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EU countries must be able to sentence hackers to two years, draft law says.

Hackers would face a minimum two-year prison sentence under a new European Union law approved by the European Parliament’s civil liberties committee on Thursday.

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Malware increasingly uses peer-to-peer communications, researchers say

The number of malware samples that use P-to-P (peer-to-peer) communications has increased fivefold during the past 12 months, according to researchers from security firm Damballa.

Prosecutor: Manning shared data without regard for national security

U.S. Army Private First Class Bradley Manning accused of sharing thousands of classified government documents with WikiLeaks, knew that the information would aid enemies of the U.S., a prosecutor argued Monday.

Microsoft: Here's why businesses will want Windows 8.1

Security, manageability, flexibility: Microsoft executives outlined several undisclosed features of Windows 8.1 at its TechEd conference on Monday.

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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.

Three great alternatives to two-factor authentication via text-message

Asking customers or employees to pull out their phones and input a code every time they want to log onto your site is too much friction. Here's what else you can offer them while keeping your brand safe.

Gartner security survey: McAfee up, Trend Micro down

A Gartner report about the security software market out today shows that No. 2 ranked McAfee enjoyed the most overall growth last year, Trend Micro slipped but stayed No. 3, and Symantec held onto its top spot in the $19.1 billion market.

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.

Motorola shows off electronic tattoo and authentication pill at D11

Motorola debuted some experimental security technology that would allow users to access their devices via an electronic tattoo or by consuming a "vitamin authentication" pill every day.

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Drupal resets account passwords after detecting unauthorized access

Drupal.org has reset account passwords after it found unauthorized access to information on its servers.

McAfee offers business endpoint security suites for broader protection

Aiming to better address the security needs of businesses of all sizes that are facing increasingly complex attacks, McAfee has added two endpoint security suites to its product lineup.

Signature-Based Endpoint Security on Its Way Out

Signature-based blacklisting security technologies are losing the battle against malware, says McAfee, which has streamlined its endpoint security offerings to two suites that it says provide next-generation security for all endpoints, whether PCs, tablets or ATMs.

Hackers exploit Ruby on Rails vulnerability to compromise servers, create botnet

Hackers are actively exploiting a critical vulnerability in the Ruby on Rails Web application development framework in order to compromise Web servers and create a botnet.

Homeland Security database leaks employee information

The Department of Homeland Security last week said it notified employees and others with DHS clearance to be on alert for potential fraud due to a vulnerability discovered in software used by a vendor to process personally identifiable information for background investigations. The software hole in had existed since July 2009.