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Ever wondered why patent insurance is so hard to find?

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Use WiFi at work, in your home, at a coffee shop or in a hotel room? Innovatio IP, a patent troll who recently acquired a porfolio of patents relating to WiFi usage, believes you’re violating one of its patents. Although the company is not considering suing individuals at this point,… Read more »

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BT broadband crash causes businesses to suffer

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Hundreds of thousands of BT customers lost their internet connection thanks to a recent “power failure” at a major exchange in Birmingham, reports the BBC. The internet was down for approximately 5% of BT broadband users for 2-3 hours on a Monday afternoon. Businesses were especially affected by the crash… Read more »

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Going online with health records comes with risks

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Most see moving medical records online as a vital step in streamlining medical processes, eventually resulting in both cost and life savings. There’s just one hitch. When things go wrong online, the results can be staggering. Take for example a recent case in California where it’s been discovered that the… Read more »

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Heist on prepaid debit card company

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In a recent case involving Fidelity National Information Services Inc. (FIS), the world’s largest processor of prepaid debit cards, approximately $13 million has been lost due to a “highly-coordinated heist” in which stolen prepaid cards were cashed out at ATMs. Some prepaid cards cannot be used again after their balance… Read more »

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San Francisco police’s private data leaked

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Hackers have launched another attack on a transport agency that cut off mobile phone services at San Francisco stations last week to prevent protests. BBC News reports that hacking group Anonymous announced on Twitter that the private data of 102 Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) police officers had been leaked…. Read more »

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Hacktivism creating ‘chaos and change’

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McAfee has cited the explosion of hacktivism, the evolution of mobile attacks and the continuing growth in unique malware samples as the top security trends of the past three months, according to a v3 report. The security space saw ‘chaos and change’, after groups such as Anonymous and LulzSec drew… Read more »

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Kids app developer forced to pay $50k

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It’s no secret that privacy law hasn’t quite caught up with the times. But according to paidContent.org, there’s one area where privacy law is perfectly clear – when it involves kids. In a recent ruling in the US, developer Broken Thumbs Apps has been ordered to pay $50k for violating… Read more »

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Apple sued in Korea over iPhone location data

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More that 27,000 Korean iPhone owners are suing Apple over the location tracking function in the phone which they describe as a violation of privacy. Each member of the group is suing for one million won (£568) in damages. If forced to pay out, the lawsuit will cost Apple £15.8… Read more »

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Hacker group defaces Blackberry blog

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To many, BlackBerry is just doing its part in helping to capture some of the hundreds of vandals and looters who attacked shops across Britain last week by handing over information recorded on BlackBerry Messenger. To hacker group TeaMp0isoN, however, it’s a different story. The group recently defaced Blackberry’s blog… Read more »

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Facebook facial recognition function under fire

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Facebook’s new(ish) tool to help speed up the tedious process of “tagging” photos has recently come under attack by the Hamburg Data Protection Authority (DPA). The facial recognition software is said to be in violation of German and EU privacy laws as it harvests biometric data. Facebook says that it… Read more »

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