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Microsoft held in contempt while it appeals court decision in customer email case

Microsoft held in contempt while it appeals court decision in customer email case

Microsoft and the US government have agreed that the company will be held in contempt for its refusal to hand over email stored in the cloud at its Dublin data center but won't be fined or punished, giving it a chance to appeal a court order to cough up a customer's communications.

Apple Pay - just how safe is it going to be?‏

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Apple Live 2014 saw the announcement of the Apple Watch, a free U2 album for all iTunes users, and the iPhone 6/6 Plus.

But perhaps of most interest to security watchers was "Apple Pay", Cupertino's guns-blazing answer to Google Wallet...

Bitcoin inventor's identity allegedly under threat after claimed "Satoshi Nakamoto" email hijack

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An anonymous internet user claims to have hacked the email account of Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of virtual currency Bitcoin, and is threatening to unveil Nakamoto's identity for 25 Bitcoins.

Patch Tuesday wrap-up, September 2014 - why even a single-bit data leak is worth fixing

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Here's what you need to know about the September 2014 Patch Tuesday updates from Microsoft and Adobe...

Google grapples anew with EC in the search/advertising antitrust swamp

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The EC's poked the sleeping dragon, yet again reopening a four-year antitrust investigation that puts Google in the hot seat. The surprise move comes after rivals fumed loud and hard about getting unfairly shut out in the most recent settlement. This time, Android may be up for investigation, too.

5 Nigerian gangs and their US accomplices are behind most Craigslist buyer scams

5 Nigerian gangs and their US accomplices are behind most Craigslist buyer scams

Research has found a new, more profitable twist on the same old 419 advance fee fraud scam. It involves real checks, printed on real check paper, using real routing numbers, and being handled with lots of US accomplices to cover up the Nigerians' tracks.

Home Depot says, "Er, yes, we did have a breach actually"‏

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Just how big and bad it will turn out to be is still unknown...all we know so far is that Home Depot has officially confirmed that, yes, there was indeed a breach.

Teen's open Facebook invite leads to 500 unexpected gatecrashers

Teen's open Facebook invite leads to 500 unexpected gatecrashers

Maybe there's a better way to impress a girl than hosting a party where she invites all her gazillion Facebook friends to trash your mum's house.

Reddit bans celebrity naked photo leaks subreddit 'The Fappening'

Underage photos of McKayla Maroney prompt Reddit to ban r/TheFappening

Reddit has banned r/TheFappening, a subreddit in which people shared the leaked nude celebrity photos. With some of the images said to be taken of American gymnast McKayla Maroney when she was underage, Reddit was leaving itself open to claims of publishing child pornography.

Tim Cook says Apple *does* care about iCloud Security. But is that enough? [POLL]

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Tim Cook told the WSJ that, yes Apple *does* care about iCloud security, and will take steps to make it more secure.

Really?

HealthCare.gov breached, injected with malware

HealthCare.gov breached, injected with DoS malware

Federal health officials have discovered that the US insurance exchange site HealthCare.gov was breached in July, when an intruder uploaded malware with the apparent motive of using the system to launch cyberattacks against other sites.

How far would your sysadmins go to fix a problem? 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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Here it is - this week's 60 Second Security video.

News that will amuse, and it only takes a minute...

Apple iCloud - 3 tips for keeping your photos and other data safe

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Apple confirmed it found no evidence of a security breach, but that some individual celebrity iCloud accounts were compromised. With that in mind, here are 3 tips to help protect you when using iCloud:

Is it thumbs up to Barclays bank's finger-vein-reading authentication?

Is it thumbs up to Barclays' finger-vein-reading authentication?

Barclays Bank has announced plans to introduce biometric authentication based on vein patterns in fingers for its UK business customers, which could signal a major shift in how we access online banking systems.

Review your settings with Facebook’s new privacy checkup tool

Review your settings with Facebook’s new privacy checkup tool

Facebook has now rolled out its dinosaur-led privacy tool to everyone. So you can either wait for your dino-popup to appear, or click on the padlock icon in Facebook, go to Privacy Checkup, and follow these 3 simple steps.

Why is Google sending insecure browsers back in time?

Why is Google sending insecure browsers back in time?

Google's search page has seemingly gone back in time - but only for users stuck in the last decade. If you're using an internet antique, take Google's hint and upgrade now.

Google to pay $19,000,000 compensation for taking candy from kids

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Google will stump up $19,000,000 in a settlement with the US Federal Trade Commission.

The money will be used to refund Android users whose children, says the FTC, were able rack up in-app purchases too easily.

Twitter adds unlimited payouts to its bug bounty program

Twitter adds unlimited payouts to its bug-bounty program

The social media buzz bucket announced on Wednesday that cash will be added to the profound gratitude it's doled out since the bug-reporting program started in June.

Nude celeb selfies doxing prompts 4chan to change policy

Nude celeb selfies doxing prompts 4chan to change policy

4chan says it's now going to comply with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which allows content owners to get illegally shared material removed, after it served as the launchpad for the recent nude celebrity photo theft scandal.

SSCC 163 - So THAT'S why you can't erase Flash RAM properly [PODCAST]

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Here's this week's Sophos Security Chet Chat.

Our regular security podcast that turns news into useful advice...