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Cupid Media "breached Privacy act" after storing users' passwords in plain text

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The Australian Privacy Commissioner has ruled that Cupid Media Pty Ltd breached the Privacy Act following a data breach which saw over 40 million customer records exposed.

Carwash POS systems hacked, credit card data drained

Carwash POS systems hacked, credit card data drained

Police in the US state of Massachusetts have busted what they say is a gang of thieves who were buying stolen credit cards and using them to buy gift cards that were then sometimes exhausted of their balance, washed clean of data and reloaded with more stolen credit card data.

US House votes "overwhelmingly" to cut funding of NSA surveillance

NSA surveillance funding cuts OKed by US House

A strong majority of the US House have voted to cut funding for surveillance on citizens or for planting backdoors that let the government slip past encryption that's supposed to shield communications.

Privacy and iOS 8, USMS blunder and Cryptowall ransomware - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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One minute of fun with a serious side...

60 Second Security - 21 June 2014

Facebook privacy case to be referred to European Court of Justice

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The High Court in Ireland has referred the data-sharing case of Austrian law student, Max Schrems, to the European Court of Justice.

Google and Microsoft want to kill your phone if it's stolen. Do you feel safer?

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The law enforcement group Secure Our Smartphones is claiming victory after Google and Microsoft announced they will add a "kill switch" to their mobile operating systems.

Email gaffe unmasks 'anonymous' bidders in Bitcoin auction

Possible Bitcoin bidders outed by US government's "reply all" glitch

Somebody at the US Marshals Service goofed, cc'ing a list of 40 people who'd written to inquire about what was supposed to be an anonymous auction of the Bitcoins seized in the Fed's raid on Silk Road.

Google forced to e-forget a company worldwide

Google forced to e-forget a company worldwide

Perhaps inspired by Europeans winning the right to be forgotten in Google search results last month, a Canadian court has ruled that Google has to remove search results for a Canadian company's competitor, not just in Canada but around the world.

SSCC 152 - PF Chang's, TrueCrypt (still!), the Twitter worm and the cost of scammers [PODCAST]

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Sophos security experts Chester Wisniewski and Paul Ducklin turn their attention on the week's security news.

As usual, they extract plenty of useful lessons during their insightful dissection of the latest issues...

FBI arrests alleged NullCrew hacker

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Federal prosecutors have arrested and charged a Tennessee man for allegedly conspiring to attack a number of businesses and educational organisations since the middle of 2012.

Is a Facebook death threat a true threat? Supreme Court to decide

Is a Facebook death threat a true threat? Supreme Court to decide

The US Supreme Court will re-examine a case in where a man made death threats against his ex-wife on Facebook, giving us a federal decision on whether threats made online need to be made with real intent, or whether they just have to be taken seriously by a reasonable person who's threatened.

How to 'double your money on PayPal!' and why you should NOT try it

How to 'double your money on PayPal!' and why you should NOT try it

There's a loophole in PayPal's terms of service that can profit those silly enough to commit fraud and think that the police won't come knocking.

SCAMwatch - 5 tips to keep your friends and family out of scammers' clutches

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It's National Consumer Fraud Week in Australia, so the government's SCAMwatch team has published 5 straight-talking anti-scammer tips.

With Aussies alone taken for about $90M last year, this is a battle we need to keep on fighting all around the globe...

US court finds warrantless tracking of mobile phones unconstitutional

US court finds warrantless tracking of mobile phones unconstitutional

In what the ACLU calls a "huge victory", an appeals court on Wednesday ruled that such warrantless search violates the US Constitution.

Ransom-taking iPhone hackers busted by Russian authorities

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The mystery of the ransom messages from "Oleg Pliss," and the iDevice locking attack that popped up in Australia and the US last month, appears to have been solved.

Kim Dotcom offers $5M (£3M) for whistleblower help

Dotcom offers $5M (£3M) for whistleblower help

Megaupload's founder is offering mega-bucks to anybody who can help him prove his long-argued contention that Hollywood studios illegally set US authorities on him.

Google to flag 'right to be forgotten' censored search results

Google to flag 'right to be forgotten' censored search results

Google is reportedly planning to put an alert on the bottom of every page where links have been removed in the wake of the recent "right to be forgotten" court ruling.

Facebook stupidity leads to largest gang bust in NYC history

Facebook stupidity leads to largest gang bust in NYC history

Social media was the perfect place to brag about four years of alleged stabbings, assaults, robberies, shootings and murders, via hundreds of Facebook updates, direct messages, mobile phone videos, and calls made from Rikers Correctional Facility to plot the deaths of rival gang members.

Feds swoop in, snatch mobile phone tracking records away from ACLU

Feds swoop in, snatch mobile phone tracking records away from ACLU

After the Feds seized the surveillance records, US Marshals then moved the physical records 320 miles away, meaning the ACLU wouldn't be able to learn how, and how extensively, police use snooping devices.

Mobile malware, Gameover, CryptoLocker, and SSL/TLS holes - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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How long has mobile malware been around? Is it really game over for Gameover and CryptoLocker? Which cryptographic security libraries need patching?

It'll only take a minute to find out...