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Android/Simplocker using FBI child-abuse warnings to scare victims into paying $300

Last time we wrote about Android/Simplocker – the first ransomware for Android that actually encrypts user files – we discussed different variants of the malware and various distribution vectors that we’ve observed. Android/Simplocker has proven to be an actual threat in-the-wild in spite of its weaknesses…

Comic-Con 2014: Eight super-powered digital safety tips

Over the past few years, Comic-Con has had over 130,000 attendees, and those attendees tend to be very digitally literate – so that means we will probably see double that number of connected devices – laptops, tablets, smartphones and perhaps even tricorders.

Online privacy – millions spied on by “unblockable” ad-snooper

A new kind of web tracking tool bypasses the protections privacy-conscious web users rely on and is already being used to track users across thousands of sites – without users being aware of it.

‘Sextortion’ blackmail attacks on the rise, Police warn

‘Sextortion’ attacks where cybercriminals blackmail victims with the threat of exposing explicit photographs or messages are increasingly common, according to a report by Bloomberg News.

Insider threat – should you worry about the ‘enemy within’?

Disgruntled employees and other malicious insiders could be one of the most serious security threats companies face – but the importance of the threat from the ‘enemy within’ varies according to who you ask.

Facebook scams target grieving families of Flight MH17

Callous cybercriminals have used the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 tragedy as a lure for Facebook scams – creating fake profiles for victims of the crash.

Wi-Fi security alert on Chromecast as ‘Rickmote’ hijacks nearby boxes

A security researcher has built a remote control which hijacks any nearby Chromecast highlighting a Wi-Fi security issue, which allows an attacker to play a ‘surprise’ video on nearby gadgets.

Privacy concerns over Police ‘instant ID’ camera trial

New facial recognition technology which can instantly identify people from any digital image in seconds is being trialled in the UK for the first time.

Hacked Japanese porn sites spread banking malware attack

Thinking of spending some time perusing Japanese porn websites before you do your online banking? Security researchers at ESET have analysed an organised malware campaign that stole the login credentials of online banking customers after infecting PCs that had visited X-rated websites.

Win32/Aibatook: Banking Trojan Spreading Through Japanese Adult Websites

Win32/Aibatook targets Japanese bank customers with an unusual Internet Explorer monitoring technique. We believe the malware has been in development for months – and is now ready for take-off.

Artist mails NSA ‘uncrackable’ mixtape

An artist has created what he claims to be an ‘uncrackable’ mixtape, using freely available encryption tools and housed on a home-made device, and posted it to America’s National Security Agency (NSA).

CNET ‘database leak’ – are your details safe?

Popular technology news and review website CNET faced the threat of having a million users’ data exposed this week, with an unknown attacker posting screenshots of data from a CNET server, and demanding a surprisingly small ransom…

Data breaches in New York have tripled

Data breaches have hit a record high in the state of New York, tripling since 2006, according to records released by the state attorney general.

Google Chrome security warnings – now in plain English

“Phishing attack ahead” is similar to the stark, clear warnings delivered by road signs – and web users will soon benefit from this sort of plain-speaking alert, at least when using Google’s Chrome browser.

“I’ve been hacked, and now I’m pregnant!”

An embedded microchip that stops you from becoming pregnant? Would you trust it to protect itself properly from a hacker attack?

Keylogger malware in hotel business centers – should you worry?

Guests who used business centers in American hotels may be at risk from gangs installing keylogger malware on the computers to steal banking and email passwords.

Retina scanner for Samsung Galaxy Note 4?

A Tweet from an official Samsung Galaxy Note 4 account has dropped a very unsubtle hint that its upcoming Galaxy Note 4 handheld may feature a retina scanner – offering a significantly higher level of password security.

LastPass security holes found by researcher, says password management firm – but no need to panic

LastPass has gone public about a couple of security holes that were found in its popular online password management software.

That’s enough to send a shiver down the spines of the many internet users who trust the service to store its passwords securely, but the company says that there is no need to panic.

Banking malware Shylock’s servers knocked out by law enforcement

A notorious strain of banking malware, known as Caphaw – or Shylock, due to snippets of Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice embedded in its code – has seen its command and control servers shut down in a major international police operation.

Google Drive privacy warning – could yours have leaked data?

Files sent as a link from Google Drive could have shared more than their senders intended, Google admitted this week – in a Google Drive privacy post where the internet giant admitted files could be visible to people other than their intended recipients.

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