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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.

UK police need to ‘catch up’ with cybercrime threat

Police in the UK are facing an uphill struggle to deal with modern threats and cybercrime, reports the BBC, with the current methods involving “policing the crimes of today with the methods of yesterday.”

Cyber Monday: Costco and Home Depot phishing emails target shoppers

Thanksgiving Day phishing emails leverage this popular American holiday to target consumers who shop at The Home Depot and Costco. Here’s what to watch for, and advice on how to handle such messages.

5 must do’s for a safer Cyber Monday

With so many retailers offering great deals online, its important to be extra wary of cyber criminals looking to take advantage. Keep in mind these 5 must dos on Cyber Monday.

League of Legends Bug Bounty Scheme has awarded over $100k

Riot Games, the creator of League of Legends, has paid out over $100,000 to security researchers poring over the game looking for exploits, hacks and bugs, Security Week reports.

Healthcare security needs investment to stave off cyberattacks, says report

A new report from IDC Health Insights claims that healthcare firms need to invest to ensure protections from cyberattacks, according to the Computing website.

Infographic: Cyber Monday – Everything you need to know

Cyber Monday is one of the biggest shopping days in the year, and in 2013 a massive $2.3bn was spent on shoppers getting their Christmas bargains in. Where this kind of money is flowing, cybercriminals are also around though, as this infographic shows.

News websites hacked with ‘Syrian Electronic Army’ pop-up

A Thanksgiving attack across many Western news and information websites left visitors facing javascript pop-ups telling them they had been hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army, according to CNET.

Gamer PCs – how to keep yours clean and mean

Gamers have become major targets for hackers – from large-scale attacks against gaming companies, to small-scale scams carried out via game chat channels. But a few easy security steps should help keep your precious rig at full speed – and safe.

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

Pirated website themes contain ‘CryptoPHP backdoor’

Pirate themes and plugins for websites running on WordPress, Drupal and Joomla contain a nasty bit of malware that supports the attackers’ Search Engine Optimization efforts, CRN reports.

Australian government announces cybersecurity review

The Australian government is to conduct its first review into the country’s cyber security since 2008, ABC Australia reports.

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.

Do I need to worry about state-sponsored threats like Regin?

Since the discovery of Stuxnet several years ago, there has been a parade of targeted malware that may have been created or sponsored by nation states. Does an average person or business really need to worry about these things?

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.

Google now lets you disconnect devices that looks ‘suspicious’

Google has launched a couple of new security feature for user of its apps. Most strikingly, the Devices and Activity dashboard allows users to see all devices that have logged in to the user’s Google account, and from where, in the last 28 days, Mashable reports.

Craigslist redirected to prank site via DNS hijack

Craigslist visitors were left surprised earlier this week, when browsing the popular classifieds website led them to some unexpected places, reports The Register.

Driverless cars ‘could be hacked’ warns Institute of Engineering and Technology

Self-driving cars are just around the corner, with the UK government putting up £10 million (around $15.6 million) for cities to pilot trials as soon as next year, but the country’s Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) today issued stern warnings about the security of the technology.

16% of British adults hit by cyber attacks

A new study has revealed that as many as one in six Britains have fallen victim to a cyber attack.

‘Citadel’ trojan attacking password managers

Using password managers is often recommended as good practice in order to prevent overusing the same logins, but a new malware has been uncovered that specifically targets the password managers that hold all the variants.

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