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BitTorrent study finds most file-sharers are monitored
Security
Written by Danrok   
Tuesday, 04 September 2012 14:44

From the BBC:

Anyone using file-sharing service BitTorrent to download the latest film or music release without paying is likely to be monitored, UK-based researchers suggest.

A Birmingham University study indicates that an illegal file-sharer downloading popular content would be logged by a monitoring firm within three hours.

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Personal data put at risk by auction of unclaimed USB drives
Security
Written by Danrok   
Monday, 18 June 2012 17:26

From ArsTechnica:

Here’s an important safety tip, courtesy of the Privacy Commissioner of Australia’s state of New South Wales: erasing data on a USB drive doesn’t mean it’s gone. Encrypting USB data is the only way to keep it safe.

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Cyberwarfare in the Middle-East uncovered
Security
Written by Danrok   
Monday, 28 May 2012 13:44

"Flame" - complex malware has been exposed by Kaspersky Labs

Malware known as Flame could have been targeting specific countries such as Israel, and Iran, since 2010.

Kasperky Labs, a Russian outfit, thinks that this could be the work of a government, and that the malware causes no damage, but steals private data from targeted organisations, and individuals.

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How to uncover hidden PC activity
Security
Written by Danrok   
Monday, 21 May 2012 20:52

From TechRadar:

We recently looked at various techniques you can use to hide data in Windows, from simple filename tricks to complete encryption of the OS. Now we're going to turn the tables and discover ways to uncover hidden activity.

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Flawed sign-in services from Google and Facebook imperil user accounts
Security
Written by Danrok   
Monday, 26 March 2012 13:10

From ArsTechnica:

Account login services that implement applications from Google, Facebook, and other commercial providers are prone to flaws that allow adversaries unauthorized access to private user profiles on the third-party Websites that use them, a team of computer scientists has concluded.

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The dark side of Facebook
Security
Written by Danrok   
Sunday, 04 March 2012 16:41

From the Telegraph:

Our social networking pages are being policed by outsourced, unvetted moderators

For most of us, our experience on Facebook is a benign – even banal – one. A status update about a colleague’s commute. A “friend” request from someone we haven’t seen for years (and hoped to avoid for several more). A picture of another friend’s baby, barely distinguishable from the dozen posted the day before.

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Apple Loophole Gives Developers Access to Photos
Security
Written by Danrok   
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 10:25

From Bits:

SAN FRANCISCO — The private photos on your phone may not be as private as you think.

Developers of applications for Apple’s mobile devices, along with Apple itself, came under scrutiny this month after reports that some apps were taking people’s address book information without their knowledge.

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Suspension of Disbelief: magicians' friends targeted by new phishing scam
Security
Written by Danrok   
Monday, 05 December 2011 15:50

From ArsTechnica:

Last week, friends of Kyle and Kelly Peron got a disturbing email that appeared to be from the couple, a husband-and-wife magic act. It told of trouble overseas, claiming that the two had been mugged while vacationing briefly in the Phillipines. "We've been to the Embassy and the Police here but they're not helping issues at all and our flight leaves in few hours from now but we're having problems settling the hotel bills and the hotel manager won't let us leave until we settle the bills," the email pleaded. "Please, let me know if you can help us out?"

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HTC 'investigating' security flaw uncovered by blogger
Security
Written by Danrok   
Monday, 03 October 2011 19:22

From the BBC:

HTC is investigating claims that a security flaw in several of its mobile phones means personal information is being exposed.

The Android Police blog says a file containing a user's GPS location and email addresses can be easily accessed once internet permissions are granted.

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Hotmail to ban obvious passwords
Security
Written by Danrok   
Friday, 15 July 2011 17:14

No more, ilovecats and 12345

You only have to look at lists of hacked online accounts, dumped to places like pastebin, to see that many people are using passwords which could be easily guessed, or brute forced in no time.

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