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Even a factory reset in Android phones leaves user data behind

Resetting an Android phone to its factory state before getting rid of it often fails to properly wipe all sensitive user data.


As smartwatches gain traction, personal data privacy worries mount

Growing interest in smartwatches has sparked user privacy concerns as companies find ways to collect and use personal health, location and purchasing data found on the wearable devices of their customers and workers.

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U.S. Senate leader to push for vote to renew NSA phone dragnet

Senators could vote on a Patriot Act extension bill as soon as Friday.

Netgear and ZyXEL confirm NetUSB flaw

ZyXEL Communications and Netgear have confirmed that some of their routers are affected by a recently disclosed vulnerability in a USB device-sharing service called NetUSB.

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RadioShack, U.S. states reach agreement on sale of customer data

The amount of data to be sold has been considerably reduced, according to Texas attorney general Ken Paxton.


Senators stall vote to extend NSA phone records dragnet

Senator Rand Paul filibusters efforts to pass a bill to renew parts of the Patriot Act past June 1.


Health insurer CareFirst says 2014 cyberattack affected 1.1M

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield has disclosed it fell victim to a cyberattack last year that affected about 1.1 million people.

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Senators stall efforts to extend NSA phone records dragnet

Four U.S. senators ground the chamber's business to a halt Wednesday in an effort to prevent lawmakers from voting on a bill to extend portions of the Patriot Act.

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E-paper display gives payment cards a changing security code

By embedding an e-paper display in the back of credit and debit cards, payment specialist Oberthur Technologies hopes to make online fraud a lot more difficult. An upcoming test in France will show if the underlying technology can cut...

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Logjam: How to tell if your browser is vulnerable

The just-disclosed Logjam flaw has again sent browser makers and website administrators scrambling to craft and apply patches, a repeat of the March rush to shut down its predecessor, FREAK.

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Researchers create app to stop RIG attacks on Android and Android-based IoT devices

Researchers, who said there is an urgent need to mitigate runtime-information-gathering (RIG) attacks on Android mobile and Android-controlled Internet of Things devices, presented 'Leave Me Alone: App-level Protection Against Runtime...

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Android's default browser is vulnerable to URL spoofing

A flaw in Android's default Web browser lets attackers spoof the URL shown in the address bar, allowing them to mount more credible phishing attacks.

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First software update for Apple Watch includes security fixes

The update patches 13 vulnerabilities and updates the trusted root SSL certificates.

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No encryption back doors, says EU digital commissioner

Back doors in encryption will sooner or later lead to misuse, the EU's digital Commissioner said.

St. Louis Federal Reserve forces password change after DNS attack

A cyberattack caused some people to be redirected to potentially malicious websites.

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Tech companies ask Senate to pass NSA reform bill

The USA Freedom Act was earlier passed by the House of Representatives.

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LogJam encryption flaw puts Web surfers at risk

Computer security experts have found a new encryption flaw closely related to one found earlier this year that puts Web surfers' data at risk.

Critical flaw in NetUSB driver leaves millions of routers vulnerable

Millions of routers and other embedded devices are affected by a serious vulnerability in a service called NetUSB that could allow hackers to compromise them.

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