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Morrisons employee arrested in connection with staff payroll breach

Morrisons employee arrested in connection with staff payroll breach

100,000 employees' bank details were breached last week in what the company suggested was an insider job. A Morrisons employee has been arrested in Leeds.

Google sued for data-mining students' email


The suit charges the company with surreptitiously building profiles of students by scanning their email in order to target advertising at them.

Is Snowden reshaping global privacy?


This week, the European Parliament met and discussed written testimony from US whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The EU legislators also passed a new pan-European data privacy law backed by stiffer penalties...

SSCC 138 - Patching, zero-days, XP, APTs and CryptoLocker [PODCAST]


Join the dynamic duo for another entertaining quarter-hour on security.

There's Patch Tuesday, the impending end of XP, Advanced Persistent Threatitis, and some astonishing statistics about CryptoLocker.

Yik Yak banned as schools grapple with toxic anonymous social chat

Yik Yak logo

Some Chicago schools have banned the location-based mobile app, causing the developers to turn it off throughout the city as they seek a way to keep it off of school grounds. Yik Yak has lead to multiple school lockdowns in the wake of bomb threats, as well as a new way to perpetrate cyberbullying.

ICO fines pregnancy advice charity BPAS £200,000 following data breach

ICO fines pregnancy advice charity £200,000 for breaching data protection laws

The British Pregnancy Advisory Service charity suffered a data breach back in 2012. Now the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has ruled that the charity fell foul of data protection laws when it failed to realise that its own website was storing personal information.

Hackers steal 12 million customer records from South Korean phone giant

Hackers steal 12 million customer records from South Korean phone giant

In a caper that lasted a year, one or more hackers stole the details for KT Corp customers, then passed them to an accomplice who allegedly sold cell phones posing as a company representative. It's the second mega-breach to rip holes into South Koreans' personal data since January.

Barrett Brown hyperlink charges dropped

Barrett Brown

The US government has moved to drop several charges against journalist and activist Barrett Brown that could have had far-reaching consequences for all users of the web.

Where have all the Bitcoins gone?


The Bitcoin infrastructure isn't perfect - for example, it has a cryptographic problem known euphemistically as "transaction malleability."

But can this alone explain missing Bitcoins to the tune of $500,000,000?

SSCC 137 - Apple, rootkits, hacking and data breach laws [PODCAST]


What about support for OS X Lion and Mountain Lion? Can a rootkit be a blessing in disguise? Will federal US data breach laws make things better or worse?

Chester and Duck once again aim their entertaining expertise at the security news of the week...

Man guilty of "fixing" women's computers to spy on them via webcam

UK man "fixes" women's computers to spy on them via webcam

A 30-year-old London man has been found guilty of fiddling with three women's computers so he could spy on them through their webcams.

Scareware pusher loses appeal against epic $163 million fine [POLL]

Ghost. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Kristy Ross, employee at rogue anti-virus pushers Innovative Marketing Inc., dragged her appeal against her whopping $163 million fine through the courts for years - and has lost. Do you think the fine fits the crime?

Popular platforms, such as Facebook and Instagram, aiding illegal gun sales

Facebook and Instagram aiding illegal gun sales

No questions asked. These sites aren't e-commerce sites, they're quick to remind us, but they sure make it easy for convicted criminals to set up illegal gun buys, as well as one 15-year-old who recently brought a loaded 9mm to school. Facebook's finally, thankfully, talking to advocacy groups about the problem that its brethren, such as Craiglist, have already solved.

US woman wins $500K in revenge-porn suit against ex-boyfriend

US woman wins $500K in revenge-porn suit against ex-boyfriend

In a court decision that could prompt a change in state law, a Texas woman has been awarded a half-million dollars in a civil lawsuit she brought against her ex-boyfriend for plastering nude photos on the internet without her permission.

US Attorney General calls for unified data breach notification laws

Eric Holder

US Attorney General Eric Holder has used his weekly video message to demanded Congress get busy developing a "strong national standard" for breach notifications in the wake of the Target and Neiman Markus leaks.

Google paves the way for Glass; throws lobbyists in front of distracted-driver legislation

Google paves the way for Glass; throws lobbyists in front of distracted-driver legislation

Google has hired lobbyists in at least three US states to battle proposed restrictions on driving with headsets such as Google Glass.

Woman claims to have been attacked for wearing Google Glass

Sarah Slocum. Image courtesy of Facebook.

The scorn for glassholes has apparently now gone too far, having evolved into what might be the first violent action taken against a Glass wearer.

Ethical hacking organisation site hacked, defaced with Snowden's passport

Edward Snowden passport

The attacker says it's just the tip of the iceberg, claiming that s/he's "sitting on thousands of passports" belonging to law enforcement and military personnel.

Financial sector hit hard by data breach cleanup costs

Mop and bucket. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Cybercrime is all about the money. And, in the end, that money leads back to the financial sector. Banks, credit unions, insurers and everyone charged with looking after our money and covering us when something bad happens are starting to feel the pinch from the steady growth in cybercriminality.

The LED light fixtures are watching you at Newark Airport

The LED lights are watching you at Newark Airport

As you turn your head to ponder what devices might be recording you, add an upward gaze, because light fixtures are emerging on the list of potentially snooping, networked things.