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WannaCry hero Hutchins now officially a convicted cybercriminal

Sun, 04/21/2019 - 10:18
The youngster who spent his own money to protect people from the WannaCry virus has pleaded guilty to malware-related cybercrime charges.

Facebook: we logged 100x more Instagram plaintext passwords than we thought

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 09:58
Facebook has updated 'tens of thousands of plaintext Instagram passwords ended up in logfile' to say it was more like a million.

Serious Security: Ransomware you’ll never find – and how to stop it

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 08:03
What if you got hit by ransomware - but the malware program itself was on the other side of the world where you'd never find it?

Facebook user data used as bargaining chip, according to leaked docs

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 06:56
Leaked internal docs used to claim "privacy was an afterthought" at Facebook

Google plays Whack-A-Mole with naughty Android developers

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 06:34
Android developers without a track record are going to be submitted to more checks in order to stamp out those of “bad faith.”

Chrome flaw on iOS leads to 500 million unwanted pop-up ads

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 06:11
If you own an iOS device and use the Chrome browser, you may have encountered some strange-looking pop-up ads in the past week.

Oracle issues nearly 300 patches in quarterly update

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 05:52
Oracle's latest security update covers 297 vulnerabilities, many of which come with a "patch now" warning.

Ep. 028 – SPEWS, Android security and scary Facebook messages [PODCAST]

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 09:55
Here's the latest Naked Security podcast - enjoy!

Mozilla to Apple: Protect user privacy with rotating phone IDs

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 06:03
Mozilla has criticized Apple for its latest privacy marketing campaign, urging it to provide more automatic protection for users behind the scenes.

Ad blocker firms rush to fix security bug

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 05:59
If you’re using an ad blocker to filter out online commercials, then beware: You might be vulnerable to a new attack revealed on Monday that enables hackers to compromise your browser.

Internet Explorer browser flaw threatens all Windows users

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 05:52
Nearly four years after it was replaced by Edge as Microsoft’s preferred Windows browser, researchers keep finding unpleasant security flaws in Internet Explorer (IE).

Microsoft confirms Outlook.com and Hotmail accounts were breached

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 05:45
Between 1 January and 28 March this year hackers were able to access a “limited number” of consumer Outlook.com, Hotmail and MSN Mail email accounts, Microsoft has confirmed.

Watch out! Don’t fall for the Instagram ‘Nasty List’ phishing attack

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 05:23
Instagram users have been receiving odd messages from followers expressing shock that their accounts have somehow ended up on something called the “Nasty List.”

Google’s location history data shared routinely with police

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 05:22
Law enforcement officials in the US have been routinely mining Google’s location history data for criminal investigations.

US feds’ names, home and email addresses hacked and posted online

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 05:00
A group of hackers that doxxed thousands of federal law enforcement employees last week has struck again.

Security weakness in popular VPN clients

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 04:20
Numerous enterprise VPN clients could be vulnerable to a potentially serious security weakness that could be used to spoof access.

Flood of exploits targetting ancient WinRAR flaw continues

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 07:50
An ancient WinRAR vulnerability made public in February is now well on its way to becoming one of the most widely and rapidly-exploited security flaws of recent times.

Microsoft’s Edge browser reborn after Chromium makeover

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 07:46
After three years of embarrassing rejection, might Microsoft’s newly-Chromed Edge browser be on the up?

Is there a link between videogaming and cybercrime? Police think so

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 07:42
UK police are planning to issue online warnings to young gamers hoping to deter them from a life of cybercrime, they revealed last week.

Dragonblood: Data-leaking flaw in WPA3 Wi-Fi authentication

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 07:06
Researchers have discovered several holes in a new security protocol for wireless networks.

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