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Phone feared drowned posts selfies of adventures with firefighters

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Soggy though it was, and passcode-protected it was not, its Facebook posts show it played a mean game of table tennis with its new buddies.

Mumsnet DDoSed, SWATted, hacked - oh, and change your password, too!

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Mumsnet founder Justine Roberts has announced that an intruder managed to gain access to some parts of the administration functions on the site. Mumsnet also suffered a DDoS attack, and Roberts and another member of Mumsnet were SWATted.

OpenSSH password guessing attacks may be 10,000 times easier than you thought

An interesting problem with OpenSSH has been publicised on the Full Disclosure mailing list.

Windows 10 Wi-Fi Sense feature shares your Wi-Fi network with your friends

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Wi-Fi Sense, which is enabled by default, would like to share your Wi-Fi network with your Outlook.com, Skype and Facebook contacts.

Will emoji passcodes put a smile on your face?

Will emoji passcodes put a smile on your face?

UK firm Intelligent Environments has developed an emoji alternative to numerical passcodes used in online banking.

Google unveils Password Alert Chrome extension, an early warning system against phishing attacks

Google developers have created Password Alert, an open-source Chrome extension that aims to protect users from phishing attacks.

Tesla and Elon Musk Twitter accounts and website hijacked, free Teslas offered

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The website and Twitter account for sleek electric automaker Tesla Motors was taken over and defaced on Saturday, as was Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s personal Twitter account.

Costa Coffee Club warns of possible database intrusion

Coffee chain Costa's just sent out a warning about a possible data breach.

Only 1 in 5000 accounts were affected, but the Coffee Club is offline for now. A bulk password reset will follow...

Chipotle apologises for offensive tweets, says account was hacked

Chipotle apologises for offensive tweets, says account was hacked

Mexican fast-food chain Chipotle was forced to apologise after its hacked Twitter account spewed out a string of unpalatable tweets.

People happily give away their (bad) passwords to TV reporter

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Say hello to the people in the street who show us how social engineering works. Hint: say you're from Jimmy Kimmel, sound interested, and ask about their pet!

12 Days competition: Day 12 - A tale of two passwords

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It's Day 12 of our 12 Days of Christmas competition.

Can you work out the answer to our final question?

THIS FOR THE LAST 5 T-SHIRTS!

WordPress issues critical security fixes, closing remote anonymous compromise bug and more

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WordPress has just published a critical security release.

If you're still on WordPress 3, this is about as critical as it gets, because one of the fixes closes a "remote anonymous compromise" bug.

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...

The worst password in the penitentiary - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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

The latest news made educational and amusing...and it only takes a minute.

My password is...no, sorry, it's completely slipped my mind - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

Here's the latest episode of our weekly "60 Second Security" video.

It'll only take a minute...

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.

Do we really need strong passwords?

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The idea that computer users should use long, complex passwords is one of computer security's sacred cows.

But is is really necessary?

Mark Stockley investigates...