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US personnel agency takes system offline after security flaw detected

Problems for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management aren't letting up. The government agency said Monday it had suspended a system used for background checks after a security flaw was discovered in the Web-based app.


6 reasons why there will be another OPM-style hack

Congress might fume about the security failures, but the truth is that it’s part of the problem.

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OPM: The worst hack of all time

The federal government personnel security breach is bigger and worse than you can imagine.

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Magento e-commerce platform targeted with sneaky code

The attack code, inserted into Magento, neatly lifts payment card details, according to Sucuri


Florida telemarketer, under FTC watch, suffers data breach

A Florida-based computer tech support call center has suffered a data breach, with customer records being abused by fraudsters trying to get access to online bank accounts.

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Review: The best password managers for PCs, Macs, and mobile devices

10 local and cloud-based contenders make passwords stronger and online life easier for Windows, OS X, iOS, Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone users.

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SEC said to be investigating corporate hacks by FIN4 group

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is concerned that data stolen from companies in cyberattacks is being used to conduct what effectively is insider trading, Reuters reported.

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US, UK spies said to attack security software

Spies working for the U.S. National Security Agency and its British counterpart found antivirus and security software a hindrance to their intelligence gathering processes and worked to thwart it, according to a report in The...

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New Box Governance tool helps companies manage sensitive data

Continuing its efforts to woo enterprise users in heavily regulated industries, Box on Monday announced a new add-on tool for its cloud storage service that's designed for managing sensitive data.

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FBI investigates St Louis Cardinals over Houston Astros hacking

Federal law enforcement officers are investigating whether the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team sought to gain advantage over the rival Houston Astros by hacking into the team's computer network and accessing a key...

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5 things you should know about cyber insurance

As more companies step in to offer insurance coverage against a broad range of cyber losses, we break down five points that organizations should keep in mind as they consider their options.

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Data breach costs now average $154 per record

According to a report released by IBM and the Ponemon Institute, the per-record cost of a data breach reached $154 this year, up 12 percent from $145 in 2014.

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Full Adult Friend Finder database offered up for $17k worth of bitcoins

An unredacted version of a database that may have been stolen from Adult Friend Finder is being offered for sale for 70 bitcoins, or around $17,000.

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Your brain as a biometric marker

We haven't found that perfect combo of infallibility and convenience in a biometric-based security system. But research shows we are getting closer.

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Even a factory reset in Android phones leaves user data behind

Resetting an Android phone to its factory state before getting rid of it often fails to properly wipe all sensitive user data.

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In desperation, many ransomware victims plead with attackers

The shamelessness of ransomware pushers knows no bounds. After encrypting people's files and then holding them to ransom, they portray themselves as service providers offering technical support and discounts to their "customers."

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Is there such a thing as ethical hacking?

A recent news report about hacking into a commercial jet raises concerns about how we view ethical hacking.


Applying the Irari Rules to a risk-based security program

A few respected critics took issue with what we call the Irari Rules. Here’s why their concerns are off base.

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