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Monday review: the hot 27 stories of last week

Monday review: the hot 26 stories of last week

It's weekly roundup time - here's everything we published in the last seven days.

Reveton/FBI ransomware - exposed, explained and eliminated [VIDEO]

Reveton ransomware - exposed, explained and eliminated

Many of you have been asking us about the Reveton ransomware, which claims that the FBI has fined you, and locks you out of your PC until you pay up.

Learn what it looks like, and what to do if you or one of your friends and family encounter it...

Suspected LulzSec member arrested by FBI for Sony Pictures hack

Suspected LulzSec member arrested by FBI for Sony Pictures hack

Raynaldo Rivera, suspected of hacking into computer systems belonging to Sony Pictures, and stealing the personal information and passwords of thousands of innocent internet users, has been arrested by the FBI.

Dodgy Android markets shut down by FBI in copyright crackdown

Dodgy Android markets shut down by FBI

Some Android users have got a nasty scare, as three websites - involved in the distribution of cracked and stolen Android smartphone apps - were shut down by the FBI.

LulzSec informant Sabu rewarded with six months freedom for helping Feds

LulzSec hacker Sabu rewarded with six months freedom for co-operating with Feds

Hector Monsegur, the notorious hacker known as "Sabu," once railed against the establishment. Now he owes his freedom to the good graces of federal authorities, who successfully lobbied for a six month extension on his sentencing.

Telecom firm says "No" to FBI surveillance demands

Telecom firm says "No" to FBI surveillance demands

In a case that has been cloaked in secrecy, a phone company is fighting an FBI request to access customer records.

DNS Changer - how not to lose your internet connection on July 9 [VIDEO]

DNS Changer - how not to lose your internet connection on July 9 [VIDEO]

The much-talked-about DNS Changer 'internet blackout' happens on Monday, July 9.

But are we really going to have a 'blackout'?

Paul Ducklin explains what's going on, and how to avoid trouble, in this easy-to-follow video.

Dr Smurf pleads guilty to hacking and stealing credit card details

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A hacker who went by the online moniker of "Dr Smurf" on the underground DarkMarket cybercrime forum has pleaded guilty to charges of identify theft.

FBI arrests 24 in internet credit card fraud ring

FBI arrests 24 in internet credit card fraud ring

The FBI charged 28 and arrested 24 in the bust of a major internet credit card fraud ring today. The accused were involved in a large variety of fraud schemes involving 411,000 credit cards and over $205 million.

LulzSec hacking suspect Ryan Cleary now faces charges in the USA

LulzSec hacking suspect Ryan Cleary now faces charges in the USA

The sorry saga of Ryan Cleary, now 20 years old and an alleged hacker from the group LulzSec, continues to unfold.

Arrested in the UK, charged, released and then re-arrested, Cleary now faces federal hacking charges in the USA as well.

FBI claims that Tor stymied child abuse investigation

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A recently published Freedom of Information Act (FOI) request has revealed that in at least one case, the US police's hunt for online child pornographers has been hindered by Tor.

NJ mayor and son arrested for hacking site criticising their administration

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New Jersey town mayor was arrested on Thursday for allegedly hacking into a site that criticized his administration and intimidating individuals associated with it. You couldn't make this stuff up...

Hidden camera: FBI seizes - and then returns - anonymizing email server [VIDEO]

Hidden camera: FBI seizes - and then returns - anonymizing email server after bomb threats [VIDEO]

The FBI, investigating bomb threats, seized the server of a group, known as May First/People Link (MF/PL), that offers encrypted data services to people fighting oppressive regimes. Four days later, they returned it. What is going on?

What the FBI didn't tell us about the hotel malware threat

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Do you use the internet in hotels when travelling abroad? Do you think it's safe to do so?

The FBI thinks you should be careful.. but is being surprisingly coy about the details.

US surgeon booted off cruise ship, accused of sending terrorist tweet

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US neurosurgeon and low-carbohydrate diet guru Dr. Jack Kruse found himself unceremoniously plucked off a cruise ship and deposited on the shore after a tweet including his name mentioned a bio-terrorist attack against the ship.

36 websites selling credit card details shut down [VIDEO]

36 websites selling credit card details shut down [VIDEO]

Cybercrime is big business these days, in fact it's an industry. So it's not a surprise to find that criminals are embracing ecommerce. But some will be surprised to discover just how professional and legitimate criminal websites can appear.

Internet doomsday on July 9th? Don't panic!

Internet doomsday on July 9th? Don't panic!

Users may not realise now that their computers are using rogue DNS servers to access the internet... but come July 9th, things might be rather different.

Find out how to check your computer, and how Sophos products can help.

SSCC 86 - online elections, "total internet disconnection", Facebook/privacy and PII for just 3c

SSCC 86 - on-line elections, "total internet disconnection", Facebook/privacy and PII for just 3c

In this week's episode, Paul Ducklin joins Chet to discuss online elections, "total internet disconnection", Facebook's new take on privacy, and PII at just 3c a hit.

As usual, Chet and Duck express strong opinions, with Duck even calling on those who are concerned about the erosion of online privacy "not to go quietly"...

Google subpoenaed by FBI to access a pimp's pattern-locked Samsung smartphone

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The story of the Pimpin Hoes Daily gang founder Dante Dears, his pattern-locked Samsung phone, the feds, google, and subpoenas. Why couldn't the FBI get into the locked phone? Get the popcorn - this is interesting.