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Student jailed for refusing to hand over password to police

Student jailed for refusing to hand over password to police

Christopher Wilson, who has his own business programming artificial intelligence systems, is suspected of hacking into police websites and using a voice-changing device to make hoax telephone calls warning of a cyber attack. When detectives asked Wilson to reveal his computer password to aid in their investigation he refused.

4 password mistakes small companies make and how to avoid them

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When it comes to IT security very small businesses and micro-enterprises are in a tight spot. We've compiled a list of four common password mistakes - if you can avoid them then you'll have put your security on a stronger footing.

Canadian spam, New York taxis and Brazilian passwords - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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Canada goes "opt in", NYC makes a hash, and Brazil forgets its punctuation.

It's 60 Second Security for 28 June 2014!

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.

Which of your favourite websites are terrible at passwords?

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The answer: most of them! In fact, the password policies of 86% of the most popular sites out there don't even qualify as adequate, according to a security roundup done quarterly by password management firm Dashlane.

Breach at eBay, bugs in Chip-and-PIN, busts for Blackshades - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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Will the breach at eBay beat Adobe for size? Is Chip and PIN really as safe as they say? How many countries took action busting malware crooks?

All the answers in 60 Sec Security for 24 May 2014...

SourceForge's turn to reset passwords - this time in a good cause!

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Hot on the heels of eBay's password problems comes a password reset notification from SourceForge.

The good news is that SourceForge's reset is a *proactive* measure, not a reactive one.

eBay becomes the latest online giant to own up to a password breach

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eBay has admitted to a database breach - go change your password, now!

Tokyo airport employee loses printed passcodes ahead of Obama visit

Tokyo airport employee loses handwritten passcodes ahead of Obama visit

An employee of Skymark Airlines at Tokyo's Haneda International Airport mislaid a printout containing key passcodes on Sunday, just days before President Obama's scheduled visit.

Forbes Hack password shootout: Gmail vs Yahoo vs Hotmail vs AOL - whose users are the smartest?

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Which webmail service has the smartest users? And are they getting smarter over time?

Paul Ducklin tries to use the password data from the Forbes hack to find the answers...

Syrian Electronic Army hacks Forbes, spills 1M user records - here's what you need to know

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The SEA made off with more than a million records from the Forbes user database - perhaps including yours! - and published them online.

We already "cracked" a quarter of the Forbes staffer's accounts...Paul Ducklin looks at how well everyone else's password might hold up.

Patching XP, Flappy Bird malware, Tesco passwords leaked - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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Did you really think XP would go patch-free? Is Flappy Bird really dead? Did you really use the same password on more than one site?

60 Sec Security - 15 Feb 2014

The Spampionship, the PWN2OWN unicorn, and how Target was breached - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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Where do you find Extreme Spammers? Can you find the exploit unicorn? And how did Target get breached?

Find out in 60 Sec Security for 08 Feb 2014...

SSCC 132 - More breaches, treacherous gas pumps, poor passwords and Data Privacy Day [PODCAST]

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This week's Chet Chat starts out with credit card breaches, covers the issue of whether you really need good passwords everywhere, and ends with an upbeat and encouraging conclusion...

Listen and learn more!

Leaks in logfiles, malware on Macs and Korean credit compromise - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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Leaky logic leaves logins loose in logfiles; mendacious mails menace Macs with Mavericks malware, and criminal contractor compromises Korean credit company!

60 Sec Security - 25 Jan 2014...

Are our passwords really that bad? And does it really matter?

Are our passwords really that bad? And does it really matter?

It's that time of year again. A new "Worst Password" list has been published for the password-savvy population's enjoyment. As much as we like to chuckle/groan at this list, is there ever a justification for a bad password?

OpenSSL website defacement - it wasn't a HYPERVISOR HACK after all

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OpenSSL, the widely-used open source cryptographic library, had its website defaced.

Early stories may have told you that it was a "hypervisor hack," which sounds like serious trouble, but it wasn't...

Microsoft joins tech giants and FIDO in the fight for simpler, safer authentication

Microsoft joins tech giants and FIDO in the fight for simpler, safer authentication

Microsoft joins Google, PayPal, Lenovo and other tech giants as a member of the FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance, a non-profit group working to design better and more standardised methods of checking identity across the internet.

D-Link patches "Joel's Backdoor" security hole in its SoHo routers

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About six weeks ago we wrote about an amusingly alarming security hole in various D-Link routers.

D-Link has now come out with a firmware fix - don't forget to update if you're on the affected list...

LG TVs grab data, GitHub attacked, vBulletin breached - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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How honest is your TV? Why do crooks like source code hacks? Should you brag when you publish a breach notification?

Find out now in 60 Second Security.