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Online privacy – millions spied on by “unblockable” ad-snooper

A new kind of web tracking tool bypasses the protections privacy-conscious web users rely on and is already being used to track users across thousands of sites – without users being aware of it.

‘Sextortion’ blackmail attacks on the rise, Police warn

‘Sextortion’ attacks where cybercriminals blackmail victims with the threat of exposing explicit photographs or messages are increasingly common, according to a report by Bloomberg News.

Insider threat – should you worry about the ‘enemy within’?

Disgruntled employees and other malicious insiders could be one of the most serious security threats companies face – but the importance of the threat from the ‘enemy within’ varies according to who you ask.

Privacy concerns over Police ‘instant ID’ camera trial

New facial recognition technology which can instantly identify people from any digital image in seconds is being trialled in the UK for the first time.

Artist mails NSA ‘uncrackable’ mixtape

An artist has created what he claims to be an ‘uncrackable’ mixtape, using freely available encryption tools and housed on a home-made device, and posted it to America’s National Security Agency (NSA).

CNET ‘database leak’ – are your details safe?

Popular technology news and review website CNET faced the threat of having a million users’ data exposed this week, with an unknown attacker posting screenshots of data from a CNET server, and demanding a surprisingly small ransom…

Data breaches in New York have tripled

Data breaches have hit a record high in the state of New York, tripling since 2006, according to records released by the state attorney general.

Google Drive privacy warning – could yours have leaked data?

Files sent as a link from Google Drive could have shared more than their senders intended, Google admitted this week – in a Google Drive privacy post where the internet giant admitted files could be visible to people other than their intended recipients.

How to remove your house from Google Street View

How are YOU supposed to remove your house from Google Street View if you don’t like the idea that Google drove one of its Street Cars up your road, took a photo of your front door without your permission, and then published it on the net?

Fortunately, there is a way…

Could latest NSA revelations further impact online behavior, denting the economy?

Internet surveillance by America’s National Security Agency (NSA) has been further exposed by two new developments: the analysis of leaked NSA surveillance reports and the XKeyscore targeting code. Will these stories increase the number of Internet users who say they are inclined to reduce their online engagement due to the activities of the NSA and GCHQ.

Facebook settings – five steps for better privacy and security

Facebook has faced repeated controversy over privacy, with features such as Graph Search revealing information which users might have forgotten they ever “shared”. But there are steps users can take to manage the way Facebook uses their information.

Google Glass wearers can steal passwords from 10ft away

A new computer vision attack could allow Google Glass wearers to steal passwords typed in on nearby tablet or smartphones – even if the attackers do not have a clear view of the screen.

Facebook may face FTC fines over research into users’ emotions

With EPIC filing an FTC privacy complaint against Facebook, which is already the subject of a Consent Order due to a previous privacy settlement, the social network could be facing a hefty fine for emotion-based manipulation of the Newsfeed for research purposes.

Android Wi-Fi bug broadcasts where you’ve been

A feature in newer Android phones puts users’ privacy at risk – effectively broadcasting an accurate location history over the air even when the handset’s screen is turned off, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Criminals target school data: top 10 security measures for educational institutions

Every educational institution should be aware that cyber criminals make money by stealing personal information and selling it on the black market to other criminals who turn the data into cash through a range of fraudulent schemes. Here are ten security measures schools should take to defend against this type of data crime.

Facebook privacy policy in European probe

European privacy regulators have demanded an explanation from Facebook over its alleged “psychological experiment”, in which thousands of unknowing site users’ News Feeds were manipulated in order to gauge their reaction.

Blackphone ultra-secure Android handset goes on sale

The Blackphone, a new super-secure Android handset is now on sale. The Blackphone offers encryption technology that makes snooping on calls or other communications extremely hard, even for government agencies.

Google Glass privacy – hack lets attackers ‘see through victim’s eyes’

A hack shown off by Dutch security researchers allows an attacker to ‘take over’ Google’s new Glass headset, and send pictures and videos from the frames’ built in camera, to another computer – in effect, seeing through their victim’s eyes

Don’t let social media undermine the promise of graduation

Graduation is a great time to review your social media profile. Don’t let a wild and crazy social network presence undermine the promise of graduation, your chances for a scholarship, job, internship or other career choices.

Facial recognition camera used to convict robber for first time

In a world-first case, biometric facial recognition software has been used to convict an armed robber, with a Chicago robber “matched” from CCTV footage to a mug shot, and sentenced to 22 years in prison.

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