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Senate bill would limit access to emails stored abroad

Legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate on Thursday aims to place limits on access by U.S. law enforcement agencies to emails and other communications stored abroad.

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BitTorrent opens Bleep peer-to-peer encrypted chat program to public testing

Nine months after revealing plans to develop a decentralized and encrypted chat application, BitTorrent opened public testing for Windows, Mac and Android versions of the program. Called Bleep, the application supports voice...

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'Tiny banker' malware targets US financial institutions

A banking trojan, known for its small size but powerful capabilities, has expanded the number of financial institutions from which it can collect data, according to security vendor Avast.

Google reports a 19% jump in US government data requests

Google fielded 19 percent more requests from the U.S. government for data on its users in the first half of this year compared to the second half of last year, the company said.

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Federal CIOs must reframe security around data, access

An ambitious government IT push toward cloud, mobile and shared services stokes concerns about security challenges from insider threats and disappearing network boundaries.

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Senators ask Apple, Home Depot for information on breaches

Two lawmakers ask the companies to explain the cause of recent data breaches

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Tech groups press Congress to pass USA Freedom Act

As Congress returned from summer recess Monday, several technology and civil rights groups quickly renewed their push for a bill that seeks to put curbs on the bulk collection of phone records and Internet data by the government.

Senators want FTC probe of Home Depot breach

The FTC should investigate security practices at Home Depot following media reports that the hardware retailer's payment systems were breached, two U.S. senators said Tuesday.

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‘Can everyone hear me now?’

Voice interception of mobile calls is an invisible security hole that isn’t getting enough attention.

Salesforce warns customers of malware attack

Salesforce.com users are being targeted by a new version of a computer Trojan that has typically attacked online banking customers until now.

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Home Depot confirms breach

Home Depot on Monday confirmed that intruders broke into its payment networks and accessed credit and debit card data of an unspecified number of customers who shopped at its U.S. and Canadian stores.

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The Fappening: iCloud users, beware!

The event dubbed by the internet as “the Fappening” is the largest celebrity nude photo leak in history. But don't blame Apple for the breach.

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Data shows Home Depot breach could be largest ever

Home Depot may have earned the dubious distinction of being responsible for the biggest compromise ever involving credit and debit card data.

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Are breaches inevitable?

Security managers have to do a lot more to stay a step ahead of determined hackers.

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Home Depot breach could be as big as Target's

In what could turn out to be another huge data breach, Home Depot on Tuesday confirmed that it is investigating a potential compromise of credit card and debit card data belonging to an unspecified number of customers.

Apple blames 'targeted attack' for leaked nude celebrity photos

A targeted attack focused on user names, passwords and security questions of Apple accounts allowed hackers to access nude celebrity photos and leak them over the Internet, Apple said Tuesday.

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Why hackers may be stealing your credit card numbers for years

While conducting a penetration test of a major Canadian retailer, Rob VandenBrink bought something from the store. He later found his own credit card number buried in its systems.

Backoff malware infections are more widespread than thought

The number of businesses hit by the data-stealing Backoff malware may be substantially more than the 1,000 or so companies estimated by federal officials.

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CryptoWall ransomware held over 600,000 computers hostage, encrypted 5B files

CryptoWall infected over 600,000 computer systems in the past six months and held 5 billion files hostage, earning its creators more than $1 million.

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