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Is that hotspot safe to use? Wi-Fi Alliance wants to help

Security-savvy mobile-device users are increasingly casting a skeptical eye on public Wi-Fi, and now the vendor consortium behind the wireless standard wants to make logging in via that coffee shop network a bit safer.

NSA chief asks tech firms to team on cybesecurity

While some experts welcome the opportunity to share security procedures with government agencies, another considers it a Trojan horse for more access to Americans' communications.

Smart spear phishing could kill the power grid, experts warn

While the energy industry may fear the appearance of another Stuxnet on the systems they use to keep oil and gas flowing and the electric grid powered, an equally devastating attack could come from a much more mundane source: phishing.

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Hackers target social media, step up mobile attacks

Hackers are exploiting the lack of security basics among social media, mobile devices and even in business, reports an IBM X-Force analysis

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Java called favorite target for hack attacks this year

Java was the most targeted development platform for exploit attacks during the first half of the year, and attacks have increasingly shifted to zero-day vulnerabilities, according to F-Secure's new threat report.

Known, unpatched flaws draw most attacks, Kaspersky says

Most security breaches can be blamed on known but unpatched vulnerabilities, according to Kaspersky Lab.

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Cisco IOS updates fix 10 denial-of-service vulnerabilities

Cisco Systems has patched 10 vulnerabilities that could impact the availability of devices using various versions of its IOS software.

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5 tips for easy PCI compliance

Meeting the Payment Card Industry's data security standards is challenging for most small businesses. Follow these steps to simplify your requirements.

Hack of iPhone 5s fingerprint authentication is irrelevant

Touch ID is still the best thing to happen to iPhone security. Here's why.

Apple's a tasty phishing target for scammers

Spam volumes took a usual seasonal drop in August, but phishing spiked, including a noticeable interest in hijacking Apple accounts.

Apache Struts security update disables vulnerable feature

A new version of the Apache Struts development framework released Friday disables a mechanism called the Dynamic Method Invocation that's a known source of possible security vulnerabilities.

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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

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iPhone 5s fingerprint scanner could be mobile security game changer

Apple isn't the first to introduce fingerprint authentication on a mobile device, but it could be the one to make it mainstream.