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How IT should prep for iOS 8

iOS 8 isn't as much of a paradigm shift for enterprise users as some earlier releases, but that doesn't mean IT departments can easily it write off. Ryan Faas explains what's important.

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Home Depot breach put 56M payment cards at risk

The breach of Home Depot's payment systems may have compromised 56 million payment cards as a result of malware that has since been eliminated, the company said Thursday.

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The Navy flew its new drone across the US Wednesday night

The U.S. Navy's new surveillance drone completed its first cross-country flight across the United States Wednesday night.

China says US hacking accusations are 'totally groundless'

The Chinese government says accusations that it was involved in cyberattacks against U.S. transportation contractors are "totally groundless and untenable."

Healthcare.gov still lacks some basic security controls

Healthcare.gov lacks several basic cybersecurity controls -- including strong passwords and consistent security patching -- nearly a year after the troubled launch of the insurance-shopping website, a government auditor said.

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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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Apple delivers final non-security Mavericks update

Apple on Wednesday released OS X 10.9.5, what is most likely the last non-security update for Mavericks, just weeks before the company will ship Yosemite.

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Apple updates privacy policy, moves to reassure users

Apple has outlined a new privacy policy and set up a site to explain what data it collects from users and how it handles that information.

U.S. military didn't know of Chinese attacks against transport contractors

The U.S. Defense Department plans to tighten reporting of cyber incidents against transportation contractors after finding the military was mostly left in the dark about successful attacks from China in 2012 and 2013.

New device to help cops detect texting and driving

How will new device to help cops detect texting drivers know it wasn't the passenger?

A new 'radar gun' type gadget is being developed to help cops catch texting drivers, but how will the device tell the difference between texting while driving, voice-to-text, automatic replies and a passenger in the car who is doing...

Adobe releases previously delayed patches for Reader and Acrobat

After a one-week delay, Adobe Systems has released security updates for Reader and Acrobat to patch critical vulnerabilities that could lead to computers being compromised.

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The security function needs SMART metrics

Our manager has learned to love metrics and finds them useful as the new security operations center gets off the ground.

Hackers had access to Goodwill hosting provider for 18 months

Hackers evaded security systems for 18 months at a hosting center that processed payment cards for Goodwill Industries, using the same type of malware that struck Target and other major retailers to steal card data.

NSA reform bill stalled with Congress headed toward fall recess

The U.S. Congress is unlikely to pass legislation to end the National Security Agency's widespread collection of U.S. telephone records before leaving Washington, D.C., on a two-month break.

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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Many Android devices vulnerable to session hijacking through the default browser

The default browser in Android versions older than 4.4 has a vulnerability that allows malicious websites to bypass a critical security mechanism and take control of a user's authenticated sessions on other sites.

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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.

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Apple Watch under scrutiny for privacy by Connecticut attorney general

Connecticut's attorney general is concerned about the privacy implications of Apple Watch's handling of consumers' health information.

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