Jeremy KirkAustralia correspondent, IDG News Service

US Army settles unlicensed software claim for $50 million

Apptricity will get $50 million from the Army. The company said its software was used in relief efforts in Haiti and in the Middle East

Link between 'Satoshi' bitcoin account and the Silk Road dissolves

Israeli researchers defend their paper, while the real account holder blamed sloppy research.


Symantec: 'Blackshades' malware still being sold

The security vendor has seen an uptick in infections as well as command-and-control servers.

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Crimeware kit includes Bitcoin, Litecoin miner module

Atrax, sold for $250, offers a variety of other potent plugins besides its ability to mine and steal virtual currency.


Did Satoshi Nakamoto transfer 1,000 bitcoins to the Silk Road?

Mystery surrounds a sizable transfer in March between an early bitcoin account and the underground marketplace.


DoNotTrackMe browser extension creates 'disposable' data for privacy

A Boston-based company, Abine, is beefing its anti-tracking browser extension to let users shield their real credit card details, email addresses and phone numbers during web transactions.

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Silk Road defendant deemed flight risk, denied bail

Ross William Ulbricht will remain behind bars as he awaits trial for allegedly running the underground online drugs marketplace.

Worm targeting Apache Tomcat servers, possibly for DDoS

A worm-like type of malicious software has been found targeting Apache Tomcat, an open-source Web server application, according to Symantec.

Mining companies caught flat-footed by cyberattacks

Mining companies increasingly are being targeted by hackers trying to steal information and disrupt operations, as the metals industry expands its dependence on Internet-connected systems to reduce costs.

Online gaming company settles complaint over secret bitcoin mining

Online gaming company settled civil complaint that it secretly installed bitcoin-mining code on subscribers' computers, netting more than $3,700 worth of virtual currency.

Russia's jumps into crowded US messaging, games market

Russia's Group made its first foray in the U.S market on Tuesday, launching three mobile applications.

Six more arrested in breathtaking $45 million ATM theft

The defendants are alleged to be part of a New York cell that used bogus payment cards to withdraw millions of dollars from more than 100 ATMs in a matter of hours, according to federal prosecutors in New York.

Derivatives trading company struck by hackers

A Chicago-based company that runs derivatives exchanges said Friday it was the victim of a July cyberattack that compromised customer information.

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Banking malware infections rise to highest level since 2002

Malicious software aimed at stealing online banking credentials surged in the third quarter of this year to a level not seen since 2002, according to a new report from Trend Micro.


'Selfish miner' attack could devastate Bitcoin

Bitcoin is vulnerable to an attack that could have devastating effects on the virtual currency, but it can be fixed with a software update, according to researchers from Cornell University.