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Senator wants Whisper to explain how it tracks users, shares their data

Social media app Whisper, a supposedly anonymous way for users to post online confessions, is now facing privacy questions from a U.S. senator after reports that it tracks locations of users and has shared their information with other companies.

By Grant Gross | 25 October, 2014 02:07

Tags: U.S. Senate, Michael Heyward, Internet-based applications and services, security, regulation, social networking, internet, government, privacy, John "Jay" Rockefeller, WhisperText

The 'Backoff' malware linked to data breaches is spreading

The number of computers in North America infected by the Backoff malware, which is blamed for a string of payment card breaches, has risen sharply, according to research from network security company Damballa.

By Jeremy Kirk | 24 October, 2014 22:02

Tags: security, Damballa

Cyberespionage group launches sophisticated phishing attacks against Outlook Web App users

A cyberespionage group has been using advanced spear-phishing techniques to steal email log-in credentials from the employees of military agencies, embassies, defense contractors and international media outlets that use Office 365's Outlook Web App.

By Lucian Constantin | 24 October, 2014 21:03

Tags: Academi, security, trend micro, Access control and authentication, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, SAIC, spyware, malware

Symantec donates $260k towards cyberbullying prevention

Security vendor Symantec has donated $260,000 to not-for-profit charity beyondblue to help the organisation combat cyberbullying amongst Australian children.

By Hamish Barwick | 24 October, 2014 13:56

Tags: symantec, cyberbullying, beyond blue

Adobe begins encrypting user data collected from Digital Editions app

Adobe Systems said it is now encrypting data it collects about certain e-books after facing criticism earlier this month for not protecting the data.

By Jeremy Kirk | 24 October, 2014 13:27

Tags: security, Adobe Systems

Apple Pay's next move could be phone-to-phone payments

The launch this week of Apple Pay is giving many people their first taste of NFC payment technology, which allows them to buy things in a store by bringing an iPhone 6 close to a compatible terminal.

By Martyn Williams | 24 October, 2014 08:20

Tags: Apple, consumer electronics, retail, visa, iPhone, mastercard, smartphones, finance, industry verticals

Oracle says state wanted to take 'unacceptable risk' with health care website transition

The blame game between Oracle and the state of Oregon is going into overtime, even before their dueling lawsuits over the disastrous Cover Oregon health insurance exchange website make it into court.

By Chris Kanaracus | 24 October, 2014 08:05

Tags: business issues, CIO role, hardware systems, it strategy, software, investments, IT management, Oracle, Deloitte, services, Dorian Daley

Facebook and Yahoo prevent use of recycled email addresses to hijack accounts

Facebook and Yahoo have developed a mechanism to prevent the owners of recycled email addresses from hijacking accounts that were registered on other sites using those addresses in the past.

By Lucian Constantin | 24 October, 2014 06:04

Tags: Yahoo, online safety, security, Microsoft, Access control and authentication, Identity fraud / theft, Facebook, privacy

Akamai sees record-setting spikes in size and volume of DDoS attacks

The size and volume of distributed denial-of-service attacks has exploded in the past year, with a 389 percent increase in average attack bandwidth between the third quarter of 2013 and the third quarter of 2014, according to an Internet security report from Akamai Technologies.

By Grant Gross | 24 October, 2014 03:59

Tags: Akamai Technologies, security, John Summers

Abandoned subdomains pose security risk for businesses

Many companies set up subdomains for use with external services, but then forget to disable them when they stop using those services, creating a loophole for attackers to exploit.

By Lucian Constantin | 24 October, 2014 00:57

Tags: online safety, GitHub, security, Access control and authentication, Exploits / vulnerabilities, heroku, Detectify

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

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