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Google’s bug bounty bid to make big Android apps more secure

Google’s bug bounty has been expanded to not only covers the firm’s own products, but additionally all apps in the official Google Play store which have had 100 million or more installs.

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


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Hear me speak at “Conversations from the Vault” in London

You may already be going to be there without realising it, as the event is happening at the same place as IDC’s Identity & Privacy Conference.


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The top reason businesses make a cyber insurance claim – Business Email Compromise

AIG, one of the largest insurance companies in the world, has issued a report which reveals that there is a new leader in the list of top threats causing losses for businesses.

Read more in my article on the Bitdefender Business Insights blog.


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Ex-Amazon worker – suspected of hacking Capital One – faces charges of breaching 30 other companies to mine cryptocurrency

Capital One isn’t the only organisation allegedly to have had its data breached by Paige Thompson, the former Amazon systems engineer.

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


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Smashing Security #143: Hacking from outer space, Ukrainian cryptomining, and deepfaked Canadians

Was a cybercrime committed on the International Space Station? What on earth were Ukrainian scientists thinking when they plugged a nuclear power station into the internet? And someone has cloned Canadian clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson’s voice…

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast with Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Mark Stockley.


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Won a free iPhone? No, it’s Calendar spam

An increasing number of people are reporting that their calendars are being bombarded with spam invitations. Here is how to stop them appearing in your Google calendar.


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iOS 12.4.1 update fixes jailbreak vulnerability that Apple accidentally reintroduced

Apple has fixed the jailbreaking vulnerability in iOS that it previously unfixed.


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Company that was laughed off-stage sues Black Hat

The organisers of the Black Hat USA conference are being sued by Crown Sterling after its controversial sponsored talk in Las Vegas.


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Hostinger resets passwords following security breach

Web hosting firm Hostinger has reset the passwords of all of its customers after it discovered hackers had breached its systems and accessed a database containing millions of records.


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YouTube joins Facebook and Twitter, disabling accounts targeting Hong Kong protests

Good luck to the social media sites playing whack-a-mole as they try to police the activities of state-sponsored groups trying to influence the public’s opinion with co-ordinated campaigns. This isn’t going to be a problem that’s easy to fix.


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Block newly-registered domains to reduce security threats in your organisation

Security researchers propose that there might be an additional simple step your company might like to take to better defend your users against threats: aggressively block all domains less than one month old.

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


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Smashing Security #142: Mercedes secret sensors, smart cities, and ransomware runs riot

Darknet Diaries host Jack Rhysider joins us to discuss how cities in Texas are being hit by a wave of ransomware, how Mercedes Benz has installed a tracker in your car (but not for the reason you think), the security threats impacting smart cities, and a new feature coming to your Facebook app.

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


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bitdefender.com

D’oh! Apple botches iOS update, leaves iPhones open to jailbreaking

For the first time in years, hackers have created a working exploit that can jailbreak the latest, fully-updated version of iOS.

And a goof by Apple has allowed them do it.

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


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20 month prison sentence for British hacker who made fortune helping SIM-swap fraudsters

A teenage British hacker, who previously played a role in the infamous TalkTalk data breach, has been sentenced to 20 months in prison after pleading guilty to selling hacking services and stolen personal data for cryptocurrency.

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


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European Central Bank confirms website hack and data breach

The European Central Bank (ECB), the central bank of the 19 European countries which have adopted the euro, has shut down a compromised website after it discovered that hackers had planted malware that stole information from newsletter subscribers.


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