Security

Symantec fires CEO, shares plunge

Symantec announced Thursday that it had fired CEO Steve Bennett, as the company struggles to reorganize its business.  More

Google tries to NSA-proof Gmail

Gmail now encrypts all data moving between you, Google's servers and the person receiving your message. It's not NSA-proof, but it's close.  More

This drone can steal what's on your phone

While your phone is sitting in your pocket, it could be giving away your home address and credit card password.  More

Cameras on cops: Coming to a town near you

Police departments across the country are experimenting with body-mounted cameras.  More

Hacker crashes Google Play -- twice

The developer said he was testing a vulnerability. But when Google got the service back up and running, he crashed it again.  More

Mark Zuckerberg calls Obama to complain about NSA

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg called President Obama to tell him the latest NSA disclosures are frustrating.  More

95% of bank ATMs face end of security support

Banks are in a rush to upgrade their ATMs now that Microsoft is ending support for Windows XP, which runs 95% of their machines.  More

'I lost money with Mt.Gox'

Here are stories from people who failed to heed the warnings about Bitcoin-trading website Mt.Gox -- and some who avoided the fiasco.  More

British man charged with hacking the Fed

A British man with an apparent penchant for targeting the U.S. government has been charged with hacking into the Federal Reserve.  More

Apple ends security updates for Snow Leopard

Apple has stopped issuing updates for Mac OS X 10.6, Snow Leopard, leaving users exposed to hackers and computer viruses.  More

Mt.Gox CEO leaves Bitcoin Foundation

Mt.Gox CEO Mark Karpeles has resigned from the Bitcoin Foundation to tend to his troubled exchange.  More

Mt.Gox CEO leaves Bitcoin Foundation

Mt.Gox CEO Mark Karpeles has resigned from the Bitcoin Foundation to tend to his troubled exchange.  More

Mt.Gox CEO leaves Bitcoin Foundation

Mt.Gox CEO Mark Karpeles has resigned from the Bitcoin Foundation to tend to his troubled exchange.  More

Silk Road heist could doom Bitcoin black markets

Bitcoin is actually terrible for criminals. Customers of online drug bazaar Silk Road learned that last week.  More

Why retailers aren't protecting you from hackers

Retailers have become a top target of cybercriminals, but the industry has very little incentive to beef up its security.  More

310,000 University of Maryland records hacked

The University of Maryland has been hit by a massive data breach, putting 309,079 students, faculty and staff at risk.  More

Drug site Silk Road wiped out by Bitcoin glitch

The online drug bazaar Silk Road claims it was attacked by hackers who exploited a flaw in the Bitcoin system and stole millions of dollars.  More

Bitcoin is under attack

Cyber attackers are exploiting a Bitcoin flaw, knocking major exchanges offline.  More

HVAC vendor eyed as entry point for Target breach

Federal officials are investigating whether an unsuspecting heating and air conditioning company was the door hackers used in the massive breach of Target's computer network.  More

Tech companies reveal scope of secret data requests

Google and other Big Tech firms are shedding some light on the secret data requests they receive from the U.S. government on national security matters.  More

Get your documents by drone... in Dubai

The Gulf state is planning to use drones to deliver official documents to residents and to monitor traffic on the roads.  More

Target to invest in chip-based credit cards

Target's chief financial officer tells the Senate the company will spend $100 million to update its payment card systems.  More

Identity fraud hits new victim every two seconds

Identity fraud is on the rise, with a growing number of Americans being targeted by fraudsters, a new report finds.  More

Hackers attack Yahoo Mail accounts

Yahoo Mail was recently attacked by hackers armed with usernames and passwords.  More

Were you charged $9.84? It might be fraud.

A massive worldwide scam is placing fraudulent $9.84 charges on debit or credit cards.  More

Bitcoin exchange CEO arrested for money laundering

Federal agents have arrested Charlie Shrem, the CEO of a Bitcoin exchange BitInstant, for money laundering.  More

Obama and NSA: So what is metadata anyway?

The president wants to put limits on how much metadata the NSA can collect. OK, but what's the metadata?  More

Marissa Mayer calls for more NSA transparency

Yahoo's Marissa Mayer and other top tech CEOs have called on the U.S. to be more transparent about its use of consumer data.  More

Massive data theft hits 40% of South Koreans

Credit card data for about 20 million South Koreans -- or 40% of the country's population -- has been stolen, according to the government.  More

Starbucks app leaves passwords vulnerable

Starbucks acknowledged its mobile app has a vulnerability that stores customer passwords without encryption.  More

After Target breach, Homeland Security warns retailers

The federal government warned retailers about newly identified payment system malware, according to a Homeland Security report.  More

Target hack is mostly harmless for consumers

Target will take the biggest hit from the hack. But customers need to stay on guard.  More

Privacy fears over smart cars

Washington and Detroit are concerned about private information gathered from car devices.  More

JPMorgan replaces 2 million cards after Target hack

The nation's largest bank said Tuesday it is replacing 2 million credit and debit cards after a massive breach at Target.  More

Target hack is a wake-up call on privacy

The Target hack shows the danger of giving retailers your phone number, email or zip code at check out.  More

Target hack: Tips for all customers

The Target holiday hack stole 40 million credit and debit cards. But it also broke into Target's massive database of information on 70 million customers. Here's what to do.  More

John McAfee enjoying new life in Canada

John McAfee fled Belize and now lives in Montreal. He's enjoying local restaurants and the art scene. And he has advice for Intel, the company that bought the software firm which bore his name.  More

Intel renames its McAfee security brand

After years of bizarre escapades by McAfee founder John McAfee Intel has decided to rename the McAfee business as Intel Security.  More

How hack attacks can cost you money

Cyberattacks can damage your bank account, credit history and much more.  More

Facebook faces suit over private messages

Two Facebook users have filed a lawsuit that accuses the social network of mining private messages between users for data that is sold to third parties.  More

Chase relaxes limits on debit cards used at Target

Chase upped its ATM withdrawal limits to $250 and debit purchases to $1,000 after imposing stricter limits in the wake of the Target breach.  More

Why credit hacks will keep happening

The huge hack of Target customers shows the U.S. credit card system is woefully outdated.  More

5 of the biggest-ever credit card hacks

Target's credit card breach affected 40 million accounts -- but it doesn't crack the top 5 card hacks of all time.  More

EU rejects Google bid to settle antitrust case

European Union regulators have rejected Google's latest proposals to settle an antitrust case, raising the risk of a hefty fine for the U.S. company.  More

4 things to do after your credit card has been hacked

If you're one of the 40 million Target shoppers who had their credit card data breached, here are 4 steps you should take now.  More

Spain fines Google for breaking data law

Spain's data protection agency has fined Google (GOOG, Fortune 500) 900,000 euros for three breaches of a personal data law.  More

Google moves into military robotics

Google has just acquired Boston Dynamics, an engineering company known for developing super-speedy, animal-like robots with strong ties to the U.S. military.  More

What your wireless carrier knows about you

Your cell phone service provider knows where you are, what you like and just about everything else. Verizon and others are selling that data to third parties.  More

Google, Microsoft move to block child porn

Google and Microsoft are teaming up to try to rid the internet of child pornography by using smarter picture detection technology and fine-tuning search.  More

Senate takes a close look at Bitcoin

Bitcoins are trading at record highs. Law enforcement officials told a Senate panel they are worried about Bitcoin being used for crime. But fans of the currency don't want too much regulation.  More

Bitcoin: $500 to $900 and back ... in a day!

Within a 28-hour period, the price of Bitcoin soared from a little over $500 to an all-time high above $900. Shortly after, it plunged back down again to a level just above $500.  More

How Corporate America fights hackers

For some companies, fighting back against hackers means engaging in spy games. Or hacking themselves to gain the trust of cybercriminals.  More

Relaxing gadget rules on European flights

The top aviation regulator in Europe will soon allow airline passengers to use their smartphones, tablets and e-books during take-off and landing, echoing changes in the U.S.  More

Porn-viewing bosses infect corporate networks

The battle against malware is made harder when companies have bad habits. A survey shows a large number of bosses keep visiting porn sites -- and companies keep quiet about data breaches.  More

Obamacare site offers little to hackers

Even if the newly created Obamacare data hub is hacked into, attackers will find nothing but encrypted messages leading to locked boxes.  More

Arrests in U.K. follow Silk Road bust

British police have arrested four men and expect to make "many more" arrests as they track down people associated with the online drug website, Silk Road.  More

Your computer camera could be watching you

Vulnerabilities in cameras connected to the Internet and in wireless routers could enable hackers to watch you in your living room. Laurie Segall reports.  Play

Adobe has an abysmal security record

Last week's attack on 2.9 million Adobe customers' information shouldn't come as a surprise.  More

The camera in your TV is watching you

Hackers at the Black Hat cybersecurity conference are able to turn on the camera in your smart TV, without you ever knowing. Laurie Segall reports.  Play

IPhone fingerprint scanner will start security revolution

With the Touch ID fingerprint scanner on its new iPhone 5S, Apple will help popularize biometrics.  More

New York Times down in possible 'malicious attack'

The New York Times' website continued having problems Wednesday after it went down for several hours Tuesday as the result of a "malicious external attack."  More

FTC cracks down on hacked video camera maker

Hackers showed that a web-connected video camera company had serious flaws that made it easy to show online what users of nearly 700 cameras were doing.  More

News links on Washington Post, Time and CNN hacked

The Syrian Electronic Army hacked Outbrain, a news recommendation engine used by CNN, Time and the Washington Post.  More

Your TV might be watching you

A flaw in Samsung Smart TVs was discovered that could allow hackers to control the camera and watch users in their living rooms.  More

NSA chief to hackers: If you don't like what we do, change it

NSA director Keith Alexander told hackers that critics should make the Prism program better by coming to work for the government.  More

Security flaw in dating app Tinder

Hackers can use a security flaw in dating app Tinder that exposes user location data and Facebook friends.  Play

How Obamacare's 'privacy nightmare' database really works

Obamacare applicants' personal data will be collected from several agencies, worrying privacy advocates.  More

Big banks and U.S. Treasury stage mega-cyberattack drill

A simulated bank cyberattack called Quantum Dawn 2 will help banks uncover vulnerabilities in the way they manage large-scale threats.  More

Yahoo's secret FISA fight to be made public

The FISA court granted Yahoo's request to publicize details of a 2008 surveillance case.  More

Do Not Track proposal is DOA

Do Not Track now has a working framework, but it is no closer to seeing the light of day.  More

New hack reveals phone calls and texts

A newly publicized security flaw highlights the vulnerability of an increasingly popular technology for extending mobile coverage ranges.  More

Hacking your cell phone calls, texts, browser

A security flaw opens access to the texts you send, the websites you browse, your private phone calls, and even your bank account password.  Play

Iris scans are the new school IDs

A growing number of schools are replacing traditional identification cards with iris scanners.  More

Scanning your kid's eyeballs at school

Iris scanners at schools and in your college dorm may be the next wave in security technology.  Play

Fed agency spent $3 million fighting non-existent malware

The U.S. Economic Development Administration went nuclear and trashed PCs to fight a routine malware infection.  More

Cyberattacks are the bank robberies of the future

Cybercriminals make money from selling hacking services and stolen data, before ever touching your cash.  More

BlackBerry launches iPhone and Android security platform

The new service, called "Secure Work Space," allows users to toggle between personal and corporate modes.  More

Google files First Amendment court case against NSA surveillance secrecy

Google says it wants to disclose when the government sends data requests like those in the newly discovered Prism program.  More

Cyberattacks hit Iran's Gmail users as election begins

Phishing campaigns spike on eve of Iranian election.  More

Google says it 'has nothing to hide' about government snooping

Google wants to make its compliance with secret government data requests public.  More

Would a smartphone 'killswitch' deter thieves?

Law enforcers are publicly calling on manufacturers to install "killswitch" technology that would render a stolen device useless.  More

Google & Facebook CEOs deny giving access to NSA program

Page and Zuckerberg say they've never allowed the government to have unfettered access to their servers, as has been reported this week.  More

How the PRISM spying worked: 3 theories

Security experts have theories on two major questions: Which parties knew about the program, and what type of communications was the government able to see?  More

Google ... Facebook ... Paltalk?!

Paltalk video chatting service is one of the more obscure companies targeted by the NSA.  More

Apps claim they can keep phone records secure

Even though Verizon reportedly gave up call logs for its customers, there may be ways to avoid having the government seeing your phone logs.  More

Spam doubles as bull market returns

Spam email soars as scam artists take advantage of naive investors.  More

New Chinese hacker group targets governments and nuclear facilities

Kaspersky Lab uncovered a new Chinese hacker group that is targeting the U.S. government and private industry.  More

Apple's new security system has holes

Apple recently beefed up its authentication system in an effort to thwart hackers, but a new report shows the security measure is lacking in a huge area.  More

Cyberattacks devastated my business!

From a small startup that was hacked by Anonymous to a cleaning firm that fell prey to a Nigerian scam, these five small businesses explain how cyberattacks hurt their firms.  More

Biggest Bitcoin exchange lands in feds' crosshairs

U.S. officials froze the financial accounts of Bitcoin's biggest exchange, accusing it of transmitting money without a license.  More

How I 'stole' $14 million from a bank

Hacking into a bank is surprisingly easy. This expert has the receipt to prove it.  More

8 to be charged in $45 million cybertheft bank heist

Federal prosecutors to announce charges against 8 in New York who were part of global cybertheft ring stealing targeting banks.  More

How porn snuck into Bitcoin's code

Hackers are tinkering with a key part of Bitcoin's system.  More

The Internet's most dangerous spots

Some things just shouldn't be connected to the Internet. With Shodan, a search engine that finds connected devices, it's easy to locate dangerous things that anyone can access without so much as a username or password.  More
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