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EMC, hospital to pay $90,000 over stolen laptop with medical data

EMC and Hartford Hospital have agreed to pay US$90,000 to Connecticut in connection with the loss in 2012 of an unencrypted laptop containing patient information of 8,883 residents of the state, according to the state's attorney general.

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Deploying application whitelisting? NIST has some advice for you

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published a guide to application whitelisting that explains the technology in detail and offers practical advice for how it should be used.


How a mobile app company found Apple's XcodeGhost in the machine

A mobile app developer had a tough time figuring out why Apple was rejecting its app until it found the XcodeGhost malware hidden in an unlikely place.


ProtonMail recovers from DDoS punch after being extorted

The last few days have not been easy for ProtonMail, the Geneva-based encrypted email service that launched last year.

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Cox to pay $595,000 for Lizard Squad data breach

Cox Communications has agreed to pay $595,000 and submit to seven years of computer security compliance monitoring by the Federal Communications Commission to settle an investigation into whether the cable TV and Internet operator failed to safeguard the personal information of its customers.

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Nasty new ransomware program threatens to leak your files online

In addition to encrypting people's private files a new ransomware program dubbed Chimera threatens to publish those files on the Internet.

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Microsoft follows Firefox in considering early ban on SHA-1 website certificates

Microsoft is considering advancing the blocking of the SHA-1 hashing algorithm on Windows to as early as June next year, taking a cue from a similar decision by the Mozilla Foundation

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Apple wages battle to keep App Store malware-free

Apple is facing growing challenges keeping suspicious mobile applications out of its App Store marketplace.

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Trojanized Android apps flood third-party stores, compromise phones

Researchers from mobile security firm Lookout have found over 20,000 samples of trojanized apps that root devices.

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VBulletin resets passwords, issues emergency patches following breach

VBulletin Solutions has reset the passwords for over 340,000 accounts on its website following a security breach and released emergency security patches for its popular Internet forum software that's used on tens of thousands of websites.

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Many US businesses are still running XcodeGhost-infected Apple apps

Dozens of U.S. enterprises are still using Apple mobile apps seeded with malware, a clever hacking scheme revealed last month known as XcodeGhost.

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Google researchers poke holes in Galaxy S6 Edge, show phone makers add risky code

Google's security researchers found 11 serious vulnerabilities in Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge phone in code that was added by the manufacturer.

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Winner claimed in $1 million iOS 9 hacking contest

A team of security researchers may have found a way to remotely penetrate the defenses of Apple's latest mobile OS, making them eligible for a $1 million reward.

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Revealed: The top 10 apps that companies hate

Companies are wary about what employees are doing on their smartphones. Be it data loss or time-wasting, a growing number of employers are actively stopping staff from using certain apps on company-controlled devices.

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PageFair says small percentage of users were at risk from attack

PageFair, an Irish ad analytics company, has apologized after hackers abused its systems to launch attacks against visitors to a wide range of websites.