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‘Keystroke Biometrics’ exploit defeats Tor privacy

Security researchers have created a practical privacy attack out of a well-known theory around user behaviour. The attack appears to defeat privacy measures such as Tor.

Accidental pocket dials can be used in evidence, says US court

Accidental ‘pocket dials’ are now admissible in evidence against you, the US Appeals court has ruled.

Researchers unveil super-fast anonymity network

A group of six academics have published a paper describing a new high speed anonymity network that could increase the privacy of internet users everywhere.

Smartwatch security ‘lacking’ says HP study

Smartwatch security is noticeably absent in most devices, leaving users at risk of cyberattacks.

Cheap wifi privacy device pulled with no explanation

A planned Defcon talk around a low-cost privacy device called ProxyHam has been cancelled.

Tour de France leader Chris Froome has had his data hacked, claims Team Sky

Yellow Jersey wearer targeted by critics who claim he has been using performance-enhancing drugs.

Aspiring singer jailed for hacking Madonna and stealing unreleased tracks

Breaking into the music business is one thing. Breaking into Madonna’s computer without permission is quite another.

T-Mobile received the most US data requisition requests

Telco T-Mobile’s US arm received more data requests than its larger peers in 2014.

Eastern England councils in slew of data breach errors

A series of more than 160 data breaches have struck local authorities in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire over the past year, according to new reports.

ICANN policy changes trigger privacy concerns

Internet name authority ICANN has unsettled privacy advocates after a new working group document flagged changes to the way domain proxy services can operate.

New iPhone update blocks apps from seeing other apps you’ve installed

Apple will reportedly introduce a new privacy update for the iPhone that will prevent installed iOS apps from seeing which other apps have been downloaded to the device.

How to steal PGP encryption keys (using radio waves and pita bread)

An ingenious team of Israeli security researchers at Tel Aviv University have discovered a way to steal secret encryption keys using a gadget so small it can be hidden inside some pita bread.

Reddit goes HTTPS, joins Wikipedia at security table

Popular meme site Reddit has announced that it will soon encrypt all traffic with HTTPS by default.

DuckDuckGo traffic up after Apple integration and privacy issues

Privacy search engine DuckDuckGo has seen traffic rocket after recent widely publicized privacy scares, according to the company.

EU data protection regulation overhaul inches closer

The 28 EU member states have taken a significant step towards a historic overhaul of EU-wide data protection laws, first proposed three years ago.

Wikipedia switches to HTTPS by default

Wikimedia has announced that all of its web properties – including the enormously popular crowd-sourced dictionary Wikipedia – will now use HTTPS encryption by default.

Snapchat bolsters security with optional Two-factor authentication

Snapchat has added an option for two-factor authentication in its latest update, followed in the footsteps of Apple, Twitter and Facebook.

Is your GoPro camera secretly spying on you?

Poor choices of passwords can lead to your privacy being breached, after researchers revealed just how easy it could be for hackers to break into GoPro cameras.

IRS hacker attack puts US tax payers at risk

The IRS has admitted that for more than two months malicious hackers targeted its systems, and managed to gain access to information about more than 100,000 tax payers.

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.

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