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# Online Security

Last year
Poll: Do you take precautions against cyber attacks?
Hacking attempts are on the rise globally.
All time
Explainer: Why were some customers locked out of their mobile banking app?
Many AIB customers complained to the bank after being told their device was ‘rooted’.
Here's what worried users of Ashley Madison have been saying since the hack
An online security expert say he’s been inundated with questions since the breach.
Phishing attacks are down, but be careful before Christmas
Phishing is surprisingly lucrative.
Now you can use an actual, physical USB key to log in to Gmail
Introducing: Security Key
Column: Free Wi-Fi networks carry risks – but you can avoid them
Make sure you’re not freely handing away your personal data…
Irish internet users could be vulnerable after 1.2 billion password theft
An attack by Russian hackers has seen 1.2 billion passwords stolen.
1 in 5 US internet users have had bank account details and personal data stolen - survey
It shows a sharp increase since the last survey in 2013.
Heartbleed causes massive online scare - but don't change your passwords just yet
Google sites such as GMail and YouTube are clear, the company says.
Scammers are going 'phishing' for Revenue customer details
Fake emails headed “Notice of Tax Return. Client No.” are being sent from accounts purporting to be from the Revenue Commissioners.
Bot visits make up 61.5 per cent of all web traffic
The majority come from search engines and analytics tools, while malware have decreased overall.
Adobe security breach much worse than originally feared
An attack by hackers had been initially estimated to affect three million customers but it is now believe 38 million accounts have been compromised.
As many as 300 people have lost money due to phishing email scams this year
Gardaí have issued a fresh warning about phishing emails.
Irish businesses warned of 'significantly increased' IT security risks in 2013
Major security breaches at large international businesses such as Sony, LinkedIn, Global Payments and RSA are a warning to Irish businesses, says a leading security specialist.
Poll: Should officials monitor jobseekers' online employment searches?
If someone is claiming benefits, should the government be allowed to monitor their online job searches on an official website?
UK: Jobseekers could be remotely monitored on compulsory website
The website allows unemployed users to upload a CV to be matched to suitable job openings.
MEPs call for better online protections for children
MEPs have called for children, parents and teachers to be given education in new digital media for young people.
Music site urges users to change password in latest breach - has yours been leaked?
There’s now a way to check if your LinkedIn or eHarmony passwords were among those hacked, while is the latest site with security problems.
Facebook privacy concerns are on the rise, says consumer report
Oversharing and excessive data collection are growing concerns of Facebook users, a US consumer reports has claimed.
PSNI warns of 'computer locking' PC virus scam
A virus has been locking computers, displaying a police logo and demanding payment of a fine to have it unlocked again.
The Daily Fix: Wednesday
Your nightly news round-up of the day’s biggest stories…
Anonymous hackers target US security think tank Stratfor
Thousands of personal details and credit card information were stolen from the Stratfor site, according to hackers.
Oops... Check out Bank of America's spectacular social media fail
Messages on a Bank of America Google Plus page questioned the bank’s reputation and made light of rising mortgage rates.
Anonymous hacker: Plot to 'kill Facebook' is a misunderstanding
A hacker claiming to have begun ‘Operation Facebook’ says the plan had been abandoned before a video about it was released.
Anonymous threatens to "destroy" Facebook on 5 November
Hacking group has issued online warnings against the social network, which it calls the “medium of communication you all so dearly adore”.
'Thousands of fans' details' stolen from Lady Gaga website
The singer’s UK fan site is hacked by ‘SwagSec’, with names and email addresses of thousands of fans copied.
Sony investigates claim of another security breach
Hackers have claimed that they have hit Sony for a second time – taking over one million passwords, emails, and other user information – by accessing unencrypted data stored by the corporation.
China refutes Google's claims that Gmail attacks originated in Jinan
Chinese state media says Google “arbitrarily pointing the finger at China” for a second time, after the internet company warned users it had detected a Gmail account hacking scame.
Sony says Greek music site security breach affected 8,500 user accounts
Latest security breach comes soon after the Japanese company announced a serious attack on its online gaming site, affecting over 100m registered users around the world.
Facebook security breach allowed advertisers access to user data
Hundreds of thousands of Facebook apps may have leaked ‘access tokens’ to Facebook users’ actions and profiles, according to security company Symantec.
2,000 users’ details taken in Fine Gael website breach
The party confirms that 2,000 details had their emails, mobiles and IP addresses taken, as the FBI is called in to investigate.
Fine Gael website breach: party statement in full
The full text of the party’s statement on the “hacking crime” that saw the details of almost 2,000 people compromised.
Gawker issues warning over users' security
Security breach also affects other sites in the Gawker group such as Gizmodo, Jezebel and Deadspin.
Google’s major security hole
The breach allowed the email address of any person signed into a Google account to be accessed.
Apple iPhones hacked
A new hack can give complete access to your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.