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Obama opts for "good cop" approach with encryption backdoors

Obama opts for 'good cop' approach with encryption backdoors

The Obama administration won't seek legislation to force technology companies to decrypt communications, FBI Director James Comey told Congress in a public hearing on Thursday.

Blackshades webcam voyeur spared jail over stolen webcam images


A hacker who used the BlackShades malware to spy on unsuspecting victims has been given a suspended jail term and ordered to do community service.

Don't fall for phishing and spear-phishing - stay #CyberAware!


If a phisher, or spear-phisher, gets in your face, then YOU become the primary line of defence.

Here's how to fight the good fight...

What you sound like after a data breach


As data leaks and network breaches get larger, more common and more damaging, a humble sorry often seems to be the hardest word. So we've produced this handy guide for companies that have suffered a data breach but didn't lead with "sorry".

Practical IT: How to create a culture of cybersecurity at work

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A "security culture" is one of those intangible things that can deliver an immeasurable benefit to your business. But how can you get those inside your business interested, involved and working with you, not against you?

Facebook's 'Dislike' button unveiled, and it's :-O !


Forget thumbs-down: rather, Facebook's rolled out a set of six 'Reactions' emojis lined up next to the Like button.

Are you (inadvertently) selling your personal data on eBay?


We might well think we're properly erasing data from gadgets before we sell them or dump them, but in fact we're leaving smears of personal data lingering that can lead to identity theft.

The malicious side of online ads - how unpatched servers hurt us all

SophosLabs looked behind a malvertising campaign from September 2015, and found servers that hadn't been patched for two years or more.

Jury finds journalist guilty of aiding Anonymous in media hacking case


Matthew Keys was convicted after an eight-day trial in which the jury heard about how Keys used an internet chat relay forum to recruit hackers into his scheme.

Threatening to post a sex tape on Facebook isn't a crime, US court rules


Threatening to post a sex tape on Facebook doesn't constitute criminality or a "true threat", the Supreme Court of Georgia ruled, given that the defendant didn't express an "intent to commit an act of unlawful violence."

Will the Clean Software Alliance save us from the scourge of unwanted software?


Unwanted software has been an irritant to both computer users and security providers for many years now. The Clean Software Alliance is trying to fix that.

Facebook relents: 'Something Long and Complicated' is NOT a fake name


Facebook's deeply flawed "authentic" names policy once again leads to an unjust account freeze.

Your identity is secured by TWO Caesar ciphers! [Chet Chat Podcast 217]


Listen to the latest episode of our computer security podcast - from cyberd├ętente to cyberknitting...

Google: 30% of wireless calls to 911 emergency services are butt dials


Butt dials can be awkward, but there are serious consequences too. As researchers from Google found recently, up to 30% of wireless calls to 911 in San Francisco are accidental butt dial calls.

Phone thieves facing stiffer sentences if victims lose photos


New guidelines from the UK's sentencing council say that the non-monetary impact on theft victims has to be taken into account.

Google issues Android patches for Stagefright 2 (for some users)


First there was Stagefright, then more Android bugs of the same sort... us Stagefright 2 and another round of patches.

Reddit launches Upvoted - a site where you can't upvote or comment on stories

Reddit launches Upvoted - a site where you can't upvote or comment on stories

What people see on Reddit is driven by users. So is it odd that Upvoted doesn't allow users to comment on stories or vote them up or down?

Peeple goes into hiding to retool the app

Peeple goes into hiding to retool the app

The people-rating app, Peeple, isn't dead yet, but it sounds like it's getting worked over to be "ALL POSITIVITY!!!" after much negative backlash.

Safe Harbor agreement ruled invalid by top EU court


The European Union's highest court has ruled against the Safe Harbor agreement, saying it cannot be relied upon to adequately protect European citizens' data from US surveillance.

Facebook glitch leads to marriage


Opening his flip-phone, Schuler Benson found he was logged into a stranger's account. Fast forward 6 years and set that phone chime to wedding bells!