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Ban on in-flight gadget use: based on fear or evidence?

Posted September 11, 2012 A recent poll shows that people use their electronic devices on planes, RF interference be damned. Is the lack of planes dropping like shot ducks proof that the ban is illogical, or is electromagnetic emissions pollution more subtle and intermittent than that? For more, here’s the story.

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How social engineering tricked Wal-Mart into handing over sensitive information

Posted August 10, 2012 It turns out that good lying, self-effacing small talk and a lucrative government contract can stupefy people into swallowing the vishing bait. You have to read the full story.

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Japan to test phones that will alert if it sounds like you’re being scammed

Posted August 9, 2012 The system detects a phone scammer by analysing stressed-out voices and by recognising typical scammer words like “debt” or “repayment.” Here’s the full story.  

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Police can imitate your drug dealer to text you from his phone

Posted August 1, 2012 A US court has decreed that sending texts using a seized iPhone while impersonating the phone’s owner doesn’t violate privacy rights. Read the full story. 

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Google in trouble with UK ICO over Street View data – again

Posted July 30, 2012 Google has admitted that it still has some Street View data that the UK Information Commissioner’s Office told it to get rid of in 2010. Read all about it. 

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Telecom firm says “No” to FBI surveillance demands

Posted July 19, 2012 In a case that has been cloaked in secrecy, a phone company is fighting an FBI request to access customer records. Read the full story. 

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Facebook to target ads based on what mobile apps we use

Posted July 9, 2012 Do you use your Facebook account to log onto places like LinkedIn and Yelp from your phone? If so, get ready to start seeing ads in your mobile device’s Facebook News Feed that will be targeted based on your mobile app usage. Read the full story here. 

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Apple’s Siri voiceprints raise privacy concerns

Posted June 28, 2012 Most of us likely wouldn’t want Apple to store a copy of our DNA or our fingerprints, but that’s pretty much what it’s doing with another one of our biometric identifiers: namely, our voices. Read it. 

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Android Malware Spreading for First Time via Hacked Sites

Posted May 3, 2012 Lookout Mobile Security is seeing the first Trojan that’s coming over as a drive-by download, which hopefully won’t spread far, given the compromised sites’ relatively low traffic. Read the story. 

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64% of people think cloud storage is risky, but 45% still go right ahead and use it

Posted May 2, 2012 Sophos polled people at their InfoSec Europe booth last week to find out their views on security in the workplace. Here’s what they found.

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