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sms phishing

SMS spam intensifies, ranging from pesky to perilous

'Over-the-top' services are used to disguise text spam campaigns by sending a few messages from many phone numbers.

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smartphone malware

Spam blizzards sometimes seed malware, AppRiver study warns

Distributed Spam Distraction attacks may last up to 24 hours, and inundate an inbox with as many as 60,000 messages, AppRiver report notes in a report.

sms phishing

SMS spam borrows from email phishing with empty promises

Texting scams continue to increase, with scammers using come-ons similar to the phishing techniques used in spam email for years.

Gaming mice: we test the best

It was brutal work, but we put six very special mice through their gaming paces. Find the best-looking, best-sniping, most programmable ones here.

Data breaches caused mostly by negligence and glitches, study finds

Almost two-thirds of data breaches in 2012 could be attributed to negligence or human error and system glitches, reported the eighth annual Ponemon Global Cost of a Data Breach study.

Android users spend 20% less time in apps than Apple users, study reports

Recent numbers by a market research firm show that Android users appear to spend 20 percent less time using their apps than iOS users spend.

AT&T, other carriers accept orders for BlackBerry's Q10 smartphone

BlackBerry's Q10, the company’s new smartphone with a QWERTY keyboard, is finally appearing in U.S. retail channels. AT&T is the latest carrier to start taking pre-orders for the phone.

FreedomPop to roll out free mobile voice service

The carrier will add 200 free voice minutes (via VoIP) to a current plan that gives FreedomPop users 500MB of data for free.

Yahoo Mail redesign becomes permanent, privacy issues surface

The new Yahoo privacy agreement allows the company to scan your email for information to create targeted advertisements.

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browsers

In fog of browser wars, the victor varies with the metrics

NetMarketShare says Microsoft's IE is top dog, while StatCounter crowns Chrome the king in the competitive browser market.

internet

Brace for an Internet traffic explosion in 2017, Cisco says

Cisco's Visual Networking Index predicts global IP traffic will rise at a dramatic compound annual growth rate 23 percent between 2012 to 2017.

Cybersecurity calls for government-private sector infosharing, report says

NSS Labs says much still needs to be done to enable near real-time situational awareness across the nation's critical infrastructure and to fully leverage U.S. government cyber intelligence capabilities.

malware

Malware Week: Ransomware surges, blackhole spreads

Several longstanding malware scams resurfaced recently, and Amazon and Ruby on Rails were targeted by Internet reprobates. Here's what to watch out for.

Cybercriminals go back to the USSR

The top-level domain name for the former Soviet Union becomes a magnet for denizens of online underworld.

Google pressures industry to make software flaws public faster

Search giant puts heat on software industry to clean up its mistakes quickly--some within seven days.