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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.

Interpol announces successful takedown of "Simda" botnet

Interpol just announced a botnet takedown that has neutralised the operation of the "Simda" malware. For now, anyway.

Paul Ducklin takes a look...

Hot Lotto security director suspected of tinkering with computer to win $14.3m

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What's luckier than a four-leaf clover? Maybe a rootkit on a handy thumb drive, with access to security cameras that can be tampered with.

New algorithm could auto-squash trolls

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Researchers have come up with a tool that spots troll behaviour and low readability 80% of the time. That's 20% "oops." Worth it?

TLS certificate blunder revisited - whither China Internet Network Information Center?

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Just under three weeks ago, we wrote about a TLS certificate blunder by a Root Certificate Authority called CNNIC.

We thought we'd revisit that story today to see how the Big Four browser makers responded to the lapse...

Teen charged after using teacher's admin password to access school computer

Florida teen charged with felony after shoulder-surfing teacher's password

He's been charged with trespassing on his school's computer system after snooping away an administrative password and swapping a teacher's desktop wallpaper with an image of two men kissing.

Is DARPA's Memex search engine a Google-killer?

Is DARPA's Memex search engine a Google-killer?

The web is getting deeper and darker, and starting this Friday, Memex will begin to give everyone a chance to lift the veil a little.

Season 5 Game of Thrones episodes leaked online

Season 5 Game of Thrones episodes pirated and leaked online

HBO says that preview copies of Game of Thrones have somehow been breached. They'd already been copied at least 1 million times before Sunday's airing of the new season's first episode.

We TOLD you not to use WPS on your Wi-Fi router! We TOLD you not to knit your own crypto!

Belkin is the latest router vendor to be found relying on "non-secret secrets."

Paul Ducklin looks at the router equivalent of locking the key to the company safe in the top drawer of your desk...

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.

Amazon sues sites that sell fake reviews

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Amazon is suing four websites that sell fake 4 and 5 star reviews for trademark infringement, false advertising and cybersquatting.

Buh-bye Beebone! Law enforcement kills polymorphic virus-spreading botnet

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International law enforcement activity has taken out the botnet used by the Beebone worm - polymorphic malware that threatened thousands of computers worldwide.

Botnet? Polymorphic? Downloader? We explain ...

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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.

The mobile "security gap" - Pinterest and Yammer the latest gappy apps

Pinterest and Yammer are the latest official mobile apps that didn't do HTTPS correctly, leaving users at risk of imposters and phishing.

DEA sued over "suspicionless" mass surveillance of Americans' phone records

DEA sued over secret dragnet of Americans' phone records

Human Rights Watch and EFF are suiing the drug agency, along with the FBI, DOJ and the USA itself, to make sure they torch the bulk surveillance program and purge its mountain of records.

ISPs ordered to hand over names and addresses of illegal file sharers

BitTorrent downloaders to be uncovered - is this the beginning of the end for piracy?

In a landmark case, a Hollywood studio won the rights to unmask alleged pirates of the movie The Dallas Buyers Club.

Linux Australia gets pwned, rooted, RATted and botted

Linux Australia had a bit of a nightmare Easter Weekend.

While the rest of us were loafing at the beach, the Penguinistas from Down Under were owning up to a pretty extensive cyberintrusion.

After School app grows up after child safety criticisms

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Like many apps, 'After School' has decided to grow up and start taking toxic chat and threats of violence seriously. It's a welcome sign of maturation.