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Microsoft picks security for the enterprise win

The company has revamped its routine for supplying security patches and has unveiled data and system protections

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Will the next big thing come from startups competing at Disrupt NY?

TechCrunch's Startup Battlefield lists startups competing for $50,000 and the Disrupt Cup. Some companies listed on Startup Alley for day one include one that says it can 'download power from the air' to power your phone, several...


US reviews use of cellphone spying technology

Faced with criticism from lawmakers and civil rights groups, the U.S. Department of Justice has begun a review of the secretive use of cellphone surveillance technology that mimics cellphone towers and will get more open on its use,...

ACLU wants NSA phone dragnet killed

Congress should kill the section of the Patriot Act that lets the National Security Agency collect millions of phone records from the nation's residents, according to a civil liberties advocate.

Antivirus test labs call out Chinese security company as cheat

Chinese antivirus firm Qihoo 360 Technology today was censured by three major testing organizations for cheating on the evaluations.

Facebook change will give you control over data sharing with apps

Users are getting greater choice over what information is shared with websites and apps when they log in using their Facebook ID.

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The realities of security crash into the realities of business

Non-IT C-levels love absolutes on security. They want to know that if they approve those 50 more security staff and $200 million in additional equipment and software, breaches can be blocked. IT knows that it's a silly question, that...

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Grooveshark bites the big one

Music streaming service Grooveshark has just shuttered its doors, never to open again. Today, all that remains is a contrite...

House panel OKs bill to end NSA phone records program

Now the bill goes to the House floor for a vote

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Google as your mom: New Chrome add-on nags about password reuse habit

Google released a free Chrome extension that preempts users from entering their Google account password into bogus websites and hampers the bad habit of reusing credentials.

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RSA president questions government role in cybersecurity

RSA President Amit Yoran is skeptical that a stronger government role in cyberdefense will slow the growing number of attacks.

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Lawmakers criticize FBI's request for encryption back doors

U.S. lawmakers are skeptical of an FBI request for Congress to mandate encryption workarounds in smartphones, with critics saying Wednesday that back doors would create new vulnerabilities that bad guys can exploit.

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Secret, an app for anonymous posts, shuts down

Secret, an app for anonymous posts that initially attracted buzz but drew criticism after a redesign, is shutting down.

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What third-party app crashed American Airlines pilots' iPads and caused flight delays?

About two dozen American Airlines flights were delayed after a faulty third-party app glitched out and crashed pilots' iPads. But what app caused it and why? Could a compatibility issue with iOS 8.3 and a navigation app crash an iPad?...

Flaw in Realtek SDK for wireless chipsets exposes routers to hacking

The software that controls wireless networking chipsets made by Realtek Semiconductor contains a critical flaw that could allow attackers to compromise home routers.

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Malware remodeled: New tricks, new suits slamming enterprise resources

Time to beef up layered approaches to stop the new malware hoards at the door.

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Bipartisan bill to rein in NSA phone data collection reintroduced

A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers has reintroduced legislation aimed at ending the National Security Agency's bulk collection of telephone records across the country.

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SendGrid resets passwords as investigation reveals deeper breach

SendGrid is resetting the passwords for all of its customers after an investigation showed a cyberattack it sustained earlier this month was more extensive than first realized.

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Reading between the lines -- Verizon 2015 Data Breach Investigations Report

The annual Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report is one of the most comprehensive reports on the state of information security available today. Here are the findings that are important to most businesses, and suggested...

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