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Popular Bitcoin forum goes dark after hack attack

A popular Bitcoin forum, Bitcointalk.org, remained offline Wednesday night as it investigated a cyberattack.

Universities, IBM join forces to build a brain-like computer

IBM and four universities are planning a research project into cognitive computing, which seeks to build computers that operate in a manner closer to the human mind.

Security company dives deep into the 'Dark Web' for stolen data

Alex Holden, founder of security company Hold Security, is in the business of bringing companies bad news.

Fake AdBlock Plus app removed from Google's Play store

Google has removed an application from its Play store that purported to be AdBlock Plus, a well-known application that blocks online ads.

IBM fined $44,000 for discriminatory job listings

IBM will pay a US$44,000 fine to settle a case alleging it violated anti-discrimination law by placing online job listings seeking software developers with specific visas, the U.S. Department of Justice said Friday.

Gmail scanning may violate federal wiretapping laws, judge finds

A U.S. federal judge allowed a class-action suit against Google to proceed, saying the company's terms of service are unclear when describing how it scans Gmail content in order to deliver advertisements.

'Viceroi' algorithm improves detection of click fraud

A group of researchers have devised an algorithm they say could help advertising networks better detect fraudulent clicks.

'Icefog' spying operation targeted Japan, South Korea

A hacking group that targeted Japan's parliament in 2011 is believed to have conducted nimble data thefts against organizations mainly in South Korea and Japan, including defense contractors, over the past two years.

Strip club sues Oracle over unpaid $33,540 tab

A San Francisco strip club sues Oracle, alleging an employee of the software giant didn't pay a $33,540 bill run up over two days last year.

Apple's a tasty phishing target for scammers

Spam volumes took a usual seasonal drop in August, but phishing spiked, including a noticeable interest in hijacking Apple accounts.

Twitter fixes Tweet button issue that downloaded a torrent file

Some Twitter users were surprised Monday when they clicked a button to share content from third-party websites but instead downloaded a mysterious torrent file.

Old tricks help German hackers bypass iPhone 5s Touch ID security

Apple's Touch ID authentication system can be defeated using a well-honed technique for creating a latex copy of someone's fingerprint, according to a German hacking group.

'HoneyDocs' lays irresistible bait for hackers

Police in Austin, Texas, set up sting operations with cars they have under surveillance, watching for thieves to break into them. Marcus J. Carey's Web service, HoneyDocs -- born in the same city -- uses the same concept, only with computer files.

NSA monitored global financial transactions, report says

A German newspaper says that a branch of the NSA has been collecting global financial data, including credit card transactions and data from SWIFT, a cooperative owned by around 8,000 financial institutions.

Security company says Nasdaq waited two weeks to fix XSS flaw

A serious cross-site scripting vulnerability at Nasdaq's website could have been used to elicit personal details from website users. The flaw was fixed Monday, though Swiss-based High-Tech Bridge said Nasdaq waited two weeks before addressing the vulnerability.