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Update now! Chrome and Firefox patch security flaws

Thu, 31/01/2019 - 11:54
Google and Mozilla are tidying up security features and patching vulnerabilities in Chrome and Firefox for Mac, Windows, and Linux.

14k HIV+ records leaked, Singapore says sorry

Thu, 31/01/2019 - 11:50
Singapore's Ministry of Health said the HIV status of 14,200 people, plus confidential data of 2,400 of their contacts, is in the possession of somebody who's not authorized to have it and who's published it online.

Phone cloner gets 65 months in jail

Thu, 31/01/2019 - 11:04
A US court has sentenced a man to over five years for his part in a massive telecommunications fraud involving stolen cellphone accounts and reprogrammed phones.

Apple kicks Facebook’s snoopy Research app out of the App Store

Thu, 31/01/2019 - 10:51
It was paying people, including teens, up to $20 to install an app that got root access for “nearly limitless access,” encryption or no.

Ep. 017 – DNS hijacking, a weird breach and a cybersecurity confession [PODCAST]

Wed, 30/01/2019 - 14:21
Here's the latest Naked Security podcast - enjoy!

Matrix under the microscope: what a niche ransomware can teach us

Wed, 30/01/2019 - 12:07
The malware middle ground is full of journeymen, wallflowers and also-rans that'll bite you hard, if you let them.

Sophos Home’s been updated, and it’s got some cool new features

Wed, 30/01/2019 - 12:04
There’s a new version of Sophos Home out today, and it comes with a whole host of new features.

Privilege escalation vulnerability uncovered in Microsoft Exchange

Wed, 30/01/2019 - 10:25
A researcher has discovered an alarming way that an attacker controlling a Microsoft Exchange mailbox account could potentially elevate their privileges to become a Domain Administrator.

Firefox makes it easier for users to dodge ad-trackers

Wed, 30/01/2019 - 10:07
Firefox has introduced a new set of controls to make it easier for privacy-conscious users to protect themselves from online ad trackers.

It’s mop-up time for WebStresser DDoS-for-hire users

Wed, 30/01/2019 - 09:56
Cops from 14 countries are seeking to inflict a bit of distributed denial-of-freedom to whoever's behind 6 million around-the-globe attacks.

Scammers steal social media videos to wring hearts and wallets

Wed, 30/01/2019 - 09:43
They're putting up fake accounts to bilk the tender-hearted for donations, using the images of a real 5-year-old with real cerebral palsey.

Japanese government will try to hack its citizens’ IOT devices

Tue, 29/01/2019 - 10:24
Japan will hack citizens' IoT devices to mop up cyber security before the Olympics. Don't like the notion? Here's how to lock 'em down!

Facebook to tie together WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger

Tue, 29/01/2019 - 09:55
Should we cheer for WhatsApp-esque, end-to-end encryption everywhere, or tremble at creeping Facebookism?

Apple scrambles to fix FaceTime eavesdropping bug

Tue, 29/01/2019 - 09:29
Apple is scrambling to fix an embarrassingly dangerous "snooping" bug in its popular FaceTime app.

Thieves’ names and descriptions made public on B&Q database

Tue, 29/01/2019 - 09:05
DIY giant B&Q reportedly suffered an Elasticsearch database breach this week that gave up information on around 70,000 shoplifters.

Credential-stuffing attack prompts Dailymotion password reset

Tue, 29/01/2019 - 08:16
Dailymotion is resetting the account passwords of an unknown number of users after being hit by a “large-scale” credential stuffing attack.

How my Instagram account got hacked

Mon, 28/01/2019 - 11:39
After years of embarrassment, I'm finally ready to admit how and why my Instagram account got hacked.

How to protect yourself this Data Privacy Day

Mon, 28/01/2019 - 10:49
Today is Data Privacy Day. We asked around at Sophos for some tips from people that live security day in and day out.

BGP secure routing experiment ends in online row

Mon, 28/01/2019 - 10:41
An experiment to make the internet safer ended up breaking parts of it last week.

Twitter scammers jump in on real-time complaints to companies

Mon, 28/01/2019 - 10:40
”Hi there,” said the polite (and fake) help desk, leading to a back-and-forth between a lying scammer and a lying security analyst.