If You Use One Of The Most Common iPhone Passcodes, Stop It

If You Use One Of The Most Common iPhone Passcodes, Stop It

One way to make things easy for identity thieves is to choose an unimaginative, easy-to-remember PIN that tons of other people are using. [More]

Toy Security Wand Lets Kids Play At Being TSA Agents

Toy Security Wand Lets Kids Play At Being TSA Agents

There’s nothing cooler than being a TSA agent for Homeland Security and now the Spy Gear Security Scanner lets kids live out their dreams. It’s a handheld security wand whose LED lights flash and an alarm goes off when it detects metal, just like the real thing! [More]

TSA Agents Who Allegedly Failed To Screen Luggage Face Dismissal

TSA Agents Who Allegedly Failed To Screen Luggage Face Dismissal

Those Transportation Security Administration agents in Hawaii who allegedly let un-screened baggage through on flights will have to start looking for a new line of work. [More]

To Avoid Airport Security Hassle, Don't Flinch From Eye Contact

To Avoid Airport Security Hassle, Don't Flinch From Eye Contact

As someone who travels red eyes coast to coast for weeks for business meetings, Jeanniey knows a thing or two about getting through security with the least friction. She tells NYT that one thing she discovered, the hard way, was that you don’t want to dodge from eye contact with the security workers. [More]

F-16s Escort United Flight After Reclined Seat Leads To Slapfest

F-16s Escort United Flight After Reclined Seat Leads To Slapfest

We’ve all gotten annoyed at a passenger in front of us who reclines his seat too far into our space, but most of the time it doesn’t lead to two fighter jets escorting the plane for an unscheduled landing. [More]

Lockheed Martin Says Hackers Didn't Get Sensitive Info In Data Breach

Lockheed Martin Says Hackers Didn't Get Sensitive Info In Data Breach

On May 21, hackers breached the defenses of aerospace/defense/security mega-contractor Lockheed Martin, causing cyber detectives to converge at the company’s Washington, D.C.-area headquarters. The experts have yet to track down the origins of the attack, but insist they didn’t make off with any sensitive information. [More]

TSA Could Ban Flights From Texas If State Passes Anti-Patdown Law

TSA Could Ban Flights From Texas If State Passes Anti-Patdown Law

A showdown is in the works over an anti-patdown law, which the Texas House of Representatives recently approved by a unanimous vote. The government warns that passage of the law could cause the TSA to “cancel any flight” where it couldn’t ensure passenger safety. Texas legislators say the rule is needed because existing laws “let government employees fondle innocent women, children and men.”

Three More Sony Sites Fall To Hackers

Three More Sony Sites Fall To Hackers

Sony got hacked. Again. In three different countries. The music giant confirmed that it had to shut down its Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications shopping site in Canada after thieves broke in and stole personal information of about 2,000 customers. [More]

ID Theft: Fix Some Fraudulent Accounts Before Correcting Legit Ones

ID Theft: Fix Some Fraudulent Accounts Before Correcting Legit Ones

One of the side effects of someone using your identity to open up a bunch of accounts and leaving you saddled with the bills is that your credit history gets trashed, which means you get victimized a second time over as your real creditors jack up your interest rates and take other adverse action. Your bank account could even get frozen, making you late on some bills. But before you go plead your case to get your credit restored with them, you’ll want to fix some of the fraudulent accounts first. [More]

User Names Stolen From Sony Music's Greek Website

User Names Stolen From Sony Music's Greek Website

Although the Sony PlayStation Network is now back online, the entertainment giant seems to be a prime target for hackers: This time, personal data from an unknown number of Sony customers on its Greek website, SonyMusic.gr, has been stolen—and exposed online. [More]

Should We Put Cameras On Cops?

Should We Put Cameras On Cops?

Following allegations police had stolen a laptop and a digital camera from a suspect’s house, San Francisco PD is considering equipping officers with a head-mounted video camera to document searches and arrests and make sure they’re being conducted appropriately. Is this a good idea? Take our poll and sound off. [More]

Skimmers Found Installed Inside Gas Pumps. Inside!

Skimmers Found Installed Inside Gas Pumps. Inside!

If you’re the type of person who already reflexively jiggles every card slot and looks for pinhole cameras whenever you go to swipe your card, despair. There is no 100% foolproof way to protect yourself, as proven by a pair of banditos who stole 3,600 card numbers after installing a credit card skimmer inside several gas pumps, reports the MountainView Voice. [More]

FTC Complaint: Dropbox Misinformed Users About Security

FTC Complaint: Dropbox Misinformed Users About Security

According to a Federal Trade Commission complaint lodged against online storage service Dropbox, users were told they had more security than they actually did. [More]

Sony Breach Could Flood Market With Millions Of Cheap Stolen Credit Cards

Sony Breach Could Flood Market With Millions Of Cheap Stolen Credit Cards

Some fun (no, not really) potential aftershocks of the Sony Playstation Network breach: The price of buying a stolen credit card number could drop from $5-$10 per to $1-$2 if the hackers flood the market with the 2.2 million credit cards they claim to have access to… [More]

Botnets Rebuild Forces After Rustock Raid

Botnets Rebuild Forces After Rustock Raid

After the Feds and Microsoft in March chopped off the head of the hydra that was the 1-million strong “Rustock” botnet responsible for sending billions of spam, several heads have sprung in its place. PC World notes a Symantec report of a 24% jump in emails containing malicious links and attachments, possibly representing an attempt to regrow the forces of zombie controlled computers and fill the void left by Rustock. [More]

Why Are Financial Companies Forcing Us To Have Weak Passwords?

Why Are Financial Companies Forcing Us To Have Weak Passwords?

Your bank or credit card company is probably the last entity you would want forcing you to set an incredibly weak Web password. But it’s not just American Express that wants their customers to use really crappy, easily crackable passwords. Charlie recently discovered that Capital One and, to a lesser extent, Bank of America have limits on their customers’ passwords that force them to choose crappy ones. [More]

State Department Proposal Would Make It Tougher For Some To Get Passports

State Department Proposal Would Make It Tougher For Some To Get Passports

Quick — name off every address at which you’ve resided. Finished? Now let’s hear the addresses, phone numbers and names of supervisors at every job you’ve ever had. And when you’re finished with that, cough up your mom’s address at wherever she was living a year before you were born. [More]

Passwords: Why "This Is Fun" Is 10x Safer Than "J4fS!2"

Passwords: Why "This Is Fun" Is 10x Safer Than "J4fS!2"

We’re told that the strongest kinds of passwords are the ones like look like an alien tap-danced on your keyboard, but people have a hard time remembering them without writing them down (on a post-it sitting on the desk). But baekdal has written an intriguing post that shows how when defending against a cracker trying to break your password via brute force through a web form, not only is “this is fun” actually memorable and usable than “J4sF!2,” it’s 10 times harder to crack. [More]