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Submission + - Android phone 'wipeout' security flaw exposed (bbc.co.uk)

carvell writes: A weakness that can cause all the data stored on Android smartphone handsets to be erased has been found.

Websites tricked users into activating malicious code by clicking on-screen phone numbers, Ravi Borgaonkar, from the Technical University Berlin, said.

No Android could tell the difference between actual phone numbers and USSD codes recognised by handsets as instructions to re-set or wipe its memory card, he wrote in a blog post.

Android maker Google has issued a fix.

Mr Borgaonkar is urging Android phone owners to ensure they have the latest updates.

Submission + - Man jailed over computer password refusal (bbc.co.uk) 1

carvell writes: A teenager has been jailed for 16 weeks after he refused to give police the password to his computer.

Oliver Drage, 19, of Liverpool, was arrested in May 2009 by police tackling child sexual exploitation.

Police seized his computer but could not access material on it as it had a 50-character encryption password.

Submission + - Lawyers target thousands of UK file-sharers (bbc.co.uk)

carvell writes: Around 15,000 suspected pirates may soon get legal letters accusing them of illegally sharing movies and games.

ACS:Law plans to send notes to the accused in the new year offering a chance to settle out of court for "several hundreds of pounds".

A lawyer who has defended people who have received similar letters described it as a "scattergun approach" that would catch "innocent people".

ACS:Law said it was "unaware" of anyone who had been wrongly sent a letter.

Andrew Crossley of the firm told BBC News it was acting to "eradicate" sharing of its client's products.

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