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UN committee calls on countries to protect right to privacy

A United Nations panel has approved a resolution that would have its General Assembly call on states to respect and protect the right to privacy in the digital age.

By John Ribeiro | 26 November, 2014 18:15

Tags: united nations, security, U.S. National Security Agency, government, privacy

ASIC chief calls for focus on 'cyber resilience'

Australian Securities and Investments Commission chairperson Greg Medcraft has called for a focus on "cyber resilience through risk management" to prevent destabilisation of financial markets.

By Rohan Pearce | 26 November, 2014 15:39

Tags: cyber resilience, security

Sony to offer refunds over misleading PS Vita ads

Sony will offer partial refunds to customers to settle U.S. Federal Trade Commission charges that its ads in 2011 and 2012 for the PlayStation Vita console's cross-platform sharing and other features were deceiving.

By Tim Hornyak | 26 November, 2014 15:14

Tags: Sony Computer Entertainment, Game platforms, games, sony, PS3

Hack the halls: Watch out for Cyber Monday scamathon

Cyber Monday is the biggest online shopping day of the year, which means it is also the single biggest opportunity for criminals to steal cash, personal information and credit card numbers, and they've got an imposing arsenal to carry out their plans against the unwary.

By Tim Greene | 26 November, 2014 13:45

Tags: Cyber Monday, Google, security, zeus, fbi, malware

Home Depot spent $43 million on data breach in just one quarter

Home Depot spent US$43 million in its third quarter dealing with the fallout of one of the largest ever data breaches, highlighting the costly nature of security failures.

By Jeremy Kirk | 26 November, 2014 12:50

Tags: security, data breach, Home Depot

New eftpos debit, credit chip cards include EMV security

Australian banks have begun rolling out debit and credit cards that feature a new eftpos chip designed to reduce fraud. The card features Europay, MasterCard and Visa (EMV) security.

By Computerworld Australia staff | 26 November, 2014 11:52

Tags: Eftpos, EMV, card reader, point of sale

San Francisco DA pushes for chip payment cards in tech's backyard

Chip-and-PIN payment cards have a strong supporter in the hotbed of payment technologies, with San Francisco's district attorney promoting the new technology as a way to cut down on fraud.

By Zach Miners | 26 November, 2014 11:16

Tags: e-commerce, visa, security, data protection, internet, Identity fraud / theft, fraud

Adobe tries again to fix Flash vulnerability

Adobe released an emergency patch on Tuesday to fix a Flash Player vulnerability that was fixed last month but was quickly exploited again.

By Jeremy Kirk | 26 November, 2014 11:07

Tags: security, Adobe Systems, Exploits / vulnerabilities

Cybercrime reporting site launches in Australia

Australians who have fallen victim to cybercrime will be able to report the incident online via a new site called the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN).

By Hamish Barwick | 26 November, 2014 10:38

Tags: Australian Federal Police, cybercrime report, Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN), Attorney-General's Department, queensland police service, cybercrime

Want a 100TB disk drive? You'll have to wait 'til 2025

An industry consortium has released a roadmap that new recording technologies could yield 100TB hard drives in about 10 years.

By Lucas Mearian | 26 November, 2014 06:03

Tags: BP, Drives, Data storage, storage, western digital

Bitdefender security appliance for home networks seeks to replace end-point antivirus

Antivirus firm Bitdefender unveiled a hardware security appliance for home networks Tuesday that aims to protect devices by scanning network traffic to detect and block potential security threats.

By Lucian Constantin | 26 November, 2014 04:29

Tags: intrusion, online safety, security, Desktop security, antivirus, bitdefender

Pew poll: Limited knowledge on privacy policies, more on net neutrality

U.S. Internet users have a limited understanding of what net neutrality means and what protections are contained in company privacy policies, according to the results of a national survey by the Pew Research Center.

By Grant Gross | 26 November, 2014 04:00

Tags: Pew Research Center, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, internet, bill gates, government, legislation, University of Pennsylvania, privacy, Aaron Smith, Lee Rainie, Microsoft, security

UK faults tech firm for not alerting authorities before soldier's murder

The U.K. has faulted an unnamed tech company for failing to flag a conversation that played a crucial role in planning the murder of a British soldier.

By Loek Essers | 26 November, 2014 03:04

Tags: Google, security, Microsoft, twitter, data protection, government, Facebook, privacy

60 things European legislators don't want Canada to learn about air passengers

Here's one flight delay that European Union citizens might appreciate: The European Parliament has grounded an agreement that would have sent more passenger data winging its way to Canadian law enforcers. And like other flight delays, it could have huge repercussions -- in this case for similar data exchange deals with the U.S. and Australia.

By Loek Essers | 26 November, 2014 01:43

Tags: security, data protection, Court of Justice of the European Union, government, trade, privacy, European Parliament

OK, BlackBerry, what else have you got besides security?

BlackBerry's pitch to get back into the warm embrace of corporate IT shops seems logical enough at first glance: We're the most secure in mobile. Mobile is where all of your data and interactions are heading. Therefore you should give us all of your corporate business.

By Evan Schuman | 26 November, 2014 00:37

Tags: Blackberry, data security, consumer electronics, security, None, smartphones, data protection

Regin malware linked to attacks on Belgacom, well-known cryptographer

After Symantec blew the lid on Regin on Sunday, computer security experts and companies are revealing information that has lead to suspicions that the U.S. and U.K. are involved.

By Jeremy Kirk | 25 November, 2014 13:01

Tags: intrusion, symantec, security, Microsoft, f-secure, kaspersky lab, malware

Cheap access to the Internet should be a human right: survey

Affordable Internet access around the world should be a basic human right as it is essential for freedom of expression and economic opportunity, according to the results of a global survey released by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI).

By Hamish Barwick | 25 November, 2014 10:32

Tags: internet governance, Centre for International Governance Innovation, Human Rights, cyber security

Regin is groundbreaking malware on par with Stuxnet, Symantec says

Regin, a complex and stealthy piece of espionage malware, steals passwords, logs keystrokes and can read, write, move and copy files, among other malicious activity, and has stunned the Symantec researchers that detailed it in a report.

By Tim Greene | 25 November, 2014 08:24

Tags: symantec, security, None, f-secure, malware

Court okays IT worker lawsuit over student visa work program

A federal court gave a green light last week to a lawsuit by a union and IT workers challenging a student visa work program, known as Optional Practical Training (OPT).

By Patrick Thibodeau | 25 November, 2014 08:13

Tags: Option, services, outsourcing, sega, IT outsourcing

129 out of 150 A/NZ websites fail Online Trust Alliance audit

Some 129 of 150 Australian and New Zealand websites audited by not-for-profit organisation Online Trust Alliance (OTA) failed to meet consumer protection, data privacy or cyber security criteria, according to a report released this week.

By Hamish Barwick | 25 November, 2014 08:01

Tags: website audit, trusted websites, consumer protection, Online Trust Alliance, cyber security, privacy

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