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Look! A Fraud Fighting Ferret! [Chet Chat Podcast 212]

Chester Wisniewski is back from Down Under to resume our podcast series.

From fraud-fighting ferrets to a convicted "Spam King" - enjoy!

Should the US hit China with sanctions over cyberespionage?

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The Obama administration is developing economic sanctions against China for cyberespionage against US companies. Are sanctions likely to succeed in deterring China? Or will they only invite retaliation that will damage the world economy?

What Ashley Madison got right

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Every cloud has a silver lining. Even for Ashley Madison customers.

OK, it's a tiny silver lining, but the stolen passwords were hashed decently...

PayPal patches potential payment-stealing vulnerability

An XSS hole could apparently have allowed a crook to pop up a realistic PayPal "pay page" and steal the victim's card data.

Paul Ducklin takes a look...

How a crook could have taken over your Facebook pages

A Facebook bug hunter just found a hole through which crooks could take over your personal Facebook pages.

Facebook fixed it PDQ...

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.