Ellen MessmerSenior Editor, Network World, Network World

Ellen Messmer is a senior editor at Network World. She covers news and technology trends related to information security.

FBI plans malware-tracking system to alert users

The FBI plans to introduce a malware-analysis system this year to help businesses and the public share information about cyberattacks.

Banks enlist smartphones to help battle online fraud

To ward off cyber-crooks trying to break into customers' accounts, banks are expanding their security efforts beyond desktops and onto iPhones and other mobile devices.

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Could your TV really spam you?

Some researchers say that in the Internet of Things, botnets may be able to infect your TV, refrigerator, or other smart devices; but other security experts are skeptical.

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Mobile purchases reportedly hit 20% of all transactions

Payments made with smartphones and tablets rose 55 percent over last year, and Android activity is gaining, say processors of the transactions.

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Mobile gadgets security called biggest challenge for business

Malware and other attacks are increasingly aimed at mobile devices connecting to business networks, a survey reveals.

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Industry group rallies to fight bots, protect the cloud

Distributed denial-of-service attacks are mounting, so the Cloud Security Alliance formed the Anti-Bot Working Group to help fight this threat.

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Setting usage boundaries for work, play remains a challenge

Many businesses of different types struggle with policies for setting clear boundaries for use of personal devices, especially mobile ones.

CryptoLocker gang teams with botnet-builders on ransomware

The cyber-gang running the CryptoLocker extortion racket is splitting its ransomware take with criminal botnet owners, says Symantec, which is monitoring this underworld activity online.

Microsoft, Symantec battle fake credentials in malware

An alarming growth in malware signed with fraudulently obtained keys and code-signing certificates in order to trick users to download harmful code is prompting Microsoft and Symantec to push for tighter controls in the way the world's certificate authorities issue these keys used in code-signing.

Legit digital certificates mask some malware, McAfee warns

McAfee research indicates that a steep rise in the amount of malware signed with legitimate digital certificates—not forged or stolen ones—is a growing threat.

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Java called favorite target for hack attacks this year

Java was the most targeted development platform for exploit attacks during the first half of the year, and attacks have increasingly shifted to zero-day vulnerabilities, according to F-Secure's new threat report.

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Woz recalls his hacking pranks and online shenanigans

In his keynote address at a security conference, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak admitted he has enjoyed many adventures in hacking often for the sake of pranks, especially in his college days and the early years of working on computers and the Internet.

NSA seeks tighter ties to tech despite issues of data-sharing

The National Security Agency's director of information assurance said the route to "confidence in cyberspace" is to increase collaboration between the government and the high-tech industry.

US Postal Service explores entering the cloud business

The U.S. Postal Service is exploring a new future running a cloud-based authentication service for the government, under a three-year $15.12 million contract for some foundation technology to build a cloud-based authentication exchange.

Tech firms squirm over their role in Prism surveillance

The disclosures about the NSA's massive global surveillance by former tech worker Edward Snowden is hitting the U.S. tech industry hard as companies continue to try to explain their involvement in the data-collection program.