The view from the top of IT with TechWorld Editor Rohan Pearce
Microsoft is wrapping up the year's Patch Tuesday bulletins next week with 11 more fixes, pushing the total for 2013 to 106, up from last year's total of 83.
By Tim Greene | 06 December, 2013 15:28
The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) is putting forward an innovative encryption-based security architecture for software-defined networks and cloud environments that draws some of its inspiration from high-security networks used by the U.S. Department of Defense and intelligence agencies.
By Ellen Messmer | 06 December, 2013 15:28
Teams of researchers are hoping to give life to a six-foot, 330-pound humanoid robot at the the Robotics Challenge in Homestead, Fla. on Dec. 20 and 21.
By Sharon Gaudin | 06 December, 2013 12:38
A new website allows Internet users to check if their usernames and passwords were exposed in some of the largest data breaches in recent years.
By Lucian Constantin | 06 December, 2013 11:35
Anonymous members, charged with a distributed denial-of-service attack on PayPal, entered a plea Thursday that could see some of them walk free at sentencing next December.
By John Ribeiro | 06 December, 2013 07:43
Microsoft and law enforcement agencies said Thursday that they disrupted a botnet that defrauded online advertisers of US$2.7 million a month but that the malicious network hasn't been completely eliminated.
By Jeremy Kirk | 06 December, 2013 00:33
The problem with IT security professionals is they spend too much time stopping business people from trying new things, including cloud services, out of worries about risk when they should really be working directly with business managers to help them innovate by means of security.
By Ellen Messmer | 05 December, 2013 22:18
Microsoft will ship 11 security updates next week to patch critical vulnerabilities in Windows, Internet Explorer, Office and Exchange, including one meant to stymie active attacks the company confirmed last month.
By Gregg Keizer | 05 December, 2013 21:19
Ah, December – it's cold as hell, everyone's going berserk from stress about visiting relatives and getting presents for the kids, and it gets dark at about 4 p.m. "Happy" holidays!
By Jon Gold | 05 December, 2013 20:12
Explosive revelations in the past six months about the U.S. government's massive cyber-spying activities have spooked individuals, rankled politicians and enraged privacy watchdogs, but top IT executives aren't panicking -- yet.
By Juan Carlos Perez | 05 December, 2013 19:28
Sen. Edward Markey (D-MA) this week asked automakers what they're doing to protect vehicles from wireless hacking threats and privacy intrusions.
By Jaikumar Vijayan | 05 December, 2013 18:28
There are currently several million smartphones certified to run on a "HotSpot 2.0" Wi-Fi network. In November, about 400 of them finally got a chance to do so -- in Beijing, China.
By John Cox | 05 December, 2013 18:22
In the midst of the NSA snooping scandal, Microsoft is talking up a three-pronged approach to keep customer data safe from the prying eyes of governments.
By Tim Greene | 05 December, 2013 18:22
The developer of a popular flashlight app for Android devices has agreed to settle U.S. Federal Trade Commission charges that it shared users' geolocation information with advertising networks and other organizations without permission.
By Grant Gross | 05 December, 2013 18:16
The U.S. government has a huge image problem worldwide as it promotes Internet freedom on one hand and conducts mass surveillance on the other, potentially creating major problems for U.S. technology companies, a former official with President Barack Obama's administration said Thursday.
By Grant Gross | 05 December, 2013 16:48
While you have undoubtedly heard all the gloom and doom stories regarding individuals using personally owned devices or personally controlled cloud services like Dropbox, SkyDrive, Google Drive, Idrive, Evernote and similar services, don't forget the law of unintended consequences.
By Alan Brill, Senior Managing Director, and Jonathan Fairtlough, Managing Director, Kroll | 05 December, 2013 16:12
Distributed denial-of-service attacks against financial firms and other industries have been mounting, so today the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) announced it is establishing the Anti-Bot Working Group to help fight this threat.
By Ellen Messmer | 05 December, 2013 16:12
New attack campaigns have infected point-of-sale (PoS) systems around the world with sophisticated malware designed to steal payment card and transaction data.
By Lucian Constantin | 05 December, 2013 15:26
The U.S. National Security Agency is collecting location data daily from tens of millions of cellphones around the world, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.
By Jaikumar Vijayan | 05 December, 2013 12:27
German police have arrested two persons they accuse of hacking computers and using them to generate bitcoins police valued at more than €700,000 (US$954,000). A third suspect was not taken into custody, police said.
By Loek Essers | 05 December, 2013 11:05