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HMRC to finally erase five million voice records it collected without permission

The biometric voice data had been collected without explicit consent from people calling the HMRC’s telephone hotline for advice.

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Japan is developing a computer virus to fight cyberattacks, claim reports

According to a report in the Japan Times, the Japanese Defense Ministry is considering creating “its first ever computer virus… as a defense measure against cyberattacks.”

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

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Smashing Security #126: Zombie chickens and fast-food victims

What’s the worst that can happen if you join a Hollywood hard man’s Facebook page? What drove a man to hijack a website’s name at gunpoint? And can you solve the mystery of the Canadian Hamburglar?

Find out in the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast with Graham Cluley, Carole Theriault, and special guest Mark Stockley from Naked Security.

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Michael Bublé’s Instagram suffers cock-up

Someone has posted some rather bizarre things on singer Michael Bublé’s Instagram account.

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Sky Broadband firmware update bricks routers using third-party DNS settings

Some Sky Broadband users are experiencing problems with the latest firmware update that was rolled out to their routers.

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Nine men arrested in United States for stealing millions through business email compromise and romance scams

Nine men have been arrested in the United States in connection with a string of scams that allegedly netted them a cool US $3.5 million.

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Hackers steal $1.75 million from Catholic church in Ohio

Fraudsters hacked into email system, and tricked church staff into believing that a construction company’s bank account details had changed.

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Scammer posed as actor Jason Statham to steal from fan

A British fan of actor Jason Statham was fooled into thinking she had formed an online relationship with the Hollywood hard man, after joining a Facebook fan page for the “Fast and Furious” star… and ended up losing hundreds of thousands of pounds.

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So, how’s Facebook going to screw us next?

Facebook may have to pay up to US $5 billion due to an FTC inquiry into the social network’s privacy practices. But you can bet your bottom dollar we haven’t seen the last of the social network’s dodgy dealings.

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Docker Hub security breach exposes credentials of 190,000 users

Some bad news arrived late on Friday in the inboxes of users of Docker, the container platform beloved by developers. A hacker accessed usernames, hashed passwords, GitHub and Bitbucket tokens.

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Operation ShadowHammer: Hackers planted malware code in video games

Hackers infected Asian video game software houses by poisoning developer tools, leaving game players with trojanised code running on their computers.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.

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Hacker could locate thousands of cars and kill their engines remotely via poorly-secured GPS tracking apps

App accounts were “protected” by a default password. That password? 123456.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

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Smashing Security #125: Pick of the thief!

WannaCry’s “accidental hero” pleads guilty to malware charges, Samsung and Nokia have fingerprint fumbles, the NCSC publishes a list of 100,000 dreadful passwords, and Apple finds itself at the centre of an identity mix-up.

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by John Hawes.

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Facial recognition fail allows politician’s kids to access his laptop

MEP Matt Carthy wondered why the battery life on his laptop was running down so quickly…

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Bodybuilders beware! One of the world’s largest online fitness stores hit by security breach

Fitness fanatics are being advised to change their passwords after one of the world’s largest and most popular online fitness stores admitted that it had suffered a security breach that might have exposed customer data.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

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