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Jaikumar Vijayan is a freelance technology writer specializing in computer security and privacy topics. Disclosure: He also writes for Hewlett-Packad's marketing website TechBeacon.

California Assembly OKs Bill Banning Warrantless Smartphone Tracking

The assembly vote approved legislation to prohibit state law enforcement personnel from obtaining location data from an individual's GPS-enabled mobile devices without a warrant.

GOP Senator: No Partisan Fight Over Cybersecurity Bill

A senior Republican senator on Thursday insisted there is no partisan dissent over the need for a strong national cybersecurity policy but added that a Democratic-backed cyber bill that is stalled in the Senate is not the answer.

Security Vendor Exposes Vulnerabilities in DDoS Rootkit

In what it says is an attempt to turn the tables on malicious hackers, security vendor Prolexic on Tuesday released details of vulnerabilities it has discovered in a toolkit family used by hackers to launch distributed denial of service attacks against corporate networks.

Researcher Releases Smart Meter Hacking Tool

Power companies and utilities will be able to use Termineter to identify and validate internal flaws that make the meters vulnerable to hacking and tampering.

Judge Dismisses Privacy Lawsuit Against LinkedIn

A federal judge in California dismissed a privacy class-action lawsuit against LinkedIn that alleged the social media network violated provisions of the Stored Communications Act (SCA) when it disclosed the IDs and browsing histories of LinkedIn users to advertising companies.

Twitter Ruling Disappoints, but Doesn't Surprise Privacy Advocates

Privacy advocates say they are dismayed but not surprised at a New York Criminal Court judge's decision ordering Twitter to hand over data on an Occupy Wall Street protester.

Cost of Protecting U.S. Classified Data Doubles Over 10 Years

The U.S. government -- minus key spy operations -- spent $11.36 billion to protect classified data in 2011.

Mobile Privacy Standards to Be Discussed at Government Meetings

Industry stakeholders, rights groups, and Internet marketers will discuss privacy issues involving consumer data on mobile devices.

Facebook Email Change Sparks User Outcry

Facebook users today expressed outrage over what they saw as a unilateral move by the company to replace the display email addresses of all users with a Facebook.com email address.

LulzSec Members Plead Guilty to Denial-of-Service Attacks on Sony, CIA

Fox Entertainment Group, the Arizona State Police and Britain's Serious Organized Crime Agency were also targeted by the attacks.

Tech Security Savvy Varies with Age (and Experience Counts), Survey Finds

Research by a security vendor reveals a generation gap, with tech-savvy young people paying far less attention to online security risks.

Google's Revamped Data-Sharing Could Apply to Government After All

Google isn't likely to track users or mine data, but apparently its privacy language doesn't actually preclude it.

Spam Filters Grabbed Many LinkedIn Break-In Warnings

As many as a quarter of a million users mistakenly blocked LinkedIn's alerts about stolen passwords, and their accounts are still vulnerable, a researcher estimates.

Hackers Claim to Steal 110,000 SSNs From Tenn. School System

A hitherto unknown hacking group claimed responsibility for a hacking attack on a county school system in Tennessee that may have exposed the names, Social Security Numbers and other personal data belonging to about 110,000 people.

Judge Orders Drug Evidence Suppressed in Warrantless GPS Tracking Case

A federal judge in Kentucky this week upheld a lower court's decision to throw out crucial evidence in a drug case because the evidence was gathered with the help of a GPS tracking device that was installed without a warrant on the suspect's vehicle.