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China is key to North Korean Internet, but maybe not hackers

A request to the Chinese government by U.S. diplomats to help crack down on North Korean hacking underlines the important role that China plays in keeping the dictatorship online.

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Two-factor authentication oversight led to JPMorgan breach

The attackers who stole information about 83 million JPMorgan Chase customers earlier this year gained a foothold on the company's network because a server reportedly lacked two-factor authentication.

Cybercrime group steals millions from Russian banks, targets US and European retailers

A sophisticated group of cybercriminals has stolen more than $25 million by hacking into the infrastructure of numerous financial institutions in Russia and former Soviet Union countries, as well as into point-of-sale systems...

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Google wants to turn browser signals of Web encryption upside down

Chrome security engineers have proposed that all websites that don't encrypt traffic be marked as insecure by browsers.

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Sony looks for ways to distribute 'The Interview' online

Sony Pictures says it hasn't bowed to threats to pull "The Interview" and audiences will get a chance to see it -- it's just not sure how at present.

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Sony hack was 'cyber vandalism,' not act of war, says Obama

The hack of Sony Pictures, which the FBI blamed on North Korea, was not an act of war, President Obama said in an interview broadcast on Sunday.

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US rejects N. Korea offer to investigate Sony hack, reaches out to China

The U.S. government has rejected North Korea's proposal for a joint investigation of a devastating hack on Sony Pictures, and has reached out to China for help blocking future cyberattacks.

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Judge questions evidence on whether NSA spying is too broad

A federal judge on Friday questioned the strength of a key lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the government's Internet surveillance program known as "upstream" data collection.

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Staples says hack may have compromised 1 million-plus payment cards

The data breach at the Staples office-supply chain may have affected roughly 1.16 million payment cards as criminals deployed malware to point-of-sale systems at 115 stores, the company said.

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Why <i>The Interview</i> won’t play in Peoria — for now

The decision to shelve the dictator-assassination comedy has more to do with a bad business model than with terrorist fears.

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Think North Korea hacked Sony? Think about this

North Korea or not? There's still a lot we don't know about the attack on Sony Pictures and those behind it.

The Sony breach may be start of new nation-state cyberattack

It has been an exceptional year for IT security breaches and part of an escalating trend in destructive attacks, and it's going to get worse.

ICANN data compromised in spearphishing attack

A spearphishing attack on ICANN has compromised the email credentials of several ICANN staff members and allowed the attacker to access user information, including email and postal addresses.

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Sony hackers turn to terror tactics, threaten movie theaters

The hackers who attacked Sony Pictures may be attempting to spread fear among the general public. In a message on Tuesday, the hackers allude to attacks on movie theaters showing "The Interview," which opens Dec. 25.

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Quantum physics used in quest for fraud-proof credit cards

Researchers in the Netherlands are applying quantum physics in an attempt to create fraud-proof credit cards and ID cards.

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Illinois hospital reports data blackmail

An Illinois hospital says someone attempted to blackmail it to stop the release of data about some of its patients.

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Holding masses of data, cybercriminals face hurdles cashing out

How much is hacked data worth? Hackers find it's not always so easy to monetize their ill-gotten goods.

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Sony hackers release more data, promise ‘Christmas gift’

A further dump of Sony Pictures corporate secrets appears to have been put on the Internet over the weekend, with hackers warning of more to come.

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