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U2's Bono says sorry for foisting album on everybody's iTunes

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In a Facebook interview, a U2 fan - or, well, maybe just somebody who took advantage of the chance to tell off the band - asked the band to please never release an automatically downloaded album again, given that "It's really rude."

South Korean ID system faces overhauls following 10 years of data thefts

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The South Korean government is considering reissuing national identity card ID numbers for every citizen over the age of 17, at the cost of billions of US dollars.

The "Sandworm" malware - what you need to know

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Fortunately, the Sandworm malware is a lot easier to deal with than the giant science fiction creature from which it takes its name.

In fact, in malware terms, it's not a worm at all.

Paul Ducklin takes a look...

Attacker takes over Facebook page set up for 'Bucket List Baby' Shane, posts porn

Attacker takes over Facebook page set up for 'Bucket List Baby' Shane, posts porn

A Facebook page set up to chronicle the extremely short life of a baby with the rare, terminal condition of anencephaly was hijacked within days of the infant's death and set to display lewd images. The parents, who had lost their child mere days before, fell for one of the most vile phishing attacks ever.

Dropbox passwords leaked, third-party services blamed

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Hundreds of Dropbox logins were posted on Pastebin and Reddit, but it turns out they were stolen from a third-party service months ago, Dropbox says. So why did some of those passwords work, as Reddit users claimed? Think password reuse.

5 steps to lock down your webmail account

5 steps to lock down your webmail account

For most people Gmail, Outlook.com or Yahoo! Mail is their main personal account. Here are some of the most important steps to keep unwanted people out of your web-based email account.

Google ordered to forget 'endangered' man's search results by Tokyo court

Tokyo court orders Google to forget 'endangered' man's search results

Takedown-rights fever has hit Tokyo, where a District Court on Thursday issued an injunction forcing Google to take down about 120 of 230 search results about a Japanese man that implicated him in past crimes because he felt his life was being endangered by the search results.

Another game developer flees her home following Gamergate death threats

Another game developer flees her home following Gamergate death threats

US-based game developer Brianna Wu (the third woman to be driven from her home in what's being dubbed the Gamergate controversy) after a troll posted her address online and threatened to rape, kill and mutilate her.

Kmart becomes the latest retail data breach victim

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Kmart has been confirmed as the latest retail chain to be breached after its parent company admitted that some customers’ debit and credit card numbers had been compromised.

'The Snappening': Snapchat images flood the internet after SnapSaved.com hack

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Hundreds of thousands of supposedly self-destructing Snapchat snaps have been apparently jimmied out of the database for SnapSaved.com, a third-party website not affiliated with Snapchat which allows users to save unopened photos from Snapchat without the sender knowing the images have been saved.

Backoff malware gang hits Dairy Queen stores

Backoff malware gang hits Dairy Queen stores

Customers' payment card details may have been whipped out of nearly 400 Dairy Queen stores in the US. It's just the latest in a string of PoS malware infections that have been slamming US retailers.

Patch Tuesday for October 2014 - bigger than usual as Microsoft, Adobe and Oracle align

Oracle, Adobe and Microsoft patches are all arriving together on Tuesday 14 October 2014.

Paul Ducklin looks at what to expect...

Mummy, my schoolbooks are spying on me! 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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Here's our latest 60 Second Security video for your viewing pleasure.

The wry side of the week's news, in just a minute...

Return of the Android SMS virus - self-spreading "Selfmite" worm comes back for more

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Back in June 2014, we wrote about an Android virus that worked a bit like the email worms of the early 2000s.

Well, that Android virus has made a comeback, and this variant is both pushier and more flexible than before...

Police thwarted by remote wiping of tablets and phones

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Several UK police forces are left baffled after evidence on phones and tablets has evaporated into thin air, even after suspects have been taken into custody.

FBI's warrantless 'hack' of Silk Road was legal, prosecutors claim

FBI's warrantless 'hack' of Silk Road was legal, prosecutors claim

Even if FBI agents did hack their way into the Silk Road without a warrant - and they're most certainly not confessing to that, mind you - the intrusion would have been an upstanding, law-abiding, Fourth Amendment-respecting act of criminal investigation, the government argued in a Monday court filing.

Reminder: iCloud's going to demand app-specific passwords from third-party apps

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Yes, your third-party calendar, mail and contacts apps that don't support Apple's new two-factor authentication system are going to turn 10 toes up on your iThings. You'll need app-specific passwords to get at the cloud data.

Adobe will update e-reader to mop up clear-text data spillage

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Adobe is working on an update to fix the latest iteration of its e-book reader, which has a gluttonous appetite for readers' data and the slovenly habit of reporting our reading habits back to Adobe - in plain text.

Twitter sues US federal agencies in attempt to remove the gag around surveillance

Twitter sues US federal agencies in attempt to remove the gag around surveillance

Twitter doesn't want its transparency report to be fuzzy to the point of meaninglessness, full of "broad, inexact ranges" about how many times the US government has shaken it down in its surveillance operations, it says – for example, by counting them to the nearest thousand.

SSCC 168 - Amaze your friends by ruining all their USB drives! [PODCAST]

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Here's the latest Chet Chat security podcast for your listening pleasure.

Sophos experts Chester Wisniewski and Paul Ducklin take apart the latest computer security stories to turn them into news you can use.