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Samsung Galaxy S5 is vulnerable to crude “fake fingerprint” hack

A crude fake fingerprint molded using wood glue, and based on a photo taken by a smartphone was enough to fool the much-hyped fingerprint sensor in Samsung’s new flagship S5. Worryingly, the sensor can be used to authenticate financial transactions.

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.

German security agency warns botnet ‘army’ has harvested 18 million emails and passwords

Scans of a huge botnet have revealed that it has harvested at least 16 million usernames and passwords for email sites and other online services, according to a report released by German security agency, the Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik (BSI).

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.

Top e-commerce sites still fail to warn users who choose “password”

Two-thirds of top e-commerce sites still accept the weakest passwords, such as “123456” and “password” without warning users that these are the very first passwords hackers will use in attempts to breach their accounts, according to a new survey.

Don’t panic! Twitter mass password reset was ‘mistake’ company admits

An emailed warning and enforced password reset sent out to Twitter users on Monday due to a supposed compromise of their accounts provoked much discussion among site users – before the company admitted the reset had been initiated by mistake.

Samsung Galaxy S5 offers fingerprint security for safe shopping with PayPal

Samsung has introduced fingerprint-scanning security as standard into its new flagship Galaxy S5 handset – with Finger Scanner offering secure shopping via Paypal direct from the handset in stores and websites, with a finger-swipe replacing passwords.

The perils of passwords – and how to avoid them

There are lots of ways that hackers can steal your passwords, and use them against you. So what can you do to fight back?

Google buys firm with password-busting “silent sound” authentication system

Google has bought a company offering a new form of two-factor authentication – using “silent” sounds played via PC and smartphone speakers to verify a user is who he or she claims to be

The password is ‘burger joint’; places could be key to secure passwords

Could places, not phrases, be the basis of secure passwords. UAE researchers have created a system for creating complex passwords using facts about a user’s favourite place – and claim it can foil ID-theft attacks.

Two-thirds of couples ‘share passwords to online accounts’, Pew research finds

Couples who have been in a long-term relationship indulge in risky online behaviour, such as sharing passwords for online accounts, with two-thirds of married couples sharing at least one password, a new study by Pew Internet has found.

Worldwide cost of identity theft could be $5 billion per year, Microsoft survey finds

A Microsoft survey of 10,000 consumers found that the worldwide annual cost of identity theft and phishing could be as high as $5 billion – and the cost of repairing damage to people’s reputation online could be even higher.

Microsoft boosts security for Office 365 users with two-factor logins

Microsoft’s online Office 365 service has added a new layer of protection to users of the online document-editing service, with two-factor authentication being rolled out to versions of Office 365 this week.

Sniffing body odor has ‘enormous potential’ for biometrics, researchers claim

Body odor could be used as a biometric identifier, with high rates of accuracy, due to chemical patterns in the smell that are unaffected by bodily changes – or deodorant – according to Spanish researchers.

Target attackers ‘broke in using log-in from air-con contractor’

Attackers involved in the Target breach, which led to the theft of 40 million debit and credit card details late last year, broke into the retailer’s network via a heating and air-conditioning contractor, according to a new report.

Weak passwords and ancient software left U.S. Government data vulnerable, DHS report finds

Weak passwords and rarely updated software are a recurring theme behind the 48,000 cyber incidents reported to the Department of Homeland Security – including the theft of data on the nation’s weakest dams by a “malicious intruder”, a DHS report has found.

Blackberry rolls out picture passwords for handsets and bolsters Enterprise security system

The Blackberry 10 operating system has been updated to include a ‘photo password’ mechanism, as well as stronger message filtering capabilities.

‘Password’ no longer weakest choice as ‘123456’ surges into first place

Password security company Splashdata has released a new version of its annual list of the world’s worst passwords – and ‘password’, last year’s number one, has been unseated by ‘123456’, thanks largely to passwords revealed in the recent Adobe breach.

Better latte than never? Starbucks adds extra shot of security after app blunder

Starbucks has promised to update its mobile app – the most-used mobile payment app in America – after a security researcher found that it stored passwords in plain text, leaving users vulnerable to attack.

Could Myris bring eye-scanning to the mainstream? Mouse-sized dongle offers better security than fingerprints, makers claim

A tiny new iris-scanner which plugs into smart devices and PCs could eradicate the need for passwords entirely – and it offers a far higher level of security than fingerprint scanners, with a ‘false positive’ chance of just 1 in 2.25 trillion.

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