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That's SHUTTING down your PC, not SHOOTING it down! 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

Ever felt like shooting your PC? This guy did it! (And more news in our weekly one-minute security video.)

Wi-Fi security software chokes on network names, opens potential hole for hackers

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The Wi-Fi security software "wpa_supplicant," found in Android amongst many other places, has a potentially hackable security hole...

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.

Nigerian accused of hacking bank computer to steal $340 million

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If this had been a physical heist it would have been well up among the largest ever - a Nigerian man has been charged with hacking into a bank server and siphoning out more than N68 billion (over $340 million).

How to secure your baby monitor

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Two more families say they've had baby monitors turned into nursery-room eavesdropping bugs. Here's how to button up your baby's security, camera, Wi-Fi, router and all.

Cisco releases first transparency report, showing literally nothing to hide

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Networking supergiant Cisco has become the latest big firm to release a transparency report, detailing its approach to dealing with requests for information from governments and police forces.

New 'Clear' app helps you erase your online mistakes

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Sure, we'd love to wipe away those rude/racy/rebellious posts, but how erasable is erasable? Two phrases come to mind: "screen capture" and "digital archive!"

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.

Naked Security wins Best Corporate Blog at RSA

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We've done it again! For the fifth year running, we've won an award at the Security Blogger Awards which takes place at RSA.

SSCC 195.5 - Did Google really say, "No more Android malware?" [PODCAST]

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From "joined up security" to the suggestion that Google proclaimed the end of malware on Android, find out what's happening at RSA 2015!

Man guns down computer after getting fed up with Blue Screen of Death

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A Colorado man administered what we assume to be the highly unusual remedy of lead slugs in an alley behind his homeopathy store.

'Aaron's Law' back in Congress to bring "long overdue" fix of US hacking law

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The proposed overhaul of the infamous Computer Fraud and Abuse Act would focus penalties on malicious computer crime.

Costa Coffee Club warns of possible database intrusion

Coffee chain Costa's just sent out a warning about a possible data breach.

Only 1 in 5000 accounts were affected, but the Coffee Club is offline for now. A bulk password reset will follow...

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

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

Discounts for online reviews? No, says FTC

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The FTC has stopped auto-shipping company AmeriFreight from giving $50 discounts for customers who wrote reviews.

Chinese mobile app used for hiring thugs to beat up people

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Dirty work, done dirt cheap - and via mobile app! Think $32-$80, depending on severity of beating required.

SSCC 195 - Let's talk security (over HTTPS, of course) [PODCAST]

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This week, Chester is at the RSA Conference 2015.

Get a feel for the conference vibe, hear about this year's themes, and, of course, catch up on the latest security news...

D-Link router user? Keep your ears and eyes open for the next firmware fixes!

A critical bug that leaves various D-Link routers wide open has apparently been patched...

...except that the patches need patches.

Watch out!

Police use lost phone to post selfies on woman's Facebook account

Police use lost phone to post selfies on woman's Facebook account

We charge this phone and Facebook account with flagrant lack of passcode and privacy protection!

Moore's law: the wild extrapolation that came true

Moore's law: the wild extrapolation that came true

Once we decided that Moore's was a reliable prophecy, it became a simple, ambitious and self-fulfilling one for an entire industry, for 50 years.