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Android XML File Can Crash Devices

Apparently all Android apps have a file called the AndroidManifest.xml, and this contains information the system has to have before it can run any of the app’s code. So it’s a pretty important file. Unfortunately, if that file is malformed, it can cause big problems for the device that’s running it. Earlier this month, TrendMicro reported on the issue after …

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Florida Man Posts Stolen Nude Photos to Victim’s Mom’s Facebook Page

Florida Man, the world’s worst superhero, is at it again. This time he’s engaging in some real top-shelf creepster activity, “hacking” Facebook accounts and posting nude photos to his victim’s mom’s wall. 30-year-old Michael Rubens has been arrested on 31 counts, including hacking and stalking, for a series of attacks that spanned multiple victims. The Tallahassee Democrat details Rubens’ exploits, …

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‘123456’ Is Still the Most Common Password, So, Congrats Guys

Congratulations are in order, as a year of corporate data spills and leaked Jennifer Lawrence nudes failed to move the most stubborn among us. Privacy be damned, people still enjoy the ease and comfort of the most simplistic, easily-sussed passwords imaginable. For another year, the most common password was ‘123456’. After that? ‘Password’. The data comes from SplashData, who compiles …

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Google Is Shutting Down The Google Earth API

Google announced that it will stop offering its Google Earth API a year from now. The company says it’s going away for security reasons, and in accordance with its policy, will offer it for another year before turning it off. Google had this to say on its Geo Developers blog: Over six years ago we introduced the Google Earth API, …

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Cisco To Acquire Security Company Neohapsis

Cisco announced that it intends to acquire Neohapsis, a company which offers network, cloud, and app security, as well as IT risk and compliance services. Cisco says it will use the acquisition to help customers build security capabilities and overcome operational and technical vulnerabilities, as well as “achieve a comprehensive view of their risks, take advantage of new business models, …

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Google For Work Gets Security Upgrade

Facebook may be preparing to grab some of the workplace market share, but other, more seasoned vets of the space have hardly slowed down in improving their own offerings. For example, last week, Microsoft announced Skype Document Chat for Office Online, enabling collaboration via Skype. Google, on Monday, announced new security tools for Google for Work (the new brand, which …

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Home Depot Hack Also Compromised 53 Million Email Addresses

A large and lengthy data breach put some 56 million credit cards at risk, Home Depot revealed back in September. Now, the largest home improvement retailer in the world says that it also exposed nearly the same amount of customer email addresses. According to a statement from Home Depot, further investigation has determined that files containing approximately 53 million email …

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The Messaging Apps You Use the Most Are Woefully Insecure

It’s likely that every single day, you use a messaging app to communicate with friends and family. It’s also likely that the messaging app you’re using is unequipped to protect your privacy. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has just released a scorecard featuring 39 messaging apps ranging in popularity from the relatively small Silent Phone and CryptoCat to the ubiquitous …

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Google Trusted Stores Program Gets HTTPS Support [Report]

As reported earlier this week, it was discovered that the Google Trusted Stores program was not supporting sites using HTTPS. This is rather strange considering how much Google has been pushing for sites to use it. Barry Schwartz at Search Engine Roundtable happened upon a post in theAdWords Help community from a merchant who wrote: In May, I was told that we did …

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Googler Arrested in Nude Photo Extortion Scheme

The FBI has arrested an “Internal Technology Resident” at Google after he allegedly obtained nude photos of a Texas college student by way of a Gmail scam and subsequently used them in an attempt to extort more nude photos. 23-year-old Nicholas Rotundo has been charged with three felonies – two for cyberstalking and one for computer intrusion. He faces up …

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HTTPS Sites Not Accepted As Google Trusted Stores?

Well, here’s another one of those “Come on, Google” moments. You know how Google has been pushing sites to go HTTPS? Well, people trying to get into Google’s own Trusted Store program have been rejected because their sites use HTTPS. Unbelievable. Barry Schwartz at Search Engine Roundtable happened upon a post in the AdWords Help community from a merchant who …

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Google Launches Security Key For USB-Based Security

Google announced a new way to enhance its 2-step verification security called Security Key, which works through a USB device. Security Key, Google says, is for “particularly security-sensitive” individuals. Don’t worry. If you’re just a common user, and want to use 2-step verification, you don’t have to carry the extra hardware around with you all the time. Google explains in …

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