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Trouble in SIM City

If you thought your mobile-phone communications were encrypted and safe, think again. A lengthy article titled The Great SIM Heist over on The Intercept site last week claims spies for the governments of the United States and the United Kingdom “hacked into the internal computer network of the largest manufacturer of SIM cards in the world, stealing encryption keys used to protect the privacy of cellphone communications across the globe.”

David Perry, a threat strategist for F-Secure, joins us this week to discuss the incident and what it means for consumers. (If you’re worried about security in general, David’s blog has info about getting a free trial of F-Secure’s Freedome app, and you can find plenty of VPN services around the Web that provide a layer of protection.)

What will Edward Snowdon reveal next? Have PigeonGram and the Progresso Soup Phone also been compromised?

PTJ 113: A Good Turn For Cybersecurity Awareness Month

David Perry, threat strategist for F-Secure, joins J.D. and El Kaiser on the show this week and reminds us to remain steadfast and ever vigilant against the scourge of malware.

In the news, Apple rolls out new hardware; Google experiments with with video links for live medical chats; Symantec considers breaking up into two separate companies; Aereo keeps swinging away; Microsoft reports that more than a million people have registered for access to the Windows 10 Technical Preview; Samsung works on speeding up WiFi specs; and Mars gets set for a close encounter with a comet.

Happy National Cyber Security Awareness Month!

Among other things, October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. (Quick, go send a card!) David Perry, threat strategist for F-Secure, drops by via Skype this week with tips for how to properly observe the occasion — by promoting awareness and helping those who need a little extra geek in their lives to secure their systems.

Don’t forget that mobile security is a huge issue too. Plenty of mobile security apps are available (including F-Secure’s own Freedome app for Android and iOS, which features a built-in VPN), but be on guard for the usual phishing messages and other typical tactics that plague any platform. For those who celebrate it, here’s the full schedule of events for NCSAM, along with some year-round tips for staying safe online. Okay, who’s going as point-of-sale malware for Halloween this year?