Twitter goofed, sending out a deluge of password-reset emails on Monday evening that turned out to have been triggered by a system error. Yes, it's a false alarm, but what the heck - any excuse to nag people about password reuse will do!
Hackers gained unauthorised access to crowdfunding site kickstarter.com earlier this week. Compromised details include usernames, email addresses, mailing addresses, phone numbers and password hashes. Kickstarter users should change their passwords immediately.
UK retailer Tesco has been forced to suspend 2,239 user accounts after a list of email addresses, passwords and Clubcard voucher balances was posted online.
Chet and Duck review the week's news in their informed and entertainingly serious style, discussing the prizes on offer at this year's PWN2OWN competition, talking about a new twist in Android malware, and reviewing the latest attack reports from Yahoo and Target...
Starbucks got into and out of privacy trouble in over the past week.
The brouhaha started when a US security researcher publicly reported a rather serious data leakage problem in the Starbucks iOS mobile app...
A British man already in jail for terrorist activity was given another 4 months for refusing to give police the password to a memory stick that they couldn't crack. The convicted terrorist suddenly got his memory back when police said they were launching a new investigation into credit card fraud.
All those complicated passwords just slow you down when all you really want to do is blast the smithereens out of something fast.
Turn bad news into good with "what you can do better" advice from Chet and Duck.
Learn from: an XP zero-day, a spate of Bitcoin "bank robberies," the outcome of a European user security survey, and yet another cryptographic blunder, this time from Drupal.
15 months ago, we reported on a data breach at online entertainment company Blizzard. We were complimentary back then, not least because the company owned up within three days.
Blizzard's follow-up, however, hasn't been quite as swift or impressive...
Guess how many times "123456" was used as a password by users. If you answered "close to 2 million times," you win! Now guess which online dating site service has decided to encrypt customer records using salting and hashing in future.
GitHub, one of the world's biggest online repositories of software source code, is warning users to jolly well shape up when it comes to login security.
Of course, GitHub isn't saying it quite like that (it is being more polite)...but we are!
Which pets make the best/worst passwords?
How many times did Google make the same coding blunder?
Find out this and more in our one-minute wrapup of the week's security lessons!
The founder of the encrypted email service says he himself, along with all Lavabit users, was stranded by the abrupt closure: “I'm in the same boat as them. I used my Lavabit email account for 10 years. It was my only email account”.
It is time to start thinking of our hearts as random number generators that can serve as passwords to secure medical devices that are vulnerable to hacking, US researchers at Rice University have proposed.
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Researchers regularly come up ideas to replace passwords.
Will any of them ever become the new standard for authentication? Are we going to be stuck with passwords forever, or is there a brighter future out there somewhere?
Reality TV mother-of-eight Kate Gosselin sues husband for "hacking" email, phone, revealing private info
Kate Gosselin, who appeared in a reality TV docusoap about her life with her eight children, including sextuplets, is suing her husband for allegedly hacking into her personal email account, her phone and her bank account, as well as stealing a hard drive full of personal files including family photos.
An ongoing catfight has boiled up regarding whether these are features or security fright-fests, particularly given that the nontechnical masses aren't liable to know that they can, for example, tell Google not to store passwords or set up a master password in Firefox.
One in five of us click on spam, 59% of us haven't updated antivirus software this year, 15% of us peek at our partners' emails, 19% of us wander away without logging out (thereby enabling email peeking), and the tip-top favorite passwords for Brits, at least, is their Fluffy/Charlie/Bella/fill-in-the-blank pet's name.
Google Apps brings us these and other hair-raising but unsurprising password facts in a recent survey.
Yet more passwords need changing, as America's prestigious Stanford University joins the long line of recent data breach victims. Although specific details remain scarce, an announcement from the university authorities urges all users, which may include staff and alumni as well as students, to ensure their details are checked and updated ASAP.