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US government sues ex-IT guy for breaking his NDA (Yes, we mean Edward Snowden)

2 hours 42 min ago
Uncle Sam tries to plug leaker's pay, ends up plugging leaker's book

The US government today sued former CIA employee and NSA sysadmin contractor Edward Snowden to deny him payment from his newly published book, Permanent Record.…

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Seriously, this sh!t again? 24m medical records, 700m+ scan pics casually left online

3 hours 25 min ago
Whole pile of US data just sitting there with no security

Around 24 million medical patients' data is floating around on the internet, freely available for all to pore over – thanks to that good old common factor, terribly insecure servers.…

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Vulns out of the box: 12 in 13 small biz network devices terribly insecure by default – research

4 hours 55 min ago
You want root shell access? No problem

A new report has suggested that 12 out of 13 network devices, such as routers and network-attached storage appliances, are vulnerable to hacks that enable "root-privileged access without any authentication".…

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HP printer small print says kit phones home data on whatever you print – and then some

7 hours 15 min ago
Security engineer actually reads privacy policy to his horror

Hewlett-Packard Inc's printers don't just slurp the contents of your wallet at a frightening rate. They also guzzle a surprising amount of data on you and whatever you're printing.…

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UK Home Office web form snafu allows you to both agree and disagree – strongly – all at once

9 hours 10 min ago
Government cares what you think. Honest

A UK Home Office consultation on new, intrusive police powers was so incompetently written that you could both "strongly agree" and "strongly disagree" at the same time when answering its questions.…

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How much pass could LastPass pass if LastPass passed last pass? Login-leaking security hole fixed

Mon, 16/09/2019 - 20:36
Update now to stop webpages snooping on recently used credentials

LastPass has fixed a security bug that potentially allowed malicious websites to obtain the username and passphrase inserted by the password manager on the previously visited site.…

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Just as Ecuador thought it had seen the back of leaks, over 20m citizen records are exposed

Mon, 16/09/2019 - 17:02
And Julian Assange is among them - but how old are these?

Records on more than 20 million individuals in Ecuador have leaked from an unsecured database in Miami, Florida, containing a mix of official citizen registration data and personal & banking details.…

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Australia didn't blame China for parliament hack in case it upset trade relations – report

Mon, 16/09/2019 - 15:04
So much for the public deterrence value of attribution

Australian spooks concluded that China was to blame for a series of hacks on its parliament and leading political parties – but kept it quiet for fear of angering the Middle Kingdom, according to reports.…

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You all know why you should encrypt your cloud data – now learn where and how…

Mon, 16/09/2019 - 07:30
AWS spills the beans

Promo  You know it makes sense to go to the cloud, and you know it makes sense to encrypt your data. But just what should you be encrypting - and where? And what’s the most efficient way of carrying it out, and managing your encryption strategy in the future?…

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Whoa, bot wars: As cybercrooks add more AI to their arsenal, the goodies will have to too

Fri, 13/09/2019 - 19:40
The future is automated, says Trend Micro bod

Infosec techies should prepare to both fend off AI attacks and welcome the technology into their armoury of tools, reckons Trend Micro's director of cybercrime research.…

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Consumer ransomware insurance? You could be painting a target on us all for avaricious crims

Fri, 13/09/2019 - 19:03
D'ya hear that, cybercrooks? $50k up for grabs.

Fire, theft, flood – and now cyber attack. Customers of a Californian biz offering payouts of up to $50,000 in case your cat videos get Wannacry’d but experts worry it could make the problem worse.…

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Charmin'. Garmin admits customers' full credit card data nicked from South African web store

Fri, 13/09/2019 - 14:01
Rainbow Nation site was running on Magento

GPS and wearables maker Garmin has warned customers in South Africa that their personal info and payment data were pinched after they shopped on the portal.…

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From PowerShell to auditing: Expand your cybersecurity know-how at SANS London 2019

Fri, 13/09/2019 - 07:00
Gain the skills you need to fend off miscreants this October in the UK capital

Promo  The internet is full of powerful, fast-changing hacking tools and malicious actors who know how to use them. That makes the regular training events held by IT security specialist SANS Institute an essential destination for technology professionals keen to sharpen their defensive skills and protect their organisation against today’s ever-more ingenious attackers.…

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From pen-test to penitentiary: Infosec duo cuffed after physically breaking into courthouse during IT security assessment

Fri, 13/09/2019 - 02:12
Blokes left in legal limbo amid electronic records audit

Updated  Two men hired to assess a court record system's computer security were arrested Wednesday – after they were caught physically sneaking into a courthouse.…

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Snoops can bypass iOS 13 lock screen to eyeball your address book. Apple hasn't fix it yet. Valid flaw? You decide

Fri, 13/09/2019 - 00:45
Bug-hunter says Cupertino won't even pay $1 reward for security hole

Video  Apple's very latest version of iOS appears to have the same sort of lock-screen bypass that plagued previous versions of the iThing firmware.…

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Those fake spying cell towers in Washington DC? Ex-intel staffers claim they're Israeli

Thu, 12/09/2019 - 23:28
But Trump Administration seemingly unbothered

After months of speculation about who exactly was behind a series of eavesdropping fake cell towers in Washington DC, it appears the answer is Israel.…

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Eco-activists arrested by Brit cops after threatening to close Heathrow with drones

Thu, 12/09/2019 - 20:34
Five nabbed over conspiracy to commit a public nuisance

Five people have been arrested by the Metropolitan Police for threatening to fly drones around London’s Heathrow airport this Friday to protest climate change.…

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Mystery database left open turns out to be massive Groupon fraud ticket fraud ring

Thu, 12/09/2019 - 10:10
Yes, turns out people still use this voucher biz – who knew?

We have a new twist on the "researchers find unprotected public-facing cloud-hosted database" story, as one recently uncovered archive turned out to be at the heart of a years-long fraud operation.…

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Watch live today: How to make your voice heard – and keep your staff safe from hackers

Thu, 12/09/2019 - 07:00
From thwarting phishing to boosting infosec awareness, we've got it covered

Webcast  Security professionals like you have a tough job.…

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Infosec prophet Bruce Schneier (peace be upon him) is only as famous as <i>half</i> of Salt-N-Pepa

Wed, 11/09/2019 - 17:07
Totally sane John McAfee up there with Walder Frey, says infosec celeb list

Despite billing himself as "the world's most famous hacker", Kevin Mitnick isn't the infosec personality your grandma is most interested in learning more about.…

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