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Hackers force closure of Canadian Bitcoin exchange Cavirtex

Broken Bitcoin. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

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.

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

Twitter. Image courtesy of Shutterstock / Twin Design.

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

What do you mean, "Facebook is now text only"? - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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Here's the latest episode of our weekly one-minute security video.

Fun, fast...and educational.

Apple's "two-step" security now protects iMessage and FaceTime, too

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Apple has quietly extended its two-step verification feature to more of its ecosystem.

If you have the "Apple two-step" turned on, then the iMessage and FaceTime services are now protected by it.

TurboTax resumes e-filing following torrent of fraudulent tax returns

TurboTax resumes e-filing following torrent of fraudulent tax returns

TurboTax, a popular tax app, recommenced on Saturday after having taken security measures that include multifactor authentication.

The email that caused a literal meltdown - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

Enjoy the last episode of "60 Second Security" for 2014!

Learn from the week's news in just one minute...

SSCC 178 - Are we there yet? [PODCAST]

Here's the latest episode of our weekly security podcast.

Enjoy...and "Happy Holidays," whether you're away on vacation yourself, or a sysadmin enjoying the time when everyone else is on vacation!

EU to demand 2-factor for online payments by August 2015?

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The European Banking Authority is nearly, if not quite, insisting on two-factor authentication by August 2015.

If companies that do business in Europe have to comply, could this help boost two-factor in the US and elsewhere?

Can we expect a future free from passwords and PINs?

FIDO unveils details of a future free from passwords and PINs

Will passwords and PINs wither and die? Fast IDentity Online, or FIDO, says its new rules for designing authentication systems should make it "simpler and stronger for all".

SSCC 174 - Who says law enforcement isn't tackling cybercrime? [PODCAST]

Here's the latest epsiode of our weekly Chet Chat podcast, for your listening pleasure.

From a carder ring that got busted to a spamming system that ran amuck, let yourself be amused and educated at the same time...

MasterCard promises (slow) death to online payment passwords

MasterCard promises (slow) death to online payment passwords

Credit card giant MasterCard has shared plans to do away with passwords in online payments, with an all-new authentication standard to eventually replace 3D Secure.

SSCC 171 - Are you SURE that "1234" is a bad password? [PODCAST]

Here's the latest Chet Chat podcast for your listening pleasure...

Enjoy.

Twitter invites us to say goodbye to passwords, use Digits instead

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Twitter's new credentials handling scheme is called Digits, and it's hoping that mobile app developers use it to enable their users to sign in with their phone numbers as identifiers, along with one-time passwords SMSed to the phones.

Google goes beyond two-step verification with new USB Security Key

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Google's adding support for a physical USB second factor that will first verify the login site as being a true Google website, not a fake site pretending to be Google, before it hands over a cryptographic signature.

Reminder: iCloud's going to demand app-specific passwords from third-party apps

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Yes, your third-party calendar, mail and contacts apps that don't support Apple's new two-factor authentication system are going to turn 10 toes up on your iThings. You'll need app-specific passwords to get at the cloud data.

Apple adds two-step verification for iCloud, effective immediately

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Apple has listened, and extended its two-step verification system to iCloud.

It's a great start...but does it go far enough?

Tim Cook says Apple *does* care about iCloud Security. But is that enough? [POLL]

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Tim Cook told the WSJ that, yes Apple *does* care about iCloud security, and will take steps to make it more secure.

Really?

Nude celeb selfies doxing prompts 4chan to change policy

Nude celeb selfies doxing prompts 4chan to change policy

4chan says it's now going to comply with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which allows content owners to get illegally shared material removed, after it served as the launchpad for the recent nude celebrity photo theft scandal.