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How three small credit card transactions could reveal your identity

It doesn't take much to identify a person's credit card transactions from among those of a million people, according to findings published in Science.

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Reddit handed over user info for 58% of government requests

Reddit today went public with its first "transparency report,” telling users of its news and social networking site that it frequently turns down formal subpoenas and legal requests for information in users.

FTC targets operator of revenge-porn site

Federal regulators are clamping down on a website whose operator allegedly deceived women into sending intimate photos of themselves and then charged them to have the images removed.

FBI consultant: Silk Road founder had $16-18M worth of bitcoins on laptop

Ross Ulbricht, accused of masterminding the Silk Road underground online marketplace, had between $16 million and $18 million worth of bitcoins on the laptop he was using when he was arrested.

The end for 1024-bit SSL certificates is near, as Mozilla kills a few more

Within weeks, Mozilla products including its Firefox browser will stop trusting an unknown number of SSL certificates issued using old root CA certificates with 1024-bit RSA keys.

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'Parks And Recreation,' Facebook and The New Privacy

Tuesday's episode of Parks And Recreation raises an important question about Facebook and privacy.

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Cyberthreat sharing should include privacy protections, advocates say

U.S. lawmakers are being urged to put strict privacy controls in legislation that would encourage companies to share cyberthreat information with government agencies and each other.

Silk Road paid thousands in shake-downs from malicious hackers

When operating outside of the law, you can't rely on the police to protect your illegal enterprise from other criminals.

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Drones infected with malware can drop from the sky or be hijacked for surveillance

A security engineer infected a Parrot AR Drone with Maldrone malware, which creates a persistent backdoor, so an attacker can remotely control the infected drone, cause it to drop from the sky, be hijacked for surveillance, or spread...

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EU air passenger database about to take flight, but critics want it grounded

The European Commission is reportedly revving up the engines on a controversial plan to retain passenger flight data across the EU, although a prior attempt got its wings clipped due to privacy concerns.

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Blackphone super-secure communications app had serious flaw

The SilentText secure messaging application bundled with Blackphone had a serious vulnerability that would have allowed attackers to decrypt messages, read contact information, gather location data and even execute malicious code on...

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GHOST: Most Linux servers have a horrible, horrible vulnerability (in glibc)

Time to patch and reboot. Another nasty open-source security hole. Another silly name. And this one's a doozy: GHOST affects the vast majority of 'stable' Linux servers on the Internet...

'Ghost' flaws poses high risk to Linux distributions

A fault in a widely used component of most Linux distributions could allow an attacker to take remote control of a system with just a malicious email.

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Old arguments may hinder U.S. data breach notification efforts

A drive in Congress to require companies with data breaches to notify affected customers may get bogged down in old arguments.

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Link between NSA and Regin cyberespionage malware becomes clearer

Keylogging malware that may have been used by the NSA shares signficant portions of code with a component of Regin, a sophisticated platform that has been used to spy on businesses, government institutions and private individuals for...

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DEA cameras track hundreds of millions of car journeys across the US

A U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration program to keep tabs on cars close to the U.S.-Mexican border has been gradually expanded nationwide and is regularly used by other law enforcement agencies in their hunt for suspects.

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6 DNS services protect against malware and other unwanted content

A good DNS service can protect users from a variety of unwanted Web intruders, including phishing sites and botnets. We look at six of them.

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DNS tips and tricks

From testing server speeds to blocking access to unwanted domains, here are some tips for tweaking DNS settings to boost the speed and efficiency of your network.

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