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Notes from SophosLabs: Poisoning Google search results and getting away with it

SophosLabs researchers recently uncovered a hack being used by unscrupulous web marketers to trick Google's page ranking system.

Search engines can have their moments of gullibility, too!

NSA's XKeyscore collects router data, Skype conversations, webcam images

XKeyscore collects router data, Skype conversations, webcam images

Newly revealed documents from the Edward Snowden trove show that XKeyscore is much more than a Google-like search engine for the world's private communications data.

Faceglória: like Facebook but without all that 'sin'

Faceglória: like Facebook but without all that sin

Don't click "Like" - click "Amen!" The Brazilian evangelical take on social media swaps in Gospel music and billowing white clouds.

Hillary Clinton: China hacks 'everything that doesn't move' in the US

Hillary Clinton: China hacks 'everything that doesn't move' in the US

In the wake of the OPM breach, Hillary Clinton attempts to show presidential credentials by going on the offensive against Chinese hackers.

Amazon releases low-cholesterol Heartbleed medicine called 's2n'

Remember the Heartbleed bug in OpenSSL?

Here's Amazon's open-source effort to expand our choice of cryptographic sauce...

Monday review - the hot 25 stories of the week

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Get yourself up to date with everything we've written in the last seven days - it's weekly roundup time.

"Something stolen, something new" - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

Here's the latest episode of our weekly 1-minute security video.

Fun with a serious side...enjoy!

Trump Hotel chain investigates potential payment card breach

Trump Hotel Properties investigates breach claims

Credit card hackers are said to have targeted a number of hotels, possibly as far back as February 2015.

Shop in the Sophos Store - and say thanks to your very own IT rock star!

In the past month, we've published a number of videos and pictures that just happen to show people wearing some very cool T-shirts.

We keep getting asked, "Where do I get one?" Here's how!

MasterCard to trial pay-by-face for online purchasing

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Stare at the phone and blink to prove you're alive, the company's security researchers decided. But didn't other researchers already foil that one...?

Smartphone anti-theft "kill switch" law goes into effect in California

Smartphone anti-theft "kill switch" law goes into effect in California

It requires all mobile phones sold in the state to be enabled with the anti-theft technology by default.

Mystery vandals are cutting fiber-optic cables in California - how worried should we be?

Mystery vandals are cutting fiber-optic cables in California - how worried should we be?

Somebody is cutting underground fiber-optic cables in Northern California and the FBI wants to know why. Just how vulnerable is the internet to sabotage?

SSCC 205 - Update early, update often! [PODCAST]

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Join Sophos experts John Shier and Paul Ducklin for the latest episode of our weekly security podcast, the Chet Chat.

News you can use...enjoy!

Facebook Messenger now lets users send money to friends

Facebook Messenger now lets US users send money to friends

Facebook has switched on person-to-person (P2P) payments for users in the US to instantly message money to friends.

Windows 10 Wi-Fi Sense feature shares your Wi-Fi network with your friends

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Wi-Fi Sense, which is enabled by default, would like to share your Wi-Fi network with your Outlook.com, Skype and Facebook contacts.

TV's newest hacker drama "Mr. Robot" is technically sound, morally ambiguous

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"Mr. Robot," USA Network's new hacker drama series, is good entertainment. But is it also a good depiction of hackers, hacking and infosec?

Apple lets rip with update spate: OS X, iOS, Safari, iTunes, QuickTime

Apple just opened the stopcocks and released a Hoover Dam's worth of security-related updates.

Yes, there are numerous new features and products in there too, but it's the security fixes that make a compelling reason to update.

Hundreds of Dark Web sites cloned and "booby trapped"

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Juha Nurmi, founder of the Ahmia search project, first noticed a fake version of his own site before discovering that there are multiple clones of hundreds of other Dark Web sites. The sites could be used for surveillance or for conducting man-in-the-middle attacks and include a clone of the popular DuckDuckGo search engine.

Twin prodigies-turned-hackers face long jail terms after pleading guilty

Twin computer whiz-kids plead guilty to plans to break into State Dept.

The youngest ever to graduate from George Mason University, they put their talents to use at schemes like inflating gift card value and stealing credit card data.