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Cybersecurity

OneDrive for Business Web App Updated for Ease of Use

Microsoft’s OneDrive for Business Web app is getting an update to make it easier to create, share and find your files in the cloud.<p>For starters, a simplified right-click menu for files and folders gives you options to quickly edit, download, share, copy or move and delete them. The contextual menu …

Ethiopia is hacking US journalists with commercial spyware

Ethiopia's government is among the most oppressive political regimes on the African continent, only trailing Eritrea in its population of incarcerated journalists. And with the country's recent implementation of off-the-shelf spyware from Italian security firm Hacking Team, Ethiopia's leaders …

Self-destructing site shows how long it takes Google to find you

Wondering how long it would take for Google's search engine to find your website if you didn't promote it? About 22 days, according to Matthew Rothenberg. He recently launched Unindexed, a purposefully short-lived web community that was set to self-destruct as soon as Google's indexing technology …

Xbox Live on Windows 10 won't charge for online multiplayer

The news of Xbox Live coming to Windows 10 was a bit confusing last week, but, slowly, details of how it'll work are surfacing. Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb recently responded to <i>PCWorld</i>'s Hayden Dingman on Twitter saying that Xbox Live Gold won't be required for online multiplayer using Live on WIn10 …

The Secret Service is training to knock dangerous drones out of the sky

After a crash on the White House lawn, the agency is practicing its aerial takedown techniques<p>Two weeks ago, we told you that the Secret Service was going to fly drones around Washington, DC — the start of some mysterious "exercises" on which it provided few details. Today the Associated Press is …

Drones

Wikipedia parent sues to stop NSA's massive surveillance effort

The Wikimedia Foundation argues that the NSA's full-scale seizure of Internet communications is a violation of its First and Fourth Amendment rights.<p>The Wikimedia Foundation, the organization that operates the wildly popular online encyclopedia Wikipedia, says user privacy has been violated and …

Surveillance

PayPal confirms CyActive acquisition, plans cybersecurity center in Israel

Today PayPal announced it plans to acquire Israeli cyber-security startup CyActive.<p>The news comes just a day after Israeli newspaper, The Globes, reported that PayPal planned to buy CyActive for $60 million.<p>Founded in 2013, CyActive is a cybersecurity company that uses predictive analytics to …

President Obama launches new training program for tech jobs

America is suffering from a lack of tech-savvy workers, and that's one of the reasons that wages are stagnant. It's enough of an issue that President Obama is launching TechHire, a program designed to get citizens into well-paid jobs in the technology sector. In short, the scheme is a way to …

Drone warfare: life on the new frontline

Safely ensconced behind flickering computer screens, military personnel are waging war in lands thousands of miles away. But is there a hidden human cost to remote-controlled combat?<p>Just a three-hour drive from Washington DC on the scenic Virginia coast, Langley Air Force Base is home to one of the …

Military

Microsoft patches bug 'used by Chinese hackers'

<b>Microsoft has released a patch to close a bug exploited by hackers, who targeted US military and government networks.</b><p>The flaw was used to compromise Windows PCs that visited sites seeded with other malware created by the group.<p>Popular news site Forbes was one victim unwittingly enrolled into the …

Information Security

Google partners with Microsoft to fight false positives in the antivirus industry

Google today announced “trusted source,” a project to address the problem of false positives in the antivirus industry. The company has already started working with Microsoft to help minimize the issue on Windows.<p>The aim is simple: to have software developers share the files in their catalog for …

Malware