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Facebook tracks all site visitors, violating EU law, report says

Facebook tracks everyone who visits its site, including people who don't have an account, and continues to track users and non-users who have opted out of targeted ads, researchers at two Belgian universities have found.

Google gives Apps admins more control over files and docs

Google is giving systems admins more control over Apps documents in an effort to address concerns about data security.

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Lebanese cyberespionage campaign hits defense, telecom, media firms worldwide

For the past two years, a cyberespionage group that likely operates from Lebanon has hacked into hundreds of defense contractors, telecommunications operators, media groups and educational organizations from at least 10 countries.

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EFF questions US government's software flaw disclosure policy

It's not clear if the U.S. government is living up to its promise to disclose serious software flaws to technology companies, a policy it put in place five years ago, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

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Silk Road investigators charged with stealing bitcoin

Two former U.S. government agents face charges related to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of bitcoin while assisting with an investigation of the Silk Road underground online marketplace, with one accused of using a...

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$60 DIY car hacking device is an inexpensive and easy way to hack cars

At the Black Hat Asia security conference, former Tesla intern and embedded systems developer Eric Evenchick released open source Python-based CANard software and CANtact hardware designs that will allow anyone to hack their connected...

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British Airways notifies frequent flyers of possible breach of their accounts

Many British Airways customers have found that reward points they accumulated for flights, called Avios, have disappeared from their accounts. Others have been locked out of their accounts completely.

GitHub recovering from massive DDoS attacks

Software development platform GitHub said Sunday it was still experiencing intermittent outages from the largest cyberattack in its history but had halted most of the attack traffic.

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Congress moves quickly on cyberthreat information sharing

Congress is moving forward quickly with legislation that would encourage private companies to share cyberthreat information with government agencies, despite concerns that two leading bills weaken consumer privacy...

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Safari users in the U.K. can sue Google over alleged privacy violations

The ruling from an appeals court could lead to claims from millions of British users.

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UN to appoint watchdog to focus on privacy in digital age

A 'special rapporteur' is to be appointed for a period of three years.

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US offers rewards for fugitive Russian hackers

The U.S. government is offering multimillion-dollar rewards for information that leads to the arrest or conviction of two alleged Russian hackers.

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Tech companies call on US to end bulk collection of metadata

A slew of tech companies have joined privacy groups in calling for the U.S. government to reform its surveillance practices.

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More tales of security fails

Security experts continue to dish on mistakes companies make with their online protection.

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Many password strength meters are downright WEAK, say researchers

Website password strength meters, like a spouse asked to assess your haircut or outfit, often tell you only what you want to hear. That’s the finding from researchers at Concordia University in Montreal, who examined the usefulness of...

Cisco patches autonomic networking flaws in IOS routers, switches

The flaws could allow attackers to gain limited access over affected devices or to disrupt their normal operation

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About 25 U.S. states oppose sale of RadioShack's customer data

Some states like Texas, Oregon, and Pennsylvania have filed objections in bankruptcy court.

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Akamai: Most Internet attacks in Q4 originated in China

The number of DDoS attacks in 2014 remained nearly the same compared to 2013.

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