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NASA suffers major data breach over stolen laptop that wasn’t encrypted

Posted November 15, 2012 The space agency is now, finally, after yet another unencrypted laptop theft, scrambling to require full disk encryption agency-wide. Read more.

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Petraeus tripped up by trust in supposedly anonymous email account

Posted November 14, 2012 The US’s top spy guy, who resigned abruptly on Friday, conducted a romantic affair behind the thin sheet of a pseudonymous email account. It’s a good reminder to us all that email headers often spill the beans, revealing IP addresses that lead to our webmail hosts and geolocation. It’s a short […]

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US cop awarded $1 million over randy officers’ illegal use of license database as a private Facebook

Posted November 7, 2012 A former police officer has been awarded $1,057,000 in settlement payments after she filed suits charging privacy invasion against fellow officers who illegally accessed her photo and address more than 500 times. Read the full story on Naked Security.

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Masks banned in Canadian riots, just in time for Anonymous day of action

Posted November 4, 2012 Violators could get up to 10 years in prison if convicted of covering their faces during unlawful assembly. The bill’s sponsor stresses that he’s targeting violence and vandals, rather than criminalizing pandas, PETA’s bloody seals or Frosty the Snowman. What will this mean for those affiliated with Anonymous who wear the […]

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‘Parasite’ porn websites steal and spread images and videos of young people

Posted October 24, 2012 A new study shows that 88% of sexually explicit photos and videos of children and other young people found online have been lifted from legitimate source sites, including social networking sites such as Facebook, video sites such as YouTube, or stolen/lost phones. Read more.

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Undercover cop outed on Facebook, woman arrested for posting photo

Posted October 18, 2012 Police arrested a Texas woman for allegedly posting a photo of an undercover police officer onto her Facebook page. The case shows that it’s time that police learn how vulnerable they are in a social media world. Here’s more.

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EU tells Google to make its new privacy policy clearer and to give users easier opt-out

Posted October 16, 2012 EU regulators have asked Google to shape up its new privacy policy – a policy that most regulators found too vague and too tough for users to opt out of. But neither clarity nor easy user opt-out work in Google’s favor, and many of us are too addicted to cut the […]

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US court overturns judgement against ex-wife who read cheating hubby’s emails

Posted October 15, 2012 The case involves a woman’s hacking into her former boss’s Yahoo account to uncover evidence of his extramarital affair. Judges decreed that email stored in the cloud, such as Gmail or Yahoo Mail, doesn’t meet the definition of “electronic storage” as written in the Stored Communications Act. For more, here’s the […]

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Nude photos of Justin Bieber a ruse: bellybutton tells the tale! Think before you click

Posted October 11, 2012 Nude photos allegedly of the star began circulating soon after his laptop and camera were stolen. Clicking on such files is always a bad idea, given that malware loves to piggyback on celebrity news. Besides, as any true Belieber knows, Justin has an outie. Read the full story on Naked Security.

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Facebook scans private messages to inflate the “Like” counter on websites

Posted October 8, 2012 Facebook has confirmed that it’s registering all URL shares as Likes to a website. That means we’re all adding to a website’s Facebook Like glow, whether we want to or not, when we alert friends to URLs via private Facebook conversations. Read more.

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