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It's Freakishly Easy To Steal Phone PINs With Google Glass

Not feeling paranoid enough today? Here you go: Your phone lock screen might actually make it easier for nefarious cyber bandits to steal your passwords.


How Did Apple's Australian iCloud Hack Happen?

Apple users were rightly mystified this week by some iPads, iPhones and Macs being compromised, remotely locked and held to ransom. Security experts have weighed in on the possible cause, and their recommended solutions.


Australian Police, Government: Change Your Apple ID Password ASAP

In the wake of some Apple IDs being compromised and users’ iPhones and iPads being held to ransom, Stay Smart Online and NSW Police have some advice: change your Apple ID password as soon as possible, and avoid any possible headaches in the future.


Hackers Are Using Find My iPhone To Hold Australian iOS Devices For Ransom

A strange rash of virtual iPhone kidnappings in Australia recently spread to the United States. Hackers appear to be using Find My iPhone to lock iOS devices remotely and then demanding a ransom to unlock them. Said ransom is payable through PayPal. You should not pay it.


Here's The Email eBay Is Sending Everyone Who Was Hacked

As everyone knows by now, eBay was hacked — the official line is that the event was “a cyberattack that compromised a database containing encrypted passwords and other non-financial data”. After staying quiet on the topic for too long, eBay is sending all its users an email advising that they — yes, that’s you — change passwords immediately.


The Guy Who Invented Computer Passwords Thinks They're A Nightmare

Half a century ago, Fernando Corbató changed the world. He helped deploy the first computer password, transforming not only how we use technology but also how we think about privacy. Now, in the era of the web, the former MIT professor thinks passwords are a nightmare. He’s not wrong.


You Need To Change Your Ebay Password Right Now

Ebay has asked all users to change their passwords due to a massive cyberattack that hit the encrypted password database. The company says that no financial data that was compromised, and there’s no evidence of unauthorised user activity.


Adorable Five-Year-Old Discovers Bonehead Xbox Vulnerability

Five-year-old Kristoffer Von Hassel’s parents didn’t want him getting into the grown-up games on the family’s Xbox, so they put the gory stuff behind a password. But Kristoffer’s an inquisitive little guy, and he blew right past the parental safeguard — and discovered a pretty silly Xbox security flaw in the process.


Twitter Accidentally Reset Users' Passwords

Don’t panic! Your Twitter account hasn’t been hacked, the password has just been accidentally reset.


A Key You Can Photograph Is A Key That Can Be Copied

If you take a picture of a car or house key, could you use that picture to get a copy made? Yes — quite trivially, actually. I have a folder on my laptop that is filled with photos people have taken of their keys and put onto the internet. Every few weeks, I take some idle time and associate one of those keys to an address (lot of Googling, mostly) and then I decode the cuts in the key.


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