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Apple ransomware strikes Australia - pay Oleg $100 or else

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This morning, a number of Australian iPad and iPhone users woke up to a strange sight.

"Device hacked by Oleg Pliss. For unlock device..."

Facebook finally makes public sharing 'opt-in' for new users, gives everyone else more controls

Facebook finally makes public sharing 'opt-in' for new users, gives everyone else more controls

It's been 10 years since Facebook gave the world a reason to share everything with everyone - but the social media giant is finally acknowledging its privacy pitfalls.

Facebook wants to listen in on your TV and music

Facebook wants to listen in on your TV and music

Facebook proposes to recognize and post news feed updates about the TV shows and movies you're watching, and songs you're listening to. One assumes - well, one hopes - the company won't be eavesdropping NSA-style with the new feature.

As one security hole closes, another one opens! 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

How many years was that security hole in Linux ? How many security patches for XP? How many lock screen holes in iOS? How much do Google specs cost?

Find out in this week's 60 Second Security video...

SSCC 147 - Why Snapchat will have to tell you the truth about security now [PODCAST]

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As usual, Chester Wisniewski and Paul Ducklin turn their insightful and entertaining gaze on the security lessons we can learn from the past few days.

Give it a listen - it's our weekly quarter-hour security podcast...

"Open the iPhone door, Siri!" - Apple's digital helper coughs up another lock screen hole

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A hacker has found a way to bypass the iPhone 5 lock screen to get at your contacts. Ironically, he got in by asking Siri, Apple's voice-activated "helper."

Here's how to close the hole while you wait for Apple's fix...

Is Apple finally getting real about security? 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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Where does the data breach buck stop? Why do they call them "secret" links? And is Apple finally getting real about security?

Find out in "60 Second Security" for 10 May 2014

Stolen phone snaps selfie of mystery man who entered wrong PIN

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Could be the thief, could be an innocent guy who just happened to pick up a stray mobile phone - hard to say! That's why police in Essex, UK, are keen to have a chat with him.

Apple admits flaw in email attachment encryption on iPhones and iPads

Apple admits iOS 7 encryption flaw

Apple is under pressure once again to patch a security flaw in iOS 7, after a researcher published his discovery that email attachments are unencrypted on iPhones and iPads.

Monday review - the hot 26 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.

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...

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...

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...

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?

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.

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...

Are you safe against mobile threats? Check out our tips for keeping the crooks away...

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Do you use a mobile device? (Of course you do!)

Read Sophos researcher Vanja Svajcer's paper, "Mobile Security Threat Report," and check out our expert tips for keeping the crooks away...

Anatomy of a "goto fail" - Apple's SSL bug explained, plus an unofficial patch for OS X!

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Apple just patched an SSL/TLS bug in iOS - but the flaw is not yet fixed in OS X.

Paul Ducklin comes to the rescue with explanations, mitigations, and even an unofficial patch! (For educational purposes only, you understand.)

LinkedIn's iPhone 'Intro' tool goes outro

LinkedIn's iPhone 'Intro' tool goes outro. Image Twin Design / Shutterstock

LinkedIn's email plug-in for Apple iOS, designed to suction LinkedIn profile information and insert it into emails received on phones, was destined for a short life and a load of criticism.

Spy agencies are slurping personal data from leaky mobile apps

Spy agencies are slurping personal data from leaky mobile apps

Beyond device details, data shared over the internet by iOS and Android apps can include personal information such as age, gender, and location, while some apps share even more sensitive user information, such as sexual preference.