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Should companies be held responsible for a customer data breach? [POLL]

How much of the blame should you shoulder if you could have done more to protect your network and your customers?

Have your say in our poll...

Phone feared drowned posts selfies of adventures with firefighters

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Soggy though it was, and passcode-protected it was not, its Facebook posts show it played a mean game of table tennis with its new buddies.

Ashley Madison data breach leads to extortion attempts

"Send me 1.00000001 bitcoins or I'll tell your spouse you were cheating" seems to be how it goes down...

Google customers lose data after lightning strikes

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Four lightning strikes hit the grid powering a data center in Belgium, triggering the data equivalent of coughing, sputtering and fainting.

Alleged sextortionist arrested in Texas - Here's how to protect yourself

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The 26-year-old man was charged with internet stalking, producing child abuse images, and coercing a minor into sexual activity.

Ashley Madison hackers keep on going, post even BIGGER trove of data

Ashley Madison hackers keep on going, post even BIGGER trove of data

The hackers behind the massive breach of user data from AshleyMadison.com posted another dump of data from the cheaters' dating site, even larger than the one earlier this week.

Credit card info for 93,000 Web.com customers nabbed in data breach

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Customers should keep an eye out for bogus charges on their credit/debit cards!

Ashley Madison hackers follow through on threat, dump user database online

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The 9.7 GB dump contains names, emails, addresses, sexual preferences and credit card transactions of 37 million members.

'Loose tweets destroy fleets' - US Air Force warns

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Keeping quiet is crucial to OPSEC: for civilians, it can help keep our digital lives secure. For military, it can save lives.

IRS estimate of stolen tax records balloons to over 300,000

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A wider analysis shows that attackers used the IRS's Get Transcript app - now gone, and good riddance! - to roll around in far more records than first thought.

Google's Android "Admin" security hole - time to patch!

"Google Admin" is an Android security app for Super Adminstrators of the Google for Work tools.

But it had a security hole...

Cracked Uber accounts tumble to 40 cents on the dark web

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Dark web listings say they won't refund/replace if Uber asks for verification: a sign that Uber's experiments with strong verification requirements are paying off.

A virus on a *Mac*? Is NOTHING sacred? [Chet Chat Podcast 211]

The latest episode of our weekly security podcast - a quarter-hour of news with attitude! Enjoy.

Update Tuesday, Firefox's zero-day, more Android bugginess, a firmware virus for your Mac ...and a tax fraudster busted.

Win against ransomware - with free staff Wi-Fi!

If someone is determined to take online risks while they're at work - how much better if they aren't on the business network?

Another Android hole: "OCtoRuTA" - One (Java) Class to Rule Them All

Yet another large-scale vulnerability has been revealed in Android.

This one lets an otherwise innocent-looking app go rogue, and enjoy privileges normally limited to the trusted parts of Android.

Google profits from YouTube RAT infestation, says consumer group

Google profits from YouTube RAT infestation, says consumer group

YouTube has thousands of videos on stealing images and spreading malware, along with examples of stolen streams from "slave" devices.

Firefox zero-day hole used against Windows and Linux to steal passwords

Poisoned ads have been helping to siphon off passwords from Windows and Linux computers in an attack apparently aimed at developers.

Xen fixes another "virtual machine escape" bug

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Last time it was the floppy disk drive that let crooks squeeze out of jail - this time, the virtual CD-ROM is their springboard...

LifeLock's woes continue as FTC claims violation of 2010 settlement

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LifeLock hasn't abided by the 2010 settlement requiring the company to stop making misleading claims that "guaranteed" customers would be protected against identity theft, according to the FTC.