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Adult FriendFinder hacked, users' intimate details exposed on Dark Web

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Adult FriendFinder, a website billed as a way for people to "find friends, sex, flings and hookups," has had a serious data breach. Now millions of people who thought they were using a discrete service to find casual sex have had their private information exposed online.

IC3 urges social media users to beware: scams and fraud are surging

Scams and fraud are surging on social media, says IC3 annual report

12% of the 269,422 complaints received in 2014 had a social media aspect, be it doxing, clickjacking or pharming. Here's how to stay safe.

"Los Pollos Hermanos" ransomware - what will they think of next?

The latest visual meme in ransomware comes from a cult TV show...about ficticious crooks.

Paul Ducklin walks you through "PolloCrypt," more correctly known as Troj/LPoLock-A...

Ransomware attack led animal porn collector to confess to police

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A UK man has been given a non-custodial sentence this week, after a ransomware infection on his computer led him to report himself to police. The man's computer held several hundred animal porn images, described in court as "extreme" and "revolting".

Surely not the "Virus DESTROYS Computer" story again? 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

Our weekly fun-but-serious one-minute security video.

Malware hype, FTC action and some ancient history (well, the LOVE BUG)... enjoy.

Can the Rombertik malware really "destroy computers"? No, no, three times NO!

We didn't really want to get drawn into this one.

But it's hard to avoid commenting on malware that has variously been described as a "terrifying suicide bomber'" and as having a payload that "destroys computers."

Microsoft Word Intruder - the malware that writes new malware for you

Malware construction kits started in the 1990s as a way of expanding the virus-writing counterculture, but now they are all about money. SophosLabs looks at MWI, the Microsoft Word Intruder...

Accused game hacker flees to Europe, says he can't afford defence

Accused game hacker flees to Europe, says he can't afford defence

The Australian, who's fled to Europe, was 17 when he allegedly took part in the heist of unreleased gaming and Apache helicopter training software.

Memories of the LOVE BUG - 15 years ago today

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It said "ILOVEYOU", and it promised a harmless-looking text file. But it actually contained an email virus that got just about everywhere.

Could something like this ever happen again?

Firewall for dummies - or, what do we mean by a next-generation firewall?

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A next-generation firewall offers more protection than a traditional firewall as it can look inside content, rather than just blocking based on sources and destination.

Woman arrested after hijacking PCs, showing hardcore porn to victims

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Some of the victims were kids. She allegedly posted videos showing her startled victims as she talked to them over their speakers.

Google unveils Password Alert Chrome extension, an early warning system against phishing attacks

Google developers have created Password Alert, an open-source Chrome extension that aims to protect users from phishing attacks.

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

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

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

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...

Notes from SophosLabs: Dyreza, the malware that discriminates against old computers

In another article in our occasional series "Notes from SophosLabs", we look at the (anti-)(anti-)anti-virus arms race.

In an effort to evade automated analysis, here's malware that deliberately avoids old-looking computers.

5 online privacy and security tips for travelers

Going on holiday or traveling for business any time soon?

Here are 5 online privacy and security tips for when you're on the road.

SSCC 194 - Patch early? Patch often? This time, "Patch NOW!" [PODCAST]

Join Sophos experts Chester Wisniewski and Paul Ducklin for the latest episode of our weekly security podcast.

From the very latest Update Tuesday to how we get rid of 10-year-old security holes, here's the security news you can use.

Tampering with US voting machine as easy as 'abcde', says Virginia report

Tampering with US voting machine as easy as 'abcde', says Virginia report

All it would take to compromise it is to sit in the parking lot with a laptop, some free tools, and a dropper full of tech smarts.

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...