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China arrests hackers to appease US on cyberespionage


Ahead of a landmark agreement between the US and China over cyberespionage, Chinese authorities arrested several hackers sought by the US.

California nixes warrantless search of digital data


California police will no longer be able to get their hands on phone or other digital data about users without a warrant.

Lottery chief who "rigged the randomness" is jailed for 10 years

He was supposed to protect the lottery from fraudsters and cheats, but the court was told that he used USB malware to cheat the lottery himself.

The man who owned Google for sixty seconds


It was never about the money, said the man who owned for 1 minute earlier this month.

Nuisance calls and dubious subscriptions pose fraud risk to UK consumers


Bogus offers to block nuisance calls and mail scams separate Brits from millions of pounds per year.

Help wanted: someone to hack cars for Canada defense research arm


If you're a hacker highly skilled at finding exploits in connected cars, here's a job for you - hacking cars for the Canadian military.

Apple excommunicates adblockers that could access users' private data


Apple's blocked apps that installed root certificates that could have allowed them to see all of a users' web traffic.

Lyft: It wasn't our CTO who cracked Uber's database

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Uber's sleuthing didn't reveal the hand of Lyft's CTO in the cookie jar, but an unidentified party at his IP address allegedly eyed the key.

Monday review - the hot 27 stories of the week

Here are the top stories from the past week so you can catch up with what you missed!

"I will not knit my own cryptography!" 60 Second Security

Watch this week's episode of our upbeat 1-minute security news video...

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."