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The NSA May Be Watching You, But It's Good For Disease Surveillance

For many, the massive digital surveillance of American society by the U.S. National Security Agency evinces deep-seated fears of authoritarian …

When hackers steal your info, here’s where it goes

Recent large-scale hacks at Target and Neiman Marcus are a reminder that credit card theft is a growing issue. Hackers find a way to install malware …

NSA hacking tools will find their way to criminals eventually

The U.S. National Security Agency has reportedly developed technology to commandeer computers even when they are off the Internet, and security …

China cracks down on web anonymity with new regulations

Rule requires internet users to register their real names before uploading videos<p>The Chinese government this week passed a new rule requiring all internet users to use their real names when uploading videos to the web, as part of an attempt to crack down on online dissent. As Reuters reports, the …

2014's Hacking Pain is Cyber Security's Gain

First it was Target that got hacked over the Christmas holiday and that has the company bracing for a fierce backlash after it disclosed that over 70 million credit cards and other customer data was “compromised.” That’s a pretty sour way to close out the year, particularly if you are Gregg …

Bill Gates: Not All Government Surveillance Is Bad

<b>SEATTLE (CBS Seattle)</b> – Bill Gates doesn’t seem troubled by the revelations of massive data sweeps by the U.S. government.<p>Speaking to Jorge Ramos on …

Russia hacked hundreds of Western, Asian companies: security firm

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. cybersecurity firm says it has gathered evidence that the Russian government spied on hundreds of American, European and Asian companies, the first time Moscow has been linked to cyber attacks for alleged economic - rather than political - gains.<p>The word 'password' is …

Google Will Pay A Year's Salary To Hackers Who Find One Really Bad Security Flaw In Chrome OS (GOOG)

Google wants hackers to break into its Chrome OS operating system.<p>As long as they tell Google how they did it.<p>It announced plans for its fourth annual hacking contest called Pwnium 4, held in March at the CanSecWest security conference in Vancouver. "Pwn" is geek-speak for breaking into a computer …

The 4 Ways You'll Get Hacked

Amid all the news that hackers gave gotten their hands on millions of credit card numbers and contact information from at least five retailers – …

Cryptography experts pen open letter against NSA surveillance

The pressure on the US government to reform the NSA’s surveillance programs is growing. Apple, Google, and Microsoft all called for change last month alongside a petition from international authors calling for an end to mass surveillance. President Obama announced big changes to government …

VyprVPN provider starts using proprietary Chameleon protocol for anonymity

Virtual private network (VPN) provider Golden Frog says it has come up with a new proprietary protocol for masking VPN traffic, in order to bypass …

Snowden hints at new revelations of industrial espionage by the NSA

Does the NSA spy on foreign corporations to give the US a competitive advantage? President Obama has denied it over and over, but a new interview with NSA leaker Edward Snowden suggests there may be new evidence on the way. Asked by a German television station whether the US was spying on foreign …

Department Of Justice Will Allow Big Tech Companies To Disclose Detailed Numbers Of Surveillance Requests

Apple today released more details on the requests it receives from government surveillance agencies after the Department Of Justice releaxed limits on disclosures. Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo, and LinkedIn today were given the right to disclose more details on the data requests and …

First Android Bootkit Found on Over 350,000 Mobile Devices

A new trojan for Android has been discovered that resides in the memory of infected devices and launches itself early on in the OS loading stage. Even if some elements of the threat are removed successfully, at least one component will still reside in the protected memory area and will reinstall …

Google’s Defamation Case In India Underscores Challenges In Ensuring Internet Freedom

India’s Supreme Court has deferred hearing of a defamation case against the local unit of Google on whether it’s liable for offensive comments posted by a user on Blogspot.com. The case has been in play for three years.<p>The case, originally filed by a Hyderabad-based construction company Visaka …

Threat of cybercrime heightened for Main Street

Business News<p>As the data breaches at Target, Neiman Marcus and now potentially Michaels have unfolded, large retailers naturally are paying more attention to securing data, but the threat may be heightened for small to midsized businesses.<p>Smaller ventures are particularly vulnerable because …

Rovio Denies Providing Angry Birds User Data To The NSA, Points Finger At Third-Party Ad Networks

A new report originating from the ongoing Snowden document trove presents the terrifying possibility that our casual gaming habits offer government surveillance agencies a look at some key personal data, including but not limited to age, location and even sexual orientation. Angry Birds is cited by …

Spy games: behind Russia's massive Olympic surveillance program

Extensive monitoring program is geared toward terrorists, but critics say the Kremlin has gone too far<p><i>Russian President Vladimir Putin at the 2009 World Economic Forum in Davos. (World Economic Forum /</i> <i>Flickr</i><i>)</i><p>The Sochi Winter Games are already the most expensive Olympics on record, and they're …

Netherlands court orders end to Pirate Bay ban

<b>A Dutch court has told local internet service providers they can restore access to The Pirate Bay.</b><p>The ISPs had been ordered in 2011 to stop internet addresses linked to the file-sharing site working.<p>But the Hague Appeals Court has reversed the decision on the basis it had proved "ineffective" at …

After bug, Google notifies users that all is a-OK with Gmail

Google assured Gmail users on Tuesday that the slight bug that affected their inboxes last week is definitively fixed. The Web giant sent out notices to users that could have experienced issues.<p>"You may have been impacted by a recent issue in Gmail that inadvertently caused some actions (e.g. …

Tall order: Bitglass says it secures corporate data and personal privacy

Many companies are trying to maintain security by funneling all incoming and outgoing traffic through a network proxy for inspection. That includes …

Defense.net’s DDoS Frontline Fights Cyberattacks On IP Services And The Internet Of Things

Distributed denial of service attacks have been one of the most common and well-known ways that malicious hackers have gone after companies on the web. But as cybercrime becomes more sophisticated and widespread, and our lives become increasingly connected, the nature of DDoS has changed: now any …

UK government plans switch from Microsoft Office to open source

Ministers are looking at saving tens of millions of pounds a year by abandoning expensive software produced by firms such as Microsoft.<p>Some £200m has been spent by the public sector on the computer giant's Office suite alone since 2010.<p>But the Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude believes a …

Feds investigating Target data breach

WASHINGTON—Attorney General Eric Holder confirmed Wednesday that federal authorities were investigating the data breach involving retail giant Target.<p>"The Department of Justice takes seriously reports of any data breach, particularly those involving personally identifiable or financial information, …

'I would love to put a bullet in his head': NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden 'fears for his life after receiving anonymous death threats from Pentagon and NSA'

• Edward Snowden has received anonymous death threats, his lawyer says<br>• This NSA whistleblower now fears for his life and safety in Russia<br>• Article quotes …

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden to hold Q&A Thursday

Edward Snowden is expected to offer his opinion of President Obama's NSA reforms during a Webcast question-and-answer session on Thursday.<p>It will be Snowden's first live chat since he began releasing classified internal documents last June that revealed the National Security Agency's surveillance …