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SSCC 162 - What are *you* doing to fight cybercrime in the next 12 months? [PODCAST]

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Here's this week's Chet Chat podcast!

Chester caught Duck half way up a mountain to talk about why we need synergy to fight cybercrime...

Online dating scammer targeted elderly victims out of $1.1million

$1.1 million online dating scam targeted elderly victims

32-year-old Kris Koranteng has been arrested and charged with 11 separate counts, including conspiracy, mail fraud, wire fraud and money laundering. He and his crew are thought to have sought out vulnerable love-seekers on popular dating sites including Match.com and Chemistry.com.

"Lizard Squad" hackers force PSN offline and Sony exec from the sky

"Lizard Squad" hackers force PSN offline and Sony exec from the sky

Hackers calling themselves "Lizard Squad" tweeted a bomb threat that forced a plane with Sony Online Entertainment's president on board to divert for an emergency landing on Sunday. At the same time, a DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack flooded traffic to Sony's PlayStation Network, forcing the gaming network offline for a short time.

220 million records stolen, 16 arrested in massive South Korean data breach

220 million records stolen in massive South Korean data breach

South Korean authorities have revealed a massive data breach that has affected over half of the country. The stolen records include real names, account names, passwords and resident registration numbers from a number of website registrations across online game and movie ticket sites.

Silk Road suspect Ross Ulbricht hit with three new drug charges

Silk Road suspect Ross Ulbricht hit with three new drug charges

New charges have been filed against Ross Ulbricht, the alleged mastermind behind online drug marketplace Silk Road.

Monday review - the hot 21 stories of the week

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Catch up with everything we wrote in the last seven days - it's weekly roundup time...

"You're under arrest for possession of an insecure phone" - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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Here's this week's 60 Second Security video.

News you can use in a format you can enjoy...all in 60 seconds!

Facebook given 4 weeks to respond to "largest privacy class action in Europe"

Facebook given 4 weeks to respond to "largest privacy class action in Europe"

Austrian law student Max Schrems has won the first round in his class action lawsuit against Facebook over online privacy. Schrems and others are seeking damages of €500 each ($664/£400) for alleged data violations by Facebook.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Facial recognition software leads to arrest after 14-year manhunt

Facial recognition software leads to FBI success in 14-year manhunt

A former US resident from New Mexico was captured in Nepal after 14 years on the run. The fugitive's passport photo matched up with a newly issued wanted poster. Does the capture of a suspected child abuser justify the use of a technology that hasn't yet had privacy implications ironed out?

DEA paid out $854,460 for free Amtrak passenger data

Amtrak secretary cons $854,460 out of the DEA by selling 'free' passenger data

Since 1995, a former Amtrak employee has been selling passenger data to the US Drug Enforcement Administration - information that cost the DEA $854,460, but which it could have gotten for free.

Facebook ordered to disclose records on underage users

Facebook ordered to disclose records on underage users

Facebook says it doesn't keep them longer than six months, but a court in Belfast is nonetheless ordering it to hand over any records it might have or control about its underage users. The case concerns a girl who, starting at the age of 11, took out four Facebook accounts and used them to post sexually suggestive photos.

Apple iPads and MacBook Pros banned for Chinese government use

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China has banned government officials from buying Apple products, reportedly to avoid the possibility of the US hijacking the technology to spy on Beijing.

Monday review - the hot 20 stories of the week

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It's weekly roundup time!

Here's all the great stuff we've written in the past seven days.

Microsoft scans email for child abuse images, leads to arrest‏

Microsoft scans email for child porn images

Microsoft detected two illicit images of a young girl when they were uploaded to a Pennsylvanian man's OneDrive cloud storage account. Before anybody starts worrying about snooping, be assured that humans weren't involved in looking at the email; rather, Microsoft's own PhotoDNA matched the images to those of known child abuse images.

Evidence of another Snowden-like mole is worrying Feds

Evidence of another Snowden-like mole is worrying Feds

The US government has been trying to answer a crucial question: is Snowden a lone wolf, or are other Edward Snowdens out there, leaking ever more classified documents?

Given new leaks published by Glenn Greenwald's The Intercept, the Feds now fear they have their answer, and it is in the affirmative.