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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

Hacker's List

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.

How to sleep tight and not get scammed on Airbnb

How to sleep tight and not get scammed on Airbnb

Airbnb can be a wonderful way for locals and visitors to connect. But like many online services, it's also a playground for scammers. Here are some tips on how to use the service safely.

Warrantless laptop seizure at US borders shouldn't be rubber-stamped, rules judge

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In a rare blow to the border exception rule, the judge disagreed that laptops and phones are just "containers" that can be searched like luggage.

Kids' apps and websites set for scrutiny by ICO and other privacy watchdogs

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The ICO and other global watchdogs are to examine kids' apps and websites to ensure compliance with data protection laws.

Pizza Hut steganography - hostage embeds hidden message in pizza order

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How do you call 911 while doing nothing more suspicious than placing your regular pizza order?

Woman sues employer for firing her after she disabled 24x7 monitoring app

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Having her location monitored was OK while she was clocked in, she said. But she uninstalled it when she found it was spying even when she had quit the app.

Peeing robot spoils the fun as Google temporarily unplugs map-editing tool

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Map Maker's offline until Google sets up moderation that will quash what it says is escalating map vandalism. Happy now, maker of weak-bladdered Android image?

Cane uses facial recognition to steer the blind to friends and family

Cane uses facial recognition to steer the blind to friends and family

Students at Birmingham City University in England have created a cane that recognises familiar faces and vibrates to let its blind owner know that they're near people they know.

Fuskers busted for allegedly stealing photos from Photobucket

Two busted, charged with selling Photofucket photo-stealing services

Two US men allegedly sold an application called "Photofucket" to clients who wanted to plunder Photobucket users' private content.

Russia and China sign cyber security pact, vow not to hack each other

Russia and China promise not to hack each other

Moscow and Beijing will share manpower, technical resources and information to thwart online attacks.

Lenovo uses System Update to patch serious System Update security hole

Responsible disclosure and an exploitable hole closed neatly through the exploitable process itself.

Result! (But make sure you've patched.)

"Creep" shamed on Facebook was actually man taking selfie with Darth Vader

Mum Facebook-shames guy taking selfie with Darth Vader

She mistakenly thought he was a "creep" snapping photos of her kids. By the time the post was shared 20K times, he'd received death threats and is now considering legal options.

Game hacker stripped, shamed and given in-game death sentence

Guild Wars 2 cheater stripped, shamed and given in-game death sentence

Guild Wars 2 user DarkSide, who had spent weeks committing hacking workarounds such as teleporting and dominating player-on-player combat, was forced to leap to his virtual death from a high bridge.

Monday review - the hot 20 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.