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Apple pushes out iOS 8.1 - kills the mobile POODLE and closes some, ahem, "backdoors"

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The marquee vulnerablity fixed in iOS 8.1 is, as you might expect, POODLE.

But there are other cryptographic fixes in iOS 8.1 that are equally important...because cryptography is notoriously hard to get right first time.

Facebook prowls the internet looking for your password

Facebook prowls the internet looking for your password

Facebook explains that it's keeping its eye out for credentials - email, password combinations - dropped on sites after data breaches, running them against its own users' credentials to see if password reuse is going to land its users in trouble.

"Oops! I'm sorry about that" - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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Here it is - this week's 60 Second Security video.

News that will amuse, and it only takes a minute...

Apple kills the POODLE – also fixes Shellshock in case you forgot

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Apple just shipped OS X 10.10 Yosemite - including a fix for the POODLE vulnerability.

Mavericks and Mountain Lion also got updates to kill the POODLE.

As for Lion, now three releases off the pace...bad news.

Average person has 19 passwords - but 1 in 3 don’t make them strong enough

Average person has 19 passwords - but 1 in 3 don’t make them strong enough

The vast majority of people are leaving themselves at risk of identity theft, fraud and extortion by not taking simple but necessary steps to protect themselves online, according to a new study.

'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.

POODLE attack takes bytes out of your encrypted data - here's what to do

Heartbleed, Shellshock, Sandworm...and now POODLE.

It's a security hole that could let crooks read your encrypted web traffic.

Paul Ducklin takes you through how it works, and what you can do to avoid it, in plain (well, plain-ish) English...

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.

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.

The "Sandworm" malware - what you need to know

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Fortunately, the Sandworm malware is a lot easier to deal with than the giant science fiction creature from which it takes its name.

In fact, in malware terms, it's not a worm at all.

Paul Ducklin takes a look...

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.

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.

Backoff malware gang hits Dairy Queen stores

Backoff malware gang hits Dairy Queen stores

Customers' payment card details may have been whipped out of nearly 400 Dairy Queen stores in the US. It's just the latest in a string of PoS malware infections that have been slamming US retailers.

Patch Tuesday for October 2014 - bigger than usual as Microsoft, Adobe and Oracle align

Oracle, Adobe and Microsoft patches are all arriving together on Tuesday 14 October 2014.

Paul Ducklin looks at what to expect...

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.

The wry side of the week's news, in just a minute...

Return of the Android SMS virus - self-spreading "Selfmite" worm comes back for more

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Back in June 2014, we wrote about an Android virus that worked a bit like the email worms of the early 2000s.

Well, that Android virus has made a comeback, and this variant is both pushier and more flexible than before...