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Vulnerability in embedded Web server exposes millions of routers to hacking

A serious vulnerability in an embedded Web server used by many router models from different manufacturers allows remote attackers to take control of affected devices over the Internet.

The Sony breach may be start of new nation-state cyberattack

It has been an exceptional year for IT security breaches and part of an escalating trend in destructive attacks, and it's going to get worse.

Point-of-sale malware creators still in business with Spark

The Spark malware program steals payment card data from compromised point-of-sale (POS) systems and is likely a modification of the older Trojan called Alina.

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Sony cancels 'The Interview' release after threats following cyberattack

Sony Pictures on Wednesday canceled the Christmas Day release of its controversial comedy, "The Interview," after theater chains decided not to play the film following terrorist threats after a cyber attack.

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Snopes debunks Elf on the Shelf as NSA spy; Professor: Elf teaches kids spying is OK

Even as Snopes debunked the claim that Elf on the Shelf is spying for the NSA, a digital technology professor claimed the elf is changing children’s expectation of privacy; it’s teaching kids that it is “cool for the NSA to watch...

ICANN data compromised in spearphishing attack

A spearphishing attack on ICANN has compromised the email credentials of several ICANN staff members and allowed the attacker to access user information, including email and postal addresses.

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Google's full encryption efforts chug along, with Yahoo's help

Google is making progress developing a user-friendly tool for fully encrypting people's messages on their computers.

Lawsuit filed against Sony after massive hack

Two former Sony Pictures employees have filed a lawsuit against the company alleging it didn't do enough to protect their personal information and prevent its loss in a massive cyberattack.

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Sony hackers turn to terror tactics, threaten movie theaters

The hackers who attacked Sony Pictures may be attempting to spread fear among the general public. In a message on Tuesday, the hackers allude to attacks on movie theaters showing "The Interview," which opens Dec. 25.

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Quantum physics used in quest for fraud-proof credit cards

Researchers in the Netherlands are applying quantum physics in an attempt to create fraud-proof credit cards and ID cards.

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Franken unhappy with Uber's answers on user data

U.S. Sen. Al Franken isn't satisfied with Uber Technologies' response to privacy questions he asked the ride service.

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Illinois hospital reports data blackmail

An Illinois hospital says someone attempted to blackmail it to stop the release of data about some of its patients.

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Hackers to Sony staff: Email us to keep your secrets private

The hackers who stole gigabytes of data from Sony Pictures have asked employees of the company to contact them if they don't want their information to become public.

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After the Snowden leaks, 700M move to avoid NSA spying

Nearly 700 million people worldwide have taken steps to ensure their privacy from NSA surveillance, according to an international survey on Internet security and trust.

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Why Google should leave Europe

The company is under attack by European authorities who won't stop until they do real damage. The solution? Leave.

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Zuck despises Dislike button (but does Facebook HATE you?)

Updated: We dislike this. Town Hall meeting exposes 'social' company's greed and disdain for users: Mark Zuckerberg -- currently worth $34 billion -- continues to brush off user suggestions. The best he could say was that Facebook...

Why we love decentralized IT

This bank tracks deposits and loans with a widely used and well-supported application, and it has always worked fine -- even though it's administered by the Deposit Operations department, not IT -- until now.

Why, is that a problem?

This company buys a small vendor that's been providing some business services, and the buyer is pretty sure all the due diligence is done. Or maybe not.

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