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Dell Buying SecureWorks For Undisclosed Sum

Dell has announced its intention to acquire IT security firm SecureWorks, which offers managed-security services, security and risk consulting services and threat intelligence solutions. Dell says the buy would expand its IT-as-a-Service offerings and information security expertise.

McAfee Releases 2011 Threat Predictions Report
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Criminals have a long history of targeting what people like most, and judging from the new 2011 Threat Predictions Report from McAfee, cybercriminals will continue to be no different.  McAfee predicted that many of the technologies that gained popularity in the past 12 months may be exploited or attacked by online crooks next year.

Advice For Dealing With Content Theft
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One of the wonderful things about the web is that most of the world’s information is accessible online. Better still, a large portion of the world has access to all of that information. Search engines play a huge role in making it easy to sift through that information and find the stuff you are looking for. Problems arise, however, when people who are less scrupulous decide to publish content and decide that the best way to do that is to steal it. Unfortunately, the web makes stealing of your content quite easy, and enforcement of your rights somewhat difficult.

Android Security Team Talks Openness, Not Rooting
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Last week, reports began to circulate that the Nexus S had been rooted.  Concerns about Android’s (lack of) security ensued.  Android fans shouldn’t worry, however, as this appears to be an authentic "it’s a feature, not a bug" situation.

Non-news along these lines may be a little anticlimactic, but Google has been pretty firm on the matter.  The company explained its stance last week and hasn’t tried to go back on that position since.

Webmasters Concerned About Lost Traffic Due to Google Notifications
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On Friday, Google aded a new notification to search results for letting people know when a site may have been hacked. As hacking is running rampant these days, it’s probably not a bad idea. However, not all webmasters are thrilled about it. 

Chrome Beta Gets Google Instant, WebGL 3D Tech (And More)

Google recently held a Chrome event in which it showed off some new things they are doing with their popular web browser (not to mention the opening of the Chrome Web Store and the introduction of Chrome OS). 

Gawker Attack Sends Ripples Throughout the Web
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I can’t remember the last time we’ve seen so many hacking (and related) stories in the news, particularly in which so many big name brands were affected in such a short amount of time. Last week, of course the big stories were about "Anonymous" taking down MasterCard, Visa, PayPal, etc. 

Anonymous Wikileaks Avengers: We Don’t Want Your Credit Card Info or to Prevent You From Shopping
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"Anonymous" is an "Internet gathering" of people that has perpetrated Operation Payback, which took down MasterCard.com, Visa.com and others, because of how they’ve handled their relationships with Wikileaks, has issued a press release in attempt to clarify what it is trying to do. 

MasterCard.com (and Visa.com) Taken Down By Wikileaks-Supporting Hackers?
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Update 3. MasterCard is back, and Anonymous (those behind Operation Payback) have issues a press release.

Update 2: The group (Operation Payback) credited with bringing down both MasterCard.com and Visa.com has had its Facebook Page removed for violating terms of service. It’s Twitter account was also suspended.

Update: Visa.com is now down as well. MasterCard.com is still down. (As of 4:30pm Eastern)

One Out Of Five Facebook Users May Be Exposed To Malware
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However careful you’ve been when using Facebook up until now, it may be time to grow even more cautious.  New stats from BitDefender indicate that at least one out of five Facebook users have been exposed to threats via their news feeds.

Location-Based Services Too New to Know How They’ll Be Abused
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Last week, Symantec’s MessageLabs Intelligence Sr. Analyst Paul Wood shared some predictions for online threats in the coming year with us. With the increasing emergence of location-based services, we wondered what kind of threats (beyond the obvious) come with this new territory. 

Americans Still Abandoning Online Purchases Due To Security
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Nearly two-thirds (64%) of  Americans have not made an online purchase because of security concerns, according to a new poll by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA).

Google Enters Toolbar Deal With AVG

Chalk up another victory for Google in terms of edging out its competitors.  Today, well-known security company AVG announced that the Google will replace Yahoo as the search foundation of its antivirus and security products.

This is development supposed to "broaden the search functionality of AVG’s Security Toolbar product and real-time Internet security solution, AVG LinkScanner," AVG explained in a statement.

Threats to Expect in Mobile, Social, Location and Email in 2011
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It’s getting late in the year, and it’s about time to start looking forward to 2011. While we can speculate about a great many topics, few trends are going to be as important to anticipate as those related to security. We asked an expert in the field about some of the things he is anticipating. WebProNews interviewed Paul Wood, MessageLabs Intelligence Sr. Analyst at Symantec Hosted Services about what businesses and consumers can expect to deal with in order to stay secure over the next year. 

Chrome Tops New List Of Vulnerable Applications
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Generally speaking, Google does well when it comes to lists.  It’s often labeled a favorite employer, most trusted brand, or dominant competitor.  Unfortunately for the company, Chrome earned the number one spot on a list titled "Top Vulnerable Applications – 2010" today.

Google Vulnerability Program Meets With Early Success

Perhaps the best possible thing, from Google’s point of view, would have been if it had announced its vulnerability reward program and then heard nothing at all.  But a short while after the program’s launch, Google’s seen a response that it still characterized as "fantastic" as people have been quick to bring problems to light.

Google Issues Cloud Safety Advice
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In honor of National Cyber Security Awareness Month – and perhaps the holiday when millions of kids give adults 50-50 odds on being tricked – Google’s counseling users to play it safe.  The company highlighted guidelines for "protecting your data in the cloud" today.

Zeus Trojan Arrests Show Cybercriminals Getting More Vulnerable
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Federal and state authorities have reportedly charged over 60 people in connection with a global cybercrime scheme using the Zeus Trojan to steal millions of dollars from U.S. bank accounts. Trusteer, a secure browsing service, which claims to be in use by over 12 million online banking customers and protects over 70 banks, shared some commentary on the news with WebProNews. The company says it has deep visibility into criminal activity and the Zeus trojan. 

Study: State CISOs Lack the Funding for Data Protection

Deloitte and the National Association of State CIOs (NASCIO) are sharing the results of a joint Cyber Security Survey, finding that State Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) lack the funding, programs, resources and tools to adequately protect their citizens’ data, especially when compared to their counterparts who serve private sector enterprises.

Phishing Gangs Focusing On Social Networks And Classifieds

Phishing gangs have been increasing their tactics against brands, social networks, online  classifieds and online gaming, according to a new report from the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG).

Major Security Flaw Discovered (and Exploited) on Twitter
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Update: Twitter has addressed the issue on the main company blog:

The short story: This morning at 2:54 am PDT Twitter was notified of a security exploit that surfaced about a half hour before that, and we immediately went to work on fixing it. By 7:00 am PDT, the primary issue was solved. And, by 9:15 am PDT, a more minor but related issue tied to hovercards was also fixed. 

The longer version of the story can be read on the blog