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Study: IRS exposing Social Security numbers online

Analysis of public tax returns found over half a million expose sensitive information.

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Bitcoins, other digital currencies stolen in massive 'Pony' botnet attack

Criminals use botnet to rip off 700,000 credentials, also breaking into 85 virtual wallets which stored Bitcoins.

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What you need to know about Apple's SSL bug

Apple patched a serious vulnerability in its implementation of SSL on iOS last Friday, but the Mac is still affected. If you're concerned or curious, here's how it might currently affect you.

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US attorney general calls for data-breach notification law

A new law would allow the DOJ to better combat cybercrime, Holder says.

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Encrypted Android phone is only the beginning for Blackphone and Silent Circle

Leaks from the former contractor have raised awareness of privacy and users are reacting, says company executives

Apple encryption mistake puts many desktop applications at risk

Apple's Mail, FaceTime, Calendar, Safari browser and Software Update could be vulnerable, a researcher said.

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Hacker defaces website of IT security certification body EC-Council

The hacker claims he obtained photocopies of thousands of passports belonging to law enforcement and military officials

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Neiman Marcus says fewer payment cards exposed in breach than first thought

Around 350,000 credit and debit cards were exposed in the incident -- not 1.1 million as first feared.

Is 'malware' too lame a name for the nasty stuff out there?

What's in a name? For one security expert, not enough when the name is "malware."

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Many home wireless routers vulnerable, study finds

Amazon's 50 top-selling routers are open to attack, researchers at Tripwire report.

Microsoft tools protect IE10 until Patch Tuesday arrives

Microsoft has delivered a stopgap defense for active attacks against Internet Explorer 10, and is not likely to ship a patch before March 11.

IRS warns of leading tax scams

The U.S. tax agency releases its "Dirty Dozen" of leading tax scams that have surfaced, urging consumers to take care.

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Access-control tool for personal stuff knows 'private' can mean 'it's complicated'

Researchers have developed tag-based software to control who can see your files.

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Australia, NSA, lawyers tangle in spy case

Do foreign intelligence agencies have the right to intercept privileged communications between lawyers and clients?

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Source code for Android iBanking bot surfaces on underground forum

The leaked source code could lead to a larger number of attacks using the mobile malware, security researchers from RSA said