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  • Linkedin Passwords Leaked

    FIRST THINGS FIRST THIS MORNING, if you use the business networking site linkedin, before you read any further - log in and change your password now. Last night it was reported that an "encrypted" copy (actually a hashed version) of 6.5 million users passwords was posted on a Russian hacking site. ...

  • TicketWeb Customer Database Hacked

    Customers of UK ticketing agency TicketWeb, a subsidiary of TicketMaster, received phishing emails from the company over the weekend after its direct email marketing system was hacked. Users received an email that told them their current version of Adobe Acrobat Reader was out of date, and asked them to upgrade to ...

  • German Police Use FaceBook Photos to Hunt Down Crooks

    Police in the German state of Lower-Saxony will soon use their networks of Facebook “friends” to find missing persons and hunt out suspected criminals, according to the state’s interior minister. The decision to use social media in manhunts follows the completion of a pilot scheme in the northern city of Hanover ...

  • Safer Internet Day – 7th February 2012

    On Safer Internet Day, more than 100 events in 30 European countries will encourage children, their families and teachers, to discover the digital world together. This is the ninth annual Safer Internet Day, celebrated in more than 70 countries worldwide as part of a global drive to promote safer Internet ...

  • Saudi Group Hack 400,000 Israelis

    A Saudi Arabian hacking group claims it has leaked information on up to 400,000 Israelis, including names, addresses and credit card details. The data dump follows a reported attack on Israeli websites and has already led to fraudulent use of the sensitive info. Credit card biz Isracard said it had issued ...

  • iMessage Still Leaks Your Messages To Stolen iPhones

    Victims of iPhone theft have discovered that remotely wiping the nicked kit won't stop iMessage content being delivered to the thief, who can continue to respond under the owner's name. The flaw was spotted by one David Hovis, whose wife had her iPhone lifted and promptly deactivated the mobile number, remotely ...

  • Siri Allows iPhone Security Overide

    Siri - the Apple iPhones' voice controlled personal assistant poses a vast security threat to your data, if left in its default mode - even when your iPhone is locked. The default setting for Siri allows it to accept and execute voice commands on a locked iPhone.  Activating the app on ...

  • Microsoft Denies XBox Live Network Hack

    Microsoft have denied a claim that Xbox Live has been hacked. The Sun newspaper in the UK reported that hackers "hacked into thousands of Xbox Live accounts to steal millions of pounds"  this morning; but Microsoft have denied that the Live network had been compromised and had said that gamers who ...

  • Diaspora Co-Founder Dies Aged 22

    Open-source social network Diaspora has launched a redesigned alpha version of its software, with invites going out to users of the site hours before it was confirmed that co-founder Ilya Zhitomirskiy, 22, had died. Diaspora is considered by some to be an alternative to Facebook's silo effect, with users supposedly being given ...

  • Valve Confirms Steam Hack

    The recent Steam hack may have compromised users' credit card numbers and other personal information, according to a message sent to Steam users from Gabe Newell, head of Valve. The company is certain the hackers gained access to a database with this encrypted information, but don't know if they took ...

Diaspora Co-Founder Dies Aged 22

Posted by Adm Categories: Diaspora, Feed
Nov
15

Open-source social network Diaspora has launched a redesigned alpha version of its software, with invites going out to users of the site hours before it was confirmed that co-founder Ilya Zhitomirskiy, 22, had died. Diaspora is considered by some to be  [ Read More ]

Valve Confirms Steam Hack

Posted by Adm Categories: Feed, Steam
Nov
11

The recent Steam hack may have compromised users’ credit card numbers and other personal information, according to a message sent to Steam users from Gabe Newell, head of Valve. The company is certain the hackers gained access to a database  [ Read More ]

Nov
02

A small array of scripts programmed to pass themselves off as real people stole 250 gigabytes worth of personal information from Facebook users in just eight weeks, researchers said in an academic report to be presented next month. The 102  [ Read More ]

Oct
26

The password protection of an iPad 2 running iOS 5 can be circumvented in less than five seconds with just three simple steps. Bypassing the unlock screen on iPad 2 can be accomplished by first pressing the power button until  [ Read More ]

Aug
17

In the fallout of the August Riots across the UK, two men from the the North West of England were sentenced to 4yrs in jail for trying to incite riots in towns by postings on Facebook – even though their  [ Read More ]

Twitter “Stalker App” Scam

Posted by Adm Categories: Twitter
Aug
12

A “Stalkers app” doing the rounds on Twitter is actually a phishing scam, security watchers warn. The Stalkers app, which purports to be officially sanctioned and to track people who are “stalking your Twitter”, is promoted via messages linking to  [ Read More ]

Aug
09

BlackBerry UK has broken silence over the role its devices played in helping disaffected London yoof co-ordinate riots in Tottenham, Brixton, Enfield and Walthamstow this weekend. The smash ‘n’ burn attacks on High Street stores and vehicles on Saturday and  [ Read More ]

Jul
06

Facebook has blocked a Google Chrome extension that let you export information about your Facebook “friends” so that data can be shuttled into competing services. Known as Facebook Friends Exporter, the extension had become particularly popular of late as a  [ Read More ]

Wi-Fi Security Confuses Most Users

Posted by Adm Categories: Feed, News
Jul
04

Two out of five UK home users don’t have a clue about how to change the security settings of their home wireless network. The 21st century equivalent of a failure in understanding how to program home video recorders was exposed  [ Read More ]

Jun
03

Multiple users have reported receiving spam emails containing their Friendster password in plain text. The appearance of the suspicious emails to registered Friendster addresses (widely reported by numerous Twitter users on Thursday) has spawned fears that Friendster database might have  [ Read More ]

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