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Shhh! Alexa can hear you

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Is your friendly Amazon Echo serving your every whim and need – or is it spying on you? A British researcher has found a simple way of using malware and an SD card to convert an innocent speaker into a secret bugging device. In a time where voice-activated digital assistants… Read more »

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How hackers can cache in

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Information security specialist Omer Gil has come up with an ingenious method of conning a web server into exposing personal data through a caching attack. Any sites that use content delivery network (CDN) services are vulnerable to this new threat. Gil’s idea, showcased at Black Hat Conference, demonstrates how an… Read more »

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Google introduces new app vetting scheme

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In response to a number of recent phishing attacks, Google is beefing up its defences by unveiling a new ‘unverified app’ screen that instructs users and developers to tread carefully. This will replace the current ’error’ page that warns against opening dodgy apps and attachments. While users are still at… Read more »

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Keep tabs on your phone

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The great smartphone dilemma is whether to opt for safe and boring or insecure and interesting. Anyone in possession of an all-singing, all-dancing mobile should make sure they are fully aware of its vulnerabilities and take preventative measures. Most people keep a treasure trove of valuable data on their phone,… Read more »

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UN agency releases global cybersecurity ranking

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Who should we turn to for advice on how to fight cybercrime? Why, Singapore; of course! Sometimes it helps being a centrally controlled city state… when it comes to cybersecurity infrastructure, for instance. According to a new UN report, with a few notable exceptions such as Singapore (1st spot) and… Read more »

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Newest British aircraft carrier runs old Windows OS

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The computers on Britain’s new state-of-the-art aircraft carrier – HMS Queen Elizabeth – seem to be armed with a not-so-state-of-the-art operating system. Journalists inspecting the British Navy’s next flagship spotted that it appears to be running on Windows XP, the very same OS that proved so vulnerable to the recent… Read more »

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EU ups the ante on IoT security

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The Internet of Things may be a wonderful idea in theory, but as we all know by now, it does have a number of flaws – lack of security regulation being one of them. It was bound to happen at some point, but ‘IoT’ has now fallen foul of the… Read more »

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Coffee with a dash of insecure WiFi, please

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Senior management’s use of free WiFi in coffee shops, airports and exhibition centres is becoming a major security hazard – according to the latest iPass Mobile Security Report stats gleaned from 500 companies in the UK, USA, France and Germany. The survey also reveals that British businesses take the most… Read more »

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