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Apple iOS ransomware mystery deepens - "Oleg Pliss" pops up in LA

The mysterious Oleg Pliss, who popped up on iPhones in Australia earlier this week, demanding $100 "for unlock device," is back.

Now we're hearing reports from Southern California...

Apple ransomware strikes Australia - pay Oleg $100 or else


This morning, a number of Australian iPad and iPhone users woke up to a strange sight.

"Device hacked by Oleg Pliss. For unlock device..."

"Open the iPhone door, Siri!" - Apple's digital helper coughs up another lock screen hole


A hacker has found a way to bypass the iPhone 5 lock screen to get at your contacts. Ironically, he got in by asking Siri, Apple's voice-activated "helper."

Here's how to close the hole while you wait for Apple's fix...

Stolen phone snaps selfie of mystery man who entered wrong PIN


Could be the thief, could be an innocent guy who just happened to pick up a stray mobile phone - hard to say! That's why police in Essex, UK, are keen to have a chat with him.

Heartbleed bust, Fingerprint fakery, WhatsApp privacy SNAFU - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]


What happens if you hack your local tax office? Can you trust the Samsung Galaxy S5's fingerprint security? Did WhatsApp finally get security right in its app?

Find out the answers in one entertaining minute of video - it's 60 Second Security!

Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint reader hacked - it's the iPhone 5s all over again!


The Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner can be fooled with wood glue, just like Apple's "Touch ID" sensor in the iPhone 5s.

So why are both Apple and Samsung touting fingerprint scanners as more secure than passwords?

Just how secure is that mobile banking app?


Security researcher Ariel Sanchez recently published a fascinating report on the sort of security you can expect if you do your internet banking on an iPhone or iPad.

The answer, sadly, seems to be, "Very little."

FTC slapdown, no iPhone for Mr President, and Dutch banks get tough - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

How could the brightest flashlight leave you in the dark? Do you need to close Joel's Backdoor? Why can't the President choose his own phone? Should you update your anti-virus before you bank online?

Find out in 60 Second Security!

iPhones are off limits to President Obama for "security reasons"

iPhones are off limits to President Obama for "security reasons"

US President Barack Obama is stuck using a BlackBerry. He actually fought for the right to keep using it when he first got to office in 2009. Let's hope he still likes the gadget, because the powers that be obviously don't think Apple's security profile is president-worthy.

Apple releases iOS 7.0.3 - fixes yet more lockscreen holes, including a call-anybody bug

Apple just closed up yet more lockscreen holes in iOS 7.

Reading the release notes will give you a sense of déjà vu - one of the bugs is pretty much the same hole that was patched in iOS 7.0.2...

Copying fingerprints, Firefox trusted, Facebook not, Yahoo recycles - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]


How do you copy fingerprints? Which is the most trustworthy browser? Who will use Facebook for payments? How long does an email address live?

Satisfy your curiosity with this week's 60 Second Security!

NASA hack blunder, doxer jailed, PAYE cybercrime, $20k iPhone prize - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]


Why did Brazilian hackers target NASA? What happens to doxers? How much does it cost to get started in card skimming? And how much is a copy of your fingerprint worth?

Watch 60 Second Security and find out!

Monday review - the hot 24 stories of the week

Monday review

Missed anything last week? Catch up with everything we talked about with our weekly roundup.

Apple's "Touch ID" fingerprint login - not everyone is cock-a-hoop about it


A US lawyer has offered the opinion that Apple's new fingerprint authentication might end up eroding a long-cherished legal right.

If you're not willing to remember a passcode, you may have to give up "the Fifth" as a reason not to unlock your phone for a court...

Facebook realities, OS X patched, Yahoo! CEO security! shocker! - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]


How realistic are you about your Facebook posts? Why should you encrypt your hard disks? Why doesn't the Yahoo! CEO use a passcode on her phone?

Watch this week's 60 Second Security and find out!

New Apple iPhone 5s to feature "Touch ID" fingerprint authentication


Apple has unveiled its latest iPhones, and, yes, there's a fingerprint scanner in the pricier model.

John Hawes asks, "What could possibly go wrong?"

How much security would you expect in a $60 light globe?


"Honey, why are the lights flashing 'URPWN3D' in Morse code?"

If you spent a cool $60 each on light globes (bulbs) from the Apple store...

...how much security would you expect?

Infecting iOS, OpenX backdoor, toilet hole, Android malware - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]


Are Apple's iPhones really impervious to malware? What do you do if your software is pre-infected with a backdoor? What strength of password is appropriate for a toilet? And what about firmware updates for the Android code verification holes? Find out more in 60 seconds!

Saga of a stolen iPhone, as told by a trail of automatically uploaded selfies

Saga of a stolen iPhone, as told by a trail of automatically uploaded selfies

A thief who stole a woman's iPhone forgot to turn off the auto-upload image feature. So the victim turned his adventures into a blog called 'life of a stranger who stole my phone'.

Apple to fix iPhones' vulnerability to boobytrapped chargers

iPhones and iPads will be vulnerable until they get the iOS 7 update, which is scheduled for release later this year. Until then, you might want to avoid plugging into sleazy charging stations, though truth be told, a successful attack sounds kind of James Bond-ishly esoteric.