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Vietnam police hunt hackers behind mass outage

Vietnamese cybersecurity authorities are hunting hackers believed to be responsible for the country's biggest-ever online attack last week, according to the founder of a security website in Hanoi.

By Tim Hornyak | 23 October, 2014 15:40

Tags: security, Vietnam Communications

Apple to stop SSL 3.0 support for push notifications soon

Apple will stop support next week for an encryption protocol found to contain a severe vulnerability, the company said on Wednesday.

By Jeremy Kirk | 23 October, 2014 14:06

Tags: Apple, security, Exploits / vulnerabilities

Xiaomi moving data outside China following privacy concerns

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is moving customer data and its Internet platforms to servers outside China, only months after the company apologized over privacy concerns.

By Michael Kan | 23 October, 2014 13:33

Tags: Xiaomi, services, consumer electronics, Android, smartphones, Computing services

Government regulation on cloud security may spur SaaS use in health care

Governments may need to tighten the regulatory screws on SaaS vendors to make them be more transparent and forthcoming about their security practices.

By Fred O'Connor | 23 October, 2014 07:54

Tags: security, health care, internet, industry verticals, cloud computing, Verizon Communications

Microsoft misses Windows bug, hackers slip past patch

Microsoft patched one bug in Windows last week, but missed another that hackers continue to exploit, according to security researchers at McAfee.

By Gregg Keizer | 23 October, 2014 07:39

Tags: Malware & Vulnerabilities, antispam, mcafee, security, Microsoft

Accused text-message spammers to pay $9 million in settlement

A group of companies that allegedly promised mobile phone users supposedly free gift cards and electronic devices in a "massive" text-messaging spam operation will pay more than US$9 million to settle complaints from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

By Grant Gross | 23 October, 2014 06:11

Tags: U.S. Federal Trade Commission, antispam, regulation, security, legal, Civil lawsuits, Jessica Rich, government

Massive malvertising campaign on Yahoo, AOL and other sites delivers ransomware

Malicious advertisements made their way last week to almost two dozen popular websites and used browser-based exploits to infect computers with CryptoWall, a nasty file-encrypting ransomware program.

By Lucian Constantin | 23 October, 2014 04:40

Tags: Yahoo, proofpoint, online safety, security, The Rubicon Project, OpenX, Exploits / vulnerabilities, malware

Android ransomware 'Koler' turns into a worm, spreads via SMS

A malicious Android app that takes over the screen of devices and extorts money from users with fake notifications from law enforcement agencies was recently updated with a component that allows it to spread via text message spam.

By Lucian Constantin | 22 October, 2014 23:16

Tags: AdaptiveMobile, security, mobile security, malware

Apple CEO Tim Cook meets with Chinese official after iCloud attack

Just after Apple's iCloud service faced a hacking attack from China, Apple CEO Tim Cook met with a Chinese official on Wednesday to discuss protecting users' privacy.

By Michael Kan | 22 October, 2014 22:39

Tags: Apple, consumer electronics, security, regulation, iPhone, smartphones, government

New European Commission, approved by Parliament, will focus on the digital domain

The digital domain will be an important focus for the new members of the European Union's executive branch, the European Commission, following their approval by the European Parliament on Wednesday.

By Loek Essers | 22 October, 2014 22:17

Tags: Margrethe Vestager, Günther Oettinger, european commission, Andrus Ansip, security, data protection, government, European Parliament

Ransomware takes malware from bad to worse

Targeted email attacks (called spear phishing) with harmful links or attachments containing malware are an ever-increasing threat. These attacks are part social networking and part sophisticated technical effort to penetrate companies' defense systems. Traditional security deployments, in many cases, aren't prepared for these kinds of attacks.

By J. Peter Bruzzese | 22 October, 2014 21:11

Tags: Target, security, malware

China attacks lead Apple to alert users on iCloud threats

Apple has warned users about attacks on its iCloud website, after monitoring groups alleged that China had tried to intercept customer information from the service.

By Michael Kan | 22 October, 2014 14:46

Tags: Apple, security, privacy

iiNet back in court over P2P file sharing

For the second time, Internet service provider iiNet has been dragged to court over the alleged copyright infringement of some of its customers.

By Rohan Pearce | 22 October, 2014 13:48

Tags: copyright, iiNet, piracy

Symantec sees rise in high-traffic DDoS attacks

A type of distributed denial-of-service attack, DNS amplification, has risen sharply, according to new research from Symantec.

By Jeremy Kirk | 22 October, 2014 13:04

Tags: symantec, security

Industry can head off IoT privacy rules, former US official says

The Internet of Things is raising a host of concerns over the control of data that could lead to government regulation, but tech companies can rein in those worries on their own if they act fast, according to a former White House technology official.

By Stephen Lawson | 22 October, 2014 11:39

Tags: white house, American Civil Liberties Union, security, internet, privacy

Section 313: Federal police used website blocking to tackle malware

The Australian Federal Police have primarily issued notices under Section 313 of the Telco Act to request Internet service providers block their customers' access to websites hosting child exploitation material.

By Rohan Pearce | 22 October, 2014 11:33

Tags: censorship, civil liberties, section 313, telecommunications act, internet filter

Microsoft discloses zero-day flaw, publishes quick fix

Microsoft has published a temporary fix for a new zero-day flaw that affects nearly all versions of Windows and is currently being exploited via PowerPoint.

By Jeremy Kirk | 22 October, 2014 11:29

Tags: patches, security, Microsoft, Exploits / vulnerabilities

Samsung now producing 32GB DRAM modules, 128GB to follow

Samsung Electronics is now mass producing its most advanced 8Gbit, DDR4 memory and 32GB registered dual in-line memory modules (RDIMM).

By Lucas Mearian | 22 October, 2014 07:11

Tags: dram, Data storage, storage, Samsung Electronics

Google extends two-factor authentication with physical USB keys

Google is letting users protect their accounts against password compromises by adding support for two-factor authentication based on physical USB keys.

By Lucian Constantin | 22 October, 2014 06:40

Tags: Google, online safety, FIDO Alliance, security, Access control and authentication

FTC appoints privacy researcher Soltani as chief technologist

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission's new chief technologist is high-profile digital privacy consultant Ashkan Soltani, a move that signals the agency's growing interest in policing online tracking and other Internet privacy issues.

By Grant Gross | 22 October, 2014 04:58

Tags: U.S. Federal Trade Commission, regulation, U.S. National Security Agency, Edith Ramirez, government, Ashkan Soltani, privacy, Chris Soghoian, Future of Privacy Forum, American Civil Liberties Union, Jules Polonetsky, security

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