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SSCC 160 - That's not just any old malware - that's a TRUE VIRUS! [PODCAST]

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Ready for listening...

Here's this week's Sophos Security Chet Chat podcast.

DEA paid out $854,460 for free Amtrak passenger data

Amtrak secretary cons $854,460 out of the DEA by selling 'free' passenger data

Since 1995, a former Amtrak employee has been selling passenger data to the US Drug Enforcement Administration - information that cost the DEA $854,460, but which it could have gotten for free.

Why the Facebook Messenger app is not the privacy nightmare people think it is

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There's good reason to be skeptical of Facebook when it comes to privacy, but the Facebook Messenger app isn't the privacy nightmare that some people think it is. Here's why ...

War Kitteh hunts out your unsecured Wi-Fi

Coco the wardriving cat reminds you to secure your Wi-Fi

Coco the cat was outfitted with Wi-Fi sniffing equipment in his collar, enabling him to map out 23 unique Wi-Fi hotspots, 4 of which used feeble WEP encryption, 4 of which were wide open, requiring no password. He also caught a mouse, showing him to be adroit in both analog and digital media.

Most people think public Wi-Fi is safe. Seriously?

Most people think public Wi-Fi is safe. Seriously?

Talk about dismaying numbers! In Ofcom's recent report, three quarters of the public were unconcerned about security when accessing Wi-Fi outside of their homes, and were quite happy to do *anything* on public Wi-Fi. Help us educate them, please!

Monday review - the hot 20 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.

The data breach apocalypse that wasn't - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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Malware, spam and hacking - and not all bad news, either!

Watch 60 Second Security for Aug 9, 2014...

Foursquare app tracks your location by default whenever your phone is on

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Foursquare, makers of the popular app that lets you "check in" wherever you go, unveiled a new version this week that tracks your location even when the app is closed, with opt-in as the default.

We show you how to opt out if you don't want ad men and Foursquare to constantly know your whereabouts.

SSCC 159 - What can we learn from the "honeybot"? [PODCAST]

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For your listening pleasure!

Here's this week's episode of the Sophos Security Chet Chat podcast...

Facebook privacy under spotlight as thousands join class action lawsuit

Facebook privacy under spotlight as thousands join class action lawsuit

More than 17,000 people have signed up to a class action lawsuit against Facebook, which alleges that the social network violated its users' privacy.

FBI used drive-by downloads to track child abuse image suspects hidden on Tor

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The FBI has been silently installing spyware in its quest to identify and prosecute criminals hiding behind the powerful Tor anonymity system. The technique's a classic tool in the malware writer's kit. Do the ends justify the means when it's the law, using it to capture child abusers?

HP finds that "Internet of Things" gadgets are sitting ducks

70% of internet gadgets are sitting ducks for attackers

TVs, webcams, thermostats, remote power outlets, sprinkler controllers, door locks, home alarms, scales and garage door openers: they're all flunking Security 101, with issues as bad as "Sure, go ahead, we consider '1234' to be a perfectly acceptable password."

Apple faces class action suit for tracking users without consent

Apple faces class action suit over location tracking

A Californian plaintiff says that nobody at Apple ever told her about tracking her whereabouts, nor did anybody ever ask for her permission. She says she only found out about it by watching a recent Chinese state TV report about iPhone being a security risk to the state.

Monday review - the hot 22 stories of the week

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Make sure you're up to date with everything we wrote in the last seven days - it's weekly roundup time.

Security must come first! 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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Here's this week's 60 Second Security.

News you can learn from, in just one minute...

Tor attack may have unmasked anonymous users

Freedom Hosting arrest and takedown linked to Tor privacy compromise

Two Carnegie-Mellon researchers had planned a highly anticipated talk at next week's Black Hat security conference - a talk that was cancelled when the university's lawyers freaked out - about how easy it is to break Tor anonymity. They're innocent until proved guilty, but The Tor Project says it was likely the two researchers are behind the attack.

Google tips off cops after spotting child abuse images in email

Google tips off cops after spotting child abuse images in email

A 41-year-old resident of Houston, Texas has been arrested after Google tipped off police that they had spotted child abuse images in his emails.

Beefed-up Senate bill takes a swing at the NSA

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If it emerges unscathed from the chamber, it could mean an end to bulk metadata collection, an end to the secrecy the government's been operating under, and reform of the USA Patriot Act that's been used to grant it vast surveillance rights.

3 security mistakes small companies make and how to avoid them

3 security mistakes small companies make

Dedicated IT staff are a luxury most very small businesses do without but those organisations still need to find a way to secure their computers against cyber ciminals who aren't looking to cut them a break just because they're small.

Free Wi-Fi - but it'll cost you your privacy

Citizens asked to trade their privacy for free WiFi

The UK city of York is planning to roll out citywide free Wi-Fi. Correction: it's only "free" if you don't count the privacy you stand to lose.