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If the government confiscates your spyware, where does it end up? 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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

An entertaining way to turn news into knowledge...and it only takes a minute!

Spyware app StealthGenie's CEO fined $500K, forfeits source code

StealthGenie CEO fined $500K for selling spyware, forfeits source code

In the first-ever criminal conviction concerning the federal criminal charges of advertising and selling a mobile phone spyware app, StealthGenie's CEO has been fined $500K for selling the spyware.

Woman charged with planting spyware on cop's phone

Phone. Image courtesy of Shutterstock

A woman has been charged after eavesdropping on "sensitive law enforcement communications" by tapping the mobile phone of her police officer ex.

Head of 'StealthGenie' mobile stalking app indicted for selling spyware

Stealth Genie

The indictment alleges that StealthGenie can and has recorded all incoming/outgoing voice calls; intercepted calls to be monitored in real time; allowed the buyer to call the phone and activate it at any time to monitor all surrounding conversations within a 15-foot radius; and much more...

Yes, your smartphone camera can be used to spy on you...


A researcher claims to have written an Android app that takes photos and videos using the device camera, even while the screen is turned off - so you wouldn't even know the camera was spying on you.

Breach at eBay, bugs in Chip-and-PIN, busts for Blackshades - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]


Will the breach at eBay beat Adobe for size? Is Chip and PIN really as safe as they say? How many countries took action busting malware crooks?

All the answers in 60 Sec Security for 24 May 2014...

Google takes aim at deceptive advertising of Play Store apps


Google has announced updates to its developer policies for the Play Store app market to ban certain types of misleading and underhanded advertising behavior.

We look at three apps that use now-forbidden promotional tactics, plus we offer security tips to help you avoid unwanted and malicious apps.

Spyware app turns the privacy tables on Google Glass wearers

Google Glass

A spyware app developed by two researchers has shown that Google Glass can be used to secretly take photos of whatever a Glass wearer is looking at without their knowledge - making the Glass user the one whose privacy and security is potentially compromised.

Phone spyware, Mac security, and WhatsApp privacy - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]


How do you get spyware on your victim, er, target's phone? Have Mac users changed their attitude to security? And how deep does privacy run at WhatsApp?

Find out in 60 seconds!

mSpy now selling phones pre-loaded with spyware

mSpy now selling phones pre-loaded with spyware

You used to have to get your hands on somebody's gadget to eavesdrop on them like a creepy stalker, but no more! Now, you can just buy your target a boobytrapped bugging device-cum phone, wrap it up with a pretty bow, and try to pretend that you're not trampling on their privacy when you "gift" them with it.

FBI seeking "Loverspy" hacker who helped jealous lovers plant spyware

FBI seeking Loverspy hacker who helped jealous lovers plant spyware

In yet another "don't open that e-birthday card" saga, 33-year-old Carlos Enrique Perez-Melara, now on the FBI's 10 most wanted cybercriminals list, allegedly sold malware that planted a keylogger, as well as remotely controlling a victim's computer and webcam.

Monday review - the hot 22 stories of the week


Did you miss anything in the past week?

Here's a recap of the hot 22 stories of the past seven days, so you can catch up quickly!

Canadian cop claims he didn't know cyber-stalking was illegal

Canadian cop claims he didn't know cyber-stalking was illegal

A Canadian police officer who pleaded guilty to planting spyware on his wife's BlackBerry, suspecting that she was having an affair, gets a slap on the wrist after claiming that he didn't know that planting the cyber bug was a crime.

Monday review - the hot 20 stories of the week

Monday review

Catch up with all the security news from the last seven days - it's weekly roundup time.

"Government seeks a warrant to hack" - US judge gives his decision


Do you usually shy away from legal documents?

Well, here's one that's well worth reading: it deals very interestingly with the zone in which busting cybercrooks and protecting privacy intersect...

Can multiple moving cursors really hide your password from spyware and peepers? [VIDEO]

Can multiple moving cursors really hide your password from spyware and peepers? [VIDEO]

Japanese boffins think they might have found an imaginative way to stop malware stealing your passwords as you enter them online.

But will it really work?

Unit 61398: A Chinese cyber espionage unit on the outskirts of Shanghai?

Unit 61398: A Chinese cyber espionage unit on the outskirts of Shanghai?

Security researchers at Mandiant have published a lengthy report, which appears to track a notorious hacking gang right to the door of a building belonging to the People's Liberation Army of China.

John McAfee says he infected laptops with malware, spied and stole passwords from Belize officials

John McAfee

John McAfee claims he gave Belize officials cheap laptops that had been deliberately pre-infected with keylogging spyware, and ran a team of 23 women to seduce and spy on his intended targets.

US investigators will call for ban on Huawei, ZTE over spying concerns

US investigators will call for ban on Huawei, ZTE over spying concerns

The US House of Representatives Intelligence Committee will issue a report Monday that recommends that Chinese firms Huawei and ZTE should be barred from the American market because their products could be used to undermine domestic cyber security.

Companies agree to stop spying, taking secret photos on rented home computers

International webcam child abuse ring uncovered by routine police visit

The US Federal Trade Commission has reached a settlement with a remote monitoring software firm and its customers over what the agency said was flagrant computer spying on customers of the rental stores.