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Epidemic of medical data breaches leaking our most sensitive information

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Health data is considered among the most private of information, but continues to leak out in a dazzling range of ways.

White House networks hacked

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Attackers broke into unclassified White House computer networks in the past 2-3 weeks. It's far from surprising, one unnamed official said, given that it's a "constant battle" between the government, trying to secure its sensitive systems, and bad actors seeking to intrude on them.

Facebook prowls the internet looking for your password

Facebook prowls the internet looking for your password

Facebook explains that it's keeping its eye out for credentials - email, password combinations - dropped on sites after data breaches, running them against its own users' credentials to see if password reuse is going to land its users in trouble.

Snapchat to address sketchy third-party apps with public API ... at some point

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Oh, those darn third-party apps, their home-brewed APIs and their photo-leaking ways, Snapchat moaned on Wednesday morning, promising to cook up a public API to fix the situation... sooner or later.

Kmart becomes the latest retail data breach victim

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Kmart has been confirmed as the latest retail chain to be breached after its parent company admitted that some customers’ debit and credit card numbers had been compromised.

SSCC 168 - Amaze your friends by ruining all their USB drives! [PODCAST]

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Here's the latest Chet Chat security podcast for your listening pleasure.

Sophos experts Chester Wisniewski and Paul Ducklin take apart the latest computer security stories to turn them into news you can use.

Security incidents are up - and pricier! - but infosec budgets are dwindling

Security incidents are up - and pricier! - but budgets to prevent them dwindle

The number of security incidents is popping, as are associated costs to mop them up, according to a report from PcW. Global corporate security budgets, meanwhile, seem to be hiding in the closet, just hoping it all goes away.

Point-of-Sale vendor loses password, causes breaches at 324 US restaurants

In its own words, a US point-of-sale vendor "acts to Block Payment Card Security Incident."

Bit late for the 324 restaurants that were breached for between 3 days and 3 months in the incident...

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

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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.

Why would we let you say "No" to something that's free? 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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Here's our latest 60 Second Security video for your viewing pleasure.

Enjoy...

Target tops the list of most epic privacy fails

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Our readers ranked Target’s data breach ahead of Adobe, Snapchat, Google Glass, and Talking Angela for the biggest privacy failure of the past year.

SSCC 164 - Spend Bitcoins using Apple Pay? *NOW* you've got me interested! [PODCAST]

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Here's this week's Sophos Security Chet Chat for your listening pleasure.

Our weekly computer security podcast with the News You Can Use...

Home Depot says, "Er, yes, we did have a breach actually"‏

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Just how big and bad it will turn out to be is still unknown...all we know so far is that Home Depot has officially confirmed that, yes, there was indeed a breach.

SSCC 163 - So THAT'S why you can't erase Flash RAM properly [PODCAST]

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Here's this week's Sophos Security Chet Chat.

Our regular security podcast that turns news into useful advice...

How dare you use my camera! 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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Here's this week's 60 Second Security.

A week of news distilled into a swift minute of amusing but informative video...

220 million records stolen, 16 arrested in massive South Korean data breach

220 million records stolen in massive South Korean data breach

South Korean authorities have revealed a massive data breach that has affected over half of the country. The stolen records include real names, account names, passwords and resident registration numbers from a number of website registrations across online game and movie ticket sites.

Secret Service says "Backoff" malware hit 1000 businesses - 6 tips to keep your data safe

Backoff malware strike 1,000 US businesses

In a security advisory from the US Secret Service, the government said the malware known as Backoff has struck more than 1000 US companies since October 2013...

Monday review - the hot 21 stories of the week

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Catch up with everything we wrote in the last seven days - it's weekly roundup time...

The UPS Store breach - what went wrong and what UPS got right

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Data breaches at 51 UPS Stores in two dozen US states have put as many as 100,000 customers at risk of identity theft and credit card fraud, after malware was found on the stores' networks.

Clearly something went wrong, but here's what UPS got right ...