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SSCC 181 - The Security Duel: "Bug reports at 15 paces" [PODCAST]

Microsoft vs. Google - Google vs. Users - Hackers vs. US Army - the fight is on in the latest episode of our weekly security podcast!

Enjoy...

Crackers take over social media accounts of US Central Command

CENTCOM is responsible for US military operations in the Middle East.

Hacking its social media accounts would be a notable stunt...

The social media network that's worst for bullying is...

Which Social Media Network is worst for bullying

We asked you which social network was the worst for bullying and you answered with gusto. But not as much gusto as 4Chan's /pol/ board. They got really, really, really excited about it.

Twitter rolls out new anti-trolling tools, promises quicker abuse investigation

Twitter rolls out new anti-trolling tools, promises quicker abuse investigation

Twitter is making changes which should make it easier and quicker for users to report abuse or flag inappropriate content.

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!

Twitter to start snooping at which apps you have installed - here's how to opt out

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Twitter is set to start peeking on users' iPhones, iPads and Androids in order to see what apps they have downloaded. It's opt-in by default, so here's how to opt out.

Twitter exec Anthony Noto reveals secret company plans in direct message goof

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Don't worry, you're not the only one to ever hit "reply all" and then run through the office screaming at people to delete it. Even Twitter execs can mistakenly push out public Tweets that were supposed to be private, direct messages.

Hackers blamed for unusual tweets from Jeremy Clarkson, Colombian FARC rebels

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TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson and Colombian militia group FARC may not have much in common, but this week they were linked by headlines blaming hackers for potentially embarrassing Twitter messages.

How to delete your old, embarrassing, now-much-easier-to-find tweets

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Now might be a fine time to scrub your Twitter timeline to get rid of the more embarrassing tidbits - or perhaps take a fire hose to it, depending on just how messy your life and your tweeting history has been for the past 8, now fully indexed, years.

Jailed Twitter troll: 'It was disgusting what I did'

Jailed Twitter troll: 'It was disgusting what I did'

A woman who was sentenced to 12 weeks in jail for sending abusive tweets to journalist Caroline Criado-Perez has spoken of her regret over the abuse she dished out on Twitter.

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.

How to kill a troll

How to kill a troll

A new Pew study confirms what we already know: online harassment is a widespread disease afflicting the internet. Ignoring trolls and hoping they'll go away is actually quite effective, survey respondents said.

Then again, how about fighting back, instead? Change is possible, be it enabled by troll-blocking software, societal shift that sees trolling evolve into a stigma, or, if all else fails, calling their mothers.

Another game developer flees her home following Gamergate death threats

Another game developer flees her home following Gamergate death threats

US-based game developer Brianna Wu (the third woman to be driven from her home in what's being dubbed the Gamergate controversy) after a troll posted her address online and threatened to rape, kill and mutilate her.

Twitter adds unlimited payouts to its bug bounty program

Twitter adds unlimited payouts to its bug-bounty program

The social media buzz bucket announced on Wednesday that cash will be added to the profound gratitude it's doled out since the bug-reporting program started in June.

How to improve your Twitter security and privacy

Understanding Twitter's security and privacy settings

We don't lump Twitter in the same privacy bracket as, say, Facebook. But like any social network, Twitter is vulnerable to oversharing, data leakage and unintended consequences. We take a look at Twitter's privacy settings, find out what they really mean, and tell you how fix them up right now, before it's too late.

Twitter injects favourites into newsfeeds, but is it an 'invasion of privacy'?

Twitter injects people's favourites into newsfeeds, annoying many

Twitter is taking people's favourites - what many (mistakenly) have assumed were private - and sticking them into people's newsfeeds, along with follow notifications.

Monday review - the hot 22 stories of the week

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It's weekly roundup time!

Here's all the great stuff we've written in the past seven days.

SSCC 152 - PF Chang's, TrueCrypt (still!), the Twitter worm and the cost of scammers [PODCAST]

Sophos security experts Chester Wisniewski and Paul Ducklin turn their attention on the week's security news.

As usual, they extract plenty of useful lessons during their insightful dissection of the latest issues...

59 vulns in IE, teenager versus Turing, and Twitter gets wormed - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

Is 59 vulns in IE some kind of record? Did a computer really pass the Turing Test? Can a network worm ever be a joke?

Find out in one minute!

Twitter jumps to block XSS worm in Tweetdeck

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A cross-site scripting flaw was disclosed this morning affecting the popular Twitter application Tweetdeck. It has now been fixed, but not before it wormed its way through thousands of browsers.