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Obama to encourage companies to share cyber threat data

SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama is set to sign an executive order on Friday aimed at encouraging companies to share more information about cybersecurity threats with the government and each other, a response to attacks like that on Sony Entertainment.<p>U.S. President …

WikiLeaks Releases FinFisher 'Weaponized Malware'

WikiLeaks has today released copies of ‘weaponized malware’ used by various governments around the world to snoop on individuals.<p>The FinFisher software is no stranger to controversy – it’s marketed as surveillance software, but propogates and gains access to victim’s systems using common malware …

Researchers find way to hack Gmail with 92 percent success rate

Researchers at the University of California Riverside Bourns College of Engineering and the University of Michigan have identified a weakness they believe to exist across Android, Windows, and iOS operating systems that could allow malicious apps to obtain personal information.<p>Although it was …

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Newegg now accepts bitcoin

Electronics retailer joins Expedia and Overstock in adopting the virtual currency<p>Newegg, the online electronics retailer beloved by geeks, on Tuesday announced it would begin accepting purchases made with bitcoin. Newegg is turning to the bitcoin-payment processor Bitpay to handle orders paid with …

Ginger Page Wants to Improve Your Written English

Ginger Software, an Israeli startup that focuses on ‘language enhancement software’, has released mobile, Windows and Web apps designed to make it easier to write English correctly.<p>Available today, the Chrome extension, desktop download and mobile apps (Android and iOS) go beyond in-line spell …

Your Future British Airways Flights May Be Powered By Garbage

A new production plant will soon crank out jet fuel made from trash. As airlines seek to lower their carbon footprint and cities struggle with growing piles of waste, it could be a match made in heaven.<p>In a few years, your flight from London to New York may be powered by trash. A new production …

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FORTUNE — In recent weeks, the arrest of Bitcoin Foundation’s Charlie Shrem and the near collapse of Mt. Gox, the world’s largest Bitcoin exchange, have added plenty more debate over the virtual currency’s survival and future. Of all the talk, however, what’s often overlooked is that the payment …

A Bitcoin Transaction Has Been Made From North Korea

It’s said that Bitcoin crosses all borders, and nowhere could this point be better proved than in the all-reclusive North Korea.<p>A tourist who went to visit North Korea to watch the Dennis Rodman basketball game used the country’s Internet service to send $100 worth of Bitcoins to Sean’s Outpost, a …

British university accepts course fees in Bitcoin

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>The University of Cumbria has become the first public institution of its kind to accept its fees in bitcoins – at least, for …

Overstock makes $124K from 780 Bitcoin orders a day after giving the crypto-currency a thumbs up

Overstock.com took a gamble on Bitcoin that quickly seems to be paying off.<p>The company made $124,000 through 780 Bitcoin orders within less than 24 hours of accepting Bitcoin as a form of payment.<p>Overstock announced a partnership with popular Bitcoin wallet Coinbase yesterday, making it the largest …

Bitcoin vault offering insurance is 'world's first'

<b>A Bitcoin storage service that is insured against the loss and theft of the digital currency has launched in London.</b><p>Elliptic Vault uses "deep cold storage", where private encrypted keys to bitcoins are stored on offline servers and in a secure location.<p>The facility's founders say they are the …

San Francisco hedge fund hiring a Bitcoin trader

A San Francisco hedge fund is seeking a new junior trader. Applicants need strong analytical skills, the freedom to work irregular hours, and familiarity with Excel.<p>Oh, and they should also be cryptocurrency experts.<p>It’s the first job posting we’ve seen for a Bitcoin trader, and yet another sign …

NSA Trying To Develop Computer Program To Break Encryption Software: Report

Jan 2 (Reuters) - The U.S. National Security Agency is trying to develop a computer that could ultimately break most encryption programs, whether they are used to protect other nations' spying programs or consumers' bank accounts, The Washington Post reported on Thursday.<p>The report, which the …

Why hackers want your phone number

Though most people wouldn’t give their phone number to a stranger on the street, they’re happy to share their digits with Google GOOG, +0.26% , …

Zynga begins testing Bitcoin payments for some online games

Zynga has begun accepting virtual currency Bitcoin as payment for virtual goods in some of its games.<p>The social-gaming company has partnered with Bitcoin payment processor BitPay to test the cryptocurrency in a handful of its Web-based games, Zynga announced late Friday in a Reddit post. Players of …

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FireEye buys Mandiant for $1B in cyber security gold rush

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Thinkstock<p>In the spy vs. spy scenarios sparked by NSA-gate and increasing evidence that everyone — not just the NSA — …

Robocoin shipping first 2 Bitcoin ATMs to Asia this month — and will ship 45 more by March

Bitcoin ATMs are headed to Asia, and beyond.<p>Robocoin, the maker of Bitcoin ATMs, is shipping its first two units to “Bitcoin-hungry” markets in Taiwan and Hong Kong. It expects to ship eight units that dispense this hot “cryptocurrency” this month and 39 by March.<p>“The ensuing liquidity injection …

What a Bitcoin is really worth in India and China

The Bitcoin saga took an unpleasant turn this December when China’s central bank banned financial institutions from dealing in the virtual currency. …

Criminals pilfer ATMs with malware infected USB drives

Robbing ATMs is nothing new. There's the everlasting stick-em-up, the bogus card scheme, ATM phishing, and more. But, it appears new ways are being invented to pull off successful cash machine heists.<p>It was recently revealed that thieves were able to access loads of ATM money by injecting machines …

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Why I Lost Faith In Bitcoin As A Money Transfer Protocol

As 2013 came to an end, many reflected on last year’s biggest tech news — and Bitcoin was a serious contender. But the main question remains: why are people interested in Bitcoin?<p>This whole debate reappeared when Charlie Stross stated that “Bitcoin looks like it was designed as a weapon intended to …

Developers flock to hot APIs for Bitcoin, translation, and stock services

Developers have enough to do as they attempt to make their companies’ applications stand out in app stores and even in the world of enterprise software. If they want to add complex features users will dig, like a tool for handling payments in the Bitcoin virtual currency, they can tap external …

Bitcoin's Incredible Year

Last year at this time, valued at just $13.50, one Bitcoin could get you a movie ticket if you could find a theater that had 1) heard of Bitcoin and 2) accepted it. Fat chance. Luckily, Bitcoin owners had a different form of entertainment: the fiscal version of <i>She’s All That</i>. “Last year’s nerd …

Malware Attacks by Syrian Pro-Government Hackers Are on the Rise

James Gordon/Flickr Creative CommonsWhen we hear about Syrian hackers working on behalf of the regime of embattled President Bashar al-Assad, we …

Indian feds raid Bitcoin exchange as other traders suspend service

On Tuesday, the Reserve Bank of India sent out a stern warning against trade in Bitcoin and other virtual currencies, stating that the currencies were not approved by the central bank and more ominously that "the traders of VCs on such platforms are exposed to legal as well as financial risks." It …

Report: China bans Battlefield 4 on grounds of national security endangerment

The Ministry of Culture of the People's Republic of China has reportedly banned Electronic Arts' <i>Battlefield 4</i> on the grounds that it contains content that endangers national security, according to news outlets like China.com, QQ and an article on PCgames.com.cn that has since been taken down.<p>The …

4 Facebook Secrets to Keep You Safe

Never let your boss see your embarrassing photos again<p>If your number of Facebook friends competes with your monthly mortgage payment, you may not be so happy after those embarrassing pictures from the holiday party go live: The more social circles you’re connected to on Facebook, the more anguish …

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Target confirms encrypted debit PIN data was stolen during hack

Target has confirmed that encrypted debit card PIN data was stolen as part of the massive hack carried out against the retailer between late November and early December. The company previously admitted that card numbers and expiration dates were compromised in the attack that affected 40 million …

NSA mass collection of phone data is legal, federal judge rules

A legal battle over the scope of US government surveillance took a turn in favour of the National Security Agency on Friday with a court opinion declaring that bulk collection of telephone data does not violate the constitution.<p>The judgement, in a case brought before a district court in New York by …

Security firm denies knowingly including NSA backdoor — but not taking NSA cash

Advertisement<p>10 Comments<p>Credit: Maksim Kabakou<p>The security outfit RSA, these days a division of EMC(s emc), has denied deliberately incorporating a …