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Interview: More Than 50% of Site Traffic May Be Hackers or Spammers Interview: More Than 50% of Site Traffic May Be Hackers or Spammers
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How secure is your website? It’s a scary thought when you think about it, especially given all the attacks that have risen up in recent years. Last year, well-known websites such as Sony, Epsilon, and even government sites were hacked.

Iran Linked To Cyberattack on BBC Iran Linked To Cyberattack on BBC

Iran’s government has gone to some considerable lengths lately to muzzle the internet within the country’s borders. Not content with only blocking Google sites and encrypted search merely once in February, the government blocked SSL connections as well as many …

Dell To Acquire SonicWall, Pending Regulatory Approval Dell To Acquire SonicWall, Pending Regulatory Approval

Dell is acquiring security company and firewall-builder SonicWall. Dell says the company’s next-gen and Unified Threat Management (UTM) firewalls will help it bolster its security solutions portfolio. “We are building a strategic software portfolio to address the needs of our …

Cyber Attack on Sony May have Resulted in Loss Of Michael Jackson Music Catalog Worth $250 Million Cyber Attack on Sony May have Resulted in Loss Of Michael Jackson Music Catalog Worth $250 Million

Sony Entertainment’s online businesses were shutdown by hackers in April of last year and may have lost their entire catalog of Michael Jackson’s unreleased tracks including a duet with Will.i.am and a track with dead Queen singer Freddie Mercury. One …

NASA Jet Propulsion Lab Computers Were Seized By Hackers In November NASA Jet Propulsion Lab Computers Were Seized By Hackers In November
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According to a federal report released on Wednesday, NASA was the target of 47 different sophisticated cyberattacks in 2011, some of which were considered “advanced persistent threats.” During one attack in November, hackers seized control of computers belonging to NASA’s …

FBI Director Talks Cyber Attacks FBI Director Talks Cyber Attacks

Terrorism is obviously still the most dangerous threat facing the United States. Cyber attacks and cyber terrorism may one day become the most dangerous threat, however, according to the FBI. The director of the FBI, Robert Mueller, recently spoke at …

Google Alternatives: How To Pull Yourself Out Of That G-hole Google Alternatives: How To Pull Yourself Out Of That G-hole
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Today’s the day, Googlers: that dreaded and disputed Privacy Policy goes into effect as of today. If you’re one of the Google users wary of what the new policy is going to do to you and your privacy, it might …

Mobile Devices Create Vulnerabilities For Businesses Mobile Devices Create Vulnerabilities For Businesses

Late last year we covered a study that showed that companies that allowed workers to use their own mobile devices – phones, tablets, laptops – instead of company-issued devices tended to have happier workers. According to that study, these “bring …

Google Giving Away A Million Dollars For Finding Chrome Exploits Google Giving Away A Million Dollars For Finding Chrome Exploits
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Google announced that it will be sponsoring rewards for those who find Chrome exploits. This will be part of the CanSecWest security conference taking place March 7-9. Earlier this month, Google announced the expansion of the Chromium Security Rewards program, …

HTTPS Everywhere Updated To Detect Security Holes HTTPS Everywhere Updated To Detect Security Holes
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The Electronic Frontier Foundation has announced an update to their HTTPS Everywhere Firefox extension. The update adds a “Decentralized SSL Observatory” feature that looks for weaknesses in the encryption of sites that users are visiting. When it detects a security …

SafeGov Wonders How Secure Google’s Cloud Is SafeGov Wonders How Secure Google’s Cloud Is

SafeGov.org security experts have been questioning whether or not Google has a sufficient level of security surrounding their cloud services, for the protection of government information that it hosts. According to PRN, recent incidents have prompted SafeGov to speculate that …

YouPorn Hacked, Chat Service User Data Exposed YouPorn Hacked, Chat Service User Data Exposed
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Popular adult site (actually, just popular site will do) YouPorn is under fire after user data was lifted and exposed. In all, millions were said to have been affected, with thousands still currently exposed after much of the data was …

Google Wallet Restores Prepaid Card Use After Issuing Fixes Google Wallet Restores Prepaid Card Use After Issuing Fixes

After temporarily disabling the provisioning of prepaid cards, the Google Wallet team has reinstated the use prepaid cards after issuing a few security fixes. In an update to the blog post that originally announced Google’s decision to flip the off …

Twitter Makes HTTPS Default Twitter Makes HTTPS Default

Twitter announced today that HTTPS will now be on by default for all users signing into Twitter.com. The setting became optional last year, but now it’s the norm. Twitter says on its official blog: This setting makes your Twitter experience …

Google Wallet Security Issue Addressed Google Wallet Security Issue Addressed

Users have raised security concerns with Google Wallet of late, but Google is assuring users it is perfectly safe to use your credit card with. Osama Bedier, Vice President of Google Wallet and Payments, wrote a blog post late Friday …

Security Cameras From TRENDnet Hacked Security Cameras From TRENDnet Hacked
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If you have a TRENDnet security camera in your home, listen up. A coding flaw found in some of the cameras allows someone to bypass your password and look into your home. Hackers have found a small piece of code …

Privacy Gets Easier With New Tools Privacy Gets Easier With New Tools

Thanks to a new free tool by Abine released yesterday, internet users can browse privately and deal with less hassles. ‘Do Not Track Plus’ works with Firefox, Internet explorer, Safari, and Google Chrome and features faster page load times. The …

Chrome Gets Faster, Safer With New Stable Release Chrome Gets Faster, Safer With New Stable Release
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Earlier this month, Google announced a beta release of their Chrome browser that they said would improve its speed and security. Today, they’ve announced the stable release. With this update, Chrome will begin loading your most frequented pages even before …

Fake Facebook Profiles: Beware [Infographic] Fake Facebook Profiles: Beware [Infographic]
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Barracuda Labs revealed some results from a study about Facebook profiles and how attackers use fake friends to blend into Facebook. Some noteworthy findings include: Almost 60 percent of fake accounts claim to be bisexual, 10 times more than real …

Oscars Move To Online Voting: Are They Vulnerable To Attacks? Oscars Move To Online Voting: Are They Vulnerable To Attacks?
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Although the race for Best Picture is probably not as important as a Presidential election or a referendum vote, it’s pretty serious stuff. If you’ve ever watched an entire Academy Awards broadcast you probably remember seeing the “demonstration of security.” …

Scary New Virus Will Make Your Computer Cry Scary New Virus Will Make Your Computer Cry
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It’s natural for viruses to mutate in nature and become stronger over time. The scary thing is that it’s now happening to computer viruses. Mutating viruses are nothing new, they are used to infect machines in a way that can’t …