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Sony execs turned to old BlackBerries from basement in wake of attack

Sony executives turned to old BlackBerries found in a basement in the firm’s California headquarters in, using SMS text messages and a ‘phone tree’ to communicate in the wake of the attack.

Facebook privacy – network faces court for ‘reading user messages’

Facebook is to face a class action lawsuit over ‘reading’ its user’s messages, a U.S. judge has ruled.

Hobbit-inspired sword can help you find unsecured WiFi hotspots

Like many others, I was enchanted by The Hobbit (and later Lord of the Rings) at a young age – long before Peter Jackson turned J R R Tolkien’s middle-earth fantasy books into a series of blockbuster movies.

Spyware abuse – partner tracking reaching “epidemic proportions”

Realtime call-monitoring and GPS tracking of partners by domestic abusers is on the rise, both via dedicated electronic listening devices or using sophisticated spyware software.

Yik Yak – what security-conscious users need to know

It’s billed as the hottest new messaging app on the planet, and it’s rocketed into the top ten in the U.S. in just a year. But how safe are you on Yik Yak?

The Sony Pictures Hack: 5 short sharp lessons we all can learn

The recent hacking of Sony Pictures offers valuable lessons in cybersecurity from which every company and consumer can learn.

UK Broadband ISPs hijacking browsers to push porn blocks

A host of UK broadband providers are hijacking people’s browsers mid-session to force them into making decisions on adult content filters.

Madonna thinks her computer was hacked

Turns out that the Material Girl has had her material stolen, and she’s blaming hackers!

Mobile security: flaw allows hackers to read texts and listen to calls

Hackers can eavesdrop on your phone calls and text messages even with cell networks using “the most advanced encryption available” according to The Washington Post.

Uber considers biometrics in bid to improve safety

The ride-sharing app Uber has unveiled new security plans to screen drivers, helping ensure passenger safety, Engadget reports.

Webcam security – how to lock down the cameras in your home

Our tips will help you hacker-proof anything from baby monitors to surveillance cameras – and keep your home private.

Privacy focused Blackphone app store in development

Blackphone – the Android smartphone that pushes privacy and security above all else – is to open an app store set to rival the Google Play marketplace.

Identity theft – six tips to help keep yours safe

Private data such as addresses and social security numbers can be just as valuable to cybercriminals as valid credit card details can be to thieves – if not more so. Lock yours down with our tips.

US announces new cybersecurity unit with a focus on prevention

The Department of Justice has announced that it is creating a dedicated cybersecurity unit, with an eye on prevention rather, reports Gizmodo.

Sony Pictures hacking exposed Hollywood stars’ personal data

The fallout from Sony Pictures’ hacking continued today, with the Wall Street Journal reporting that 47,000 sets of personal details have been posted online.

Phone biometric security need to be controlled, says ex-GCHQ chief

The former head of the UK’s government’s communications agency GCHQ has issued warnings over the privacy of the biometric security increasingly favored in top-end mobile phones and other devices, Computing reports.

Facebook to strengthen its privacy policy

Facebook has announced a set of new privacy focused terms of service, which aims to let users of the social network ‘control their information’, according to The Independent. The changes, which will be live as of 1 January 2015, introduce ‘Privacy Basics’, a tool that shows users who can see any information they share on

Cyber Monday – 12 tips to help you shop safely online

Technology might evolve, but cyber gangs rely on tried-and-tested tactics. With a bit of care and attention, it’s easy to sort the genuine bargains from the too-good-to-be-true fakes.

Bitcoin hack can reveal IP addresses of anonymous transactions

The infamous anonymity of Bitcoin as a currency has a weakness built into it, according to a paper published by the University of Luxembourg.

Smart home security – how not to be dumb with your devices

It’s easy to imagine that ALL connected devices – from fridges to CCTV cameras – are a security nightmare, but there are simple, sensible steps you can take to lock these risks down.

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