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Garden-variety DDoS attack knocks North Korea off the Internet

The simplest explanation for North Korea's suddenly dropping off the Internet on Monday was a distributed denial-of-service attack that overwhelmed the isolated nation's tenuous connection to the rest of the world, experts said.

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Hold the phone, McDonald’s

The fast food giant’s drive-through Apple Pay implementation is kludgy and uncomfortable for both the customer and the employee. Is anyone testing this stuff?

Cybercrime group steals millions from Russian banks, targets US and European retailers

A sophisticated group of cybercriminals has stolen more than $25 million by hacking into the infrastructure of numerous financial institutions in Russia and former Soviet Union countries, as well as into point-of-sale systems...

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Sony hack was 'cyber vandalism,' not act of war, says Obama

The hack of Sony Pictures, which the FBI blamed on North Korea, was not an act of war, President Obama said in an interview broadcast on Sunday.

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US rejects N. Korea offer to investigate Sony hack, reaches out to China

The U.S. government has rejected North Korea's proposal for a joint investigation of a devastating hack on Sony Pictures, and has reached out to China for help blocking future cyberattacks.

Trojan program based on ZeuS targets 150 banks, can hijack webcams

The new Chthonic Trojan borrows features from ZeuS and several of its spinoffs, researchers said

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2015 CRM predictions to fire up customer success and growth

Nearly every company is working towards a digital frontier and as we close out 2014, it’s important for companies to reflect on the strategic initiatives that will impact and accelerate customer success and business results for 2015....

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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IBM detects skin cancer more quickly with visual machine learning

Skin cancer can be detected more quickly and accurately by using cognitive computing-based visual analytics, researchers at IBM Research have found, in collaboration with New York's Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

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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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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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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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Your in-store shopping affects the ads you see on Facebook

Connecting the dots between the ads users see online and the purchases they make in stores is a key goal of Facebook's advertising efforts.

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Open authentication spec from FIDO Alliance moves beyond passwords

An open industry alliance that includes many of the world's biggest vendors released specs Tuesday that promise to secure online communications without passwords.

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Amazon.com tells customers, 'Make an offer'

Amazon.com is going after online auction giant eBay with its "Make an Offer" feature -- just in time for the big holiday shopping season

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I'm a born again fell walker, and Apple is to blame

One day while struggling with deadlines I noticed I'd walked only 2,500 steps. That's when things began to change.

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Companies need to trust gov't on cybersecurity, DOJ says

The U.S. fight against cybercrime would be more effective if companies put more trust in the country's law enforcement agencies, a top U.S. Department of Justice official said.

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