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Email crooks swindle woman out of $150K from home sale

2 hours 8 min ago
She sent her bank account details three times, she said. Unfortunately, they wound up in crooks' hands, and her money wound up in their pockets.

Microsoft font gives away forgery in bankruptcy case

2 hours 46 min ago
In a case that could be straight out of a legal TV drama, a computing font has cost a couple two houses in a Canadian bankruptcy case.

Change your password! VoIP provider leaves huge database exposed online

2 hours 53 min ago
A researcher has discovered an exposed database containing gigabytes of call logs, SMS data, and internal system credentials belonging to US Voice-over-IP (VoIP) service provider VOIPo.com.

Two charged with hacking company filings out of SEC’s EDGAR system

4 hours 30 min ago
They're charged with phishing and inflicting malware to get into the EDGAR filing system, stealing thousands of filings, and selling access.

Are you sure those WhatsApp messages are meant for you?

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 06:26
Abby Fuller got a shock when she logged into WhatsApp using a new telephone number. She found someone else’s messages waiting for her.

Intel patches another security flaw in SGX technology

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 06:19
Of the six advisories Intel released last week, the most interesting is a flaw discovered in the company’s Software Guard Extensions (SGX).

Beware buying Fortnite’s V-Bucks, you could be funding organised crime

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 05:50
Credit card thieves are laundering money by purchasing the in-game currency V-Bucks, then selling it back at a discount to players.

Police can’t compel biometric phone unlocking, rules judge

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 05:02
The landmark decision asserts the same legal protection for biometrics that we're given for passcodes.

Windows 7 users get fix for latest updating woe

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 06:31
Microsoft has vexed its Windows 7 users with a misbehaving update that caused licensing and networking errors.

Blockchain burglar returns some of $1m crypto-swag

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 06:10
In an interesting move for villainy, a thief who stole over $1 million from the Ethereum Classic blockchain has given some of it back.

Facebook to start fact-checking fake news in the UK

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 05:45
Facebook's relying on demotion instead of removal, so users will still be able to share content, even if Full Fact rates it inaccurate.

Is fake-news sharing driven by age, not politics?

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 05:32
Researchers say people over 65 are seven times more likely to share fake news than 18 to 29-year-olds.

New year, new career? How some Sophos experts got into cybersecurity

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 15:32
We asked a number of people working in different roles at Sophos how they made their way into the industry.

Shutdown hits government websites as certificates begin to expire

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 08:32
The US government shutdown is affecting more than just physical sites like national parks and monuments.

10 years for Boston Children’s Hospital attacker

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 05:47
Martin Gottesfeld said he wishes he “had done more” than knock out BCH’s network for at least two weeks.

USB-C Authentication sounds great, so why are people worried?

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 05:23
USB-C Authentication could banish USB threats forever, but it might also mean you're tied to buying ‘approved’ accessories.

Facebook exec gets SWATted

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 05:17
The imposter claimed to be the Facebook exec and said he'd shot his wife, tied up his kids and planted pipe bombs “all over the place.”

Monday review – the hot 22 stories of the week

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 04:48
From vulnerable 2FA codes to phishing to critical flaws for Adobe Acrobat and Reader, and everything in between. It's weekly roundup time.

Ep. 014 – Rickrolls, Acrobat and zombie hands [PODCAST]

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 19:10
Here's the latest Naked Security podcast - enjoy!

Old tweets reveal hidden secrets

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 06:45
Old Twitter posts could reveal more about you than you think, according to researchers, even if you didn’t explicitly mention it.

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