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What's SUPER and helps you to PHISH, sorry, FISH? 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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Here's our weekly news roundup - from Superfish to Super Spectacles.

It's amusing, informative, and only takes a minute - enjoy!

Apple Watch wobbles? Advanced health tracking features dropped for launch

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The rumor mill is shifting into high gear ahead of the expected April 2015 launch of the Apple Watch, and leaked details imply some setbacks - according to recent reports, Apple has dropped groundbreaking health-tracking features.

Co-creator of Blackshades malware used to spy on Miss Teen USA pleads guilty

Blackshades malware co-creator pleads guilty, facing 10 years in jail

Alex Yücel has pleaded guilty to his involvement with the $40 program designed to secretly remotely control victims' computers.

How to get rid of the Lenovo "Superfish" adware

Here's how to get rid of the "Superfish" adware that was pre-installed on some Lenovo notebooks.

Lenovo "Superfish" controversy - what you need to know

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Controversy of the week is "Superfish," an adware program pre-installed on Lenovo computers that has some worrying security problems.

Here's what you need to know, in plain English...

The Dark Web: anarchy, law, freedom and anonymity

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Any notion that the Dark Web will be allowed to flourish as a vast, lawless space without a serious challenge is fantasy. The question is, what balance of surveillance and darkness are we prepared to tolerate on the web?

Ruin privacy-invading photos with reflective glass nanosphere clothing

Reflective nanosphere clothing ruins paparazzi's photos

Wearing clothes that turn you invisible is one way to fend off unwanted photographs, but your identity's still up for grabs in the light of day.

Revenge-porn king Hunter Moore pleads guilty to identity theft, hacking

Revenge-porn king Hunter Moore pleads guilty to identity theft, hacking

Congratulations to the hundreds of victims and to Charlotte Laws: the extremely tenacious mother of one victim who wouldn't back down.

Hackers force closure of Canadian Bitcoin exchange Cavirtex

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Canada's largest Bitcoin exchange - Cavirtex - has announced its closure, saying the latest in a string of hacking attacks may have left hashed passwords and 2FA "secrets" compromised.

Forget Google Glass, here's Sony's (not quite as catchy)‏ SmartEyeglass

Those aren't augmented reality spectacles.

THESE are augmented reality spectacles!

But what about the privacy and security side?

FreeBSD and the YARNBUG - more trouble at the Random Number Mill

How do you test your random number generator?

How do you determine, in an ordered way, that a sequence of numbers is entirely disordered?

With difficulty!

Breakthrough in facial recognition: the 'Deep Dense Face Detector'

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A breakthrough in facial recognition technology means that computers will soon be able to spot faces even if they're tilted or partially blocked: a boon to cloud storage providers, social networks, surveillance and advertisers alike.

Twitter's new tool should stop password sharing and help fend off hijackings

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The new tool, TweetDeck Teams, lets users share Twitter accounts without having to share passwords.

RBS and NatWest banks to use Apple's Touch ID fingerprint system for mobile login

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The Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest have launched a new mobile banking service that allows Apple customers to authenticate via Apple's Touch ID.

Visa asks to track your smartphone to help sniff out credit card fraud

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Visa will begin asking card holders to opt in to a new service in April 2015 that could help reduce credit card fraud - if consumers allow their smartphones to be tracked whenever they make a purchase.

Windows 10 will work with FIDO specs for password-free access, says Microsoft

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Microsoft has announced that its forthcoming revamp of Windows will be compliant with FIDO's current specifications for advanced authentication. Or has it?

SSCC 186 - Just how firm is your firmware? [PODCAST]

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Here's the latest episode of our weekly security podcast - from firmware and Firefox to Project Zero and Lightning conductors.

Chet and Duck are in fine fettle as usual...enjoy!

Onion.city - a search engine bringing the Dark Web into the light

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Last week, user Virgil Griffith went onto the Tor-talk mailing list and announced Onion City, a Dark Web search engine that allows regular web users to delve into the Dark Web.

Yelp sues Revleap for claiming it sells good reviews, buries the bad ones

Yelp sues Revleap for claiming it sells good reviews, buries the bad ones

Revleap promises to sell improved ratings to businesses, but Yelp claims that it does nothing but lie and spam both Yelp's customers and Revleap clients' customers, dangling gift cards in exchange for writing positive reviews.

Get ready for the internet-enabled, speech recognising, joke-telling Barbie

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An internet-enabled toy that talks to your kids: what could possibly go wrong?!