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Don't wear your Google Glass or other wearables when watching a movie

Google Glass banned in US movie theaters

Two trade groups have officially adopted a zero-tolerance policy against all wearable recording devices being on during showtime.

CurrentC gets user email addresses pickpocketed

CurrentC gets user email addresses pickpocketed

CurrentC is a competitor to Apple Pay and Google Wallet. Should we worry about it getting its fingers into our bank accounts, given the recent data breach?

White House networks hacked

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Attackers broke into unclassified White House computer networks in the past 2-3 weeks. It's far from surprising, one unnamed official said, given that it's a "constant battle" between the government, trying to secure its sensitive systems, and bad actors seeking to intrude on them.

Snapchat escapes Australian cyberbullying crackdown, for now

Snapchat escapes Australia's cyberbullying crackdown, for now

Australia's cyberbullying crackdown won't see the country putting any legal muscle into forcing "smaller" social media firms like Snapchat to take down harassing content, a Parliament spokesman said on Tuesday.

TeamDigi7al US navy hacker sentenced to 2 years in jail

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One of the two leaders of the cyber criminal group known as Team Digi7al was last week sentenced to two years in federal prison for his role in breaking into the computer systems of a pretty random mix of targets.

SSCC 171 - Are you SURE that "1234" is a bad password? [PODCAST]

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

Enjoy.

Arrests made after 'specialist malware' used in £1.6 million ATM heist

£1.6 million ATM heist spree leads to 3 arrests

"Specialist malware" allowed a gang of crooks to empty the cash machines of large amounts of money, averaging over £30,000 per machine. Now, the police have made three arrests in connection with the incidents.

Cops swap arrested women's photos in nude-photo 'game'

California cops swap arrested women's photos in nude-photo 'game'

California Highway Patrol (CHP) cops have allegedly been forwarding pics from phones belonging to women in custody to their own phones and to each other.

US Senate calls Whisper in for serious questioning on user tracking

US Senate calls Whisper in for serious questioning on user tracking

Following serious allegations brought up by the Guardian, the US Senate has a few privacy-related questions it would like to ask the people in charge over at Whisper, the self-proclaimed "safest place on the internet".

FTC takes down fake support scammers, upbeat about "getting consumers’ money back" [POLL]

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Just paying the money back isn't really a punishment for fake support call scammers.

So, what do *you* think the courts should do to punish these guys?

Have your say in our poll...

Hackers who threaten national security could face life sentences

Hackers who threaten national security could face life sentences

Where damage to human welfare or national security is deemed serious enough, the proposed amendment to the UK's Computer Misuse Act 1990 could mean life in jail for hackers, and some experts believe the changes could be used to target whistleblowers.

SSCC 170 - Is the best time to shop at a store right after it has a breach? [PODCAST]

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Here's the latest episode of our weekly security podcast.

Join Sophos experts Chester Wisniewski, John Shier and Paul Ducklin as they turn news into advice...

Woman charged with planting spyware on cop's phone

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A woman has been charged after eavesdropping on "sensitive law enforcement communications" by tapping the mobile phone of her police officer ex.

Is your phone line a '6-figure liability waiting to happen'?

The company telephone: A '6-figure liability waiting to happen'

Premium-rate service scams are sticking businesses - particularly small ones using local carriers - with outrageous phone bills, to the tune of $4.73 billion globally for 2013. Many businesses aren't even aware that they can be stuck paying the bill (or fighting it in court).

UK considering imprisoning 'cowardly, venomous trolls' for up to 2 years

UK considering imprisoning 'cowardly, venomous trolls' for up to 2 years

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said that new laws would quadruple the current maximum six-month term and show his determination to "take a stand against a baying cyber-mob".

FBI Director James Comey says Apple and Google go "too far" with default encryption

FBI Director James Comey says Apple and Google go "too far" with default encryption

FBI Director James Comey says Apple and Google go too far with default encryption settings on mobile devices, including the iPhone 6 and Nexus 6 running on Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Does the FBI really have a legal right to exploit encryption backdoors to pursue suspects?

Facebook: Dear DEA, please don't set up fake profiles to trap criminals

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Facebook CSO Joe Sullivan sent a letter to the DEA on Friday in which he explained how law enforcement agencies need to play by the same rules as the rest of us and not lie about who they are.

Four online romance scammers jailed - don't get sucked in to Advance Fee Fraud!

Advance Fee Fraud, or AFF, is an age-old scam that goes back at least to the 16th century.

Here are some resources you can use to help vulnerable friends and family keep out of the clutches of online romance scammers...

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.

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.