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Police push for phone screen locking by default

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The UK's Met Police has been putting pressure on mobile device makers to enable screen locks on all new mobile devices, to encourage better security and reduce theft.

Mother tracks down Facebook predator who lured son away from home

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The child predator persuaded the boy to meet him by threatening suicide. Even after his mother told Adam Brown to block contact with her son, he persisted in messaging the young teenager.

SSCC161 - What do you mean, "Trade him for Edward Snowden"? [PODCAST]

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Here's the latest Chet Chat security podcast!

Sophos experts Chester Wisniewski and Paul Ducklin once again turn plain old news into advice you can use.

'Facebook Drug Task Force’ hoax cranks up the paranoia

'Facebook Drug Task Force’ hoax cranks up the paranoia

Just in time for Facebook's newly announced "Satire" tag, a satirical news site brings us Facebook's corporate police force, replete with assault weapons and anti-bomb vehicles, transporting their first two busted users to the nation's first corporate jail - which is in Facebook's Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters, of course.

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.

5 excuses for doing nothing about computer security!

Here are five security excuses that we hear a lot, both from individuals and from small businesses.

We've given you some advice to help you argue back that security really does matter...

Google plans YouTube clean-up, ready for kid customers

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The new services reportedly will include a dashboard for parents, a child-safe YouTube, and a new age requirement on Android gadgets. This might be a good thing. Can you imagine a YouTube that won't make you feel like you need a shower after a viewing session? Then this might be a bad thing. Helloooooo, micro-data-mining!

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.

US won't release Russian MP's son being held on PoS hacking charges

US won't release Russian MP's son being held on PoS hacking charges

A US federal court has refused to release Roman Seleznev, arrested in the Maldives under suspicion of rigging retail PoS systems to rip off credit card details. Prosecutors say he was caught with over 2 million stolen cards on his laptop and that he'd been searching the US federal court electronic filing system for charges against him.

Supervalu says it was breached - is it the next Target?

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US retailer Supervalu is warning customers that an intrusion of its network may have resulted in the theft of credit and debit card account numbers from up to 200 of its stores.

Meanwhile, a related data breach affected another 800 stores for which Supervalu provides IT services. Could this be the next Target?

Twitter injects favourites into newsfeeds, but is it an 'invasion of privacy'?

Twitter injects people's favourites into newsfeeds, annoying many

Twitter is taking people's favourites - what many (mistakenly) have assumed were private - and sticking them into people's newsfeeds, along with follow notifications.

Shark attack! Google wraps underwater cables in Kevlar-like vests

Shark attack! Google wraps broadband cables in Kevlar vests

Google has to wrap its underwater sea cables in a Kevlar-like material, it says, because sharks like to bite them.

How will you pay for the internet of the future?

How will you pay for the internet of the future?

In this, the 25th year anniversary of the invention of the World Wide Web, the man who claims to have invented the pop-up ad and gave rise to an economy of surveillance has apologized, said that the consequences were unforeseen, and invited the world's citizens to re-imagine a different web.

Microsoft pulls Patch Tuesday kernel update - MS14-045 can cause Blue Screen of Death

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MS14-045, which fixes various security holes in the Windows kernel, can cause a BSoD and leave you stuck in a reboot loop.

Here's how to escape...

The EPIC edition - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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One less opt-in app, one more Android virus, and a bunch of EPIC failures...

All in this week's 60 Second Security.

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.

Thousands of computers open to eavesdropping and hijacking

Thousands of computers open to eavesdropping and hijacking

Many, many people and businesses are running a remote access tool, Virtual Network Computing, without a password. The tool lets people see everything we do online or reach through and take over our systems. The list of exposed sites is astonishing: everything from power stations to pharmacies to people watching porn.

Snowden: NSA working on 'MonsterMind' cyberwar bot

Snowden: NSA working on 'MonsterMind' cyberwar bot

The cyber defense system would instantly and autonomously neutralize foreign cyberattacks against the US and could also be used to launch retaliatory strikes. To do so, it would have to control and analyze all traffic entering the US - a chilling prospect that was the last straw, the whistleblower says.

The top 5 privacy failures - what's the most epic fail of all? [POLL]

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The list of culprits in our eroding privacy is long, but some privacy fails stand out above the rest. So we're calling out five privacy killers that deserve an extra level of shaming.

Take our poll, and help us crown the most epic privacy fail of all ...