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5 excuses for doing nothing about computer security!

Here are five security excuses that we hear a lot, both from individuals and from small businesses.

We've given you some advice to help you argue back that security really does matter...

Dirty Dozen Spampionship – which country is spewing the most spam?

The World Cup may be done and dusted, but the Spampionship continues!

Where did you come in our spam-sending league tables?

Serial hacker Cameron Lacroix gets four year jail term after taking plea bargain

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A serial hacker with a long history of computer offences has pleaded guilty to computer intrusion and access device fraud charges, accepting a sentence of four years in jail in return for his plea.

SCAMwatch - 5 tips to keep your friends and family out of scammers' clutches

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It's National Consumer Fraud Week in Australia, so the government's SCAMwatch team has published 5 straight-talking anti-scammer tips.

With Aussies alone taken for about $90M last year, this is a battle we need to keep on fighting all around the globe...

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...

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.

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.

SSCC 143 - Heartbleed revisited, cybercrooks busted, failed malware cleanup censured by FTC [PODCAST]

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From the latest Heartbleed revelations to various successes by law enforcement, Sophos experts Chester Wisniewski and Paul Ducklin take you through the big computer security stories of the week.

Be entertained as you learn from the news, all in our regular quarter-hour podcast format.

On the trail of Advanced Persistent Threats...

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SophosLabs expert Gabor Szappanos has written a highly-recommended report entitled "Advanced Persistent Threats - the new normal?"

Szappi explains how exploits once seen only in APTs are appearing ever more widely in money-making malware, and why that puts us all at ever greater risk.

Financial sector hit hard by data breach cleanup costs

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Cybercrime is all about the money. And, in the end, that money leads back to the financial sector. Banks, credit unions, insurers and everyone charged with looking after our money and covering us when something bad happens are starting to feel the pinch from the steady growth in cybercriminality.

CarderPlanet bust, Target credit card breach, online safety for kids - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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What prison sentence for the man who pioneered online carding? How many credit cards did Target lose? Does your encryption software "speak" to passers-by? How to keep your kids safe online over the holidays?

Find out in 60 seconds!

US racketeering law enters the world of cybercrime

US racketeering law enters the world of cybercrime

A Las Vegas court convicted a cybercriminal under RICO (Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organizations Act) law last week, in what may well turn out to be a landmark case.

FBI seeking "Loverspy" hacker who helped jealous lovers plant spyware

FBI seeking Loverspy hacker who helped jealous lovers plant spyware

In yet another "don't open that e-birthday card" saga, 33-year-old Carlos Enrique Perez-Melara, now on the FBI's 10 most wanted cybercriminals list, allegedly sold malware that planted a keylogger, as well as remotely controlling a victim's computer and webcam.

NASA hack blunder, doxer jailed, PAYE cybercrime, $20k iPhone prize - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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Why did Brazilian hackers target NASA? What happens to doxers? How much does it cost to get started in card skimming? And how much is a copy of your fingerprint worth?

Watch 60 Second Security and find out!

Monday review - the hot 20 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.

Will insurance firms be the big winners in the struggle for cyber security?

Will insurance firms be the big winners in the struggle for cyber security?

A blog post by one of US President Obama's top cybersecurity advisers has sparked a debate on the importance of insurance in mitigating the threat posed by digital dangers to the world's businesses and government agencies.

But will 'cyber insurance' makes things better or worse for the rest of us?

Top executives out of touch with their company's IT security risks

Top executives out of touch with their company's IT security risks

The world's business leaders have high levels of confidence in their organisations' cyber defences, but that confidence is largely out of tune with reality, according to a recent report.

Monday review - the hot 20 stories of the week

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Missed anything last week? Don't worry, here's a little roundup of everything we wrote.

The day I caught an ATM card catcher

The day i caught an ATM card catcher

Ever found a card catcher in your local cash machine? A few years ago I did.

They’re surprisingly easy to dismantle - but in my case, a little more thought should have been applied to the possible consequences.

EU's Cybersecurity Strategy gets harsh criticism from data protection advocate

EU's cybersecurity strategy gets harsh criticism by data protection advocate

A top EU data privacy advocate has criticised the European Union's plans to combat cybercrime, saying they don't provide enough protection for personal data. He's also suggested that too little attention has been paid to existing regulations and agencies.