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Facebook's new Safety Check lets you tell friends you're safe when disaster strikes

Facebook's new Safety Check lets you tell friends you're safe when disaster strikes

Facebook has graced its users with a new tool called Safety Check that lets people tell friends if they're OK when disaster strikes.

'The Snappening’: stolen Snapchat photos site defaced, details of site owner published

Snappening fans deface Snapchat photos site after it comes down

Owner of TheSnappening.org photo site, Mudit Grover, took the stolen Snapchat images and the site down. But within hours, attackers identifying themselves as "Team Danny" allegedly took over the domain and published Grover's personal details.

Snapchat to address sketchy third-party apps with public API ... at some point

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Oh, those darn third-party apps, their home-brewed APIs and their photo-leaking ways, Snapchat moaned on Wednesday morning, promising to cook up a public API to fix the situation... sooner or later.

U2's Bono says sorry for foisting album on everybody's iTunes

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In a Facebook interview, a U2 fan - or, well, maybe just somebody who took advantage of the chance to tell off the band - asked the band to please never release an automatically downloaded album again, given that "It's really rude."

South Korean ID system faces overhauls following 10 years of data thefts

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The South Korean government is considering reissuing national identity card ID numbers for every citizen over the age of 17, at the cost of billions of US dollars.

Attacker takes over Facebook page set up for 'Bucket List Baby' Shane, posts porn

Attacker takes over Facebook page set up for 'Bucket List Baby' Shane, posts porn

A Facebook page set up to chronicle the extremely short life of a baby with the rare, terminal condition of anencephaly was hijacked within days of the infant's death and set to display lewd images. The parents, who had lost their child mere days before, fell for one of the most vile phishing attacks ever.

Dropbox passwords leaked, third-party services blamed

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Hundreds of Dropbox logins were posted on Pastebin and Reddit, but it turns out they were stolen from a third-party service months ago, Dropbox says. So why did some of those passwords work, as Reddit users claimed? Think password reuse.

5 steps to lock down your webmail account

5 steps to lock down your webmail account

For most people Gmail, Outlook.com or Yahoo! Mail is their main personal account. Here are some of the most important steps to keep unwanted people out of your web-based email account.

Google ordered to forget 'endangered' man's search results by Tokyo court

Tokyo court orders Google to forget 'endangered' man's search results

Takedown-rights fever has hit Tokyo, where a District Court on Thursday issued an injunction forcing Google to take down about 120 of 230 search results about a Japanese man that implicated him in past crimes because he felt his life was being endangered by the search results.

Another game developer flees her home following Gamergate death threats

Another game developer flees her home following Gamergate death threats

US-based game developer Brianna Wu (the third woman to be driven from her home in what's being dubbed the Gamergate controversy) after a troll posted her address online and threatened to rape, kill and mutilate her.

Kmart becomes the latest retail data breach victim

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Kmart has been confirmed as the latest retail chain to be breached after its parent company admitted that some customers’ debit and credit card numbers had been compromised.

'The Snappening': Snapchat images flood the internet after SnapSaved.com hack

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Hundreds of thousands of supposedly self-destructing Snapchat snaps have been apparently jimmied out of the database for SnapSaved.com, a third-party website not affiliated with Snapchat which allows users to save unopened photos from Snapchat without the sender knowing the images have been saved.

Mummy, my schoolbooks are spying on me! 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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Here's our latest 60 Second Security video for your viewing pleasure.

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FBI's warrantless 'hack' of Silk Road was legal, prosecutors claim

FBI's warrantless 'hack' of Silk Road was legal, prosecutors claim

Even if FBI agents did hack their way into the Silk Road without a warrant - and they're most certainly not confessing to that, mind you - the intrusion would have been an upstanding, law-abiding, Fourth Amendment-respecting act of criminal investigation, the government argued in a Monday court filing.

Adobe will update e-reader to mop up clear-text data spillage

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Adobe is working on an update to fix the latest iteration of its e-book reader, which has a gluttonous appetite for readers' data and the slovenly habit of reporting our reading habits back to Adobe - in plain text.

Twitter sues US federal agencies in attempt to remove the gag around surveillance

Twitter sues US federal agencies in attempt to remove the gag around surveillance

Twitter doesn't want its transparency report to be fuzzy to the point of meaninglessness, full of "broad, inexact ranges" about how many times the US government has shaken it down in its surveillance operations, it says – for example, by counting them to the nearest thousand.

SSCC 168 - Amaze your friends by ruining all their USB drives! [PODCAST]

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Here's the latest Chet Chat security podcast for your listening pleasure.

Sophos experts Chester Wisniewski and Paul Ducklin take apart the latest computer security stories to turn them into news you can use.

Revenge porn offenders could face 14 years in jail

Calls for revenge porn to be classed as a sexual offence, with jail time to match

The UK's Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has issued new guidance on the posting of revenge pornography. The suggested new approach would see more serious cases of revenge porn prosecuted under the Sexual Offences Act 2003.