a large credit card fraud gang associated with the website, believed to be responsible for around $50 million in losses around the globe.

The 'Privacy Dinosaur' urges Facebook users to check their privacy settings

The 'Privacy Dinosaur' urges Facebook users to check their privacy settings

Users who haven't adjusted their privacy settings will see the experimental dino-message whenever they attempt to share a status update, link or photo that would otherwise be visible to everyone, hopefully eliminating accidental public postings.

Facebook bug bounty program paid out $1.5m in 2013


According to newly published figures, Facebook paid out around $1.5m (about £900,000) in 2013 through its vulnerability research program, spread between 330 researchers.

James Clapper confirms that NSA conducted warrantless searches on Americans

James Clapper confirms that NSA conducted warrantless searches on Americans

In a letter to Congress released on Tuesday, the US government confirmed what we all knew (or at least suspected) – the National Security Agency has conducted warrantless searches on Americans' private telephone and email conversations.

Turkey blocks YouTube access amid “security concerns”

Turkey blocks YouTube access amid “security concerns”

The Turkish government continued its heavy-handed approach to social media on Thursday, restricting YouTube access after the leak of an audio recording of Turkish officials discussing possible military action in Syria.

Turkey bans Twitter, citizens tweet more

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Last Friday the Turkish government slapped a ban on Twitter, saying that it had failed to comply with court orders imposed after some of its citizens used the social networking site to share allegations of corruption amongst high-level officials. But that doesn't seem to have stopped Turkish tweeters.

Microsoft admits reading blogger's Hotmail as part of leak investigation

Microsoft admits reading blogger's Hotmail

Microsoft has admitted that it had read a former employee's email to confirm he had leaked confidential company information. While the search is considered legal, the company's actions have drawn attention from privacy violation critics.

NSA can record 100% of another country's telephone calls

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The National Security Agency has the ability to record every single one of a foreign country's telephone calls and then play the conversations back up to a month after recording, according to a report by The Washington Post.

Facebook fake poses as Prince Harry to con Austrian tradesman

Facebook fake poses as Prince Harry to con Austrian workman

A Facebook user posing as Prince Harry has conned an Austrian floor fitter out of thousands of euros after 'offering' the tradesman a one million pound contract to renovate the parquet floors at Buckingham Palace.

Mark Zuckerberg called Barack Obama to 'express frustration' over surveillance

Zuckerberg calls Obama to 'express frustration' over surveillance

Mark Zuckerberg has phoned the US president to vent his frustrations over alleged internet surveillance.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee calls for 'Magna Carta' bill of rights for world wide web

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On its silver anniversary, world wide web creator Sir Tim Berners-Lee has called for a 'Magna Carta' for the world wide web to protect its users across the globe.

ICO fines pregnancy advice charity BPAS £200,000 following data breach

ICO fines pregnancy advice charity £200,000 for breaching data protection laws

The British Pregnancy Advisory Service charity suffered a data breach back in 2012. Now the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has ruled that the charity fell foul of data protection laws when it failed to realise that its own website was storing personal information.

Privacy groups lodge complaint over Facebook's acquisition of Whatsapp


Privacy advocates have asked regulators to investigate Facebook's recent acquisition of WhatsApp, and possibly even block it, due to concerns over how the social network will use the personal data of WhatsApp's 450 million users. They've asked that Facebook "insulate" WhatsApp user information from access by Facebook's data collection practices.

Barrett Brown hyperlink charges dropped

Barrett Brown

The US government has moved to drop several charges against journalist and activist Barrett Brown that could have had far-reaching consequences for all users of the web.

MasterCard aims to reduce card fraud with smartphone geo-location technology

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MasterCard and Syniverse are running a pilot scheme that aims to reduce credit card fraud by making sure that a customer's card and mobile phone are in the same location when the card is used.

Neiman Marcus hackers set off 60,000 alarms over 3 months

Payment data hacked at US luxury retailer Neiman Marcus

Apparently, the hackers named their malware so it would appear to be part of the company's payment software, thereby ensuring that alerts would not stand out amongst the huge amount of data being reviewed by the company's security team. The good news is that the breach isn't as large at first thought.

10,000 euro bounty offered for Wurm Online DDoSer

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A bounty of 10,000 euros (around $13,700) has been offered in return for information that leads to the conviction of those responsible for a recent DDoS attack on MMORPG Wurm Online.