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FTC takes down fake support scammers, upbeat about "getting consumers’ money back" [POLL]

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Just paying the money back isn't really a punishment for fake support call scammers.

So, what do *you* think the courts should do to punish these guys?

Have your say in our poll...

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.

Beefed-up Senate bill takes a swing at the NSA

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If it emerges unscathed from the chamber, it could mean an end to bulk metadata collection, an end to the secrecy the government's been operating under, and reform of the USA Patriot Act that's been used to grant it vast surveillance rights.

Police slap warning banner ads on 'pirate' sites

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The City of London Police has started swapping out legitimate ads on websites believed to be serving up pirated content, instead plastering them with warning banner ads.

eBay's StubHub ransacked for over $1 million, international crime ring arrested

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US police have indicted six people across four countries on charges of defrauding eBay's StubHub for over $1 million in pilfered tickets for things like Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake concerts. eBay says its servers weren't broken into; rather, password reuse and account holders' PCs being riddled with malware are to blame.

Car hackers build anti-car-hacking gadget

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Besides yet more white-knuckled car-jacking stunts, security researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek also plan to unveil at next month's Black Hat conference a prototype device meant to foil the type of hacks they've been throwing at cars.

"Rickmote" box Rickrolls Chromecast, forcibly earworms hapless victims

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Never gonna give you up, Never gonna let you down, Never gonna run around and desert you.

DARPA dissects Twitter, Facebook, Reddit to extract propaganda how-to's

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The internet found out last week that Facebook's been dissecting us. Now, it looks like DARPA's been at it too, with research on users of Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Pinterest, Kickstarter and Digg.

Revenge porn hits two high profile boyfriends where it hurts

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Former NSA analyst and vocal NSA supporter John Schindler had his pink parts exposed by a lover in an extramarital affair, and a state representative's chief of staff was outed by a porn star ex-girlfriend and subsequently resigned. Revenge porn might typically target women, but these cases clearly show that we're all vulnerable when it comes to sharing explicit content.

22-year-old "organized crime" cybercrook convicted under racketeering law gets TWENTY years

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David Ray Camez was just 17 when he embarked on life as a cyberfraudster, ending up in prison for seven years. But he was subsequently also convicted under racketeering laws, which provide for stiffer penalties.

Now he's been sentenced...

US Navy sailor allegedly led team that hacked government computers

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A US Navy systems administrator stationed on the nuclear aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman acted as ringleader for a gang of anti-government cyber crooks, prosecutors alleged last week.

Cops get serious about cybercrime, and not before time

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The world's police forces are, it seems, starting to appreciate the scale and significance of the cybercrime problem.

Let's hope the process of international co-operation continues to pick up the steam we've been seeing in the last few weeks.

Patch Tuesday April 2014 - XP's last breath

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Patch Tuesday for April 2014 is here. In addition to being the final Windows XP fix released by Microsoft we have fixes for all versions of Windows, Office and even an Adobe Flash update.

Online clothing store Witchery lets customers view - and edit! - each other's personal information

According to a News Limited report, customers visiting clothing retailer Witchery's mobile website were able to get at the PII of other users via a feature called "track my order."

Customers could also view every order currently being processed, not just their own...

US local police department pays CryptoLocker ransom

Police advice if you are hit by CryptoLocker is to take it on the chin, and not to pay up.

That's a pretty hard demand to make of anyone, and all but impossible to insist on for everybody, but you would at least expect the police themselves to follow it...

Please don't spread the Facebook "giraffe picture" hoax!

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A bizarre warning is circulating on Facebook urging you not to change your profile picture to a giraffe.

It's a hoax - so please don't spread it, even if you think it's amusing: false alarms just make us collectively less likely to react when there really is a problem.

Good morning, Las Vegas! Some genuinely serious hints to finish the #sophospuzzle in time!

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C'mon BlackHatters! You're way behind the Rest Of World in solving the #sophospuzzle.

There's still time to win that 3D printer!

With these hints, there is no excuse...

Sysadmin day? *SYSADMIN DAY*? Angry techie takes against Naked Security...

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No sooner had we launched our "Worst things to ask a sysadmin" poll than we received an anonymous email from a disgruntled sysadmin called Simon Oliver Meone.

He questioned the relevance of the questions in the poll...

AT&T hacker and internet troll 'Weev' appeals 41-month prison sentence

AT&T hacker/Internet troll 'Weev' appeals 41-month prison sentence

The EFF has filed an appeal seeking to free the hacker and self-described internet troll, who exploited a hole in AT&T's publicly facing website to siphon the personal data of more than 100,000 iPad owners.

Monday review - the hot 15 stories of the week

Monday review

It's weekly roundup time. Here's all the great stuff we've written in the past seven days.