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Monday review - the hot 21 stories of the week


It's weekly roundup time!

Here's all the great stuff we've written in the past seven days.

Heartbleed bust, Fingerprint fakery, WhatsApp privacy SNAFU - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]


What happens if you hack your local tax office? Can you trust the Samsung Galaxy S5's fingerprint security? Did WhatsApp finally get security right in its app?

Find out the answers in one entertaining minute of video - it's 60 Second Security!

Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint reader hacked - it's the iPhone 5s all over again!


The Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner can be fooled with wood glue, just like Apple's "Touch ID" sensor in the iPhone 5s.

So why are both Apple and Samsung touting fingerprint scanners as more secure than passwords?

Pentagon OKs Androids, BlackBerrys for soldiers

Pentagon OKs Androids, BlackBerrys for soldiers

The US Department of Defense has approved the use of Samsung phones running "Knox," a hardened version of Android.

Samsung Galaxy security vulnerability unlocks homescreen


If you're nimble enough, you can get past the Galaxy Note 2's lock screen. And PIN. And password. And face unlock.

Samsung Smart TV security hole allows hackers to watch you, change channels or plug in malware

Samsung Smart TV security hole allows attackers to watch you, change channels or plug in malware

Researchers have found a vulnerability in an unspecified model of a Samsung LED 3D TV that they exploited to get root access to the TV and any attached USB drives. The bug, which can be used to gain root access, affects multiple Samsung models and device generations, they say.

Hard-coded password found in Samsung printers, security fix planned

Samsung printers come with hard-coded password

Companies using Samsung and Dell-branded printers are being warned that a hard coded administrative account could allow remote attackers to take control of their device, according to an alert from the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT).

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.

Android permissions glitch allows eavesdropping, data theft


Academic researchers have demonstrated flaws in the Android permissions system that could allow rogue applications to gain access to SMS messages, GPS or even record audio from affected devices.

Apple got the iPad from WHERE?


Apple insists to a Californian court that it "revolutionized the telecommunications industry in 2007 when it introduced the wildly popular iPhone."

Samsung begs to differ.

Aldi supermarkets withdraw infected hard disks

Aldi supermarkets withdraw infected hard disks

Supermarket giant Aldi joins an extensive club of companies which have shipped devices with a pre-installed virus - in Aldi's case, for the second time!

No, Samsung is not shipping laptops with keylogger/spy software...

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After yesterday's concern about laptops being shipped with keylogging software installed, it has now been confirmed that the issue was all due to a false positive.

Is Samsung intentionally shipping laptops with keylogger/spy software?


This story was based on some inaccurate reporting, and has been updated to reflect the updated information. See No Samsung is not shipping laptops with keyloggers for updated information.

Windows Phone 7 update bricks some handsets - Microsoft in security middle ground


Microsoft released a faulty update for their new Windows Phone 7 platform this week, could this have an impact on their ability to deploy security updates?

Virus infected: Samsung digital photo frames

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They're being sold up and down the high street, but if the latest reports are true then it may be the last thing you want to find yourself unwrapping under the Christmas tree on December 25th. According to reports on Read more…