Latest Articles

Disgruntled employees are increasingly e-sabotaging businesses, FBI says

Disgruntled employees are increasingly e-sabotaging businesses, FBI says

Employees with an axe to grind are increasingly sticking it to their current or former employers by carrying out "computer network exploitation and disruption", the FBI says.

Mozilla fixes "phishing friendly" cryptographic bug in Firefox and Thunderbird

moz-250

Mozilla just patched a bug in its cryptographic library, NSS.

The bug is rated "critical" because it could permit skullduggery in apparently secure connections.

Emma Watson threatened with hoax nude photo leak by internet marketers

Emma Watson. Image courtesy of cinemafestival/Shutterstock.com

Up sprung the threateningly titled emmayouarenext.com website which featured a clock counting down to the release of apparently stolen photos of Emma Watson. Were there photos? No, it was just a viral marketing stunt.

DuckDuckGoAway: China blocks privacy-oriented search engine

DuckDuckGo

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.

Is it *really* such a bad idea to use a password twice?

reuse-250

We regularly warn you against using the same password for multiple accounts.

But if you memorise one really long and complex password, isn't that enough?

No! Here's why...

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

iphone-microwave-wave-ss-250

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!

Bistro turns the tables on Yelp, offers discounts to customers for 1-star reviews

Bistro turns the tables on Yelp with 1-star reviews

A business is asking its customers to write one-star reviews on Yelp, in exchange for a 25% discount, after it said it got fed up with Yelp advertising calls.

Tor users could be FBI's main target if legal power grab succeeds

Tor users could be FBI's main target if legal power grab succeeds

The US Department of Justice is proposing a power grab that would make it easier for domestic law enforcement to break into computers of people trying to protect their anonymity via Tor or other anonymizing technologies.

Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Hudgens, et al. targeted in latest naked celebrity photo leak

Celebgate redux: Alleged nudies of Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Hudgens et al. doxed

Early on Saturday morning, Celebgate flooded the same sites as it did three weeks ago - 4Chan and Reddit, among others - as cyber crooks again posted nude celebrity photos, despite the scuffle of threatened lawsuits and attention from the FBI.

Monday review - the hot 23 stories of the week

Monday review

Get yourself up to date with everything we've written in the last seven days - it's weekly roundup time.

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

60ss-video-250

Here's this week's episode of 60 Second Security.

Enjoy the latest security news in just one minute...

Apple’s Tim Cook talks privacy: 'We're not like all the others'

Apple store. Image courtesy of Songquan Deng/Shutterstock.com

Apple has launched a new privacy website to explain what it does and doesn't do with user data. On the front page, a letter from CEO Tim Cook explains that Apple views privacy differently to other internet services who, he says, view users as products and not customers.

Home Depot breach totals: 56 million credit cards exposed, $62 million in losses

Home Depot data breach

Lots of people who speculated about the credit card data breach at the Home Depot turned out to be wrong.

But those who suggested that Home Depot's breach might end up bigger than Target's turned out to be spot on.

eBay takes flak for leaving rigged iPhone listing up for 12 hours

Ebay. Image courtesy of Radu Bercan/Shutterstock.com

eBay's getting flak for its chilled response to a serious XSS attack, sprung when a user clicked on a fake listing for an Iphone 5S and was redirected to a spoofed site that was after users' login credentials.

Chinese hackers breached US military contractors, says Senate report

China hacks US military contractors

Military contractors for the US Transportation Command were breached by hackers associated with the Chinese government at least 20 times in one year, according to a report released Wednesday by the US Senate Armed Services Committee.

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

apple-upd-250

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]

chet-chat-logo-featured-250

It's Chet Chat time!

Here's this week's episode of our news-you-can-use security podcast...

Is Facebook building a "Moments" app for ultra-private sharing?

Finger on lips. Image courtesy of Shutterstock

The company's reportedly putting the finishing touches on a separate app for composing intimate updates, designed to be an entirely different experience than what we have now: the kludgy toggling of the sharing settings on one composer interface in order to create both intimate content and blasted-out-to-the-universe Newsfeed updates.

Facebook meets with LGBT community over real-name policy

Facebook meets with LGBT community over real-name policy

After mounting protests, Facebook reps scheduled a meeting with San Francisco activists and city officials over its real-name policy, which many say discriminates against the LGBT community.

New Google transparency report details hike in government user data requests

Google

Governments around the world are demanding increasingly larger amounts of user data from search giant Google, according to the company’s latest Transparency Report.