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3. 'Heartbleed' bug that unraveled the internet was caused a simple programming glitch
The talking-point of the year, "Heartbleed," which in the matter of hours took over the Internet in a sense of panic, after a flaw in a popular cryptography library allowed hackers to snoop on passwords and personal data. The programmer who introduced the flaw denied he inserted it deliberately, after claims were made he may have been working for a US intelligence agency. He denied this, but the flaw nevertheless led to a global security panic. Leading expert Bruce Schneier likened it to a "Spinal Tap 11" out of ten on the severity scale. Change your passwords — and the sooner the better, experts advised.
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4. The top Android app? A 'fake' anti-virus app
Android has long been associated with malware issues, according to leading security and research firms. But those capitalizing on the issue this week got a sore slap in the face, after the top grossing app on the Google Play app marketplace was accused of being a "scam." Dubbed "Virus Shield," many thought the app was protecting their Android-based smartphones and tablets, when in fact, according to reports, it was entirely "bogus." The app only cost $3.99, but it was downloaded more than 10,000 times, making the developer very, very rich indeed.
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5. Starting your own Internet provider is really hard
If you're concerned about US government surveillance, you might think setting up your own Internet provider might be the best option. Turns out, as the folks at Ars Technica discovered, it's far more complicated to start one than widely thought. Not only do you need millions of dollars, you need a lot of lawyers to navigate the complicated myriad of legal issues that you will face as the head of your own ISP. And that doesn't even take into account the requests you might be forced to undertake if you're under the authority of the National Security Agency.
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