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Discounts for online reviews? No, says FTC

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The FTC has stopped auto-shipping company AmeriFreight from giving $50 discounts for customers who wrote reviews.

Chinese mobile app used for hiring thugs to beat up people

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Dirty work, done dirt cheap - and via mobile app! Think $32-$80, depending on severity of beating required.

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

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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...

D-Link router user? Keep your ears and eyes open for the next firmware fixes!

A critical bug that leaves various D-Link routers wide open has apparently been patched...

...except that the patches need patches.

Watch out!

Police use lost phone to post selfies on woman's Facebook account

Police use lost phone to post selfies on woman's Facebook account

We charge this phone and Facebook account with flagrant lack of passcode and privacy protection!

Moore's law: the wild extrapolation that came true

Moore's law: the wild extrapolation that came true

Once we decided that Moore's was a reliable prophecy, it became a simple, ambitious and self-fulfilling one for an entire industry, for 50 years.

Google Wallet balances just got a little bit safer

Google Wallet balances now insured by FDIC

Funds stored as Google Wallet balances are now protected by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the company reportedly said.

Samsung biometric payment services set to go live in South Korea, then the world

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The biometric revolution moved one step closer this week, as Samsung IT services subsidiary Samsung SDS confirmed plans to launch a "simple" mobile payment system using biometric authentication in the very near future.

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.

Security researcher barred from United Airlines flight after hack tweet

Security researcher barred from United Airlines flight after hack tweet

The fallout from Chris Roberts' airplane hack tweet continued when United Airlines stopped him boarding his flight to San Francisco and the RSA Conference.

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.

Auto shop's controversial anti-gay Facebook post sparks cyber backlash

US auto shop that welcomes guns but not gays gets beat up on Yelp

The owner's pro-gun, anti-gay Facebook post went viral, fomented a Yelp unicorn makeover, and sparked a peaceful protest and alleged threats.

Woman sues Google after in-app purchases drain her bank account

Woman sues Google after Play Store drains her bank account

She's alleging that Google Play's inadequate security let crooks siphon thousands of dollars in charges from her account.

Monday review - the hot 27 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.

US government whistleblowers left vulnerable to eavesdropping

US government whistleblowers left vulnerable to eavesdropping

In response to the HTTPS-Only Standard proposal, the ACLU name 29 branches of the Federal government that don't secure whistleblowers' data.

If the "Deep Web" becomes searchable, is it still deep? 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

Watch the latest episode of our only-takes-a-minute security roundup video!

This week: From old crypto bugs to the latest Windows security holes...

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.

Google fixes potential revenue-stealing "comment cloning" YouTube bug

Two Egyptian security researchers figured out how to clone other people's YouTube comments.

You could "borrow" approvals and positive reviews so that they appeared to promote your videos, too.

WikiLeaks publishes massive searchable archive of hacked Sony documents

WikiLeaks publishes massive searchable archive of hacked Sony documents

Julian Assange of the whistle-blowing site, WikiLeaks, says that Sony Pictures' data should be publicly available due to its links with "geo-political conflict".

Could a hacker *really* bring down a plane from a mobile phone in seat 12C?

A recent document about Air Traffic Control from the US Government Accountability Office has caused quite a stir.

Could a passenger get the plane to do a barrel roll without even turning off the in-flight movie?