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California passes "landmark bill" to protect students' personal data

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There's a lot at stake: think student records that cover attendance, grades, discipline, health, academics, intimate details about family members, parent and student contact information, biometrics, and sometimes even a child's geolocation.

Man buys old servers, accuses Ernst & Young of data breach

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Mark Morris claims he picked up some old servers for $300 and recently found out they're full of customer data. Ernst & Young wants the data deleted or just to get the servers back, but Morris says whoa, not so fast - time is money!

Nigerian bank IT worker on the run after $40m cyber heist

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A Nigerian IT worker is wanted by police after a major cyber-heist at the bank where he was employed.

Legendary NYC steakhouse sues Yelp to unmask spitting-waiter reviewer

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A man turned down for a job at the eatery shares a name with the reviewer, who claimed to work at Sparks Steak House, where management purportedly encourages spittle garnishes. He says it wasn't him; it was an imposter! Sparks wants Yelp to reveal the true identity to get to the bottom of the bogus claim.

Liberty Reserve CTO pleads guilty to involvement in massive money laundering

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Mark Marmilev, CTO of former digital currency brokerage Liberty Reserve, has pleaded guilty to playing a major role in the operation of the business which became a favourite for cybercrooks and money launderers.

Serial hacker pleads guilty to bank bitcoin blackmail

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A 22-year-old with a lengthy history of convictions pleaded guilty last week to charges of blackmail and fraud, after threatening to reveal details of thousands of phished bank accounts if the bank involved refused to pay up.

US government "threatened" Yahoo with daily $250,000 fines over user data

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In the post-Snowden era many web firms came in for criticism over their apparent willingness to bend over for the NSA as the agency went on a massive data grab. Now, however, Yahoo has revealed how much it would have cost the company to disregard government data requests – a cool quarter of a million dollars per day.

'Yelp Bill' protects Californians from getting pants sued off over reviews

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California has passed a bill that protects customers from getting penalized by companies after writing bad reviews. Yelp's response: Yippee!

Twitter, Netflix, Reddit, Foursquare et al. protest end to net neutrality

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Those sites and many more simulated a slowdown of their sites and services by doing things such as posting the dreaded spinning wheel of death. The internet didn't really slow down; the companies were, rather, trying to illustrate what the internet would be like if the US passes rules proposed by ISPs.

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.

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.

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...

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.

Jennifer Lawrence naked photo scandal - Apple and FBI to investigate

The FBI and Apple respond to celebrity nude photo theft

The FBI are 'addressing' the matter of stolen nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence, Rihanna and other celebs. Meanwhile, Apple also said that it is "actively investigating" the theft after it was alleged that the photos were stolen from iCloud accounts.

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.