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Alan Martin
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University of Buffalo study examines the psychology of phishing emails

A study by the University of Buffalo has revealed that ‘information rich phishing emails’ may be more effective due to their ability to alter recipients’ cognitive processes, reports Phys.org.

Private cybersecurity school set to open in London

A school entirely focussed on teaching cybersecurity skills has launched in the UK, reports Computer Business Review.

Edward Snowden doesn’t use an iPhone for privacy reasons

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has claimed he doesn’t use an iPhone for fear of surveillance technology in the smartphone, reports The Independent.

Zero-day vulnerability in Flash Player exploited by attackers

A zero day vulnerability in Flash is being actively used by cybercriminals, according to Forbes.

Public Wi-Fi hacked by seven year old in 10 minutes

The danger of public Wi-Fi spots has been exposed by a seven year old girl following a short video tutorial, reports ITV.

Twitter launches phone-based password alternative for the web

Twitter has announced the release of its Digits password alternative for websites, reports ZDNet.

Weakest, common passwords of 2014 revealed

A study of more than 3.3 million leaked passwords in 2014 has been released, exposing the most overused, predictable passwords.

Facebook will highlight hoaxes in users’ newsfeeds

Facebook has announced plans to crack down on spam and hoaxes in the newsfeed, with a note highlighting ‘false information’ when enough people flag the link as a hoax.

Survey: young people overwhelmingly in favor of biometric security

A survey by Visa Europe has found that the majority of those aged 16 to 24 would feel extremely comfortable with biometric security measures.

1800 Minecraft logins leak online

More than 1,800 Minecraft login details have been leaked online, German news site Heise.de has revealed.

Internet of Things hacking: World Economic Forum warns of “global threat”

The World Economic Forum’s annual Global Risks report has highlighted risks inherent with Internet of Things style connected devices.

Bluetooth fob used in 2 millions American cars vulnerable to exploit

Bluetooth dongles provided to drivers by insurance companies to track driving habits are poorly secured, and could be hacked to hijack cars, reports The Register.

Aussie Travel Cover breached in December hack

Australian travel insurance company Aussie Travel Cover has been breached in a hack that has seen ‘hundreds of thousands’ of travel records stolen, reports Yahoo News Australia.

Politicians and journalists stung by fake open Wi-Fi protest

Delegates were left red-faced after connecting to an open Wi-Fi network set up to protest mass digital surveillance.

Park ‘N Fly and OneStopParking suffer card breaches

Park ‘N Fly and OneStopParking are the latest companies to reveal data breaches, potentially exposing the card details of customers who used either service

Obama to call for longer hacking prison sentences with revised Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

President Barack Obama intends to persuade Congress to increase the sentence for hackers, as well as widen the definition of what hacking means, according to Ars Technica.

Google puts a stop to Adsense malvertising campaign

A ‘widespread’ malicious advertising campaign that sent web browsers to immitation websites has been stopped by Google

Corel vulnerabilities could allow hackers in via DLL hijacking

Many of Corel’s photo, video and media editing programs contain DLL hijacking vulnerabilities, a security researcher has discovered.

Swiss bank data released by hackers

The Swiss state owned Banque Cantonale de Geneve has confirmed that hackers have released confidential customer correspondences after the bank refused to pay the ransom demanded by the attackers

Obama to propose legislation that protects firms sharing cyberthreat data

President Barack Obama is planning to push legislation which would protect companies from lawsuits for sharing cyberthreat data with the government, reports the Washington Post.

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