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Amazon releases low-cholesterol Heartbleed medicine called 's2n'

Remember the Heartbleed bug in OpenSSL?

Here's Amazon's open-source effort to expand our choice of cryptographic sauce...

Amazon uses artificial intelligence to weed out fake reviews

Amazon starts weighting reviews to raise up the fresh/helpful/verified

Given enough time for the new AI system to learn what a helpful review is, fake reviews may sink to the bottom of the reviews ocean.

Millions of fake online reviews are gumming up the joy of buying stuff

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A UK watchdog is investigating online reviews, be they "This changed my LIFE!" bogosity or fake negative reviews used as blackmail.

Amazon sues sites that sell fake reviews

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Amazon is suing four websites that sell fake 4 and 5 star reviews for trademark infringement, false advertising and cybersquatting.

New rules on drones and aerial surveillance issued by FAA, White House

FAA, White House issue rules on drones and aerial surveillance

Proposed FAA rules would prohibit flying drones out of eyesight, at night, or over people, while the president has ordered federal agencies to be transparent about data collection and to respect privacy.

Google, Amazon, Microsoft pay to get ads past Adblock Plus

Google, Amazon, Microsoft pay to get ads past Adblock Plus

Ad-buying big boys Google, Amazon, Microsoft and the content marketing platform Taboola have quietly ponied up the money to keep their ads from being blocked on Adblock Plus, the world's most popular software for blocking online advertising.

Dirt-cheap PS4 Amazon listings in Walmart price-match scam

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Who needs to wait until Black Friday for doorbuster, price-slashing, Insanely! Low!! Prices!!! when you can instead defraud price-matching policies with bogus Amazon listings showing whatever crazy-low price you dream up?

Snapchat, AT&T, Amazon = worst privacy protectors says EFF

Snapchat, AT&T, Amazon = worst privacy protectors says EFF

Snapchat makes its debut on the list with the lowest ranking of all when it comes to who's got our backs. The good news is that many companies have made vast strides in criteria including publishing transparency reports about government data requests and fighting for users' data privacy rights both in the courts and in Congress.

Is Amazon hacking our apps? Or doing us all a security favour?

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A war of words that started out as a fairly stinging criticism of Amazon has mellowed out into praise for the cloud services behemoth.

It seems that Amazon is checking mobile apps for security risks, and heaping advice on developers who have wandered off the straight and narrow...

SEA attempts to hack Facebook and other MarkMonitor domain customers

Facebook Photo Sync: Nine things you should know

The group known as the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) attempted to commandeer the DNS records of Facebook, but were thwarted by DNS provider MarkMonitor. Are the basic protocols up to the task of protecting us in 2014?

Loyaltybuild, Amazon, Facebook and Mavis Batey MBE - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

Why shouldn't you store unencrypted credit card numbers? How can you squeeze a positive result from a password breach? What sort of pressure was on the cryptanalysts at Bletchley Park?

Find out the answers in just one minute!

Monday review - the hot 24 stories of the week

Monday review

In case you missed any recent stories, here's everything we wrote in the last seven days.

Outbreak! Fake Amazon UK emails spammed out, delivering malware

Fake Amazon UK emails spammed out, delivering malware

Although there has been increased talk recently on drive-by-downloads and compromised websites being used to deliver malware, it's worth remembering that email-based malware is far from dead.

50,000,000 usernames and passwords lost as LivingSocial "special offers" site hacked

LivingSocial, the online offers site owned in largish part by Amazon, has just emailed its userbase, said to be 50,000,000-strong, to fess up to a data breach.

Another day, another shed-load of password hashes in the hands of crooks....

Monday review - the hot 13 stories of the week

Monday review - the hot stories of the week

Catch up with everything we've written in the last seven days with this handy weekly roundup

Many Amazon S3 cloud storage users are exposing sensitive company secrets, claims report

Amazon S3 buckets full of holes

A security researcher tested a slew of (probably inappropriately misconfigured) storage buckets and found about one in six were open to the public, exposing content we think companies would probably have preferred remain private.

Lisa Vaas explores what has happened.

Ubuntu pipes search queries to Amazon, worrying privacy experts

Ubuntu pipes search results to Amazon

Revolution OS - or adware? An update to the popular Ubuntu Linux distribution will pass searches through Amazon.com's search engine. Now the Electronic Frontier Foundation calls that move a "major privacy problem."

If you launch a DDoS attack against Amazon, it's unwise to brag about it..

If you launch a DDoS attack against Amazon, it's unwise to brag about it..

Authorities in the United States have charged two men in connection with a DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attack that crippled websites such as Amazon.com in June 2008.

Interview with a Pinterest spammer, earning $1000 a day

Interview with a Pinterest spammer

A spammer, who claims to earn $1000 a day by automatically posting affiliate links onto Pinterest from thousands of bot accounts, has given an interview describing his operation.