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Apartment complex threatens residents with $10k fines for negative online reviews

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Ahhhh, Windermere Cay: the premiere, luxury, 100% smoke-free Florida community that's just minutes from Walt Disney World and miles from letting customers write honest reviews.

Armed robber caught after boasting about planned stick-up on Facebook

Helpful robber boasts about planned stick-up on Facebook

A man was caught trying to rob a Tesco grocery store 15 minutes after posting his plan onto Facebook.

US regulator says Anthem "refuses to cooperate" in security audit

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Anthem, the health insurance giant that recently suffered a massive data breach, is "refusing to cooperate" with US regulators attempting to conduct vulnerability scans and configuration tests on its IT systems.

Canada's anti-spam law gets first success with $1.1m fine


Canada's fledgling anti-spam laws have brought their first success, with a $1.1 million fine levied against a Canadian business training firm.

Monday review - the hot 25 stories of the week

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Robocall spotting contest launched by FTC

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The US Federal Trade Commission has launched a pair of competitions to stimulate research into technological approaches to the problem of robocalls.

Mandarin Oriental hotel chain confirms credit card breach


Thieves planted malware on POS systems on some US and European Mandarin Oriental hotels. Guests, restaurant and gift shop customers: check your statements!

Facebook post criticizing employer lands Florida man in Abu Dhabi prison

Facebook post criticizing employer lands Florida man in Abu Dhabi prison

Used to First Amendment protection, he never would have imagined that berating his employer would land him in an Emirati jail. Now, Ryan Pate faces a potential 5 years in jail and a stiff fine.

Twitter troll fired, another suspended after Curt Schilling names and shames them

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Within 1 hour of the online onslaught against his daughter, the former Red Sox pitcher had published tormentors' names and backgrounds. One was suspended, another lost his job, and others were kicked off school athletic teams.

Police may charge data centre in largest ever child abuse images bust

Police may charge data centre in largest-ever child abuse images bust

Police might press charges against the owner of the drives that hold the child abuse image material - most likely, an Ontario data centre that houses the files.

Woman reunited with stolen iPhone thanks to accidental Facebook selfie post

Woman reunited with iPhone thanks to accidental Facebook selfie post

A woman and her iPhone have been happily reunited, thanks to the new owner having accidentally posted a selfie onto her Facebook page that went viral.

Uber subpoenas GitHub in search for hacker of driver database

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A breach of one of its databases in May 2014, in which the names and driver license numbers of 50,000 "driver partners" were stolen, is the latest entry on Uber's growing list privacy and security blunders.

Craig Brittain asks Google to remove links relating to his revenge porn antics

Craig Brittain asks Google to remove links relating to his revenge-porn antics

The guy who ignored women's pleas to take down nude images from his IsAnybodyDown site wants to have his own photos and information expunged from Google.

Old-school landline phones to protect elderly from "it's me" scammers

Old-school landline phones protect Japan's elderly from "it's me" scammers

The new phones glow red when a call comes in from an unregistered number, to battle the "ore ore" ("it's me, it's me") fraudsters who prey on Japanese elderly.

Europol takedown of Ramnit botnet frees 3.2 million PCs from cybercriminals' grasp

Ramnit botnet

In an international operation coordinated with multiple law enforcement and industry partners, Europol led a takedown of the infrastructure of the Ramnit botnet that infected 3.2 million Windows computers.

Say hello to net neutrality - FCC votes to "protect the open internet"

FCC votes in favor of net neutrality in the US

The FCC has voted in favor of net neutrality. Broadband is now a US public utility, free of blocking, throttling or paid prioritization, and also subject to greater government regulation.

Koppie Koppie sells photos of your kids to prove you shouldn't post them online

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Two "privacy advocates" running an online store that sells mugs printed with pictures of children are intentionally stirring up controversy by grabbing photos from Flickr. The duo behind Koppie Koppie say it's perfectly legal, but they hope you get mad about it anyway.

$3m reward offered for alleged Gameover Zeus kingpin

Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev

The US State Department has offered a $3m reward for the arrest or conviction of alleged Gameover Zeus admin Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev.

LinkedIn settles class action suit over 2012 unsalted password leak

LinkedIn settles class action suit over 2012 unsalted password leak

LinkedIn is privately settling the 2012 unsalted password leak. Were you one of the 800,000 affected users? Here's what you need to know.

Alleged US Army hacker Lauri Love wants his computers back

Alleged US Army hacker wants his computers back

A man arrested on suspicion of hacking into the computer systems of the United States Army and other federal agencies is petitioning for the return of his encrypted computers and storage devices.