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US uses NSA-FBI PRISM program to snoop on everything and everybody

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Here's a brief summary of what we know, what we don't know, and how you can at least try to protect yourself from surveillance.

FBI and Microsoft in massive takedown of "Citadel" crimeware

Microsoft just announced the successful disruption of 1462 "Citadel" botnets.

You read that correctly!

Not a botnet of 1462 computers, but 1462 separate botnets...

US orders Google to hand over user info to the FBI

US orders Google to hand over user info to the FBI

The judge who decided that national security letters demanding user information were unconstitutional has now ordered Google to comply with the FBI's data demands. Is this just one more golden brick in what privacy advocates have dubbed the Golden Age of Surveillance?

Cybercrooks use photo-sharing to plant malware in online auto ad scams, FBI warns

Cybercrooks use photo-sharing to plant malware in online auto ad scams, FBI warns

Beware the auto seller on Craigslist who says he'll send photos on request - he could well be a crook who sends files packed with malware, the FBI has warned.

Monday review - the hot 21 stories of the week

Monday review

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

Patching your business, Yahoo breach, Google Glass, DDoS-for-hire - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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Our 60 Second Security videos are back!

We're aiming for a weekly roundup that's quick, fun and useful.

But there is a serious side: security anecdotes to use in your own "elevator advocacy."

Alleged "SpyEye" mastermind extradited to US

Alleged "SpyEye" mastermind extradited to US

The FBI suspects that 24-year-old Hamza Bendelladj, an Algerian national, developed, marketed, distributed and controlled the notorious botnet toolkit, used to steal millions of dollars from online bank accounts.

US seeks to pressure Google, Facebook et al. into installing wiretapping backdoors

US seeks to pressure Google, Facebook et al. into installing wiretapping backdoors

A new proposal would require tech firms to design surveillance-enabling trapdoors from the ground up or modify existing services, facilities and equipment. The FBI says it's necessary to quickly catch terrorists and child abusers, but others say it's a recipe for opening servers up to hacking and illicit surveillance.

"Government seeks a warrant to hack" - US judge gives his decision

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Do you usually shy away from legal documents?

Well, here's one that's well worth reading: it deals very interestingly with the zone in which busting cybercrooks and protecting privacy intersect...

TDoS attacks target US emergency call centers

TDoS attacks target US emergency call centers

The FBI and DHS are seeing dozens of attacks on ambulance and hospital communication lines as extortionists demand $5,000 for supposedly unpaid payday loans.

Hackers launch DDoS attack on security blogger's site, send SWAT team to his home

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Brian Krebs was the victim of a caller ID spoof that resulted in armed police surrounding his house. He's pretty sure about the criminal element responsible and has linked the perpetrator(s) to a denial-of-service attack against Ars Technica following its report of Krebs's ordeal.

Equifax and Transunion say hackers stole celebrity credit reports

Equifax and Transunion say hackers stole celebrity credit reports

After the social security numbers, addresses and financial details of some of the USA's top celebrities were posted online, top credit bureaus have come forward and acknowledged that fraudulent and unauthorized access to their records has taken place.

Mega-hack of celebrities exposes social security numbers, credit reports, and more...

Mega-hack of celebrities exposes social security numbers, credit reports, and more...

Beyoncé, Michelle Obama, Paris Hilton and more public figures have had their personal information exposed on the internet.

But who is behind it?

Kim Dotcom's Megaupload saga takes another turn - FBI wins appeal in extradition case

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The Kim Dotcom saga took yet another turn today when the New Zealand Court of Appeal knocked back one of the big fella's earlier minivictories again US law enforcers.

Paul Ducklin takes you through the timeline of the story so far, and tries to guess what happens next...

DNSChanger malware suspect pleads guilty - faces 25 years and the prospect of paying back $7m

Just over a year ago, the FBI announced the bust of six Estonians over malware known as DNSChanger.

The first of the six has just pleaded guilty...

Monday review - the hot 26 stories of the week

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In case you missed any recent stories, here's everything we wrote in the last seven days.

FBI intent on sniffing out those who leaked possible US Stuxnet role

Stuxnet: The FBI is intent on sniffing out those who leaked details of America's anti-Iran virus

Federal investigators in the US are tightening the screws on former senior government officials who might have leaked info about the Stuxnet worm.

Kim Dotcom takes issue with critics taking issue with his new MEGA service

The party-time news of the past weekend was the launch of Kim Dotcom's comeback file sharing service, Mega.

Crypto critics have already taken issue with some aspects of Mega's implementation, and Dotcom has taken issue right back at them...

US-wanted "bank hacker" is all smiles as he is arrested at Bangkok airport [VIDEO]

US-wanted "bank hacker" is all smiles as he is arrested at Bangkok airport

An alleged hacker, suspected by the FBI of stealing millions of dollars from online bank accounts, has been arrested by Thai police and paraded in front of the world's media.

Suspected gang behind the $850 million Butterfly botnet arrested

Butterfly botnet arrests

Facebook helps the FBI arrest 10 suspected members of an $850 million botnet gang.