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Germany considers replacing email with typewriters to evade spying

Germany to replace email with typewriters to duck US spying?

The country's pondering manual typewriters, however, unlike Russia's reported embrace of electric typewriters last year. Russia should be well aware that you can plug a keylogger into those e-typewriters, given that it pulled that stunt on IBM Selectrics back in the 70s!

World Cup security well executed if you don't count the Wi-Fi

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The company providing security for one of the World Cup venues in Brazil accidentally posted a photo containing the secret Wi-Fi password. Does it really matter? Was it even a secret to begin with?

German court lets Facebook fan page owners off the privacy hook

German court lets Facebook fan page owners off the privacy hook

A German administrative court ruled that the way Facebook processes personal data of people visiting fan pages is not the responsibility of German companies. The ruling may let fan page owners off the hook, but it leaves wider issues around privacy issues up in the air, such as the basic question of whether Facebook itself is or is not violating privacy with its data collection practices.

Angela Merkel calls for stricter EU-wide data protection rules

Angela Merkel calls for stricter EU data protection rules

The German Chancellor has called for tougher data protection rules within the European Union, as well as a far greater level of transparency from the larger internet companies like Facebook and Google.

German ministry replaced brand new PCs infected with Conficker worm, rather than disinfect them

German ministry replaced brand new PCs infected with Conficker worm, rather than disinfect them

After computers in Germany became infected with the notorious Conficker worm, 170 of them were disposed of and replaced with new equipment at the taxpayers' expense.

Wouldn't it have been easier (and cheaper) to have wiped the drives and restored from a backup?

Ransomware scares victims with child sex abuse images

Ransomware scares victims with child sex abuse images

A ransomware attack takes a sinister twist - displaying images of the purported sexual abuse of children in an attempt to scare computer users into paying up.

China blamed for EADS and ThyssenKrupp hack attacks

China blamed for EADS and ThyssenKrupp hack attacks

EADS, maker of the Eurofighter, says that Chinese hackers attacked its computer network last year.

Is your company prepared reducing the likelihood of a successful targeted attack?

German Government tells all users of Internet Explorer.. to stop NOW

German Government tells all users of Internet Explorer.. to stop NOW

The German government is clearly taking the latest critical security problem in Internet Explorer seriously, publicly urging all users to stop browsing the web with the Microsoft product until a patch is available.

Facebook given one week to stop breaching privacy laws

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Facebook has until September 4th to stop giving user info to third parties without explicit consent. Meanwhile, one observer says privacy trickery is built right into the App Center's design.

Malware attack targets German internet users

Malware attack targets German internet users

A malware campaign has been sent out, seemingly just to email addresses ending in ".de", claiming that photos of the recipient can be found in the attached file.

Paybacks are hell: Parental spying prompts infiltration of German police system

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A policeman in Germany decided to install spyware on his daughter's computer only to have a friend of hers hack his computer in retribution. The result? The compromise of the German federal surveillance system known as Patras.

Adidas tripped up by cyber attack and takes down sites

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The popular sportswear manufacturer Adidas has suffered a "sophisticated, criminal cyber attack" made against a number of its sites.

German 'Government' R2D2 Trojan FAQ

German Government R2D2 Trojan FAQ

Was the R2D2 Trojan used by German law enforcement agencies to spy on citizens?

Read our FAQ, and learn more about this unfolding case.

'Government' backdoor R2D2 Trojan discovered by Chaos Computer Club

'Government' backdoor R2D2 Trojan discovered by Chaos Computer Club

A Trojan horse allegedly created by the German government to spy on citizens' online activity and Skype conversations has been discovered.

Sit back, eat your popcorn, and get ready for the political storm if this proves to be true.

World Cup DDoS blackmailer sentenced to jail

World Cup DDoS blackmailer sentenced to jail

A man who extorted money out of online gambling websites in the run-up to the 2010 Football World Cup in South Africa has been sent to jail.

Germans take aim at Facebook over privacy

Germans take aim at Facebook over privacy

If you thought the heat has been turned down on Facebook regarding privacy after all the trouble earlier this year, think again. BBC News is reporting that German officials are taking legal action against the social networking site. Johannes Caspar, Read more…

Sophos charters Boeing 737 to rescue staff stranded by volcano fall-out

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Many of you have been following the ongoing saga of the attempts by almost 600 Sophos staff to get home from a conference that we were holding in Berlin. Many of our sales and marketing staff have been stranded in Read more…

Hundreds of Sophos employees stranded in Berlin by volcano fall-out

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I'm writing to you from the bar of the Maritim Hotel in Berlin, where hundreds of Sophos staff are currently stranded because of the eruption of an Icelandic volcano. Airflights across North Europe are suspended because of the volcanic ash, Read more…

Facebook privacy unrest rumbles on

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Hot on the heels of a Sophos poll revealing that 95% of you disapprove of Facebook's proposed changes to its privacy policy, there appear to be signs of growing public grumpiness about Facebook's plans. German Consumer Protection Minister Ilse Aigner Read more…

Critical Firefox security hole fixed - have you updated?

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Mozilla has responded to concern about a critical security vulnerability in Firefox 3.6, by releasing version 3.6.2 of its popular browser ahead of schedule. Firefox 3.6.2 fixes a vulnerability first discovered by security researcher Evgeny Legerov last month, which could Read more…