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Mobile apps for kids collecting and sharing information with third parties

Posted December 12, 2012 The second of two FTC reports on kids’ mobile apps shows that the industry hasn’t improved with regards to privacy, with many apps sharing personal information with third parties, all without notifying parents or asking for their permission. Read the story now.

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But did she STEAL the iPhone? App takes photo of woman trying to unlock it

Posted December 11, 2012 A woman who tried to unlock a stolen iPhone unwittingly took her own photo. An application on the phone then automatically sent the photo to the owner, who called the police. It’s a good reminder that there are tools out there, either free or darn close to it, that can track […]

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Use Instagram on your iPhone? Your account can be hijacked, claims security researcher

Posted December 4, 2012 A security researcher has published a proof-of-concept attack on Instagram for iOS that would allow malicious users to remotely hijack victims’ accounts, delete or download photos, and tinker with profile details. Here’s more.

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PPI SMS text spammers fined £440,000 by UK Information Commissioner

Posted November 29, 2012 The UK information commissioner has for the first time used its shut-the-hell-up powers to quash the annoyance that is spam text messaging, having fined two men nearly half a million pounds. More such investigations are in the works, the ICO promised. Read more.

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Goatse hacker Auernheimer found guilty of breaching AT&T to access customer iPad data

Posted November 22, 2012 A hacker claims he was disclosing a security flaw responsibly. But IRC transcripts show that the Goatse hacking group was instead musing about shorting AT&T stock, discussed selling 120,000 email addresses to spammers, and never told AT&T about the vulnerability in the first place. Here’s the full story.

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Judge orders women in sexual harassment case to hand over Facebook logins

Posted November 21, 2012 Female employees suing their employer for sexual harassment are asked by Federal judge to hand over passwords to their Facebook, email and other social media accounts. Read more here. 

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iOS dictionary apps posting false piracy “confessions” onto users’ Twitter accounts

Posted November 14, 2012 An iOS dictionary application has rewarded those who bought it by hijacking their Twitter feeds to post cooked-up piracy confessions. The Japanese maker of the dictionary apps has apologised and posted fixed versions, but the #softwarepirateconfession tweets are still coming in at a good clip, much to the chagrin of law-abiding, […]

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Stolen cellphone databases switched on by major US carriers

Posted November 1, 2012 AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint have flipped the switch on databases that will track stolen cellphones and block them from being used on the major carriers’ networks. Now, just make sure you’ve got your phone’s ID number written down somewhere, and try not to go into a cellphone coma on the […]

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42% of lost mobiles have no security in place to protect data, says report

Posted October 19, 2012 Out of those who reported that they had lost devices, 42% had no security measures in place, and one in five contained access to work-related documents or email. Young, male Londoners, you’re the worst when it comes to losing stuff, but take heart: you’re the best at making sure your lost […]

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Android NFC hack lets subway riders evade fares

Posted September 24, 2012 Disposable or limited-use contactless fare cards used in New Jersey and San Francisco have insecure implementations of the Mifare Ultralight chip that can be reset to get free rides, security researchers have shown. Read all about it.

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