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BadUSB - now with Do-It-Yourself instructions

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Many fimware hacks are benign or even beneficial, like tweaking the ISO range on your digital camera or removing the bloatware from your mobile phone.

But what if even a humble USB flash drive could be turned into a delinquent diddler of your data, or a vindictive vector for viruses?

It's only logical - the BIGGER the bank, the BIGGER the breach! 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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

News, advice, opinion and research - and it only takes a minute...

JP Morgan Chase confirms breach, 76 million homes and 7 million businesses affected

JP Morgan confirms breach, 76 million homes and 7 million businesses affected

JP Morgan Chase has confirmed that user information including names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses for 76 million households and 7 million small businesses has been stolen in one of the largest data breaches ever.

SSCC 167 - Avoiding the shock of Shellshock (and more!) [PODCAST]

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Here's the latest episode of our weekly Chet Chat podcast!

Shellshock leads the list, of course, but Snapchat, cybersecurity awareness and the iPhone 6 all get a look in too...

Security incidents are up - and pricier! - but infosec budgets are dwindling

Security incidents are up - and pricier! - but budgets to prevent them dwindle

The number of security incidents is popping, as are associated costs to mop them up, according to a report from PcW. Global corporate security budgets, meanwhile, seem to be hiding in the closet, just hoping it all goes away.

US Attorney General urges tech companies to leave back doors open on gadgets for police

US Attorney General urges tech companies to leave back doors open on gadgets for police

Don't lock police out of popular consumer gadgets, lest law enforcement's efforts to nab kidnappers or child predators be stymied, the US AG said, becoming the latest of a string of government officials to speak out since Google and Apple announced they were changing encryption on their mobile operating systems.

George Clooney issues burner phones to stop guests from leaking wedding photos

George Clooney issues burner phones to stop guests from leaking wedding photos

Mr Oceans Eleven wasn't about to let leaked photos ruin his Big Day so he handed out coded burner phones to all his guests.

Point-of-Sale vendor loses password, causes breaches at 324 US restaurants

In its own words, a US point-of-sale vendor "acts to Block Payment Card Security Incident."

Bit late for the 324 restaurants that were breached for between 3 days and 3 months in the incident...

SSCC 166 - A sleeping bag and a camping stove to queue for an iPhone? [PODCAST]

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For your listening pleasure!

Here's the latest episode in our weekly podcast series...

Disgruntled employees are increasingly e-sabotaging businesses, FBI says

Disgruntled employees are increasingly e-sabotaging businesses, FBI says

Employees with an axe to grind are increasingly sticking it to their current or former employers by carrying out "computer network exploitation and disruption", the FBI says.

Mozilla fixes "phishing friendly" cryptographic bug in Firefox and Thunderbird

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Mozilla just patched a bug in its cryptographic library, NSS.

The bug is rated "critical" because it could permit skullduggery in apparently secure connections.

Emma Watson threatened with hoax nude photo leak by internet marketers

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Up sprung the threateningly titled emmayouarenext.com website which featured a clock counting down to the release of apparently stolen photos of Emma Watson. Were there photos? No, it was just a viral marketing stunt.

Is it *really* such a bad idea to use a password twice?

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We regularly warn you against using the same password for multiple accounts.

But if you memorise one really long and complex password, isn't that enough?

No! Here's why...

Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Hudgens, et al. targeted in latest naked celebrity photo leak

Celebgate redux: Alleged nudies of Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Hudgens et al. doxed

Early on Saturday morning, Celebgate flooded the same sites as it did three weeks ago - 4Chan and Reddit, among others - as cyber crooks again posted nude celebrity photos, despite the scuffle of threatened lawsuits and attention from the FBI.

10 security holes that cybercrooks dream about - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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Here's this week's episode of 60 Second Security.

Enjoy the latest security news in just one minute...

Home Depot breach totals: 56 million credit cards exposed, $62 million in losses

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Lots of people who speculated about the credit card data breach at the Home Depot turned out to be wrong.

But those who suggested that Home Depot's breach might end up bigger than Target's turned out to be spot on.

eBay takes flak for leaving rigged iPhone listing up for 12 hours

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eBay's getting flak for its chilled response to a serious XSS attack, sprung when a user clicked on a fake listing for an Iphone 5S and was redirected to a spoofed site that was after users' login credentials.

SSCC 165 - "U2 or not U2," that is the question [PODCAST]

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It's Chet Chat time!

Here's this week's episode of our news-you-can-use security podcast...

Apple adds two-step verification for iCloud, effective immediately

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Apple has listened, and extended its two-step verification system to iCloud.

It's a great start...but does it go far enough?

"Shocking" Android browser bug could be a "privacy disaster": here's how to fix it

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The Metasploit crew is calling this Android Browser bug a "privacy disaster.”

Here's what you can do to avoid trouble...