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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.

Bitcoin fixes Mt Gox theft bug – as exchange staff find 200,000 BTC in ‘forgotten’ wallet

Bitcoin’s developers have released a new version of the software, which includes a long-awaited fix for the “transaction malleability” bug which is said to have brought down the Mt Gox exchange – and Mt Gox staff have ‘found’ 200,000 BTC in an abandoned wallet in the exchange.

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.

Master of Mavericks: How to secure your Mac using Apple’s latest update

Apple’s Mavericks update was the first free update to Mac OS X – itself a big step forward for security, as all Mac users can update to the latest version freely (providing their machine is up to the new software – which Apple allows you to check here). But under the bonnet of Mavericks lurk

Stealth malware sneaks onto Android phones, then “turns evil” when OS upgrades

A new form of Android malware could bypass one of the main warning systems built into Google’s smartphone and tablet OS – allowing malicious apps to ‘sneak’ onto a phone with a relatively innocuous list of ‘Permissions’, then add new, malicious abilities.

Target breach optioned as Sony feature film

The Target breach, and in particular the role of respected security blogger Brian Krebs in breaking the story, has been optioned as a feature film by Sony. The studio bought the rights to the New York Times article, “Reporting From the Web’s Underbelly,” with a view to creating a “cyber thriller.”

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.

Google Glass spyware lets snoopers “see through wearer’s eyes”

Spyware which stealthily takes photographs using Google Glass’s built-in camera and uploads them to a remote server without the user being aware has been demonstrated successfully on the eyepiece – despite Google’s policies explicitly forbidding such programs.

Revenue Service breach may have leaked data on 20,000 employees

Personal data for around 20,000 workers for the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS), including names, social security numbers and addresses may have been exposed, after an employee plugged a thumb drive into a computer on an unsecured home network.

Better Mac Testing? How OS security can make AV testing harder

As Mac malware increases in prevalence, testing security software that supplements OS X internal security gets more important and more difficult.

Over 500,000 PCs attacked every day after 25,000 UNIX servers hijacked by Operation Windigo

Malware researchers at ESET have uncovered a widespread cybercriminal operation that has seized control of tens of thousands of Unix servers. Learn more about how to check your systems for compromise, and prevent innocent computer users from being attacked.

Operation Windigo – the vivisection of a large Linux server-side credential-stealing malware campaign

Our report titled “Operation Windigo – the vivisection of a large Linux server-side credential-stealing malware campaign” details our analysis of a set of malicious programs that infect servers and desktop PCs, and send nearly 500,000 web users to malicious content daily.”

More than 80% of business leaders feel “unprepared” for cyber incidents

More than 80% of business leaders do not feel fully prepared for the effects of a major cyber incident, according to a new survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit – despite 77% of companies having faced such incidents in the past two years.

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