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Prior to joining the journalism world in 2005, Steve spent 15 years as a freelance IT contractor focused on infrastructure management and security. He's a father of two, and rounded geek with a strong technical background.

Botnet busts more for stunts than security, expert says

Microsoft and Symantec have touted taking down major botnets, but one expert calls their actions ineffective and aimed primarily at getting attention.

Stratfor hacker sentenced

An AntiSec activist has been sentenced to ten years in U.S. federal prison for his attack on geopolitical intelligence firm Strategic Forecasting Inc.

Businesses suffer from a false sense of security, study shows

McAfee says small and midsize businesses are suffering from a false sense of security, based on a recent study that showed a high degree of confidence that their data and devices were safe from attackers, despite industry research and evidence to the contrary.

Even the savvy digital natives get hacked, survey reveals

The millennial generation, those of us who were born and raised alongside the Internet, should be wise enough to avoid account hijackings and other scams, but no. In fact, one out of four millennials have admitted to having at least once incident where an online account was hacked.

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Can Google actually protect vulnerable sites from attack?

On Monday, Google announced a beta service that will offer DDoS protection to human rights organizations and media, in and effort to slow the amount of censorship that such attacks cause.

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Tips for tougher passwords

It's National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and security firm Rapid7 has released an awareness note focused on passwords, something that can either make or break a person's overall level of security.

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PRISM's value was overstated, NSA chief acknowledges

NSA's director, General Keith Alexander, acknowledged some exaggeration of the figures that are used to support data collection programs.

Facebook's new Graph Search features create phishing wonderland

Facebook has announced new changes to the way Graph Search discovers information, including the fact that status updates, photos, check-ins, and comments are now included in search results. This new stream of information offers criminals developing phishing campaigns all-new attack surfaces to exploit.

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IE exploit covers all recent versions, hits most businesses

Microsoft alert says all supported versions of Internet Explorer contain a zero day vulnerability that is being actively targeted online, and 70 percent of Windows business users are impacted

Even suspicious email is too tempting to skip, survey finds

In a study conducted by TNS Global for Halon, an email security service, 30 percent of those surveyed admitted they would open an email, even if they were aware that it contained a virus or was otherwise suspicious.

High-profile hack attack offers a lesson for other at-risk sites

The Syrian Electronic Army hit multiple targets last week, including Twitter and the New York Times, and it should be a warning to other web businesses that remain at risk

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Ban passwords, say advocates of alternative authentication

Passwords are obsolete, says a group of Silicon Valley tech companies who have formed a public advocacy campaign called Petition Against Passwords.

Data breaches hit 2.5 million in California in 2012, report says

California releases its first report detailing data breaches in the state over the past year, under a new law requiring transparency about such incidents.