Monday review: the hot 24 stories of the week

Here you go. All the stories we wrote in the past seven days, in case you missed anything (or just want to read them again).

General interest

Practical IT: What is your company’s threat response strategy?

Hacking and scams

Beware the Bad Piggies: Fake games hit 82k Chrome users with adware

US investigators will call for ban on Huawei, ZTE over spying concerns

World of Warcraft players massacred in hack attack

Google disappears for Irish internet users – but was it a nameserver hack or admin screwup?

Unmasked! Alleged mastermind of “Project Blitzkrieg” online attack plot against US banks

Nude photos of Justin Bieber a ruse: bellybutton tells the tale! Think before you click

Hackers pwn the sun – Exploit code released for software used to manage solar energy plants

Law and order

Fake Tesco/Asda voucher scammers on Facebook hit with large fines

Malware and exploits

Skype worm spreads, using LOL trick to infect unwary users

Booking bedding inclusions? Beware widely spammed out malware attack

Windows XP is still Microsoft’s biggest security headache, but infections are rising on Windows 7

Malware attack strikes, posing as Skype password change notification

Microsoft: piracy is getting virusy

“Mitt Romney almost president” – Fake CNN alert leads to Blackhole malware attack

New updated Virus Removal Tool from Sophos now available

Mobile devices

Is Google about to start scanning your Android for malware?

OS and software

Adobe fixes 25 critical security holes in its software

Patch Tuesday for October 2012

Firefox browser in upgrade-downgrade confusion with version 16

Privacy and online safety

Civil Rights CAPTCHA asks how you feel about gay people being beaten with sticks

Facebook scans private messages to inflate the “Like” counter on websites

Your phone number may not be as private on Facebook as you think – and how to fix it

New Zealand public-access kiosk SNAFU gives public access to intimate personal information

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