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Facebook privacy, Google security bug, Law Enforcement victories - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]


Why did Facebook get into double trouble this week over privacy?

Find out the answer to this and more in just 60 seconds of entertaining and informative video!

Google coding glitch locks Apple iOS users out of on-line accounts


Google has once again found itself all over the IT news for a spot of bother with its security software.

A recent Google Authenticator update accidentally removed all your accounts...

Apple apps turned upside down writing right to left - you're only 6 characters from a crash!


Apple's iOS and OS X are currently under what can only be described as a "jolly irritating attack."

Certain text strings, when processed by the operating system's CoreText rendering engine, cause the application that's trying to display them to crash.

Anatomy of a dropped call - how to jam a city with 11 customised mobile phones


German researchers have shown how commodity mobile phones can be turned into call jammers.

Worse still, their attacks could be adapted for eavesdropping and even interception, where a crook receives your calls or SMSes instead of you.

Google Palestine hijacked: hackers say rename Israel to Palestine, listen to RiRi


Google's domain serving the Palestinian territories, Google Palestine, was hijacked on Monday by hackers urging Google to rename Israel to Palestine in Google Maps (and the rest of us to listen to Rihanna).

Syrian Electronic Army brings down Twitter and The New York Times through domain name provider hack


The Syrian Electronic Army attacked an internet domain name provider today taking down for a short time the websites of The New York Times and Twitter for some users,

Patch Tuesday for August 2013 - 3 critical, 5 important

Patch Tuesday

Patch Tuesday for August 2013 includes three critical fixes and five important ones. The focus for this month is certainly the Internet Explorer cumulative patch which fixes 11 vulnerabilities and all versions, including 11 beta.

Viber admits to swallowing 'Syrian Electronic Army' phishing bait

Viber admits to swallowing Syrian Electronic Army phishing bait

The Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) claimed on Tuesday that it had taken over the support page for instant messaging/VoIP service Viber.

Viber itself announced that the claims are overblown and that only two minor systems were breached - a customer support panel and a support administration system.

Why must political chiefs keep pushing the cyberwar alert button?

Why must political chiefs keep pushing the cyberwar alert button?

"There is a cyberwar going on", according to the UN's telecoms boss Hamadoun Toure. Cyber terrorism is capable of causing "mass destruction", says former director of the FBI Louis Freeh. Vladimir Putin, no less, thinks digital attacks could be more damaging than conventional weapons.

But so far there seem to be no human casualties from this 'cyber war', no physical effects from cyber terror. So why all the hype?

The LinkedIn hack that wasn't


Bryan Berg, the co-founder of microblogging site, pronounced earlier today that LinkedIn had been hacked.

That turned out to be not quite correct, as Paul Ducklin explains.

FDA tells medical device makers and hospitals to strengthen security

FDA tells medical device makers and hospitals to strengthen security

The FDA hasn't seen patient deaths or injuries, but it has seen malware clogging up hospital equipment, passwords passed around like candy, and disregard for updating/patching old equipment.

Patch Tuesday June 2013 - Office, Windows and Flash

Patch Tuesday

Right on time, Microsoft and Adobe released fixes today for Windows, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office 2003 and 2011 and Adobe Flash Player. Time to dance that familiar dance and get those updates installed.

Monday review - the hot 21 stories of the week

Monday review

Catch up with everything we've written in the last seven days - it's weekly roundup time.

Only 36% of small firms apply security patches. No wonder cybercrooks are stealing their cash

Foot and mompop shops

Small businesses are under constant attack from malware, scams and online fraud. They are simply woefully under-prepared to keep their assets safe. Despite reorganisation and redirected priorities, the police can still do little to help. Here are some general tips from the FSB to help firms better protect themselves.

Small businesses beware! Point-of-sale malware is after you


Malware targeting point-of-sale (POS) systems has been a major trend for the last six months. With easy pickings to be had from mom-and-pop shops, this pattern is only going to grow until people start fighting back with better system security, and ideally better payment card systems.

Virus Bulletin's Technical Director John Hawes takes a look....

DDoS-for-hire service is legal and even lets FBI peek in, says a guy with an attorney

Polish programmers jailed for 5 years for DDoS and cyber-extortion of online casino

It's "a public service on a public connection to other public servers", the operator of RageBooter told Brian Krebs, and if sites don't like getting their socks knocked off in DDoS attacks, they should fix recursive DNS and default DNS server settings.

Oh, and yes, he says, he not only cooperates with the FBI, he works with them. He's busy on Tuesdays around 1 p.m., so try later if you need to to launch an attack.

Monday review - the hot 24 stories of the week

Monday review

In case you missed any recent stories, here's everything we wrote in the last seven days.

Opinion: No, the LulzSec hackers weren't noble

Was the LulzSec hacking gang harmless? Perhaps noble, even?

Graham Cluley argues that it's not cool, or funny, to hack into companies, expose the private information of members of the general public, and to launch denial of service attacks.

Jail for the LulzSec hacking gang members

LulzSec hackers sentenced

BREAKING NEWS: Members of the notorious LulzSec hacking gang have been sentenced at Southwark Crown Court in London.

May Patch Tuesday critical for users of Internet Explorer and web-based services

Patch Tuesday

Microsoft has just released its monthly updates for May 2013. The zero-day IE flaw used on the Dept of Labor website was fixed, as well as an IE 10 hole used at PWN2OWN.

Critical fixes for Adobe Reader, Flash Player and ColdFusion also hit the streets today.