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Using heartbeats as passwords to secure medical devices

Using heartbeats as passwords to secure medical devices

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.

Monday review - the hot 21 stories of the week

Monday review

Catch up with everything we've written in the last seven days - it's weekly roundup time.

Google: Yep, our cars steamrolled your privacy

Google: Yep, our cars steamrolled your privacy

A $7 million fine imposed by 38 US states will settle an investigation into Google's grab of private data - including emails, text messages, browsing histories and passwords - from unsecured wireless networks as its cars patrolled neighborhoods, snapping photos around the world.

Securing a tablet for web browsing in six easy steps

Securing a tablet for web browsing in six easy steps

Taking your tablet online can make you vulnerable to an assortment of internet dangers, including identity theft and hackers. This is especially true if you’re taking advantage of a public hotspot rather than your home network.

Follow these simple steps to ensure safe and secure browsing no matter where you are.

Warbiking in London - insecure WiFi hotspots exposed [VIDEO]

Warbiking in London - insecure WiFi hotspots exposed [VIDEO]

WiFi security around London is leaving a lot to be desired.

Learn more in our video, and how you can protect yourself better.

SWAT team raids wrong home in open WiFi network cock-up [VIDEO]

SWAT team raids wrong home in open WiFi network mix-up [VIDEO]

A heavily-armed police SWAT team broke down the door of a house in Evansville, Indiana, smashed windows and tossed a flashbang stun grenade into a living room.. all because of an unsecured WiFi connection.

Google coder behind Street View data breach named

Google coder behind Street View data breach named

The New York Times claims to have uncovered the identity of the Google software engineer who wrote the code used by Street View cars when they controversially scooped up private Wi-Fi data including emails, text messages, browsing histories and passwords.

64% of people think cloud storage is risky, but 45% still go right ahead and use it

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Sophos polled people at their InfoSec Europe booth last week to find out their views on security in the workplace. Here's what they found.

Google staff knew for years about Street View data breach

Google staff knew for years about Street View data breach

A Google engineer, responsible for data from wireless WiFi networks via Street View cars, told colleagues as long ago as 2007 that the code was collecting private data including emails, text messages, browsing histories and passwords.

Mobile phone carriers oppose law requiring warrants for location data

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The proposed US bill doesn't stop the carriers from handing over location data, but it does require that police get a warrant first. So what is CTIA's problem with it?

Most Wi-Fi routers susceptible to hacking through security feature

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Researchers have published a paper showing how a feature implemented in modern Wi-Fi routers intended to make securing them easier, in fact makes them insecure by default.

Google controversially forces users to opt-out of Wi-Fi snooping

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If you can figure out how to rename your router SSID to include "_nomap," Google is going to skip your wireless access point in its location-gobbling location services. Once again, a company that should be requesting our opt-in has pushed the onus to the user with an opt-out model.

Reports: WPA Wi-Fi encryption cracked

Reports: WPA Wi-Fi encryption cracked

Researchers are claiming that they have found a way to partially crack the encryption used on WPA wireless communications. According to a media reports, Erik Tews and Martin Beck claim that they have found a way to unlock the Temporal Read more…