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Ever since Apple launched the iPhone 5S with a fingerprint scanner, hackers have been trying to embarrass the company by circumventing it. Now a German group says it has succeeded – by making a copy of person’s fingerprint and using it to unlock the handset.

This trick is less ludicrous than the idea that thieves might chop off people’s fingers to unlock their iPhones (a new definition of computer hacking). But is it a serious blow to Apple’s foray into biometrics?

The Chaos Computer Club posted a video in which a person’s fingerprint on a glass surface is photographed, then printed out onto a thin film used to make a fake finger, which can unlock the phone. Read more

Tim Bradshaw

Apple and the FBI have both denied any involvement in the alleged hacking attack which AntiSec, an offshoot of Anonymous, disclosed on TuesdayRead more

Last month Mark Thompson, the BBC’s director-general, pointed the finger at the Iranian authorities for allegedly intimidating employees at its Persian service.

Now the corporation’s chief is taking things a step further by accusing Iran of masterminding a “sophisticated cyber-attack” that involved jamming satellite feeds in an effort to wreak havoc with broadcasts into the country. Read more

Tim Bradshaw

Anonymous, the amorphous hacktivist collective, has claimed its “largest attack ever” on 10 music industry and government websites in retaliation for Thursday’s shutdown of MegaUploadRead more

Maija Palmer

Facebook has taken the unusual step of making public the names and personal details of five men it believes to be behind the Koobface computer worm that attacked hundreds of thousands of computers through the social network’s profiles.

The alleged gang appear to be living in St Petersburg and were tracked by Facebook and a team of researchers over three years. Read more

Maija Palmer

Chaos Computer ClubKarsten Nohl, the celebrity mobile cryptography expert, has been at it again. Two years ago he caused a stir by showing that the secret code that protects GSM mobile handsets was easy to crack, leaving phone calls open to interception by third parties.

This year, he is due to show that handsets can also be hijacked to make unauthorised calls and send text messages, running up huge bills without their owners’ knowledge. GSM networks, which are vulnerable to this flaw, are used by around 80 per cent of the world’s mobile users. Read more

Joseph Menn

The FBI must work more closely with the major US intelligence agencies in order to combat  threats in cyberspace, its director said on Thursday, likening the government response to that against terrorism. Read more

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Sony has revealed that a third party had this month tried to sign into 93,000 accounts on its PlayStation and other networks, Reuters reports. The company said it had frozen the accounts and informed the affected customers, adding that it believed only a few of the accounts were actually accessed.

Traffic to Google+, the online search company’s social network, has fallen since the massive peak in interest seen when it was opened to everyone late last month, according to Mashable. Quoting research from analysts Chitika, Mashable says traffic to the site has fallen 60% since its public launch. Read more

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Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores in the US are poised to take pre-orders for Apple’s iPhone 5 starting this week with the handset arriving in the first week of October, according to BGR. US mobile group Sprint will be carrying the iPhone 5 at launch. 9to5Mac, meanwhile, reports that Apple has begun iOS5 and iCloud training at its retail stores to coincide with the iPhone5′s unveiling. Read more

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The US Federal Communications Commission said on Monday it was investigating a controversial decision by a San Francisco regional transit authority to shut down wireless phone transmissions last weekRead more

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The Square personal commerce system, which allows iPhone and iPad users to accept credit cards, could also make it easy for people to convert stolen credit card information into cash, security researchers said on Thursday. Read more

Tim Bradshaw

Jake Davis, the British teenager charged with a range of hacking offences as part of the Metropolitan Police’s investigation into Anonymous and Lulz Security, left a London courtroom in scrum of press and photographers on Monday after being released on bail. Read more

Joseph Menn

A London court granted a warrant on Friday for the extended detention of a teenager suspected of being a leader and spokesman for the hacking group Lulz SecurityRead more

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South Korean regulators said they are investigating the most massive loss of user data ever in the most wired country on earth. Read more

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As UK police said they arrested the alleged second of four co-founders of the hacking supergroup Lulz Security, one of those still at large branched out into a legal form of protest, promoting a boycott of PayPal. Read more

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Apple is considering making a bid for the Hulu online video service, Bloomberg reports. The service would give Apple a new subscription service and present a possible challenge to Netflix, Bloomberg says.

Investigators probing the recent hacking attacks on International Monetary Fund computers have concluded they were carried out by cyber spies connected to China, according to Bloomberg. Computer specialists have spent several weeks piecing together information about the attack, which the IMF disclosed on June 8. Read more

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AntiSec, a group of computer hackers, has posted a document it claimed contains user names and passwords for an Apple server, The Wall Street Journal reports. In a statement posted on Twitter, AntiSec  said  it had accessed Apple’s systems due to a security flaw in software used by the company. “But don’t worry,” the hackers said, “we are busy elsewhere.”

NBC Universal Digital Studio, Comcast’s unit responsible for creating original web content, is to be shut down over the next few months, PaidContent says. Comcast is said to be looking to shift its online resources to support its existing broadcast and cable programmes. Read more

Joseph Menn

A hacking group–no, not that one or the other one, a new one–has published scores of names and phone numbers that it says came from former UK prime minster Tony Blair’s address book. Read more

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Both the hacking supergroup calling itself Lulz Security and researchers fighting against it have borrowed tactics from WikiLeaks in recent days, dumping sensitive information onto the internet for others to comb through. Read more

Maija Palmer

EastWest Institute Second Worldwide Cybersecurity SummitIt was appropriate that the day that Google was unveiling details of a new Gmail hacking attack, an august group of politicians and business leaders gathered in London, at a security summit organised by the EastWest Institute,  to tell each other that, well, cyber security is a big problem. Read more