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US government "threatened" Yahoo with daily $250,000 fines over user data

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In the post-Snowden era many web firms came in for criticism over their apparent willingness to bend over for the NSA as the agency went on a massive data grab. Now, however, Yahoo has revealed how much it would have cost the company to disregard government data requests – a cool quarter of a million dollars per day.

Google and Facebook join forces to take down fake tech support scammers

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Web giants Google and Facebook are striking back against tech support scammers who use the companies' ad networks to snag victims.

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...

SEA attempts to hack Facebook and other MarkMonitor domain customers

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The group known as the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) attempted to commandeer the DNS records of Facebook, but were thwarted by DNS provider MarkMonitor. Are the basic protocols up to the task of protecting us in 2014?

Microsoft, Facebook, Google and Yahoo release NSA snooping stats

Microsoft, Facebook, Google and Yahoo release NSA snooping stats

The US government had a change of heart regarding disclosure of NSA surveillance requests. Tech companies including Facebook, Microsoft, Google, and Yahoo have duly let loose the goods - but six months stale with scant details.

SSCC 133 - Prize unicorns, Android malware, 2FA, Attack reports and Vote For Us! [PODCAST]

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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...

Yahoo prompts password reset after mass attack on email service

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Yahoo has revealed that it's resetting passwords for a number of its email users after discovering a coordinated effort to gain access to accounts. We explain how Yahoo Mail users can better protect their accounts immediately.

Snapchat, Yahoo, Mavericks and T-shirts - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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How long does it take a trendy cloud company to apologise? Do you really need HTTPS for webmail? OS X Mavericks - should you stay or should you go? And who won our crossword competition?

60 Second Security - 11 Jan 2014.

Yahoo makes good on its promise to enable HTTPS by default for Yahoo Mail

Yahoo makes good on its promise to enable HTTPS by default for Yahoo Mail

Yahoo, following the lead of Google and Microsoft, has now enabled HTTPS encryption for all Yahoo Mail users by default.

Yahoo (finally!) to make SSL encryption the default for webmail

Yahoo (finally!) to make SSL encryption the default for webmail

In January this year, after a head-scratchingly long time, Yahoo Mail finally rolled out the option of protecting users' privacy with HTTPS. It's now confirmed it'll make it the default setting on 8 January 2014.

Yahoo pays first bug bounty - $12.50 in Company Store credit

Yahoo pays first bug bounty - $12.50 in Company Store credit

$12.50 per vulnerability, only to be spent in the Yahoo Company Store, mind you, is what security researchers got for finding four XSS vulnerabilities. The security outfit, High-Tech Bridge, is understandably a bit miffed.

Copying fingerprints, Firefox trusted, Facebook not, Yahoo recycles - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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How do you copy fingerprints? Which is the most trustworthy browser? Who will use Facebook for payments? How long does an email address live?

Satisfy your curiosity with this week's 60 Second Security!

Monday review - the hot 24 stories of the week

Monday review

Missed anything last week? Catch up with everything we talked about with our weekly roundup.

Facebook realities, OS X patched, Yahoo! CEO security! shocker! - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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How realistic are you about your Facebook posts? Why should you encrypt your hard disks? Why doesn't the Yahoo! CEO use a passcode on her phone?

Watch this week's 60 Second Security and find out!

It's not up to Google to stop child abuse, says expert

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The former head of Britain's online child protection agency says the government's recent moves to protect children online are "nonsensical," that simply searching for a given term doesn't turn somebody into a paedophile.

Yahoo hops on transparency report bandwagon

Yahoo hops on transparency report bandwagon

Yahoo's first Transparency Report shows the US makes the most data requests, predictably as most Yahoo users live there. But which countries are going on fishing expeditions, asking Yahoo for data which doesn't exist or making requests without the proper legal justification?

Yahoo says unleashing people's old accounts will be fine, just fine

Yahoo says unleashing people's old accounts will be fine, just fine

It will be OK, the company says. We're not giving away your content or personal details, and we're sending bouncebacks for a month. Has that convinced critics? Unlikely.

Monday review - the hot 20 stories of the week

Monday review

Missed anything last week? Don't worry, here's a little roundup of everything we wrote.

Yahoo's going to boot us off our deadbeat accounts, but who is going to grab them?

Yahoo's going to boot us off our deadbeat accounts, but who is going to be picking them up?

Get thee to your unused Yahoo account before July 15 if you don't relish the thought of somebody taking control of your handle and doing heaven knows what with whatever email gets sent to it.