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Rubber “anti-ID” mask foils spy-cams by turning us all into clones

A Chicago artist has created a cheap, effective way for the public to fight back against the growing profusion of security cameras – rubber masks which make the devices unable to identify people by making everyone look the same.

Former Royal reporter: “I hacked Kate Middleton’s phone 155 times”

So-called phone hacking makes the headlines again, as new revelations are made.

Have you properly secured your mobile phone voicemail?

Interview: Phil Zimmermann – why Fortune 100 companies are buying Blackphone

Phil Zimmermann invented the most widely used system of email encryption in the world – and says that Fortune 100 companies are queuing up for his encrypted Blackphone, which allows “whispered” conversations, anywhere.

Snapchat “lied to users” about privacy of vanishing photos

The photo-sharing app Snapchat, popular with youngsters for its photos which would exist briefly then “disappear forever” has admitted that the photos did not, in fact, disappear, in a settlement with the U.S. government’s FTC.

Smart TVs can be infected with spyware – just like smartphones

‘Smart’ televisions with built-in microphones could be used as bugging devices by corrupting the devices with malware, according to software specialists NCC Group, as reported by The Register.

Mystery surrounds Bitly’s urgent security warning following security breach

If you have an account on link-shortening service Bitly, you should take steps now to protect your account.

Young people fear internet of things will give away their secrets

Young people are seriously worrried about connected gadgets when it comes to privacy – worrying that ‘connected’ gadgets such as Smart TVs could give away more data than they are comfortable with, according to a new survey.

Cybercrime evolves as criminal gangs join forces with spies – report

Hackers targeting sensitive information or stealing from retailers work at such speed that customers often notice data breaches first – and for the first time, cybercriminals are ‘teaming up’ with spies, according to a new report.

Canadian teenager is first to be arrrested for Heartbleed bug attack

A 19-year-old teenager in London, Ontario, Canada has become the first criminal to be arrested for exploiting the ‘Heartbleed’ bug to steal information – in this case, private information on Canadian taxpayers.

All eyes on Heartbleed bug: worse than feared and could affect “billions”

The full scope of the Heartbleed bug came to light in a series of reports by researchers and white-hat hackers, with some claiming a billion smartphones may be at risk, as well as a statement allegedly from the US government over its use of the bug.

“I am responsible”: Heartbleed developer breaks silence

The source of the bug, which has affected at least 500,000 sites and millions of users, was a small programming error made by a PhD student, who has spoken of his regret at the incident.

Privacy, Social Media, and the Younger Generation

When parents post photographs and information about their children to social media, what are the privacy implications for those children when they’re grown? What happens on the internet tends to stay on the internet, and not necessarily in a good way.

NSA revelations shake faith in U.S. tech firms as Harris poll shows public conflicted

The National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance activities revealed by former CIA contractor Edward Snowden appear to be taking a serious toll on public confidence in technology companies in America, such as Internet service providers and software companies, according to a Harris poll commissioned by ESET. The poll found that two-thirds of adult Americans who said

Heartbleed encryption flaw leaves millions of sites at risk

The Heartbleed bug – a flaw in an encryption technology used to protect major websites including Yahoo – has left a huge amount of private data at risk – and internet giants are scrambling to find fixes for a problem which could leave customer data exposed to criminals.

Samsung smartphones are security favourite – for adulterers

Samsung is the most popular brand of smartphone among a large portion of the adult population – adulterers, with the Korean handsets chosen by more than half of those conducting secret affairs.

New Harris poll shows NSA revelations impact online shopping, banking, and more

A new Harris poll shows that revelations about the National Security Agency’s digital surveillance activities are changing online behavior for many Americans and some say they are doing less online banking and less online shopping because of what they have learned about the NSA.

Channel Cybercrime: Bug allows hackers to hijack screen of Philips TVs

Hackers could take control of Philips ‘smart TVs’ and broadcast their own ‘shows’ to watching famlies, thanks to a ‘fixed’ password which allows nearby attackers easy access to the set’s Wi-Fi adapter.

PRISM-proof system could turn servers into spook-proof fortresses

A young MIT student has invented a new system for storing data which could offer protection against unscrupulous colleagues – and even against the hi-tech tentacles of government organizations with “back doors” into corporate servers.

Google encrypts ALL Gmail to keep snoopers out

Starting today, Gmail will use an encrypted HTTPS connection to check or send email, regardless of what platform users employ to access the service – and will use security measures when moving mails internally, citing fears over government snooping.

Facebook’s ‘Deepface’ photo-matching is nearly as good as human brains

Facebook’s ‘Deepface’ photo-matching software can now ‘recognize’ human faces with an accuracy just a fraction of a percentage point behind human beings – a huge leap forward in the technology, with some potentially alarming implications for privacy.

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