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GOP on attack over health site hack

The HealthCare.gov insurance portal succumbed to a cyberattack this summer, the government said Thursday, prompting an eruption of GOP finger-pointing and demands for hearings into the administration’s security policies for the site, where millions of Americas have registered to purchase …

New leaker disclosing U.S. secrets, government concludes

The federal government has concluded there's a new leaker exposing national security documents in the aftermath of surveillance disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, U.S. officials tell CNN.<p>Proof of the newest leak comes from national security documents that formed the basis of a …

The NSA allegedly knew about & exploited Heartbleed for at least two years (updated)

<i>Updated at 1:47 p.m. Pacific with statement from the NSA</i>.<p>Heartbleed, the controversial security flaw affecting nearly every major site on the Internet, has been exploited by the U.S. National Security Agency for at least two years, Bloomberg alleges in a report.<p>The NSA has released a statement this …

Ping Identity’s new deal logs you into all your cloud apps from your smartphone (exclusive)

Andre Durand, founder and chief executive of identity-management company Ping Identity, respects the idea that we use our smartphones for everything.<p>Now his company has made mobile devices into a tool for logging you in to all of your cloud-based services in one shot. Rather than building that …

Turkey’s Twitter ban backfires: Tweets up 138%, VPN usage up, topic trends

After banning Twitter last night, the actions of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan have failed spectacularly.<p>Immediately following Turkey’s ban, Twitter issued an SMS workaround. Then, “#TwitterisblockedinTurkey” became a globally trending topic on Twitter. Into the night, usage of …

Want More Privacy In Your App? Wickr Resells Its Encryption, Self-Destructing Tech To Other Apps

Wickr, one of the wave of messaging apps built on the idea of private, encrypted and self-destructing data, has vowed never to make money off its users — with its app remaining free, and user data never getting sold on or accessed by others. But it is starting the process of making money regardless.<p>…

Microsoft touts study showing the cost of pirated software

The study claims consumers will spend $25 billion, and waste a collective 1.2 billion hours, fixing problems created by malware on pirated software.<p>Microsoft's crusade against pirated software was bolstered on Tuesday with the release of a study that found stolen programs are going to cause issues …

FTC wants Congress to punish companies for being hacked

NEW YORK — Daniel Kaufman, FTC deputy director, wants to penalize companies that experience major security breaches.<p>The Federal Trade Commission is tasked with protecting American consumers, a major piece of which involves safeguarding their data. That also means history’s least productive Congress …

Secure-messaging app Wickr offers security tools for other social apps

Self-destructing messaging startup Wickr rolled out a new business-to-business “security suite” today that will let other social media and messaging apps take advantage of its security technology.<p>Wickr‘s app lets you send messages in many different forms (text, photos, images, and videos), but …

Twitter Won’t Encrypt Direct Messages, At Least For Now

Twitter is reportedly no longer working on a project to encrypt users’ direct messages—a move that would make its users’ communications better able to stand up to efforts by hackers and government spies to snoop on them.<p>As early as last October, Twitter was said to be working on strengthening the …

Elance and oDesk hit by major DDoS attacks, downing services for many freelancers

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Thinkstock<p>The freelancer platform Elance has been under a sustained distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack for …

The NSA is currently recording an entire country's phone calls

According to leaked documents obtained by <i>The Washington Post</i>, the NSA currently has the capability to record 100% of a country's phone calls, enabling playback of any individual call for up to 30 days. The voice interception tool, dubbed MYSTIC, was launched in 2009 and became fully operational in …

Snowden: Big revelations to come, reporting them is not a crime

Edward Snowden made a surprise appearance on the TED stage in Vancouver today, by Beam telepresence robot from "somewhere in Russia".<p>Snowden, in his …

Japan says Bitcoin is not a currency

Over the past 24 hours, a man believed to be the founder of Bitcoin was chased through the streets of Los Angeles, only to deny having any involvement in the project. But the identity of the mysterious Satoshi Nakamoto isn't the only Bitcoin news of the day: Japan has decided that Bitcoin isn't …

Edward Snowden to Talk Privacy With the Tech Community at SXSW

In his first conversation in front of an audience since his disclosures began making global headlines last year, Edward Snowden will appear via live …

Assange Says NSA Holds The Power In The Obama Administration

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange gave a rare talk via video at annual tech mega-conference SXSW, where he came out swinging not only at President Obama but also Google and Facebook. Assange claimed that in the Obama administration, the intelligence agencies “wear the pants” and he called out …

Tech Predictions for 2014: Service Orientation, Big Data Lakes, & Security Product Rationalization

In 2014 we will see the acceleration of a redefined role for corporate IT. Business has new alternatives, enabled by ever expanding public cloud and SaaS providers which continues to raise the bar for internal IT.<p>So look for CIOs to embrace a service orientation next year. They will seek to …

NSA-based drone strikes: A deep philosophical problem

A target that emerges from electronic surveillance cannot be assumed to align with a body on the ground to kill<p>The first report published in Glenn Greenwald's new online magazine, the Intercept, tells a crucial story about the military's troubling reliance on NSA data in drone strikes.<p>The story, by …

NSA memo confirms Snowden scammed passwords from colleagues | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A National Security Agency civilian employee resigned last month after telling the FBI he had inadvertently let former contractor Edward Snowden use his password to access information he was not authorized to see, according to a NSA memo sent to Congress.<p>A Washington Metro …

The Silk Road 2 has been hacked for $2.7 million

The second incarnation of the Silk Road has run into some trouble, with the administrator known as Defcon claiming today the site has fallen victim to a hack, and that all the associated accounts have been emptied. Judging by the blockchain records, attackers made off with roughly $2.7 million in …

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FORTUNE — Here’s a question, privacy hounds: Is the video-surveillance system that blankets Manhattan from Midtown to the Battery, river to river, really not so different from an earlier anti-crime innovation, street lights? That’s what Richard Daddario, deputy commissioner for counterterrorism …

Squawk! Flappy Bird fakes are hatching Android malware

Security firms have found Flappy Bird-like applications running malware in a host of third-party Android app marketplaces.<p>Flappy Bird's takedown by its creator has given malware creators a new outlet to exploit unsuspecting users.<p>According to security firm Sophos, it has discovered several …

Snapchat hack sends people pictures of smoothies

A new Snapchat hack is sending bewildered users pictures of smoothies emblazoned with the URL for a spammy weight loss company called Snapfroot. The hack seems to have affected a significant number of users, judging by the number of people complaining about it online, but Snapchat told <i>Wired</i> that …

Rand Paul files doomed class action lawsuit against NSA spying

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) has launched a class action lawsuit against the the Obama administration for its bulk collection of American phone records. In a press release, Paul said Obama has refused to stop a "clear and continuing violation of the Fourth Amendment," leading him to file suit on behalf …

Want to build privacy into your apps? Check out Jeeves, now available in Python

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: (c) 2012 Pinar Ozger pinar@pinarozger.com<p>Anyone reading the headlines these days knows we have a privacy problem. …

That’s a lot of pirating: 68% of Europeans download or stream movies for free

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / agsandrew<p>How much illegal streaming and downloading is going on in the European Union? A report on …

Facebook boots two ad partners over bad data practices

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Gigaom Illustration<p>Facebook(s fb) has cut ties with two mobile ad companies after a privacy audit revealed that they …