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Research out of the UK today says that perhaps as many as 200,00 people have been victims of online romance scams and the same study says over 1 million people personally know someone who has been scammed by one of these heartless fraudsters.

Mobile exploits have doubled this year as opposed to 2010 and we should particularly watch out for mobile applications that are really malware, says IBM’s X-Force security research team.

A Russian security company has upgraded a phone-password cracking suite with the ability to figure out the master device password for Research in Motion’s BlackBerry devices.

Microsoft grabbed headlines this week with its report about the successful takedown of the Kelihos botnet, but while the company detailed the achievements of its Digital Crimes Unit, it failed to mention the major role security firm Kaspersky Lab played in the operation.

Argonne National Lab researchers say they easily hacked an electronic voting machine model that’s expected to be widely used to tally votes in the US 2012 elections using inexpensive, widely-available electronic components.

Mac users can thank Microsoft for taking down a small but dangerous botnet – Kelihos.

Good news from the security frontline. The phenomenon of rogue antivirus ‘scareware’ really does appear to be on the wane, at least according to new figures from security company Enigma Software.

Scientists have come up with a novel way to encode biological messages on physical objects using genetically-engineered bacteria that react to light or chemicals to reveal hidden codes.

Microsoft has opened a front in its ongoing battle against internet scammers, using the power of an American court to deal a knockout blow to an emerging botnet and taking offline a provider of free internet domains.

A large group of digital rights organizations has demanded proof from the European Commission that the retention of data in the European Union is necessary and proportionate for fighting serious crime.