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SSCC 144 - iOS malware, fingerprint security, WhatsApp privacy, hacking the taxman [PODCAST]

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How bad is the risk from iOS malware? What's the state of play in fingerprint security? Should you trust mobile apps? Is it wise to hack the taxman? What if Brian Krebs calls to warn you've been pwned?

Chet and Duck turn their wit and insight on the week's news...

Microsoft devours Nokia and charges ahead with Windows Phone 8.1

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Microsoft's multi-billion-dollar deal to acquire the devices arm of mobile phone maker Nokia is finally done, and smartphones under the name Microsoft Mobile will soon be rolling out of Nokia's former factories. But will Windows Phone 8.1 security features help Microsoft make inroads in the enterprise market?

Apple pushes out critical security fixes for OS X, iOS and Apple TV

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You still can't tell when you're going to get your next update from Apple, but serious security fixes do seem to be coming more frequently these days.

Like the latest round of patches, closing a raft of hackable holes in OS X, iOS and Apple TV...

Google refunds Android users who bought fake Virus Shield app

Google refunds Android users who bought fake Virus Shield app

Earlier this month a fake Android anti-virus app, named Virus Shield, managed to fool thousands of customers into buying it. Now Google is offering full refunds to anyone who bought Virus Shield long after the usual 15-minute refund window, and is also issuing a $5 Play Store credit.

New iOS malware with a funky name: "Unflod Baby Panda"

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You may have heard mention, over the past few days, of some curiously-named new iOS malware.

You'll hear it called "Unflod", because of the name of the file in which it was found, as well as "Baby Panda."

Paul Ducklin goes on a Panda expedition...

Monday review - the hot 21 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.

Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint reader hacked - it's the iPhone 5s all over again!

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner can be fooled with wood glue, just like Apple's "Touch ID" sensor in the iPhone 5s.

So why are both Apple and Samsung touting fingerprint scanners as more secure than passwords?

Heartbleed, Google Play and XP - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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How hard is Heartbleed recovery? How hard does Google Play try to keep the garbage out? And how hard are you trying to get over XP?

60 Second Security has the answers in a short, fun security video.

Google takes down fake anti-virus app that duped 10,000 users on Play Store

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The Virus Shield app cost $3.99 and claimed to be a scanner that protected Android devices from viruses, while promising to never annoy users with pop-up ads found on many free apps.

Too bad for the 10,000 people who paid for it - Virus Shield was a fake.

Google takes aim at deceptive advertising of Play Store apps

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Google has announced updates to its developer policies for the Play Store app market to ban certain types of misleading and underhanded advertising behavior.

We look at three apps that use now-forbidden promotional tactics, plus we offer security tips to help you avoid unwanted and malicious apps.

Is Amazon hacking our apps? Or doing us all a security favour?

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A war of words that started out as a fairly stinging criticism of Amazon has mellowed out into praise for the cloud services behemoth.

It seems that Amazon is checking mobile apps for security risks, and heaping advice on developers who have wandered off the straight and narrow...

Kill-switch for mobile phones could save US consumers $2.6B per year, says report

Kill-switch for mobile phones could save US consumers $2.6B per year, says report

US consumers are spending CRAZY money to replace stolen phones and to insure the pocket-sized thief magnets, says a new report from Creighton University.

Monday review - the hot 21 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.

Spyware app turns the privacy tables on Google Glass wearers

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A spyware app developed by two researchers has shown that Google Glass can be used to secretly take photos of whatever a Glass wearer is looking at without their knowledge - making the Glass user the one whose privacy and security is potentially compromised.

Phone spyware, Mac security, and WhatsApp privacy - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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How do you get spyware on your victim, er, target's phone? Have Mac users changed their attitude to security? And how deep does privacy run at WhatsApp?

Find out in 60 seconds!

WhatsApp and privacy - will Facebook make things better, worse, or both?

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WhatsApp, the super-popular SMS replacement acquired by Facebook for $19 billion, continues to wrestle with a thorny problem.

How can it tame the public's attitude to its own attitude to privacy?

Advice on getting the most from Windows XP, courtesy of the Google Play Store

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Google Play just recommended some technical books I might like.

To help me get the most out of Windows XP...

mSpy now selling phones pre-loaded with spyware

mSpy now selling phones pre-loaded with spyware

You used to have to get your hands on somebody's gadget to eavesdrop on them like a creepy stalker, but no more! Now, you can just buy your target a boobytrapped bugging device-cum phone, wrap it up with a pretty bow, and try to pretend that you're not trampling on their privacy when you "gift" them with it.

Anatomy of an Apple theft protection bypass - and how to avoid it

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A tiny but intriguing open source project entitled iCloudHacker attracted interest over the weekend.

It claims to "bypass Apple's theft protection" - and although that's streching the truth a bit, it has some lessons to teach us about encryption...

MasterCard aims to reduce card fraud with smartphone geo-location technology

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MasterCard and Syniverse are running a pilot scheme that aims to reduce credit card fraud by making sure that a customer's card and mobile phone are in the same location when the card is used.