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iSpy? Researcher exposes backdoor in iPhones and iPads

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A "backdoor" that Apple built into iOS for developers can be used to spy on iPhones and iPads by governments, law enforcement, or cyber criminals, according to forensics researcher Jonathan Zdziarski.

SSCC 156 - Warbiking in Manhattan, hubris for Google, and how less can be more [PODCAST]

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Sophos experts Chester Wisniewski and Paul Ducklin are back with this week's security podcast, turning plain old news into advice you can use.

LibreSSL ships first portable version, now up to 48% less huge!

LibreSSL, OpenBSD's drop-in replacement for OpenSSL started after the pain of Heartbleed, has just published its first "portable" version.

If you're a coder and you're interested in security, why not try it and see what you think?

SSCC 154: Fraud, viruses, patches and encryption (in that order!) [PODCAST]

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Where does your country sit on the fraud list? Just how much can you trust SMSes on Android? Is Apple serious enough about iOS security? And will Google's End-To-End email encryption plugin save the world?

Find out with Chet and Duck in this week's Chet Chat podcast...

Coinbase wallet app in SSL/TLS SNAFU

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The popular Bitcoin wallet Coinbase has a security flaw in its Android apps which could allow an attacker to steal authentication codes and access users' accounts, according to a security researcher.

Coinbase is far from alone in leaving its wallet app users vulnerable, so what should you do to stay safe when using mobile banking apps?

Google looks to make OpenPGP easier for Gmail users

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In early June Google announced a new project designed to create a Chrome plugin to allow end-to-end encryption of web-based emails using OpenPGP. We take a look at its current state and explain how it works.

Flaw in PayPal’s two-factor authentication, but keep calm and carry on!

Security researchers in the USA have just disclosed a flaw in PayPal's 2FA system.

Paul Ducklin looks at the mistakes that PayPal made, and what's been done to sort them out...

SSCC 153: TrueCrypt, Towelroot, Cryptowall, and spam in Canada [PODCAST]

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Chester Wisniewski and Paul Ducklin present this week's edition of the regular Sophos security podcast, the "Chet Chat."

In this episode: the TrueCrypt saga continues; the Towelroot software for unlocking Androids; ransomware after CryptoLocker; and Canada's long, long, long-awaited anti-spam law.

New York City makes a hash of taxi driver data disclosure

What do you do in your spare time if you're a self-confessed "urbanist, data junkie and civic hacker," like New York resident Chris Whong?

Use Freedom of Information Laws to find out more about NYC's taxi movements, of course...

BoringSSL wants to kill the excitement that led to Heartbleed

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Some things just aren't meant to be exciting. In fact some things are supposed to be so far from novelty, surprise and frivolity that any whiff of excitement at all is a bad sign indeed. Introducing Boring SSL...

Privacy and iOS 8, USMS blunder and Cryptowall ransomware - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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One minute of fun with a serious side...

60 Second Security - 21 June 2014

TrueCrypt mystery - forking weirder than before

The TrueCrypt mystery is solved!

The developers have spoken!

Unless, of course, the latest "solution" is yet another layer in the mystery...

SSCC 152 - PF Chang's, TrueCrypt (still!), the Twitter worm and the cost of scammers [PODCAST]

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Sophos security experts Chester Wisniewski and Paul Ducklin turn their attention on the week's security news.

As usual, they extract plenty of useful lessons during their insightful dissection of the latest issues...

What's next for ransomware? Cryptowall picks up where CryptoLocker left off

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With many victims paying up, ransomware is a lucrative business for cybercrooks, and CryptoLocker has inspired copycats who want in on the loot.

John Zorabedian looks at ransomware that seems to be filling the void left by CryptoLocker's takedown last month...

Ransomware with a happy ending

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Fortunately, not every cybercrook in the world is a good coder.

Let's hope it stays that way...

Is TrueCrypt pining for the fjords?

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An attempt at keeping the TrueCrypt dream alive has been kicked off, hosted in Switzerland. Will it make a difference? Sophos conducted a poll to see what IT managers think about TrueCrypt after all the news and speculation.

Mobile malware, Gameover, CryptoLocker, and SSL/TLS holes - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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How long has mobile malware been around? Is it really game over for Gameover and CryptoLocker? Which cryptographic security libraries need patching?

It'll only take a minute to find out...

Latest OpenSSL flaws can lead to information leakage, code execution and DoS

Only two months after the Heartbleed vulnerability in OpenSSL captured global headlines we have another critical update for OpenSSL fixing 6 new flaws.

CryptoLocker wannabe "Simplelocker" scrambles your files, holds your Android to ransom

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"If the crooks keep copying Windows threats that were financially lucrative," you're thinking, "we'll soon see Android ransomware that doesn't just lock your device, but locks up your data instead, or as well."

Guess what?

Google says half of email is sent unencrypted

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It's been an encryption-intensive start to the week - good news for all of us who are wary of snooping.