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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.

Yahoo Launches Big Data Analytics Tool for Online Advertisers

Yahoo today launched Genome, a new tool that allows online advertisers take advantage of the company's extensive experience with big data analytics.

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA): A FAQ

Having passed the U.S. House of Representatives, the controversial legislation goes next to the Senate and faces a presidential veto threat unless it is modified to address privacy concerns.

Weak Passwords Still Subvert IT Security

A recent data breach that exposed the Social Security numbers of more than 280,000 people served as yet another reminder of the well-recognized, but often discounted, risks associated with using weak and default passwords.

Lawmakers Question FAA on Privacy Protections Around Drone Use

Two senior lawmakers this week sent a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration demanding information on how the agency will ensure that privacy rights are protected when it issues drone licenses to government, law enforcement and private organizations.

Anonymous Offers Alternative to Pastebin.com

The Anonymous hacking collective has launched a new site that it claims will allow users to post material without fear of being tracked down.

White House's Online Privacy Plan Gets Mixed Reaction

Advocacy groups want stronger rules but the industry prefers to retain its current self-regulation.

Global Payments Breach Raises Questions

Questions remain over a computer intrusion at Global Payments Inc. that exposed data on at least 1.5 million credit and debit card holders.

Most 2011 Cyberattacks Called 'Avoidable'

Default or simple passwords, ineffective or nonexistent firewalls offered easy targets for security breaches, a Verizon report finds.