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Microsoft to fix zero-day flaw that meant just previewing an Outlook email could infect your computer

It’s one thing to have a security hole that relies upon users visiting an infected website, or opening a dodgy attachment – but it’s quite a different level of threat when simply *previewing* a message in your email client infects your computer.

What is EMV, and why is it such a hot topic?

You may know it by one of many names: EMV, Integrated Chip Cards, or more simply Chip & Pin or Smart Cards… but whatever you call it: it is a hot topic for debate on the subject of credit card fraud. In this post we will explain the difference between these and traditional credit cards, and why it is being discussed so heatedly in the wake of the Target breach.

“Domestic spyware” apps increasingly precursor to violence – or murder

Apps designed to ‘report’ on handset users’ communications while remaining undetected have increasingly become a factor in cases of domestic violence and even murder.

Surveillance cameras hijacked to mine Bitcoin while watching you

Malware written specifically for DVR recorders used for the output of surveillance cameras has forced some machines to mine Bitcoin – although the low-powered machines are ‘very bad’ miners, Wired points out.

With just days to go, just how many PCs are still running Windows XP?

If computers continue to run Windows XP, and don’t receive any more security patches. they are not just putting themselves and the data they carry at risk, they are endangering all of us who use the internet.

Attack on Samsung’s Boxee TV service leaks 158,000 passwords and emails

An attack on the forums for the Boxee internet-TV service has yielded 158,000 customer passwords – and what appears to be email addresses and full messaging histories for the victims.

Win32/Sality newest component: a router’s primary DNS changer named Win32/RBrute

DNS hijacking is still going strong and the Win32/Sality operators have added this technique to their long-lasting botnet. This blog post describes how the malware guesses router passwords as part of its campaign to misdirect users, send spam and infect new victims.

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.

Credit cards are dead, long live fingerprints? Samsung S5 first of ‘many’ scan-to-pay phones

Samsung’s Galaxy S5 offers a cutting-edge component that will change m-commerce forever – a fingerprint-scanner which offers instant authentication with one finger-swipe and which works in stores as well as online.

Tesla shocker as researcher picks electric supercar’s lock

The Model S is rated one of the safest cars on the road – but the electronic security system protecting its locks may not be quite as bulletproof, researchers claim. The six-digit PIN used to protect its lock can be brute-forced, or phished, by attackers.

5 Tips for protecting Windows XP machines after April 8, 2014

Microsoft will cease providing security updates for the Windows XP operating system on April 8, 2014. If you cannot get away from Windows XP yet, there are still a few things you can do to keep yourself safe.

The Internet of Things isn’t a malware-laced game of cyber-Cluedo… yet

Will the future be a murderous game of ‘smart device’ Cluedo, where Colonel Mustard meets his death at the hands of a Wi-Fi pacemaker, and Miss Scarlett is consumed in a Smart Home-ignited blaze. Not likely, says David Harley – where’s the profit motive?

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.

Sniffing earwax could offer icky new frontier in biometrics

For most of us, earwax is a bodily product we prefer not to think about, but a team of scientists have discovered that the substance reveals a huge amount about its creator – and could even be used to identify people.

Tumblr adds “nuclear defense system” (well, 2FA) to shield users

Popular blogging service Tumblr has become the latest web giant to add two-factor authentication as an “extra layer” of security for users – describing its new measure as a “nuclear defense system” armed with twin keys.

Time to Move On From Windows XP

Windows XP comes to an end of sorts on April 8, 2014. After this, Microsoft will cease providing security updates or support for this venerable operating system. ESET discusses implications and resources.

Better Mac Testing: Static versus Dynamic Testing

Dynamic or on-access Mac testing of AV products is problematical with samples for which Apple has implemented signature detection.

Mark Zuckerberg invests in CAPTCHA-crushing AI which “thinks like a human”

Mark Zuckerberg, Paypal founder Elon Musk and Ashton Kutcher have invested $40 million in an artificial-intelligence start-up, Vicarious, which can already ‘read’ CAPTCHA codes – and aims to mimic functions of the human brain.

President Obama’s BlackBerry survives assault from Korean Androids

Contrary to reports late last week, the BlackBerry smartphones used by White House staffers and the President are not to be replaced by Android or Windows Phone handsets from Korean manufacturers LG and Samsung.

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