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New Samsung operating system fails security tests

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South Korean multinational conglomerate Samsung has had its fair share of problems recently. Apart from its phones catching fire and its boss winding up in jail, it seems that the vulnerabilities in its smart TVs, phones and watches are getting worse rather than improving. Israeli researcher Amihai Neiderman has identified… Read more »

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Over a quarter of SMEs still don’t train staff on cyber threats

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Running a small business is no mean feat – ensuring that the business is making a profit from day to day is a 24/7 job on its own, and the list of wider responsibilities that fall under the business owner’s remit is ever-growing. But in today’s tech age, SMEs now… Read more »

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Mixed results on Google security

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Are you a glass half-empty or glass half-full kind of person? How would you rate the following story then? The fact that 50% of Google’s Android devices have now received much-needed security updates is good news. However, the fact that the other 50% remains unpatched is hardly reassuring. Google is… Read more »

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WikiLeaks gets its WhatsApp wires crossed

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As a result of the Wikileaks data dump, rumours abound that the CIA can compromise Signal, WhatsApp and any other encrypted chat apps. Fear not, this isn’t true. Due to the end-to-end encryption used by the leading messaging systems, no one can access a private message while it’s in transit… Read more »

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Is email past its sell-by date?

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Almost everyone complains about email at some point or other – both for its overuse and its susceptibility to viruses, Trojans, phishing and spam. Despite this, it has many virtues – borne out by the fact that over 2.5 billion people now use it. It’s free, easy to access, has… Read more »

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Is it dumb to be smart?

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Sometimes we seem to invent things just for the heck of it. Wired.com relishes the task of exposing the risk of having everyday household devices linked to the Internet of Things. It asks, for instance, whether it is essential to be able to start your shower while you are still… Read more »

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Israeli soldiers fall into Hamas honey trap

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Palestinian fundamentalist organisation Hamas has left the Israeli military with pink faces after hacking into soldiers’ smartphones disguised as seductive temptresses. Having stolen the women’s identities from their social media profiles, the Hamas hackers persuaded the soldiers to install an app that gave them control over their phones. Once they… Read more »

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Filmmakers demand encrypted cameras

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Anyone shooting a documentary should be aware that film camera footage is not encrypted. So, if you happen to be filming something as sensitive as an interview with Edward Snowden back in 2013 or taking pictures in a war zone, you do not want your material to fall into the… Read more »

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Beware of bogus Android apps

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Never, ever download apps outside of authorised app stores. Never. Attackers are using Gooligan malware as a launch pad for rogue Android apps aimed at stealing users’ data. According to security researchers, the best way to avoid being stung is by steering clear of dodgy app stores and sticking religiously… Read more »

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Hacking toys is child’s play

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Once upon a time the only way a child could be hacked was during a football kick-about, but now it seems that even toys are at risk from cyber interference – and it’s all the fault of the famous IoT (and the infamous lack of regulations for it). Internet connected… Read more »

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