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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.

Head of 'StealthGenie' mobile stalking app indicted for selling spyware

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The indictment alleges that StealthGenie can and has recorded all incoming/outgoing voice calls; intercepted calls to be monitored in real time; allowed the buyer to call the phone and activate it at any time to monitor all surrounding conversations within a 15-foot radius; and much more...

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.

Facebook's new 'Atlas' ad platform will follow us around on non-Facebook sites

Facebook's new 'Atlas' ad platform will follow us around on non-Facebook sites

The ad technology will enable Facebook partners to siphon user data from Facebook's deep, deep sea and use it to super-target ads at users on and off its website, no matter what wireless or wired device we're using.

Apple patches OS X against Shellshock

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If you're a Mac user, you may have felt wrongfully left out of all the Shellshock kerfuffle over the past few days.

Not any more!

Are you tired of weak or fake zero-day exploits? 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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

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Apple pulls iOS 8.0.1 update, tells users to roll back to iOS 8

Apple pulls iOS 8.0.1 update, tells users to roll back to iOS 8

Apple's telling users to ditch the update after it knocked out cellular service and disabled Touch ID for iPhones, on top of a list of other glitches - stalling, crashing and more.

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.

DuckDuckGoAway: China blocks privacy-oriented search engine

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Getting selected as the default private search engine for Apple's Safari browser has been a boon for young search engine DuckDuckGo. But it may well have tainted the search engine in the eyes of the Apple-leery Chinese government.

No, 'Apple Wave' does not let you charge your iPhones in the microwave

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No, new features in iOS 8 do *not* include "Apple Wave" wireless microwave frequency charging, regardless of what 4chan tells you. Remember: Don't let Apple-new-release fever fog your brain, and do NOT believe everything you read on the intertubes!

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

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Apple ships a sevenfold security surprise, including iOS 8 and OS X 10.9.5

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Apple doesn't have Patch Tuesdays, but it does have Update Surprisedays.

We just had one of them, with brand new and more secure versions of iOS, OS X and Safari.

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

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From the Labs: VBA is definitely not dead - in fact, it's undergoing a resurgence

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Our most recent detection statistics show that using Visual Basic code in malicious documents is a trend on the rise. So why have malware authors turned to Visual Basic to do their bidding?

"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...

Firefox sneaks out an "inbetweener" update, with security improvements rather than fixes

Usually, if everything goes according to plan, Firefox updates appear every six weeks.

But if needs must, Mozilla delivers in-between updates, too, and that's what has happened here, bumping Firefox from version 32.0 to 32.0.1.

Why would we let you say "No" to something that's free? 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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85% of apps not up to scratch on privacy, study finds

Worldwide app study finds 85% not up to scratch on privacy

A coordinated study of apps run by a group of national privacy and data protection bodies from around the world has found that the majority are failing to provide adequate information on the privacy implications of using the app.

SSCC 164 - Spend Bitcoins using Apple Pay? *NOW* you've got me interested! [PODCAST]

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