US Senate leader pushes to extend NSA phone dragnet

The U.S. Senate was deadlocked on Friday over whether to extend authorization for the National Security Agency's massive collection of domestic telephone records, with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell insisting the surveillance program should continue with no new limits.

By Grant Gross | 23 May, 2015 03:15

Tags: Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Senate, telecommunication, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Jim Sensenbrenner, Berin Szoka, legislation, privacy, Bob Goodlatte, Rand Paul, security, TechFreedom, government

The Upload: Your tech news briefing for Friday, May 22

Connected cars will mean mobile traffic jams, US wants to ban export of some security tools, exploits...Google planning IoT OS...and more tech news.

By IDG News Service staff | 22 May, 2015 21:25

Tags: Google, security, WayIn, twitter, mobile, internet, Hewlett-Packard, Facebook

Factory reset in Android phones leaves sensitive user data behind

It's common sense to reset an Android phone to its factory state before selling or disposing of it. But beware, researchers recently found that this often fails to properly wipe all sensitive user data from the device.

By Lucian Constantin | 22 May, 2015 21:03

Tags: Motorola, university of cambridge, LG Electronics, security, mobile security, Samsung Electronics, Forensics, data protection, privacy, htc, Google

Secom security drone follows, photographs intruders

If you think drones are more than slightly creepy, wait until you meet one that will autonomously follow you and record video.

By Tim Hornyak | 22 May, 2015 20:38

Tags: Secom, security, robotics

Alibaba's UC Browser found leaking users' data

A mobile browser owned by China's Alibaba Group contained privacy risks that could have exposed users' personal data, according to a security group.

By Michael Kan | 22 May, 2015 16:18

Tags: mobile applications, Alibaba Group, security, mobile, privacy

Freelance hacking site vows to clean up dodgy listings

Charles Tendell is trying to repair a reputation problem for his website, Hacker's List.

By Jeremy Kirk | 22 May, 2015 16:17

Tags: Hacker's List, security

Leaked database of Adult Friend Finder still online

Adult Friend Finder, one of the largest online dating sites, may have been breached more than two months ago, and the sensitive files -- include names, ages, email addresses, zip codes and more -- are apparently still online.

By Jeremy Kirk | 22 May, 2015 12:44

Tags: security, data breach, FriendFinder Networks

US Senate leader to push for vote to renew NSA phone dragnet

The U.S. Senate on Thursday failed to move forward on efforts to extend the section of the Patriot Act that the National Security Agency has used to collect millions of domestic telephone records.

By Grant Gross | 22 May, 2015 08:34

Tags: Mitch McConnell, U.S. Senate, telecommunication, U.S. White House, U.S. National Security Agency, Al Franken, legislation, government, privacy, Josh Earnest, Rand Paul, security

Netgear and ZyXEL confirm NetUSB flaw, are working on fixes

Networking device manufacturers ZyXEL Communications and Netgear have confirmed that some of their routers are affected by a recently disclosed vulnerability in a USB device-sharing service called NetUSB.

By Lucian Constantin | 22 May, 2015 02:42

Tags: patches, intrusion, security, TRENDnet, netgear, ZyXEL Communications, D-Link, Exploits / vulnerabilities, TP-Link

Startup Cyber adAPT takes on threat detection

Cyber adAPT, a startup springing from DARPA funded research, is shipping its first products that detect network compromises and gather data that can be used later for forensic analysis of breaches.

By Tim Greene | 21 May, 2015 22:25

Tags: Cyphort, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, security, DARPA, Damballa, Capita

The Upload: Your tech news briefing for Thursday, May 12

Senators block vote to extend NSA powers... healthcare hack hits 1.1 million victims... Apple fixes security flaws in Watch... and more tech news.

By IDG News Service staff | 21 May, 2015 21:22

Tags: Huawei Technologies, Boditrak, security, CareFirst, Lenovo, government, internet, Apple, Radio Shack, Oberthur Technologies, Google

US proposes tighter export rules for computer security tools

The U.S. Commerce Department has proposed tighter export rules for computer security tools, a potentially controversial revision to an international agreement aimed at controlling weapons technology.

By Jeremy Kirk | 21 May, 2015 15:25

Tags: no company, regulation, security, government

RadioShack, US states reach agreement on sale of customer data

RadioShack has reached agreement with U.S. states over the sale of customer data, by consenting to limit the number of email addresses to be sold, and giving customers the opportunity to be removed from the list.

By John Ribeiro | 21 May, 2015 14:32

Tags: business issues, U.S. Federal Trade Commission, RadioShack, security, restructuring, privacy

New protocol from Guardtime hopes to unseat RSA for authentication, digital signatures

Data integrity vendor Guardtime hopes its newly announced protocol will replace RSA for the purposes of authentication and digital signatures, touting it as easier to manage and less vulnerable to hacking.

By Tim Greene | 21 May, 2015 10:37

Tags: security, 21, rsa

Health insurer CareFirst reveals cyberattack affecting 1.1 million

A large US health insurer, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, has disclosed it fell victim to a cyberattack that affected about 1.1 million people.

By Jeremy Kirk | 21 May, 2015 09:56

Tags: CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, security

ASG spruiks Department of Communications cloud contract win

The Department of Communications' $18 million contract to adopt ASG's secure government cloud platform "further cements ASG’s foothold in the Federal Government market," the IT services provider said in a statement issued this morning

By Rohan Pearce | 21 May, 2015 09:46

Tags: Cloud, ASG Group, cloud security, cloud computing, government

US senators stall vote to extend NSA phone records dragnet

Four U.S. senators ground the chamber's business to a halt Wednesday in an effort to prevent lawmakers from voting on a bill to extend portions of the Patriot Act used to collect telephone and business records from the country's residents.

By Grant Gross | 21 May, 2015 07:09

Tags: Mitch McConnell, U.S. Senate, free press, telecommunication, U.S. National Security Agency, Martin Heinrich, Demand Progress, legislation, Fight for the Future, privacy, Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Ron Wyden, security, government

Logjam: How to tell if your browser is vulnerable

Cousin of FREAK, the just-disclosed Logjam flaw has again sent browser makers and website administrators scrambling to craft and apply patches, a repeat of the March rush to shut down its predecessor.

By Gregg Keizer | 21 May, 2015 04:00

Tags: Malware & Vulnerabilities, antispam, Microsoft, security, University of Michigan

E-paper display gives payment cards a changing security code

By embedding an e-paper display in the back of credit and debit cards, payment specialist Oberthur Technologies hopes to make online fraud a lot more difficult. An upcoming test in France will show if the underlying technology can cut it.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 21 May, 2015 03:50

Tags: Oberthur Technologies, online safety, security

EU Parliament votes for tougher rules on use of conflict minerals

The European Parliament wants to apply strict disclosure requirements on companies whose products contain so-called conflict materials, often used in laptops, tablets and smartphones and other consumer electronics.

By Loek Essers | 21 May, 2015 02:38

Tags: regulation, government, European Parliament

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