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Antivirus software could make your company more vulnerable

Cyberespionage groups could easily exploit vulnerabilities in antivirus programs to break into corporate networks, according to vulnerability researchers who have analyzed such products in recent years.

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Microsoft mirrors rivals, pledges to warn customers of state-backed hacks after leaving users in the dark

Microsoft says it, too, will alert users when they are beset by state-sponsored cyber attacks, following the lead of Google, Facebook and Yahoo.

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Yahoo mimics Facebook, Google with 'state-sponsored' attack warnings

Yahoo has followed rivals Facebook and Google in telling users it will warn them when it believes they face state-backed cyber attackers.

Coming soon to your smart TV: The next wave of cybercrime

Smart TVs are opening a new window of attack for cybercriminals, as their security defenses often lag far behind those of smartphones and desktop computers.

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Cybersecurity bill approved, but what does it accomplish?

CISA was slipped into a last-minute, keep-the-government running $1.1 trillion spending bill.

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Hackers likely to target a U.S. election next year

A major cyberattack next year will target a U.S. election, security expert Bruce Schneier predicts.


US, China cybersecurity hotline offers no guarantees

Speaking at the New England Cybercrime Conference the nation's top lawyer for national security also addressed the threat of cyber terrorists. He doesn't think they have advanced cyber weapons because if they did they would have used...

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Russian spy group adopts new tools to hack defense contractor networks

Pawn Storm has adopted new tools in an ongoing attack campaign against defense organizations with the goal of defeating network isolation policies.

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US, China take first steps toward cybersecurity cooperation

The U.S. and China have reached an agreement on how to cooperate on cybersecurity, an issue that has caused high tension between the two nations over the past few years.

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Anonymous just might make all the difference in attacking ISIS

The hacking group’s activities have always seemed dubious, but in this case, success will be quite welcome.

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Facebook to warn users about potential state-sponsored attacks

Facebook will now warn people if it has a strong suspicion an account is being targeted by a nation-state.

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5 tips for better enterprise security

Do your security policies and procedures actually promote better security, or is your company only looking for known malware and ignoring the human factor? It’s a tricky balancing act that trips up many organizations.

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Scottrade didn't know about data breach until feds showed up

Scottrade said Friday that it suffered a security breach in late 2013 and early 2014, affecting approximately 4.6 million customers. It said it had no idea that the breach had occurred until law enforcement officials told them about...

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Critical flaw puts 500 million WinRAR users at risk of being pwned by unzipping a file

The creators of WinRAR basically shrugged off a critical remote code execution vulnerability that puts 500 million WinRAR users at risk of pwned if they unzip an infected file.

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Cook, Bezos, Nadella to meet today with Chinese President Xi in Seattle

The top executives of five of the biggest tech companies in the U.S. will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Seattle.

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Hacker exploited Imgur flaw to secretly load over 450 background images and attack 8chan

An attacker could have pulled off massive pwnage by abusing Imgur, which is often featured on Reddit’s “front page” of the Internet, but instead targeted users 8chan via images; as servers were overwhelmed, 4chan and 8chan experienced...

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Cisco said to plan China partnership to boost market access

Cisco is working with a Chinese partner for joint development and better access to the local market, according to a newspaper report.

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Security experts: Cyber sharing isn't enough

Most experts at a Johns Hopkins University conference on cyber threat sharing said that while it's a useful tool, government officials should focus on stronger online security.

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