Articles by Lee Munson

About Lee Munson

Lee Munson is the founder of Security FAQs, a social media manager with BH Consulting and a blogger with a huge passion for information security.

Apple, Google and others urge Obama to say no to backdoors

Tech firms and cryptographers lobby the Obama administration, urging resistance to the implementation of backdoors in popular software.

Mobile spyware customer data leaked online in apparent mSpy hack

Mobile spyware customer data leaked online in apparent mSpy hack

The biggest victims of the mSpy 'hack' are likely to be those who were unaware their sensitive data was being logged in the first place.

Reddit to crack down on online harassment

Reddit to crack down on online bullying

Reddit has vowed to take a more active role in protecting its members from personal attacks and online harassment.

Kids' apps and websites set for scrutiny by ICO and other privacy watchdogs

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The ICO and other global watchdogs are to examine kids' apps and websites to ensure compliance with data protection laws.

Russia and China sign cyber security pact, vow not to hack each other

Russia and China promise not to hack each other

Moscow and Beijing will share manpower, technical resources and information to thwart online attacks.

Grooveshark is back already. Or is it?

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A new version of Grooveshark has appeared online days after the original folded due to the threat of legal action and a huge damages claim.

Facebook opens up Internet.org but there's no support for HTTPS

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Facebook has opened the internet up to users in India and other countries but says it won't immediately allow HTTPS.

Facebook says sorry after bug hid posts, blocked links and led to security warnings

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Some Facebook users suspected censorship as a bug hid posts and blocked new links.

Google unveils Password Alert Chrome extension, an early warning system against phishing attacks

Google developers have created Password Alert, an open-source Chrome extension that aims to protect users from phishing attacks.

Facebook login system blocked by Great Firewall of China causing DDoS panic

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China's Great Firewall has been intercepting the Javascript module from Facebook Login, redirecting users to an unexpected pair of websites.

White House hackers read emails from President Obama, Russia blamed

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In addition to acquiring the president's itinerary, hackers also managed to access some of his email correspondence when they penetrated a White House unclassified system in October, according to a news outlet.

FTC sanctions phone location tracking company for not allowing customer opt-out

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Nomi has been ordered to tidy up its business practices as part of a settlement with the FTC over its tracking of retail customers' smartphones.

AdBlock Plus is legal, rules German court

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Two German publishers have lost a court case that sought to brand popular ad blocker AdBlock Plus as illegal and anti-competitive.

Twitter's new anti-abuse filter hides harassing tweets from your mentions

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Twitter has introduced a new feature that could block abusive and threatening tweets before they are even seen by victims.

Security researcher barred from United Airlines flight after hack tweet

Security researcher barred from United Airlines flight after hack tweet

The fallout from Chris Roberts' airplane hack tweet continued when United Airlines stopped him boarding his flight to San Francisco and the RSA Conference.

WikiLeaks publishes massive searchable archive of hacked Sony documents

WikiLeaks publishes massive searchable archive of hacked Sony documents

Julian Assange of the whistle-blowing site, WikiLeaks, says that Sony Pictures' data should be publicly available due to its links with "geo-political conflict".

Toxin-buying teen finds police waiting for him on the dark web

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A 16-year-old boy who attempted to buy a deadly toxin from the deep web to "commit suicide" was charged after finding police waiting for him on the deep web.

The NSA wants a multi-part encryption key for 'front door' access to your data

The NSA wants a multi-part encryption key for 'front door' access to your data

As tech firms, privacy groups and citizens continue to balk at government surveillance, the NSA has come up with an interesting proposal for a multi-part encryption key.

Tracking report was wrong, says Facebook ...but there is a bug that needs fixing

Belgian tracking report was wrong, says Facebook

Facebook has responded to privacy claims made by Belgian researchers but admitted that a "bug" may have caused inadvertent tracking of some users.