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Cupid Media "breached Privacy act" after storing users' passwords in plain text

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The Australian Privacy Commissioner has ruled that Cupid Media Pty Ltd breached the Privacy Act following a data breach which saw over 40 million customer records exposed.

'Half of American adults hacked' in the past year - really?

'Half of American adults hacked' in the past year - really?

A new study publicized this week claims that almost half of all American adults have had their personal data hacked in the past year. Headline-grabbing truth-stretching? Or have 110 million Americans really been hacked?

Spotify warns its Android app users of breach, says to download new version

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Spotify has told users of its music-streaming app for Android to upgrade to a new version, after the company spotted unauthorized access to its systems and internal company data.

Many Spotify users will no doubt be annoyed at the company for the inconvenience, but we think it's worth it for their own security.

LifeLock pulls Wallet app, says it wasn't compliant with data security standards

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The controversial identify theft protection company LifeLock says it has pulled down its LifeLock Wallet app over concerns that the app is not compliant with payment card industry standards.

We tell you why LifeLock's woes are less than surprising, and offer some tips to avoid identity theft.

Snapchat agrees to settlement with FTC over privacy complaints

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Snapchat and the FTC have come to terms in a settlement over the privacy practices of the controversial mobile message service company.

Will Snapchat be better at protecting user privacy now that it's required to be monitored by a privacy auditor for the next 20 years?

Apple admits flaw in email attachment encryption on iPhones and iPads

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Apple is under pressure once again to patch a security flaw in iOS 7, after a researcher published his discovery that email attachments are unencrypted on iPhones and iPads.

Here we go again: Viber mobile messenger app leaves user data unencrypted

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Viber, a mobile messenger app that allows users to make phone calls and send text messages for free, also gives up plenty of free user data to anyone who wants to listen.

Will Viber, WhatsApp and Snapchat ever learn?

Is data privacy more important than ever?

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This article is inspired by another piece we've published today in which John Bryan asks 'is data privacy an out of date concept?' I think we all have a responsibility to ourselves and the younger generation to take greater steps to protect our data - we can't know the significance of exposure today on our lives tomorrow.

Target missed multiple warnings that credit card data breach was underway

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Target's sophisticated security system went on full alert after detecting malware on the company’s network on 30 November last year and could have prevented the theft of 40 million credit and debit card numbers a few days later, according to a new report.

2013 an epic year for data breaches with over 800 million records lost

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If it felt like the last year saw more and bigger data breaches than usual, well, that's because it did.

Kickstarter breached - change your passwords

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Hackers gained unauthorised access to crowdfunding site kickstarter.com earlier this week. Compromised details include usernames, email addresses, mailing addresses, phone numbers and password hashes. Kickstarter users should change their passwords immediately.

"Smarter, shadier, stealthier" - Security Threat Report 2014 helps you understand the enemy

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Our latest Security Threat Report is out!

It's a free download (no registration required), and we think you're going to love it, because it paints a fascinating picture of the evolving threat from cybercrime...

Bitcoin millionaire throws $7.5m virtual currency in the bin

Bitcoin wallets: Protect your digital currency

When it comes to electronic devices, bad things do happen. Components fail, power outages do occur, files can be accidentally deleted... oh and millions of dollars worth of Bitcoins can be chucked in the bin.

Loyaltybuild attack: 500,000 people may have had credit card details stolen

Loyaltybuild attack: 500,000 potential victims of credit card detail theft

Thousands of people across Europe and, more specifically, in Ireland have had their credit card and personal details stolen after a company which runs reward schemes was hacked.

Adobe, Android and CryptoLocker - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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Which pets make the best/worst passwords?

How many times did Google make the same coding blunder?

Find out this and more in our one-minute wrapup of the week's security lessons!

SSCC 121 - WordPress, OS X, iCloud, smartphone tracking and medical devices [PODCAST]

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By popular demand, the Chet Chat has gone back to a weekly format, so your favourite security podcast will now be appearing twice as frequently!

Listen to Chet and Duck in the latest episode...

2 years in federal prison for trash-searching student aid fraudster

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A Florida man will go to prison for defrauding student aid accounts, while his two fellow-conspirators have been given probation and community sentences.

The group's techniques should serve as a reminder that it's not just the information stored on our computers that we need to keep secure.

US health care company faces giant class action suit for losing over 4,000,000 unencrypted records

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To paraphrase Oscar Wilde: "To lose one patient record may be regarded as a misfortune. To lose 4,000,000 looks like carelessness."

How four stolen computers led to a huge class action lawsuit...

Lawyers report steep rise in employee data theft cases

UK law firm EMW has reported a sharp rise in confidential data theft cases brought before the High Court.

Is that because data control is becoming laxer, or actually because things are tightening up so that more crooks are getting caught?

Monday review - the hot 19 stories of the week

Monday review

Catch up with everything we've written in the last seven days with our handy roundup.