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Will the Clean Software Alliance save us from the scourge of unwanted software?


Unwanted software has been an irritant to both computer users and security providers for many years now. The Clean Software Alliance is trying to fix that.

Facebook relents: 'Something Long and Complicated' is NOT a fake name


Facebook's deeply flawed "authentic" names policy once again leads to an unjust account freeze.

Your identity is secured by TWO Caesar ciphers! [Chet Chat Podcast 217]


Listen to the latest episode of our computer security podcast - from cyberd├ętente to cyberknitting...

Google: 30% of wireless calls to 911 emergency services are butt dials


Butt dials can be awkward, but there are serious consequences too. As researchers from Google found recently, up to 30% of wireless calls to 911 in San Francisco are accidental butt dial calls.

Phone thieves facing stiffer sentences if victims lose photos


New guidelines from the UK's sentencing council say that the non-monetary impact on theft victims has to be taken into account.

Google issues Android patches for Stagefright 2 (for some users)


First there was Stagefright, then more Android bugs of the same sort... us Stagefright 2 and another round of patches.

Reddit launches Upvoted - a site where you can't upvote or comment on stories

Reddit launches Upvoted - a site where you can't upvote or comment on stories

What people see on Reddit is driven by users. So is it odd that Upvoted doesn't allow users to comment on stories or vote them up or down?

Peeple goes into hiding to retool the app

Peeple goes into hiding to retool the app

The people-rating app, Peeple, isn't dead yet, but it sounds like it's getting worked over to be "ALL POSITIVITY!!!" after much negative backlash.

Safe Harbor agreement ruled invalid by top EU court


The European Union's highest court has ruled against the Safe Harbor agreement, saying it cannot be relied upon to adequately protect European citizens' data from US surveillance.

Facebook glitch leads to marriage


Opening his flip-phone, Schuler Benson found he was logged into a stranger's account. Fast forward 6 years and set that phone chime to wedding bells!

Virginia Tech ex-student pleads guilty to Yik Yak massacre threat

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Ki Ung "Eddie" Moon said the stress of final exams, smoking too much marijuana and hallucinations made him do it.

Going to IP EXPO this week? Want a free T-shirt?


Going to IP Expo this week at ExCel in London? Stop by our stand, say the phrase that pays and we'll give you a free T-shirt. But hurry, they won't last long!

LinkedIn set to pay $13 million compensation over its email persistence


LinkedIn says it did nothing wrong but admits it could have been clearer about sending reminder emails to prospective connections.

South Korea: Medical data delivers yet another identity crisis

Remember how we TOLD you not to knit your own cryptography?

Well, we're telling you again!

Cryptocurrency startup Gemcoin busted for alleged $32m Ponzi scheme


The US SEC broke up an alleged scheme that promised to mine amber and pay profits in cryptocurrency.

Monday review - the hot 27 stories of the week

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Get yourself up to date with everything we've written in the last seven days - it's weekly roundup time.

15M users breached? Nah, just an "isolated incident." 60 Second Security

Watch this week's 60 Second Security video and catch up on the latest intriguing security stories...

Live from the Virus Bulletin conference 2015 [Chet Chat Podcast 216.5]

Find out what the world's threat protection experts talk about when you cloister them in a Prague hotel for three days!

Patreon crowdfunding site hacked - all it takes is one mistake...

Debugging a test version of your website with real data?

Best to have it on a test network, not the real internet!

T-Mobile customers hit by Experian breach get credit monitoring by Experian

T-Mobile customers hit by Experian breach get credit monitoring by Experian

In a bizarre twist of irony, T-Mobile customers are being offered two years of free credit monitoring from - a service owned and operated by Experian.