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South Korea mandates spyware on teens' phones

South Korea mandates spyware on teens' phones

Parents can't opt out, regardless of any privacy concerns. Let's hope they don't get hit by an mSpy-esque data breach.

Hello, Barack! Let's keep that @POTUS account secure!

Hello, Barack! Let's keep that @POTUS account secure!

Let's make sure that highly valuable account stays all you, all the time, without anyone else getting their mitts on it - at least, until somebody else becomes POTUS!

Please vote for Naked Security in the European Security Blogger Awards!

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We've been nominated, Dear Readers, in two categories in the European Security Blogger Awards.

Anyone can vote...and we'd love you to vote for us: Naked Security for "Best Blog" and the Chet Chat for "Best European Podcast."

Internet.org is accused of being a walled garden for the world's poorest people

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A collection of 65 advocacy organisations from around the world have published an open letter to Mark Zuckerberg about Internet.org, calling it a walled garden for the world's poorest people.

Street performer "Baton Bob" offered $20K settlement over pro-police Facebook post

"Baton Bob" offered $20K settlement over pro-police Facebook post

Baton Bob alleged that police forced him to hand over his login before they posted a positive Facebook post about how they treated him during an arrest.

Uber in hot water again - this time over plaintext passwords in emails

Why Uber's plaintext password emailing doesn't deserve the fuss

Password resets are a necessary evil, but they're best avoided however they are done. And you don't get to use the word "hacked" if you use and reuse weak passwords!

Mobile spyware customer data leaked online in apparent mSpy hack

Mobile spyware customer data leaked online in apparent mSpy hack

The biggest victims of the mSpy 'hack' are likely to be those who were unaware their sensitive data was being logged in the first place.

Former virus writer open-sources his DIY combination lock-picking robot

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Back in 2005, a youngster called Samy Kamkar wrote a JavaScript virus for MySpace.

This time, he's made a DIY lock-picking robot - and you can make one too, if you like.

United Airlines: Hack our site for free miles (just don't mess with onboard systems)

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United Airlines is offering up to 1 million free air miles in a new bug bounty program that rewards hackers who discover security flaws in the airline's websites, apps and databases.

Monday review - the hot 22 stories of the week

Monday review

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

The phone that keeps an eye on your eyes - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

The latest episode of our weekly "security news in one minute" video.

Enjoy...

Syrian Electronic Army attacks the Washington Post again, hijacks mobile site

Syrian Electronic Army attacks the Washington Post again, hijacks mobile site

Part of the mobile website of the Washington Post was compromised briefly on Thursday by the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) hacker group, in an attack that redirected traffic to a site with anti-US and anti-media messages.

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".

Reddit to crack down on online harassment

Reddit to crack down on online bullying

Reddit has vowed to take a more active role in protecting its members from personal attacks and online harassment.

SSCC 198 - "Fusking"? Did I hear that correctly? [PODCAST]

A week of many patches, Lenovo in the news again, an anti-forensic tool with a misleading name, and the rudely-named "sport" of Fusking.

Listen to our latest straight-talking security podcast...

How one US scientist ended up accused of spying for China

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A US scientist working for the National Weather Service was suspected of spying for China, and got swept up in a dragnet amid growing concerns in the US about cyberespionage.

Three women indicted for allegedly stealing identities from people's passports

Three women indicted for allegedly stealing identities from people's passports

The three allegedly cooked up counterfeit documents and got others to borrow money to buy iPhones, iPads and other gadgets.

Fujitsu ships first phone with eyeball-scanning authentication

Fujitsu ships first phone with eyeball-scanning authentication

Fujitsu claims its new phone, the Fujitsu Arrows NX F-04G, is the first ever to use iris scanning to replace passwords or fingerprint readers. Time to ditch passwords?

The VENOM "virtual machine escape" bug - what you need to know

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Here's what you need to know about VENOM, the latest security vulnerability to be given a marketing-friendly name.

If you're using any virtual machines, read this to set your mind at rest...

"Nothing illegal going on here!" says US Army veteran behind Hacker's List

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A US Army veteran and self-described ethical hacker is linked to hire-a-hacker service, Hacker's List, which provides a web platform where hackers can bid on borderline or even illegal jobs.