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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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Apple releases ban-Bono tool after customers complain of free music

Apple today provided a tool to customers who want to delete the free U2 album, Songs of Innocence, that the company automatically downloaded to their iPhones and other devices.

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FBI hunting ISISGang hackers & gamers creating Cops episodes by swatting other gamers

The FBI is allegedly hunting British hackers from the ISISGang for swatting, for using Skype to make terrorist threat “prank calls” that threatened schools with shootings and bombings. Sadly such hoax phone calls are becoming more...

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.

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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.

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.

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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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Yahoo slams 'digital will' law, says users have privacy when they die

Yahoo is criticizing new legislation that gives executors charged with carrying out the instructions in a person's will broad access to their online accounts.

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Federal CIOs must reframe security around data, access

An ambitious government IT push toward cloud, mobile and shared services stokes concerns about security challenges from insider threats and disappearing network boundaries.

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How network virtualization is used as a security tool

As VMware sells its network virtualization software, it’s finding that security is a big driver for adoption.

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Europe has a love/hate thing for U.S. tech

European regulators never seem to miss a chance to crack down on U.S. tech companies, but their market share on the continent just keeps growing.

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What you need to know about the Gmail password compromise

Five million hacked passwords dumped on Russian cybercrime forums

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No, Gmail was not cracked! Don't believe bogus blogs

Do you trust every word you read on the Web? Worrying reports out of Russia apparently claim that Gmail was hacked and your login details were stolen. Or, at least, that's the breathless interpretation of countless bloggers and...

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Yahoo! caved to U.S. PRISM threat (because money)

While Yahoo! initially fought NSA order, it didn't take it to the Supremes: Yahoo! is crowing about how it fought an order to hand over private user information. However, it's emerged that it gave up after the government threatened...

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Yahoo faced $250K in daily fines for defying U.S. surveillance requests

The U.S. government once threatened to fine Yahoo $250,000 a day if it failed to assist with its surveillance efforts, Yahoo said Thursday.

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