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Alan Martin
Alan Martin
Independent Correspondent

Google to add permission controls in upcoming Android M

At the Google I/O event in San Francisco, the company announced a number of changes to its Android mobile operating system, including the option to deny any app individual permissions.

Gaana music streaming hack could affect over 10 million users

One of India’s most popular music streaming services, Gaana, was pulled offline after a hack resulted in a leak of data affecting more than 10 million users.

Bug causes iPhones to crash when sent malicious text message

An exploit has been discovered that causes iPhones and iPads to reboot when sent a string of malicious text.

Hackers could track subway users via phone accelerometer data

Researchers from Nanjing University have found a way in which hackers could track a smartphone user on the subway – even when limited reception is available.

Bluetooth fitness trackers ‘a threat to privacy’

Devices using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to transmit their data can be intercepted by hackers, potentially exposing a trove of fitness data from wearables, IT Pro reports.

Google reveals failure of ‘secret question’ password recall

A research paper from Google has looked into the difficulties of standard ‘forgotten password’ personal information verification.

Adult dating site hacked, leaking private information

Casual dating website ‘Adult FriendFinder’ has been hacked, leaking data from as many as 3.9 million accounts, according to an investigation by Channel 4 News.

DDoS attacks have doubled in a year, says Akamai

Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks are on the rise, according to cloud service provider Akamai, with more than double the number reported from this time a year ago.

Researchers design ‘decoy password’ system to fool hackers

Researchers have developed a system to protect password databases, allowing hackers to believe they have cracked the file, only to be given fake credentials.

Popular GTA V mods come with unwanted malware

Two popular Grand Theft Auto V modifications have been found to contain unwanted additional malware, according to The Escapist.

Aryeh Goretsky talks “very promising” Windows 10 security

Windows expert Aryeh Goretsky discusses threats to Windows past, present and future. Will Windows 10 mean hackers have to work harder?

UK government amends hacking laws to give intelligence service immunity

The British government has passed legislation amending the Computer Misuse Act to prevent GCHQ, the police and intelligence services from prosecution over any hacking into mobile phones and computers.

Apple seeks to block sale of RadioShack customer data

Apple has filed a court objection against the sale of RadioShack customer data for those who had purchased its products, reports Ars Technica.

Google turns down 60 percent of ‘right to be forgotten’ requests

A year after Google introduced its controversial ‘right to be forgotten’ feature, the search giant has published some statistics about its implementation.

Quick thinking hostage calls police via online pizza delivery

A quick-thinking Florida mother used an online takeaway order to raise the alarm, after her partner took the woman and her three children hostage.

Russian hacking group APT28 planned attacks against global banks

A Russian hacking group planned on launching cyberattacks against several banks around the world, according to SC Magazine.

The surprising fees hackers charge for their services

Hackers advertise their nefarious services to potential customers for as little as $90 for Gmail and $350 to access a target’s Facebook account, reports The Daily Mail.

Whistleblower claims cybersecurity firm extorted clients

A cybersecurity firm is accused of deceiving potential clients in order to extort business, according to whistle blower testimony to the FTC.

Study shows fear of weakened security on new payment technology

A new study by the Ponemon Institute has revealed anxiety at the security of new payment systems, pressured by consumer demand, reports SC Magazine.

Security concerns prompts ‘gold rush’ for Chinese enterprise computing market

Concern over the security of Windows in China has led to a ‘gold rush’, as Chinese firms race to fill the gap left by Microsoft’s operating system, reports Reuters.

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