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Spanish police nab suspect behind Neverquest banking malware

Spanish police have arrested a suspected Russian hacker of developing the Neverquest banking Trojan, a malware targeting financial institutions across the world.

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Trump nominee suggests IRS cybersecurity and staffing boosts

Steven Mnuchin, a former CIO and executive vice president for Goldman Sachs, told senators on Thursday that he is “very concerned about the lack of first-rate technology at the IRS” as well as staff cuts in recent years.

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Google pushed developers to fix security flaws in 275K Android apps

Over the past two years, Google has convinced developers to patch security issues in over 275,000 Android apps hosted on its official app store.

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Microsoft’s standing to sue over secret U.S. data requests in doubt

Microsoft’s lawsuit objecting to the indiscriminate use by U.S. law enforcement of orders that demand user data without the opportunity to inform the customer may run into questions about the software giant's standing to raise the...

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Trump’s phone replaced with more secure device

President-elect Donald Trump has turned over the Android phone he used for tweeting and will use a more secure phone with encryption capabilities that was approved by the Secret Service, according to news reports.

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Wikileaks' Assange wants to discuss extradition with the feds

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said he stands by an earlier pledge to face trial in the U.S., but he is first urging federal investigators to name the exact charges against him.

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Encrypted email service ProtonMail is now accessible over Tor

The creators of encrypted email service ProtonMail have set up a server that's only accessible over the Tor anonymity network as a way to fight possible censorship attempts in some countries.

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Tips on where to start in managing risk

Caroline Wong, vice president of security strategy at Cobalt, provides a few tips for managing risk in today’s modern business environment.

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Ransomware takes a nasty turn

Ransomware without the ransom request? The recent attacks on hadoop are redefining what ransomeware is all about.

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Attackers start wiping data from CouchDB and Hadoop databases

Researchers are reporting data wiping attacks hitting openly accessible Hadoop and CouchDB deployments.

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CIA updates rules for collecting and retaining info on Americans

The Central Intelligence Agency updated rules relating to the collection, retention and dissemination of information on Americans, including putting a limit of five years on holding certain sensitive data and introducing restrictions...

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You still can’t turn off Windows 10’s built-in spyware

Microsoft is reducing the data it collects from your Windows 10 PCs, but what does that really mean? Good question. Microsoft isn’t saying.

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Mac malware is found targeting biomedical research

A Mac malware that’s been spying on biomedical industry may have been circulating undetected for years, according to new research.

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Fraud for online holiday sales spikes by 31%

Fraud attempts on digital retail sales jumped 31% from Thanksgiving to Dec. 31 over the previous year, according to a survey of purchasing data from ACI Worldwide.

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Failure to patch known ImageMagick flaw for months costs Facebook $40k

Facebook paid a $40,000 reward to a researcher after he warned the company that its servers were vulnerable to an exploit that had been known for months.

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At Davos, modern warfare could include death-dealing drones and illegal parking

A cloud of 3D-printed drones big enough to bring down the latest U.S. stealth fighter, the F35, was just one of the combat scenarios evoked in a discussion of the future of warfare at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

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Snowden allowed to stay in Russia longer

U.S. National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden will be allowed to stay in Russia for "another couple of years," according to a spokeswoman for the Russian government.

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Oracle patches raft of vulnerabilities in business applications

Oracle released its first batch of security patches this year fixing 270 vulnerabilities, mostly in business-critical applications.

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