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SSCC 133 - Prize unicorns, Android malware, 2FA, Attack reports and Vote For Us! [PODCAST]

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Chet and Duck review the week's news in their informed and entertainingly serious style, discussing the prizes on offer at this year's PWN2OWN competition, talking about a new twist in Android malware, and reviewing the latest attack reports from Yahoo and Target...

PWN2OWN 2014 - Find the "exploit unicorn" and win $150,000

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It's called PWN2OWN because if you successfully pwn, or hack into, the competition laptop, you own it *literally* - you get to take it home with you.

But there's also $645,000 in cash up for grabs, including a Grand Prize for finding, wait for it, an "exploit unicorn"...

82% of enterprise Mac users not getting security updates

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Apple users are updating to OS X Mavericks in large numbers, but not fast enough. Corporate users in particular have been slow to upgrade, which could have serious security implications.

Microsoft leads the way, setting new cryptographic defaults

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Microsoft is upping its game with regards to cryptographic standards. By discontinuing support for the older, weak RC4 cipher and putting Certificate Authorities on note to migrate to SHA-2, it seems to be leading the way to be ready for the future, rather than reacting.

Patch Tuesday November 2013 - Microsoft, Adobe and Google

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November's Patch Tuesday includes updates not just from Microsoft, but Adobe and Google as well. Critical patches for Internet Explorer, Chrome and Adobe Flash Player lead the way this month.

Apple's iCloud iConundrum - does convenience mean insecurity?

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Researcher Vladimir Katalov explained how documents and backups stored in Apple's iCloud can be accessed bypassing Apple's two-factor authentication, even when enabled, last week at the Hack in the Box conference in Malaysia.

OS X Mavericks - optional OS upgrade or critical security fix?

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Apple's OS X 10.9, better known as Mavericks, is officially out.

The burning question for OS X fans everywhere, of course, is, "Should I or shouldn't I?"

Copying fingerprints, Firefox trusted, Facebook not, Yahoo recycles - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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How do you copy fingerprints? Which is the most trustworthy browser? Who will use Facebook for payments? How long does an email address live?

Satisfy your curiosity with this week's 60 Second Security!

Firefox burns Chrome in our trustworthy browser poll

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About a month ago I asked Naked Security readers: Which web browser do you trust? Your answer was emphatic: it's Firefox, and it accrued almost twice the number of votes of its nearest rival, Google Chrome.

PWN2OWN for mobile devices - $300,000 in prizes for stealing data, eavesdropping or making covert calls

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There's $300,000 up for grabs at HP's Mobile Pwn2Own contest to be held in Tokyo in November 2013.

Paul Ducklin runs through the options of how to get your hands on the cash...

Which web browser do you trust? [Poll]

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We no longer choose our web browsers based on bells and whistles. These days its all about privacy and security and we'd like to know which browser (and which vendor) you trust to be your companion on the web.

Chrome, Firefox display plain-text passwords with a few clicks

Chrome, Firefox display plain-text passwords with a few clicks

An ongoing catfight has boiled up regarding whether these are features or security fright-fests, particularly given that the nontechnical masses aren't liable to know that they can, for example, tell Google not to store passwords or set up a master password in Firefox.

Apple's OS X and Safari get biggish security fixes

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Apple has published updates for all supported versions of OS X and for Safari version 6.

A largish number of remote code execution vulnerabilities have been patched, so these aren't just cosmetic fixes.

Google's certificate announcement contains a hidden surprise for Windows XP users

Google's certificate announcement contains a hidden surprise for Windows XP users

Are you an IT administrator still caring for Windows XP computers that are running Internet Explorer?

Google's latest announcement brings another good reason to upgrade your systems or switch to an alternative browser.

Apple fixes 41 iTunes security flaws, some more than a year old

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Apple released the latest update to iTunes today, version 11.0.3, fixing 41 vulnerabilities in the Windows version and 1 in the OS X version. Many of these flaws are rated critical and we advise you update as soon as possible.

SSCC 107 - Hostgator, Safari, Java, pwning planes with Android, and Facebook Home [PODCAST]

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Here's the latest episode in the popular "Chet Chat" series.

Join Chet and Duck as they discuss what we can learn from recent security news in this quarter-hour podcast.

Monday review - the hot 22 stories of the week

Monday review - the hot stories of the week

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

Apple updates Safari, gives better control over Java applets

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Apple has pushed out a Safari update to go along with this week's "Java Tuesday" fix.

It's supposed to give you finer-grained control over Java in your browser.

Paul Ducklin puts it through its paces...

Monday review - the hot 32 stories of the week

Monday review - the hot stories of the week

It's that time of the week again - here's your roundup of everything we wrote in the last seven days.

Apple ships OS X 10.8.3 - 11 remote code execution vulns patched, Snow Leopard and Lion get fixes too

Apple has shipped the latest point release of its flagship Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8) operating system.

There are plenty of security fixes in there, which Snow Leopard (10.6) and Lion (10.7) users get too, in standalone security updates.