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Apple Pay - just how safe is it going to be?‏

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Apple Live 2014 saw the announcement of the Apple Watch, a free U2 album for all iTunes users, and the iPhone 6/6 Plus.

But perhaps of most interest to security watchers was "Apple Pay", Cupertino's guns-blazing answer to Google Wallet...

Contactless payments - researcher intercepts card data from a metre away

Researcher intercepts contactless payment data from a metre away

A University of Surrey researcher created a cheap receiver from off-the-shelf electronics and was able to eavesdrop on contactless card payments at distances of 20-90 centimetres - collecting credit card numbers, expiry dates, and cardholder names. This despite the fact that one of the main security features of contactless cards is a requirement not to transfer payment data in excess of 10cm from a reader.

Monday review: the hot 26 stories of the week

Monday review: the hot 26 stories of the week

Here's a list of all the stories we've written in the last week, in case you missed any (or if you just want to read them again).

Android NFC hack lets subway riders evade fares

Android NFC hack lets subway riders evade fares

Disposable or limited-use contactless fare cards used in New Jersey and San Francisco have insecure implementations of the Mifare Ultralight chip that can be reset to get free rides, security researchers have shown.

Will iPhone 5 have a fingerprint scanner? And will anybody use it?

Will iPhone 5 Boast A Fingerprint Scanner? And will anybody use it?

The internet is abuzz with whispers that Apple's iPhone 5, rumoured to be launched this week, will come with a fingerprint scanner to secure the device. If true, this could be a big step forward in iPhone's quest to become a digital wallet, but will convenience-crazy iPhone users embrace biometrics?

SSCC 96 - NFC hacking, audio steganography, IPv6 security and automated malware analysis

Sophos Security Chet Chat

Peter Szabo, a senior threat researcher with SophosLabs, joins Chet this week to to share what they learned at this year's Black Hat and DEF CON conferences. They discuss NFC, a file disinfection framework, steganography and the dangers of IPv6 and DNSSEC.

Black Hat - Don't stand so close to me: An analysis of the NFC attack surface

Black Hat - Don't stand so close to me: An analysis of the NFC attack surface

In a talk at the Black Hat security conference last week, Charlie Miller unveiled his research into NFC vulnerabilities.

Contactless payment cards raise security concern - but is there a much older problem?

Contactless payment cards raise security concern - but is there a much older problem?

A TV news report raises concern about the NFC-enabled contactless cards being used by Barclays banking customers. Professor Alan Woodward explores what he believes to be the real issue.

CanSecWest Day 2 - Smartphones, mobile security, iOS 5 and NFC

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Day 2 at CanSecWest was dominated by mobile security talks. The highlights included anti-rooting technologies used in Android, iOS and a look at NFC enabled mobile phone security.

Google Wallet PINs easily stolen from rooted devices

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A researcher at zvelo has discovered that he can recover the PIN used to make payments with Google Wallet in just seconds on a rooted Android device.

Google Wallet - why you shouldn't throw away your wallet just yet

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Google Wallet has been revealed to the world.

Should you be throwing away your physical wallet or are there good reasons for keeping it?