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Security giants line up behind push to stop stalkerware being used on smartphones

A collection of security, privacy, and digital rights groups have joined up to push a campaign against stalking software. Dubbed the Coalition Against Stalkerware, the campaign will aim to help victims of stalking and domestic violence spot when their mobile phone (or other device) has been infected with tools designed to covertly track their activities. The coalition will count among its members Kaspersky, Norton LifeLock (aka Symantec), Malwarebytes, G…

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Satellite operators’ shares plummet as FCC plumbs for public 5G spectrum auctions

The shares of satellite operators continued to plummet today after it became clear that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was going to seize valuable spectrum off them and resell it to mobile phone companies. On Monday, FCC chair Ajit Pai tweeted that he was going to back a public auction of the so-called C-Band spectrum running between 3.7 to 4.2GHz in order to provide enough bandwidth for next-generation 5G…

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Mozilla expands bug bounty program and triples payouts for flaw finders for hire

Mozilla has decided to celebrate the 15th anniversary of its Firefox browser by expanding its bug bounty program to cover a range of new sites and services and – get this – triple its maximum payout. So if you manage to fix a remote code execution bug in Firefox or some of Mozilla’s lesser known services such as its payment subscription service, VPN, localization, code management tools, speech recognition,…

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Magic Leap’s CFO and creative director quit, and it’s not a harbinger of doom or anything

Augmented reality hype-machine Magic Leap has lost its chief financial officer (CFO) and creative director, putting yet more question marks over the company’s future. CFO Scott Henry and senior VP of creative strategy John Gaeta have both left the company while it is in the middle of its fifth official round of funding and following revelations that the company has been forced to put up its patents as collateral….

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Shopped online at Macy’s last month? Might want to toss, or at least check, that card

US retailer Macy’s says that hackers planted a card-stealing malware script on its site and harvested customer details for eight days last month. A notice (PDF) posted by the long-operating department store chain said that, between October 7 and October 15 of this year, a Magecart script was running on the checkout page of its retail website. The script was able to capture payment card details in two different…

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Brexit bad boy Arron Banks’ Twitter account hacked: Private messages put online

Brexit-supporting businessman Arron Banks has had his Twitter account hijacked and his private messages dumped online by person or persons unknown – and random script kiddies are trying to claim the credit for it. Banks’ account was seemingly accessed two days ago, with @arron_banks on Twitter (since suspended) being used this afternoon to spread links to a Mega.nz download page hosting a dump of the Twitter account’s full archive….

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‘Big Bang’: Great for creating the universe, but not as an approach to IT migration, TSB told

TSB’s disastrous migration of its core banking data and payment records of five million customers has today been slammed by an independent report from London City law firm Slaughter and May. The botched move last year left 1.9 million customers unable to view their accounts, some of whom had money disappear or were able to view other people’s details. The bank had to bring IBM on board to fix…

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AWS shoves Java 11 support into Lambda serverless toy box

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has hauled in Java 11 support to its Lambda serverless platform, along with other upgrades and a new service for container log management. Java 11 backing comes via Corretto, the AWS distribution of the OpenJDK, and joins the existing Java 8 support. Java 11 is a long-term support (LTS) release, a status designated only once every three years. It has been generally available since September…

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Second time lucky: Sweden drops Julian Assange rape investigation

US Dept of Justice books one-way plane ticket in his name Julian Assange, as featured by Russia Today A rape investigation involving everyone’s favourite cupboard-dwelling WikiLeaker, Julian Assange, has been dropped, Swedish prosecutors told the world’s press today. Deputy director of public prosecutions Eva-Marie Persson told journalists that the case against Assange had been discontinued, around seven years after allegations were first made against him by two complainants related…

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Cisco blasts sueball at 3 ex-employees it claims handed trade secrets over to same rival

Cisco has filed a complaint against three former employees in the district court of Northern California, having accused them of stealing its intellectual property before jumping ship to a competitor. Shortly after resigning from their jobs at Cisco this year, the three men joined a competitor “in the IP telephony, headset, video, and collaboration space”, according to the lawsuit filed yesterday (PDF). Switchzilla claims that two former high-level engineers…

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