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Monday review - the hot 21 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.

No Heartbleed holes in Java, but here comes a sea of patches anyway

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Oracle's quarterly Patch Tuesday updates are out.

Java gets 37 fixes, 35 of them what Oracle calls "Remote Exploit without Authentication".

The silver lining? No Heartbleed bug in Java Standard Edition...

SSCC 139 - PWN2OWN, browser updates, Target alerts, PCI DSS and phishing [PODCAST]

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Is a browser less secure if more people like to hack it? Is it OK to ignore alerts simply because you get too many? Do you back yourself to spot every single phish? And just how smart is the Google Play Store?

Chester and Duck dissect these issues with their usual style in this week's Chet Chat podcast...

Browsers pwned, Korean megabreach, hackers phoiled, and Chet Chat turns 4! [VIDEO]

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Which browser plugin withstood PWN2OWN? How big was the latest South Korean megabreach? What happens when hackers attack phishers?

Find out in 60 Second Security...

PWN2OWN Day Two - Chrome and Safari join the losers

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Here are the PWN2OWN results from Day Two, and an overview of the final payouts.

Chrome and Safari didn't get picked for Day One, but both of them were pwned on Day Two - twice for Chrome and once for Safari....

PWN2OWN Day One - Reader, IE, Flash and Firefox felled, Java left standing

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PWN2OWN Day One results are in!

The target that sounded easiest - Oracle Java, with prize money less than a third of the supposedly much tougher IE 11 - was the only one left standing at the end of the first half...

SSCC 134 - Patching, foisting, hacking and obfuscating [PODCAST]

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Here's our latest security podcast, featuring Sophos experts Chester Wisniewski and Paul Ducklin.

Join the dynamic duo as they turn the latest news into a quarter-hour podcast that is informative, entertaining and educational.

Misleading advertisements lead to hijacked browser settings

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Advertisements don't have a great track record for safety and we are beginning to see more frequent abuse of search and mobile ads to deliver unwanted addons purporting to be legitimate tools. Be careful where you click and closely scrutinize software options before installation.

PWN2OWN 2014 - Find the "exploit unicorn" and win $150,000

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It's called PWN2OWN because if you successfully pwn, or hack into, the competition laptop, you own it *literally* - you get to take it home with you.

But there's also $645,000 in cash up for grabs, including a Grand Prize for finding, wait for it, an "exploit unicorn"...

Oracle and Java, Apple and the FTC, Google and privacy - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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Why was this month's Java update a "must patch"? Should in-app purchases be allowed to target children? Is it a good idea to give Google control of your home?

Find out in 60 Second Security for 18 Jan 2014

Patch Tuesday January 2014 - Microsoft, Adobe and Oracle

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Microsoft, Adobe and Oracle have all released fixes today. Products covered include Microsoft Word, Windows XP, Windows 7, Adobe Reader, Java, MySQL and VirtualBox.

SSCC 130 - Botnets, banking, breaches, patching and the Mavericks controversy [PODCAST]

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What's the best way to deal with botnets? Should you use your bank's mobile app? Why all these data breaches? What about Patch Tuesday? Do you really *have* to update your Mac to Mavericks?

Listen as Chet and Duck dissect and explore the week's security stories...

Patch Tuesday - get ready for the January 2014 Security Trifecta!

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In January 2014, Patch Tuesday coincides for Oracle, Adobe and Microsoft.

Here's what you'll be up against in the opening fixture of the 2014 Patching Season...

Sophos Techknow - Understanding Botnets [PODCAST]

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Botnets, short for "robot networks", are more than just malware: they're the money making machinery of modern cybercriminals.

Paul Ducklin and James Wyke help you to understand the What, How and Why of this troublesome topic...

SSCC 120 - Vulnerabilities, backdoors, crypto done right, and crypto done wrong [PODCAST]

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Ah, the irony! Good crypto from the bad guys, and bad crypto from the good guys...

Chet and Duck turn the latest security news into an insightful, amusing and educational discussion in the latest episode of their two-weekly podcast.

Oracle releases 127 security fixes, 51 for Java alone

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Oracle has released its quarterly software update fixing more than 100 security vulnerabilities in its products. Java is at risk from more than 50 flaws, so it is time to update immediately if you still use it.

Sophos Techknow - Understanding Vulnerabilities [PODCAST]

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Make sense of vulnerability jargon by listening to this 15 minute podcast...

With recent updates from Microsoft (three times), Adobe, Oracle, Apple and Firefox, the timing could scarcely be better.

Oracle Java fails at security in new and creative ways

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Oracle is about to release a new "feature" in its Java Runtime Environment (JRE) that allows enterprises (or anyone else) to turn off security features for backward compatibility.

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Oracle ships giant raft of patches - but none of them for Java

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Oracle's latest Patch Tuesday has come and gone, with the database-and-more behmoth putting out patches for 89 vulnerabilities.

This is the last time that Java and the rest of Oracle's product set will get scheduled updates separately...