Jeremy KirkAustralia correspondent, IDG News Service

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Pre-installed malware turns up on new phones

A fake version of Netflix that steals personal data and sends it to Russia has been found on several phone models

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Need your Mt. Gox bitcoins back? Steer clear of this website

A suspicious website tries to get people to download what is likely a bogus version of Flash player.

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UK tax authority clarifies policy on Bitcoin

HM Revenue & Customs finds bitcoins are exempt from VAT in some scenarios

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Sears says it finds no evidence yet of data breach

Sears is the latest large retailer to investigate a possible data breach.

Windows 7, XP vulnerabilities doubled in 2013, but IE's Flash made Windows 8 biggest loser

Secunia analyzed reported vulnerabilites in the top 50 most-used software products

Amazon.com security slip allowed unlimited password guesses

The problem, now fixed, affected Amazon.com's iOS and Android mobile apps

360 million newly pilfered account credentials found in underground forums

The list is likely to have been compiled from multiple data breaches, according to Hold Security

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Android malware using TOR anonymity network makes a debut

Using TOR makes it more difficult to trace the command-and-control server

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CloudFlare acquires StopTheHacker malware scanning service

CloudFlare will continue to run StopTheHacker as normal while working on a longer-term integration

Apple encryption mistake puts many desktop applications at risk

Apple's Mail, FaceTime, Calendar, Safari browser and Software Update could be vulnerable, a researcher said.

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Neiman Marcus says fewer payment cards exposed in breach than first thought

Around 350,000 credit and debit cards were exposed in the incident -- not 1.1 million as first feared.

Namecheap fends off DDoS attack that knocked 300 websites offline

The 100Gbps attack knocked 300 websites offline for about three hours

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Database attack exposes personal data at University of Maryland

The data included names, Social Security numbers, birth dates and university ID numbers

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Zeus banking malware hides crucial file inside a photo

Security software is less likely to flag a '.jpg' file as a malicious

Attack on U.S. veterans website may have been aimed at military members

FireEye has linked the latest attacks to two other malware campaigns, believed to come from China