Mobile Industry Bigwigs Fooled By Bogus Starbucks Wi-Fi

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You’d think delegates at Mobile World Congress would be security conscious with their phones. However, one security firm says it found more than 2,000 users who fell for a pretty basic trick. Avast researchers went to Barcelona, host city for the event, and set up three Wi-Fi networks in the airport at a peak time […]

Apple Defies Court Order On Encrypted iPhone

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Apple has vowed to defy a court order to give the FBI access to files on a phone owned by one of the San Bernadino shooters. Tim Cook says that the move would threaten the security of all customers. The order involves the phone of Syed Rizwan Farook, which the FBI believes could house information […]

Federal Law Would Ban Mandatory Smartphone Backdoors

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Attempts by two states to weaken the encryption available on smartphones could be blocked by a federal law. The measure would stop laws which could mean a major redesign of many high-profile handsets As we’ve previously covered, state legislators in New York and California are both considering suspiciously similarly worded bills on the matter. Both […]

Malware Museum Celebrates Destructive Sprites

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80s and 90s computer nostalgia is usually about floppy disks and waggling joysticks, but one virtual “museum” is celebrating a less savory aspect of the era: early MS-DOS malware. The collection is part of the Internet Archive, which aims to preserve web pages and other computer media for posterity. Archivist Jason Scott has selected 79 […]

Google To Warn Of Bogus Download Buttons

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Google is to start warning users when a “download” button on a website might be a malware trick. Let’s hope it means less work for those of us who act as IT support, for work, friends or family. Bogus download buttons will be particularly familiar to anyone who has searched for software download sites, often […]

Image Feed Highlights Unsecured Webcams

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A website that searches the “Internet of Things” has added a search facility for unsecured webcams. The operators say its designed to highlight security risks rather than enable voyeurs or would-be criminals. Shodan is designed for searching for details of devices, both computers and other devices from smart TVs to power plants, that are connected […]

Two States Could Ban Unbreakable Smartphone Encryption

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Proposed laws in California and New York would ban phones with unbreakable encryption. California state representative Jim Cooper says the move is needed to prevent human trafficking. The California bill was introduced this week and its introduction explains that it “would require a smartphone that is manufactured on or after January 1, 2017, and sold […]

Worst Passwords List Is Same Old $h1T

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The annual list of the “worst passwords” has again failed to tell us anything useful about security, thought perhaps provided a little (predictable) detail about popular culture. As always happens this time of year, a publicity-seeking company behind a password manager application has put together a list of the 25 worst passwords by simply counting […]

Amazon Deal of the Day: Huge Sale on IT Books (Certifications, Programming, Windows, Etc.)

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For today’s edition of Deal of the Day, Amazon offers some amazing deals on various IT books. Whether you’re looking to get a certification (CISSP, MCSA, CompTIA, CCNA, + MORE!) or simply want to learn more about programming and/or operating systems, there’s going to be something interesting for you in there! –Wiley Certification Books Sale […]

The Year in News: What Happened Next (Stories From January-February 2015)

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It’s time once again to take a look back at some of the news stories we’ve covered here at GaS in 2015 as well as following up on later developments. In January the Mars rover Opportunity began suffering problems with the flash memory which it used to store data before sending it back to Earth whenever […]

Google Designs Bloodsucking Smartwatch

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Google has applied for a patent on a way to draw blood without using a needle. It could be used in a smartwatch to make life easier for people with diabetes. The idea seems to be based around situations where only a small drop of blood needs to be extracted, meaning the traditional syringe needle […]

New Gadget Promises Rock-Solid Security

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A company believes a glowing pebble could be the easiest way to secure internet-connected devices across a home. Dojo uses a traffic light system to keep users up to date on threats to their smart devices. The logic behind the product is that as the “Internet of Things” brings ever-more home devices such as thermostats […]