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Smartphone anti-theft "kill switch" law goes into effect in California

Smartphone anti-theft "kill switch" law goes into effect in California

It requires all mobile phones sold in the state to be enabled with the anti-theft technology by default.

Mystery vandals are cutting fiber-optic cables in California - how worried should we be?

Mystery vandals are cutting fiber-optic cables in California - how worried should we be?

Somebody is cutting underground fiber-optic cables in Northern California and the FBI wants to know why. Just how vulnerable is the internet to sabotage?

SSCC 205 - Update early, update often! [PODCAST]

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Join Sophos experts John Shier and Paul Ducklin for the latest episode of our weekly security podcast, the Chet Chat.

News you can use...enjoy!

Facebook Messenger now lets users send money to friends

Facebook Messenger now lets US users send money to friends

Facebook has switched on person-to-person (P2P) payments for users in the US to instantly message money to friends.

Windows 10 Wi-Fi Sense feature shares your Wi-Fi network with your friends

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Wi-Fi Sense, which is enabled by default, would like to share your Wi-Fi network with your Outlook.com, Skype and Facebook contacts.

TV's newest hacker drama "Mr. Robot" is technically sound, morally ambiguous

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"Mr. Robot," USA Network's new hacker drama series, is good entertainment. But is it also a good depiction of hackers, hacking and infosec?

Apple lets rip with update spate: OS X, iOS, Safari, iTunes, QuickTime

Apple just opened the stopcocks and released a Hoover Dam's worth of security-related updates.

Yes, there are numerous new features and products in there too, but it's the security fixes that make a compelling reason to update.

Hundreds of Dark Web sites cloned and "booby trapped"

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Juha Nurmi, founder of the Ahmia search project, first noticed a fake version of his own site before discovering that there are multiple clones of hundreds of other Dark Web sites. The sites could be used for surveillance or for conducting man-in-the-middle attacks and include a clone of the popular DuckDuckGo search engine.

Twin prodigies-turned-hackers face long jail terms after pleading guilty

Twin computer whiz-kids plead guilty to plans to break into State Dept.

The youngest ever to graduate from George Mason University, they put their talents to use at schemes like inflating gift card value and stealing credit card data.

PayPal backpedals on awful robocalling policy

PayPal backpedals on awful robocalling policy

"Sorry for the confusion!" it said, promising to erase the no-opt-out, robocalling/autotexting nightmare seemingly poised to grip the US.

Zeus and SpyEye crime syndicate taken down by Europol

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A European operation coordinated by Europol and Eurojust has dismantled an online crime syndicate thought to have caused €2m of damage with the Zeus and SpyEye banking trojans.

Dodgy app company that mined Dogecoins behind your back receives FTC penalty

The app was called "Prized," but it was the app vendor that took the prizes by co-opting your phone into a cryptocurrency mining botnet.

Drones in restricted area divert planes fighting wildfire

Wildfire grew as drones got in the way of planes with fire retardant

Air drops were aborted as a DC-10 and two smaller planes were forced back from the fire, costing the US Forest Service more than $10,000.

BBC sets up list of news article links 'forgotten' by Google

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Search engines are now complying with right to be forgotten requests, but the new list makes the de-indexed articles easy to find through the BBC itself.

Latest Flash hole already exploited to deliver ransomware - update now!

Are you still using Flash in your browser?

If so, make sure you've got the latest update from Adobe, even though it only came out last week.

Cybersquatters giving some US presidential candidates a bad name

Cybersquatters giving some US presidential candidates a bad name

Cybersquatters have caused some embarrassment for several of the US presidential contenders. But abuse of domain names can be costly for businesses and dangerous for consumers.

Spearphishing gets personal as woman scammed out of £50k house deposit

Spearphishing gets personal as woman scammed out of £50k house deposit

Spearphishing isn't just a threat for businesses. As this case shows, thieves are willing to spend considerable effort prying into the lives and email of ordinary people in the hope of scoring big cash.

Stop Abuse Online site launches to help tackle cyberbullying

Stop Abuse Online site launches to tackle LGBT cyberbullying

The new website, launched by the UK government provides advice and support for women and LGBT online abuse victims.

One man emailed 97,931 people to tell them their passwords had been stolen

One man emailed 97,931 people to tell them their passwords had been stolen

'Atechdad' searched Pastebin for stolen login credentials, and after three days of searching he emailed victims to tell them the bad news.