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US customs can and will seize laptops and cellphones, demand passwords

Posted January 9, 2012 If you don’t like the idea of the US government reading the sensitive contents of your computer, you may wish to take steps before you travel there. Check out the post on Naked Security.

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Researchers find many weak Stratfor passwords

Posted January 4, 2012 A professor at Utah Valley University analyzed the leaked password hashes stolen by Anonymous from security firm Stratfor and determined even their security-minded customers choose weak passwords. Here’s the story on Naked Security.

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Anonymous bullies Sony and Nintendo over SOPA support

Posted January 3, 2012 Anonymous is threatening companies like Sony and Nintendo over their support of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Will this accomplish their goals, or simply create more victims? Check out the story.

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Lax security blamed for 100,000+ sensitive files found on Manning’s PC

Posted December 20, 2011 The fourth pretrial hearing for Army Pfc. Bradley Manning put the spotlight on more than 100,000 sensitive documents and conversation logs between Manning and a former hacker. This case raises a core question: How can organisations contain the considerable risk presented by rogue employees? Here’s the story.

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In God We Trust, but Security Vendors Need to Sign the Papers

If Anonymous, LulzSec et al. can pwn security vendors, who can protect us? Here’s help on how to rate security vendors on the sitting-duck scale. In this two-part look at how to vet security vendors, my first article—In God We Trust, but Security Vendors Need to Sign the Papers—focuses on assessing a vendor. This is done […]

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Four Romanians charged with multimillion-dollar hack of Subway, others

The US Department of Justice has indicted and arrested four Romanians for credit card fraud perpetrated against Subway restaurants and other retailers concluding a three year investigation. Looks like default/easily cracked passwords enabled another needless theft. Here’s the full story.

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Election-day cyber attack scandal rocks South Korea’s ruling party

Did governing politicians in South Korea approve an election-day cyber attack? Three of South Korea’s top seven leaders quit their posts over the DDoS scandal. Read more. 

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XXX porn web domain names now up for grabs

Pornography domain names ending in .xxx are now up for general sale, with 100,000 having already been snatched up in a previous, restricted sale. All registered .xxx sites will be scanned for malware daily, but don’t trust that to replace up-to-date anti-virus software. Here’s the story. 

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Android permissions glitch allows eavesdropping, data theft

Academic researchers have demonstrated flaws in the Android permissions system that could allow rogue applications to gain access to SMS messages, GPS or even record audio from affected devices. Read the story on NakedSecurity.

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Manila AT&T hackers tied to terrorist attack in Mumbai

The FBI worked with the Philippines National Police to arrest hackers who allegedly attacked US telecom companies to raise money for terrorist organizations. Were those arrested simply pawns in a very dangerous game of chess? Check out the story.

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