Jeremy KirkAustralia correspondent, IDG News Service

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Warning: Tainted FileZilla doppelgangers want to steal your data

The fakes actually transfers files, but it also peddles malware.

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Obama administration forges deal with tech companies over data requests

The agreement with Facebook, Google, Microsoft and others lets them give more information on the government's data requests

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Michael's chain investigates possible data breach

The company has not confirmed a compromise but is notifying customers as a precaution.

Neiman Marcus says 'complex' malware defeated its security

The retailer's CIO says that the company exceeded security recommendations for handling card data.

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Security researchers yank Target breach information from the web

Did security companies publish too much, too soon on the Target breach?

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Target-related malware was a side job for man living in Russia

The 23-year-old contends the program he helped develop has a defensive purpose as well

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Two coders closely tied to Target-related malware, security firm says

Underground forum postings indicate both may have used the same online nickname, according to IntelCrawler

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Six more US retailers attacked like Target, security firm says

IntelCrawler also identified a 17-year-old Russian who it says wrote the BlackPOS malware, a version of which was used against Target

Neiman Marcus says SSNs, birth dates not taken in breach

Payment card numbers may have been compromised, but the retailer says Social Security numbers, birth dates and customer PINs appear to be safe.

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Target credit card data was sent to server in Russia

The data was quietly moved around on Target's network before it was sent to a US server, then to Russia.

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Spammers target Snapchat, Bitly, and Kik

Bitly is working with Symantec to clean up malicious links, the result of API keys left visible on the Web

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Encrypted messaging startup Wickr offers $100K bug bounty

The company hopes to tap the security research community to find potential problems

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New mobile Chrome feature can cut your data usage by up to half

The new versions of Chrome for Mobile will be available in the next few days

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Spammers hijack Google Local hotel listings

The listing were modified to redirect to what appear to be affiliate marketing websites