security

BitTorrent Bleep: The P2P Plan To Make The World's Most Secure Chat

Last October, BitTorrent (the company) announced an experimental plan to build a secure chat system using the protocol that’s most famous for enabling file sharing. Today, we’re getting our first look at the what will eventually become a finished product: BitTorrent Bleep.


A 'Fake ID' Flaw In Android Leaves Millions Of Phones Vulnerable

A team of security researchers has discovered a security flaw in Google’s mobile OS which affects handsets running versions up to and including 4.4 — leaving a potential 82 per cent of Android users at risk.


Giz Explains: The Problems With Data Retention, According To iiNet

iiNet has stuck its objections to mandatory data retention to the man today, telling a Senate Inquiry just how infeasible the concept of mandatory data retention would be, both from security, privacy, technological and financial standpoints.


Catch Of The Day Is Finally Cancelling Its Users' Compromised Accounts

Catch Of The Day announced on Friday last week that it had been hacked. That hack happened in 2011, though, and a lot of people rightly weren’t happy about it. Plenty of people wanted to delete their accounts. Now, it looks like that’s finally happening.


Catch Of The Derp: How To Cancel Your Catch Of The Day Account

Catch Of The Day is on our collective shit-list at the moment after waiting three whole years to disclose a data breach that involved the loss of usernames, email addresses, hashed passwords and credit card data. If you’re as annoyed with them as we are, you’ll want to cancel your account. Here’s how.


The Phones On Air Force One Look Like Iron Man Accessories

Despite Harrison Ford’s best attempts to enlighten us, Air Force One remains a mysterious place. Pretty much the only time you get to see the inside of the president’s awesome aeroplane is when the White House photographer offers a peek. Ever notice how weird the phones look?


An Open Letter To Catch Of The Day: We Are Never, Ever, Ever Getting Back Together

Hey, Catch of the Day. Can I call you Catch? Look, I know we haven’t talked in a while. I haven’t opened your emails, dropped by to say hey or even looked at what you’re up to on social media. But what you did on Friday was probably the worst way to get my attention you could have thought of, and now we have a problem.


Catch Of The Day Hacked In 2011, Only Now Informing Users

This week, deal site Catch of the Day sent out an email regarding an “illegal cyber intrusion” of its website to affected users. The company believes “names, delivery addresses [and] email addresses”, as well as encrypted passwords and “in some cases” credit card data, were comprised during the attack. Fair enough you might say, letting people know you’ve been hacked. Shame it took CotD three years to do it.


It's Alarmingly Easy For Hackers To Control Your Hotel Room

Next time you’re in Shenzhen, “the Silicon Valley of mainland China“, don’t stay at the St Regis hotel. Sure, it looks nice and everything. And those iPad-powered “digital butlers” sound neat. But, really, the system is so littered with security vulnerabilities that a hacker on the other side of the planet can easily break in and turn off your lights when you least expect it.


The FBI's Worried That Self-Driving Cars Could Be Turned Into Weapons

An internal FBI report obtained by The Guardian speculates about what the roads will look like when they’re packed with driverless cars. And because it’s the FBI, there’s a gloomy analysis of how criminals could exploit our autonomous automotive future.