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Now THAT'S secured data!

Field tech is replacing a laptop motherboard at an office with a much-higher-than-normal level of security, complete with an escort, ID cards and fingerprint scanners at every door -- and it doesn't end there.

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Microsoft zaps dodgy Dell digital certificates

Microsoft has updated several of its security tools to remove two digital certificates installed on some Dell computers that could compromise data.

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Connected cars gather too much data about drivers, say motorists associations

Car drivers may imagine they have greater privacy than public transport users, but that isn't necessarily the case in modern, connected cars, European motoring organizations warn.

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Older Dell devices also affected by dangerous eDellRoot certificate

Users who have Dell Windows-based laptops, desktops, tablets and other devices that were bought before August should check if their systems have the self-signed eDellRoot certificate that can compromise their private communications.

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Lenovo patches serious flaws in PC system update tool

For the third time in less than six months PC manufacturer Lenovo has had to update the System Update tool pre-loaded on some of its products for security reasons.

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Police arrest blackmail suspect in TalkTalk data breach case

Police believe they may have found the person who tried to blackmail the CEO of TalkTalk, the U.K. telecommunications company that was the target of a recent data breach.

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Ways $460 million military contract for cyber bombs could attack targets

Defense contractors will compete for a $460 million contract to develop critical infrastructure cyber bombs which also have been called 'computer code capable of killing adversaries' and cyber weapons capable of forcing 'an enemy’s...

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Microsoft's November Windows 10 update messed up some users' privacy settings

Microsoft revealed Tuesday that an update to Windows 10 changed some users' privacy settings accidentally.

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Hilton says malware targeted its credit card system

Hilton Worldwide says it has identified and removed malware that targeted card payment systems at some of its hotels over a 17-week period from late 2014 to mid-2015.

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Dell Danger! “Superfish 2.0” blunder: It gets worse

Every Dell desktop and laptop shipped since August has contained three bogus root certificates, including eDellRoot. Not only that, but two certs include their own private keys! It’s like Superfish all over again...

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A second dangerous Dell root certificate discovered

After Dell confirmed that one of its support tools installed a dangerous self-signed root certificate and private key on computers, users discovered a similar certificate deployed by a different Dell tool.

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Healthcare security and HIPAA: Why compliance and security are still lacking

A number of healthcare data breaches have made the news of late, particularly involving large insurance companies and data clearinghouses. Often overlooked in press reports are the smaller practices, which are, from my experience,...


What CSOs should do in their first days

In today’s corporate setting, if a CSO enters the building with the intent of doing a gut job in the first few weeks, he most likely will find himself out the door in short order.

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What you need to know about Dell's root certificate security debacle

In an attempt to provide a more streamlined remote support experience, Dell installed a self-signed root certificate and corresponding private key on its customers' computers, exposing users' encrypted communications to potential...

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U.S. is still tiptoeing toward EMV credit cards

At least we’re finally officially in the transition period, but it could last for years.

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Infosec jobs: Use keywords to boost your LinkedIn ranking

Hiring experts share the keywords you must use to rise to the top of LinkedIn searches for security professionals.

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Dell security error widens as researchers dig deeper

The fallout from a serious security mistake made by Dell is widening, as security experts find more issues of concern.

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Dell installs self-signed root certificate on laptops, endangers users' privacy

Users are reporting that some Dell laptops sold recently come preloaded with a self-signed root digital certificate that lets attackers sniff traffic to any secure website.

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5 things you need to know about legally transferring data out of Europe

The U.S.-EU Safe Harbor agreement on transatlantic data transfers is dead. What now?

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