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Free online Android programming course starting next month

An online university will start a free online Android programming course next month, offering interested applicants the first notions needed to create apps for smartphones and tablets running Google’s mobile operating system.<p>Spotted by a <i>reddit</i> user, the eight-week long course offered by the …

Hackers target patient records

They frequently target the rich and powerful who they see as having most to lose, according to Professor Carsten Maple, a member of the Information …

Encryption Tech Designed to Look Like an Instagram Filter

We live in a world where over-sharing is not just common, it’s encouraged. We happily, and readily, upload our photos and thoughts to the internet, …

Security compromised at security companies -- during Cyber Security Month

Now who do you trust?<p>To celebrate the beginning of National Cyber Security Month, hackers have turned up the heat on the security companies themselves.<p>On Tuesday morning, hackers briefly compromised the website of AVG, the maker of one of the world’s most popular free anti-virus products, as well …

After Security Breach Exposes 2.9 Million Adobe Users, How Safe Is Encrypted Credit Card Data?

When Adobe announced last week that hackers had gotten into its system and accessed customer names and credit or debit card numbers and expiration dates for up to 2.9 million of its customers, it stressed that the attackers had only taken “encrypted” credit card information from its systems and …

Microsoft pays hacking expert a whopping $100,000 for spotting Windows security flaw

If you thought Facebook’s recent $12,500 payout to ‘white hat’ hacker Arul Kumar was something to get excited about, think again. Microsoft just …

Encryption

Hackers move to create next Blackhole after 'Paunch' arrest

Security researchers Tuesday said reports of the arrest of the hacker behind Blackhole, one of the most widely used exploit kits on the Internet, is …

Firefox for Android security flaw lets hackers steal files from SD card

Users of devices running Google's Android and who browse the web using Firefox for Android may have to be careful – a flaw in Firefox can …

The Data Hackers

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National Security Agency (NSA)

Hackers in the electric grid? Meh—fear the dude with the stolen tractor

The power grid is under actual attack in one corner of Arkansas.<p>Cyber security pundits and contractors can't seem to make it through a presentation …

WhatsApp website attacked by Palestinian hackers

WhatsApp, the popular free messaging app, was hacked and defaced yesterday — but don’t worry, it was only the website.<p>A group, which calls itself the KDMS Team of Plaestinian [sic] Hackers” took over the company’s domain whatsapp.com posting pro-Palestine messages and threats toward anonymity. One …

Hackers crack major data firms, sell info to ID thieves, says report

An illegal service that sells personal data "on any U.S. resident" -- which can then be used for identity theft -- hacked into servers at several major data aggregators including LexisNexis and Dun & Bradstreet, according to a report.<p>The service's customers have, the report said, "spent hundreds of …

'I was tricked by a fraudster posing as eBay'

Jessica Gorst-Williams warns on how to spot fraudsters claiming to be from eBay. One reader was conned out of £2,500.<p>A reader, PW, wrote in about how he was the victim of a horsebox fraud.<p>Frauds concerning horseboxes have cropped up over the years. Sometimes it is the seller who has been caught out …

Motorola Bashes Apple's iPhone Fingerprint Reader, Forgets It Sold One First

Motorola’s social media team seems awfully concerned about its customers fingers. Maybe they should more concerned about where they’re pointing their own.<p>A tweet posted Tuesday from the account of Motorola Mobility, now owned by Google, seemed to take a potshot at Apple‘s newly-released iPhone 5s, …

Zuckerberg’s Manifest Destiny: Connecting The 5 Billion People Without Internet

Facebook didn’t stop when it hit 1 billion users. And it won’t stop even if it connects everyone with web access. “To make the world more open and connected” really means <i>the world</i> — every human regardless of location or income. That’s why CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he’s “retooling the company to take …

Apple iWork and iLife apps now free for new buyers

<b>Alongside the iPhone announcements yesterday, Apple also made its iWork and iLife iPhone and iPad apps free to all new device purchasers, backdated</b> …

The 5c: an iPhone for the Snapchat generation | Financial Times

I do.<p>After briefly trying out the new smartphone at its launch on Tuesday, I think it’s going to sell in record volumes for Apple.<p>Investors’ …

How to cut the Google cord

When it started, I had no intention of quitting Google.<p>As I described in a post from last June, my generic Gmail address had become more trouble than it was worth, so I switched to another Webmail service. Now the Gmail address is receive-only.<p>Likewise, back in July I tested two free services that …