Privacy

Tiny tracking bugs lurk in emails, but there are ways to squash them

Kate Murphy   Did you know that you can be tracked simply by opening an email? Here's how to stop it.

Security

Facebook must face lawsuit over scanning of users' messages: judge

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Nate Raymond   Facebook must face a class action lawsuit accusing it of violating its users' privacy by scanning the content of messages they send to other users for advertising purposes, a US judge has ruled.

Security

Apple forces first ever security update on Mac users

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Jim Finkle   Apple has pushed out its first-ever automated security update to Macintosh computers to help defend against newly identified bugs that security researchers have warned could enable hackers to gain remote control of machines.

Security

Huge flaw that undermines privacy of mobile phone networks revealed by German researchers

Researchers have found a huge security flaw in a system used by the world's mobile networks.

Craig Timberg   German researchers have discovered security flaws that could let hackers, spies and criminals listen to private phone calls and intercept text messages on a potentially massive scale - even when mobile networks are using the most advanced encryption now available.

Security

The machine that can crack almost any phone

The phone cracker.

Ben Grubb   If you thought wiping your mobile phone once to delete its contents, or having a passcode to protect it from prying eyes was enough, think again.

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The lesson of the Sony hack: we should all jump to the erasable internet

A range of start-ups across the world, including Snapchat, are working to create communications systems that are not based on saving as a default.

Farhad Manjoo   This month’s news provides yet another occasion for a friendly public-service reminder to anyone who uses a digital device to say anything to anyone, ever. Don’t do it. Don’t email, don’t text, don’t update, don’t send photos.

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Tech

Fearing millions of requests, Australian telcos protest citizen metadata access

Watch it: Telcos say that citizens shouldn't have access to their metadata.

Ben Grubb   Australian citizens should not be allowed to gain access to their internet and phone metadata from companies like Telstra and Optus, inquiry told.

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Telcos say two years is too long for metadata storage

Metadata

Ben Grubb   Internet and phone companies say about six months would be an appropriate period for them to compulsorily retain clients' metadata.

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$23 million lost to romance fraud scammers

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Julie Power   Think the most likely victim of a romance scam is an older woman?

'Australia Post' delivery scam holds PCs to ransom

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Beau Donelly   Parcel delivery scams that infect computers with viruses and hold victims' data to ransom are on the rise in the lead up to Christmas, the federal consumer watchdog has warned.

Networks go private for security

Hooked on the web: The problem with the internet is you never know who is eavesdropping on you or phishing for data.

Adam Turner   As hackers find more insidious ways to sneak past our defences, the extra security of a virtual private network looks more attractive than ever.

Cybercrime

New cybercrime reporting tool launched

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Paul Osborne   Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network offers a simple way to report cybercrime incidents, referring reports to the right law enforcement agency for consideration and possible investigation.

Security

How to keep the world's eyes out of your webcam

Michael Cowling   There are concerns that thousands of private webcams around the world could be streaming live images to anybody who wishes to view them – without their owner knowing – thanks to a Russian website providing a convenient list of every camera that can be accessed.

Security

Uber hires former IBM privacy chief to conduct review amid controversy

Uber is hiring Harriet Pearson and law firm Hogan Lovells in an attempt to stamp out growing controversy around riders' privacy.

Serena Saitto   In a move straight out of the PR crisis management handbook, Uber has hired a heavyweight data privacy expert to conduct a review of its practices amid growing controversy and criticism.

Australian baby monitors and webcams hacked as footage appears on a Russian website

Security breach: An image taken from a webcam in a Sydney home shows a baby sleeping. The image was leaked on the Russian website.

Nick Miller   Hackers are taking advantage of devices without security protection and weak password, privacy watchdog warns.

Security

WhatsApp encrypts user messages following moves by Google, Apple

Social media - Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, WhatsApp.

Jordan Robertson and Sarah Frier   Facebook's WhatsApp is adding encryption so messages can't be deciphered when stored or traveling between devices, boosting efforts by technology companies to thwart snooping by hackers and government spies.

Security

Metadata access 'should require a warrant'

Metadata

Ben Grubb   Parliament's human rights committee tells government to respect people's privacy when it comes to data retention.

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Secret cameras rekindle privacy debate at Harvard

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Richard Pérez-Peña   Researchers set up the cameras to investigate professors' complaints that many students skipped lectures.

Canberrans' privacy compromised in security camera hack

Privacy breach: Security camera footage of a Canberra shopping centre from website Insecam.

Ben Westcott and Melanie Kembrey   Due to lax security, almost 1000 security camera feeds from around Australia, including eight feeds and 46 cameras in the ACT region, can be watched online.

Fly on the wall: Security footage from Australia shows inside lounge rooms, bedrooms and shops

Insecam claims to have collected more than 900 feeds from Australian IP cameras, including this one from a Queensland business.

Melanie Kembrey   Online footage of 1000 Australian sites streaming without their owners' consent or knowledge puts insecurity into security devices.

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