Stories by Martyn Williams

California passes law mandating smartphone kill switch

Smartphones sold in California will soon be required to have a kill switch that lets users remotely lock them and wipe them of data in the event they are lost or stolen.

By Martyn Williams | 26 August, 2014 08:14

Tags: security, Microsoft, legal, Android, iPhone, smartphones, mobile security, Criminal, Apple, Google, consumer electronics

Report: NSA built 'Google-like' search engine for metadata

The U.S. National Security Agency built a "Google-like" search engine to give domestic and international government agencies access to details of billions of calls, texts and instant messages sent by millions of people, according to The Intercept.

By Martyn Williams | 26 August, 2014 07:02

Tags: security, legal, U.S. National Security Agency, privacy

Planet Labs begins launching second set of satellites

A San Francisco startup that wants to provide daily updated satellite views of the entire planet has begun launching its second batch of satellites.

By Martyn Williams | 26 August, 2014 05:48

Tags: popular science, Internet-based applications and services, Planet Labs, Maps

US warns 'significant number' of major businesses hit by Backoff malware

Over a thousand major enterprise networks and small and medium businesses in the US have been compromised by a recently discovered malware package called "Backoff" and are probably unaware of it, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said in a cybersecurity alert.

By Martyn Williams | 23 August, 2014 07:04

Tags: Target Stores, security, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, data breach, UPS Store, Supervalu

In his own words: Best quotes of Steve Ballmer

Steve Ballmer's decision to step down from Microsoft's board draws to a close a 34 year-long career that took him from business manager to CEO.

By Martyn Williams | 20 August, 2014 06:04

Tags: business issues, personnel, Microsoft, software

Why would Chinese hackers want US hospital patient data?

The theft of personal data on 4.5 million patients of Community Health Systems by hackers in China highlights the increasing degree to which hospitals are becoming lucrative targets for information theft.

By Martyn Williams | 19 August, 2014 10:06

Tags: security, data breach, health care, industry verticals, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Hackers steal data on 4.5 million US hospital patients

A major U.S. hospital operator says hackers based in China broke into its computer systems and stole data on 4.5 million patients.

By Martyn Williams | 19 August, 2014 02:36

Tags: security, data breach, health care, Community Health Systems, industry verticals

Seven ways DARPA is trying to kill the password

A seemingly constant stream of data breaches and this week's news that Russian hackers have amassed a database of 1.2 billion Internet credentials has many people asking: Isn't it time we dumped the user name and password?

By Martyn Williams | 11 August, 2014 09:01

Tags: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, security, Access control and authentication

New WorldView 3 satellite will provide new look at the globe

DigitalGlobe's WorldView 3 satellite, scheduled to launch next week, promises to bring unprecedented resolution to commercial satellite imagery.

By Martyn Williams | 09 August, 2014 06:38

Tags: popular science, DigitalGlobe

Smartphone kill-switch bill passes California assembly

A bill requiring that all smartphones sold in California contain a "kill-switch" that allows users to disable them if stolen was approved by the California Assembly on Thursday morning.

By Martyn Williams | 08 August, 2014 04:53

Tags: Criminal, Apple, Google, consumer electronics, Microsoft, legal, smartphones

Five unanswered questions about massive Russian hacker database

There's still much that's unclear about Tuesday's revelation that a small group of hackers in Russia have amassed a database of 1.2 billion stolen user IDs and passwords. The company that disclosed the incident, Hold Security, didn't offer any fresh information Wednesday, but here are five questions we'd like to see answered (and a bonus one that we already know the answer to).

By Martyn Williams | 07 August, 2014 10:26

Tags: security, Hold Security, data breach

Massive Russian hack has researchers scratching their heads

Don't worry, you're not the only one with more questions than answers about the 1.2 billion user credentials amassed by Russian hackers.

By Martyn Williams | 07 August, 2014 09:55

Tags: sophos, mcafee, security, Hold Security, data breach

Report: Sprint gives up on pursuit of T-Mobile USA

Sprint is giving up its plan to acquire T-Mobile USA and will name a new CEO as soon as Wednesday, according to several news reports.

By Martyn Williams | 06 August, 2014 10:25

Tags: business issues, sprint, Carriers, telecommunication, T-Mobile USA, Mergers and acquisitions

Russian hackers amass 1.2B stolen Web credentials

Criminals in Russia have amassed a huge database of 1.2 billion stolen user names and passwords and half a billion email addresses, a U.S.-based Internet security company said Wednesday.

By Martyn Williams | 06 August, 2014 07:28

Tags: security, Hold Security, data breach

PF Chang's hack hit 33 restaurants for 8 months

The hack of credit-card-processing terminals at PF Chang's hit 33 of the company's locations across the U.S. and continued for around eight months, the company said Monday.

By Martyn Williams | 05 August, 2014 05:50

Tags: security, data breach, PF Chang's

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