Worst security breaches of the year 2014: Sony tops the list

As 2014 winds down, the breach of Sony Pictures Entertainment is clearly the biggest data breach of the year and among the most devastating to any corporation ever.

By Tim Greene | 19 December, 2014 07:24

Tags: security, Year in review 2014, data breach, sony

Messaging app Line buys Microsoft's MixRadio music-streaming app

Line, the messaging app from Japan, has acquired MixRadio, the free music-streaming service Microsoft gained through its Nokia acquisition, the companies announced Thursday.

By Zach Miners | 19 December, 2014 06:23

Tags: instant messaging, Internet-based applications and services, Microsoft, Music and audio, MixRadio, internet, social media, mobile, mobile applications, Line

Vulnerability in embedded Web server exposes millions of routers to hacking

A serious vulnerability in an embedded Web server used by many router models from different manufacturers allows remote attackers to take control of affected devices over the Internet.

By Lucian Constantin | 19 December, 2014 06:16

Tags: Huawei Technologies, Tp-link Technologies, Networking, ZTE, routers, Exploits / vulnerabilities, networking hardware, Check Point Software Technologies, intrusion, security, Access control and authentication, Allegro Software Development, Edimax Technology, ZyXEL Communications, D-Link

Amazon Web Services updates console to simplify management

As enterprises have increased the number of systems they run on Amazon Web Service's cloud, keeping track of it all has become more difficult. But the company is now trying to rectify that with the help of better tagging.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 19 December, 2014 04:21

Tags: Amazon Web Services, software, internet, cloud computing, system management

Uber driver in Boston area faces rape charges

An Uber driver in the Boston area is facing rape and other charges for allegedly beating and sexually assaulting a passenger earlier this month.

By Grant Gross | 19 December, 2014 04:20

Tags: Cambridge Police Department, Internet-based applications and services, Alejandro Done, Marian Ryan, Robert Haas, Kaitlin Durkosh, legal, internet, Uber, Criminal, Middlesex County District Attorney's Office

Sony hit with second employee lawsuit over hack

Sony Pictures has been hit by a second lawsuit alleging it didn't do enough to safeguard the personal information of employees that was lost in a major hack in late November.

By Martyn Williams | 19 December, 2014 03:49

Tags: Criminal, security, legal, data breach, Sony Pictures, cybercrime

Point-of-sale malware creators still in business with Spark, an Alina spinoff

A malware program dubbed Spark that steals payment card data from compromised point-of-sale (POS) systems is likely a modification of an older Trojan called Alina, and highlights a continuing, lucrative business for cybercriminals.

By Lucian Constantin | 19 December, 2014 03:29

Tags: intrusion, trustwave, security, data breach, fraud, malware

Microsoft nixes EU browser ballot screen

Microsoft has pulled the plug on the browser ballot screen it was forced to display in the aftermath of a threat by the European Union's antitrust agency five years ago.

By Gregg Keizer | 19 December, 2014 02:48

Tags: choice, Google, european union, Microsoft, opera software, Web servers, software, Firefox, web browsers, Apple

U.S.-Cuba breakthrough is no slam dunk for Internet

The Obama administration's historic move to restore ties between the U.S. and Cuba may eventually put more Cubans online, but the future of the Internet there is likely to depend more on domestic policies than on imported goods and services.

By Stephen Lawson | 19 December, 2014 01:57

Tags: Telegeography, regulation, legal, internet, government, Dyn Research

Developers get real numbers on JavaScript library usage

Open source developers interested in gauging usage of JavaScript libraries across the Web now can find out via Libscore, an online service being launched this week.

By Paul Krill | 19 December, 2014 01:45

Tags: Languages and standards, Libscore, application development, GitHub, software, javascript

Judge: No Steve Jobs for you

A federal judge Wednesday ruled that a two-hour video deposition recorded by former Apple CEO Steve Jobs will not be released to the press and public.

By Gregg Keizer | 19 December, 2014 01:31

Tags: cnn, Apple, Technology Law & Regulation, legal, beca, Bloomberg

Amazon promises one-hour delivery in Manhattan, more locations on the way

With Prime Now, Amazon's customers will be able to have toys and books shipped to their door in one hour or less via a new mobile app. Perfect when you have forgotten that important birthday present.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 19 December, 2014 01:02

Tags: e-commerce,, internet

U.S. on Sony breach: North Korea did it

U.S. officials now believe North Korea is behind the attack that took down Sony Pictures Entertainment's computer network and posted contents on the Internet, but the government hasn't decided whether to formally accuse the country of carrying out the hack, according to The New York Times.

By Tim Greene | 19 December, 2014 00:41

Tags: new york times, The New York Times, security, legal, Sony Hack, sony, north korea, cybercrime

LG readies webOS TVs with better performance, 4K content

LG Electronics' upcoming smart TVs will run an upgraded version of webOS that promises better performance and more customization.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 18 December, 2014 23:45

Tags: CES, consumer electronics, LG Electronics, TVs

Microsoft kills EU browser choice screen

Microsoft has retired the browser choice screen it agreed to show new Windows users in the European Union as part of an antitrust settlement.

By Loek Essers | 18 December, 2014 23:29

Tags: antitrust, Google, applications, european commission, Microsoft, opera software, browsers, legal, software, internet

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