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Ransomware - should you pay?

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The big question, usually left unanswered in technical discussions of ransomware, is, "Should you pay?"

We help you make up your mind.

Three charged over largest email hack "in the history of the internet"

Three charged over largest email hack "in the history of the internet"

Two Vietnamese citizens and a Canadian have been indicted over a series of breaches that netted more than $2 million, and over a billion email addresses.

It's Safer Internet Day - and we'd love you to join in!

Today is #SID2015, the 12th Safer Internet Day.

We'd love you to join in - here's why, and how!

More iCloud phishing: don't get sucked in

It's easy to justify checking out spams and scams, on the "better safe than sorry" principle.

Don't do it!

You just end up one click closer to catastrophe.

"Exploit This": Evaluating the exploit skills of malware groups

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SophosLabs researcher Gabor Szappanos compares APT actors and cybercrooks.

A comparative review of malware writers!

A fascinating study, well worth a read...

Cops arrest another man after Christmas PlayStation/Xbox DDoS

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Police have arrested a second man in connection with the Lizard Squad's Grinch-like Christmas attack on gamers.

MIT sites defaced in lead-up to anniversary of Aaron Swartz's death

MIT sites defaced in lead-up to anniversary of Aaron Swartz's death

The anniversary of the death of Aaron Swartz has been commemorated with an attack on the institution from which he siphoned documents.

Have the cops busted one of the Lizard Squad?

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The "Lizard Squad" took out Microsoft's and Sony's games networks on Christmas Day.

Everyone involved knew in advance that law enforcement would be *very* interested in whodunnit...

Yes, I got an iTunes gift card for Christmas - but HOW DID THE CROOKS KNOW THAT?

You *are* being doubly cautious for phishing campaigns over the holiday season, aren't you?

Spammers and scammers don't have to know anything about you to hit the bullseye in what might feel like a targeted attack.

Sophos Techknow - Dealing with Ransomware [PODCAST]

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No type of malware seems to get people's blood boiling quite as much as ransomware.

Learn how to protect yourself in this episode of our Sophos Techknow podcast series...

Want to know how to shop safely on Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Join our Twitter chat!

Learn how to protect yourself online, not just on the forthcoming Cyber Monday, but for the rest of the year as well.

Join us and the Center for Internet Security in a Twitter chat...and bring your friends and family, too.

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...

SSCC 173 - Lest we forget [PODCAST]

Here's the latest episode of our weekly "Chet Chat" security podast.

Chet and Duck take on the week's news in their inimitable way...enjoy!

SSCC 166.5 - Special edition from the Virus Bulletin 2014 conference [PODCAST]

Sophos security expert Chester Wisniewski was at the Virus Bulletin 2014 conference in Seattle.

In this special edition of the Chet Chat, Paul Ducklin puts Chet on the other side of the mic to find out more about both the technology and the ethics of anti-malware research.

How to pick a proper password [VIDEO]

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Here's a short and straight-talking video that not only shows you how to pick a proper password, but also explains why you should bother...

SSCC 162 - What are *you* doing to fight cybercrime in the next 12 months? [PODCAST]

Here's this week's Chet Chat podcast!

Chester caught Duck half way up a mountain to talk about why we need synergy to fight cybercrime...

"You're under arrest for possession of an insecure phone" - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

Here's this week's 60 Second Security video.

News you can use in a format you can enjoy...all in 60 seconds!

5 excuses for doing nothing about computer security!

Here are five security excuses that we hear a lot, both from individuals and from small businesses.

We've given you some advice to help you argue back that security really does matter...

Dirty Dozen Spampionship – which country is spewing the most spam?

The World Cup may be done and dusted, but the Spampionship continues!

Where did you come in our spam-sending league tables?

Serial hacker Cameron Lacroix gets four year jail term after taking plea bargain

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A serial hacker with a long history of computer offences has pleaded guilty to computer intrusion and access device fraud charges, accepting a sentence of four years in jail in return for his plea.