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"Your location has been shared 5398 times" - Do we need a privacy assistant on our smartphones?

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A new study found that users change their privacy settings when they receive messages telling them how much of their data is being accessed by mobile apps. Do we need a privacy assistant on our smartphones?

April Fools! The day's weirdest spams revealed...

Today, we just couldn't resist sifting through our Spam Stash.

Here's some comment spam from Naked Security that we thought would amuse you...

Facebook hits back at report claiming it tracks pretty much everyone

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A new report claims Facebook is tracking logged out users, non-account holders and EU users who have explicitly opted out of being tracked.

SSCC 192 - What's that passport number DOING IN AN EMAIL? [PODCAST]

Join Sophos experts Chester Wisniewski and Paul Ducklin as they dissect the latest news in our weekly computer security podcast.

From the G20 leaders' "passport leak" to World Backup Day, we turn news into useful advice!

Twitter’s new Periscope app takes a user privacy hit

Twitter’s new Periscope app takes a user privacy hit

If a user forgets to turn off the Twitter button before broadcasting a private video stream, the title gets shared with all the user's followers.

Feds subpoena Reddit for personal info of dark web forum members

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The subpoena demands information on five users of the Darknet Markets subreddit, all of whom discussed the recent fall of Evolution, a mega-mart for drugs.

Federal agents charged over alleged Silk Road Bitcoin theft

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Two federal agents have been charged with stealing digital currency during the FBI's take-down of the Silk Road marketplace.

G20 delegates' personal data breached in autofill email glitch

G20 delegates' personal data breached in autofill email glitch

The Australian immigration department sent an email to the wrong person, and so passport and visa details for the world's head honchos got disclosed - a mistake the department decided didn't warrant disclosure.

Man escapes from jail after sending fake bail email

Inmate escapes from jail after sending fake bail email

An imprisoned fraudster cooked up a bogus set of bail instructions and emailed it to prison officials who then let him walk out. He granted himself a 3-day furlough, then turned himself back in.

World Backup Day - is your data safe enough?

World Backup Day - is your data safe enough?

Ransomware has made us all aware of the value of backups - but there are many other reasons to have a copy of your vital data in reserve!

DARPA's plan to make software security "the domain of machines"

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Bugs like Heartbleed and Shellshock can sit unobserved in critically important software for years. The answer, according to DARPA, is intelligent software that fixes buggy programs while we sleep.

Is it time to welcome our new robot guardians?

NSA faces security scare, this time physical: 1 killed, 2 injured in HQ incident

Security breaches at the US National Security Agency typically get a lot of publicity.

This one is no exception, but it's not a network intrusion or a data leak...

Slack gets hacked - rolls out two-factor authentication after user database breach

Slack is the latest start-up to make a big media splash in one of the worst possible ways - by acknowledging a data breach that exposed its users to malicious hackers.

Stolen Uber login credentials for sale on the dark web

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At least two sellers on the dark net appear to be selling Uber customer logins for as little as $1, with one offering a discount for bulk purchases.

Hotel Wi-Fi router security hole: will this be the Ultimate Pwnie Award Winning Bug for 2015?

If you were a cracker, and you could write your own specifications for a remote unauthenticated read/write hole...

...this is probably what you'd ask for.

Safari users win right to sue Google over secret cookies

UK Safari users win right to sue Google over secretly leaving cookies

The landmark case could determine if Google can be held accountable in the UK. Safari users have formed a group to seek damages.

Monday review - the hot 26 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.

"Probably tired and shagged out after a long squawk" - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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Leave Facebook if you value your privacy, says EU

EU says leave Facebook if you value your privacy

A lawyer for the European Commission told an EU judge he should leave Facebook if he wants to stop the US snooping on him.

PayPal in trouble over Weapons of Mass Destruction (sort of)

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PayPal just agreed to pay up $7.6M to the US Treasury for allegedly failing to block transactions that fell foul of sanctions laws.