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Skype now hides your IP address to protect against attacks from online trolls

Online gaming can be a nasty business, with some sore losers targeting others to take out their frustrations. Skype recently took action to make that harder.

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Backdoor account replaced by another backdoor in security stumble

A vendor of audio visual networking equipment replaced one serious security vulnerability with another in a long line of products, despite being warned of the dangers.

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Aircraft part manufacturer says cybercrime incident cost it $54 million

An Austrian airplane component maker for Boeing and Airbus said earlier this week a cybercrime-related fraud has caused it €50 million (US$54 million) in damages.

Iris scanning simplifies cash aid for Syrian refugees

The United Nations is using an iris-scanning biometric ID system to streamline the delivery of money to Syrian refugees in Jordan.

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Google blocked more bad ads than ever in 2015, but they still keep coming

When Google tells us it blocked 780 million bad ads last year, is that a sign that things are getting better?

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Cisco fixes critical flaws in digital encoder, unified computing manager and security appliance

Cisco released security updates to fix a hard-coded root password in its Modular Encoding Platform D9036 and a vulnerable CGI script in the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) Manager and the Cisco Firepower 9000 Series appliances.

Synaptics' IronVeil imbues your mouse with biometric security and Windows Hello

There are already fingerprint readers out there promising easy integration with Windows Hello. Synaptics' solution builds it into peripherals you're already using.

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Google creates fix for zero-day kernel flaw, says effect on Android is greatly exaggerated

Google has developed a patch for a recently reported vulnerability in the Linux kernel and shared it with Android manufacturers.

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The fight for the privacy of students and cellphone users moves to US states

The fight for privacy is moving to U.S. states with 16 states and the District of Columbia introducing legislation on Wednesday that address issues such as requiring permission before student data is shared for non-educational purposes and the requirement of warrants before using cell-tower simulators to intercept phone calls.

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Ukrainian power companies are getting hit with more cyberattacks

A number of Ukrainian power companies are seeing fresh cyberattacks following ones in December that briefly knocked out power for tens of thousands of customers.

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FireEye to grow intelligence capabilities with iSight Partners deal

FireEye has acquired Texas-based iSight Partners for $200 million, a deal that executives say will give FireEye stronger intelligence on cybercriminal and hacking groups before they strike.

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Privacy-conscious users rejoice: Facebook's Android app now supports Tor

Facebook has added the option to route traffic from its Android mobile app over the Tor anonymity network.

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Serious flaw patched in Intel Driver Update Utility

A software utility that helps users download the latest drivers for their Intel hardware components contained a vulnerability that could have allowed man-in-the-middle attackers to execute malicious code on computers.

Testing firm picks Kaspersky and Bitdefender as the best antivirus suites of 2015

AV-Comparatives' annual security roundup tested all the major suites on elements such as real-time protection, file detection, and malware removal.

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Intel's Authenticate tech brings simple-but-powerful security to Skylake chips

Intel Authenticate is a preview technology designed into the latest Intel "Skylake" with vPro processors, intended to make signing in to your PC simple but exceedingly secure.

Hands-On: How Intel Authenticate will replace the password

Intel has quietly built what it calls Authenticate technology into its Skylake with vPro chips for businesses, combining multiple means of authentication for greater security.

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British voice encryption protocol has massive weakness, researcher says

A protocol designed and promoted by the British government for encrypting voice calls has a by-design weakness built into it that could allow for mass surveillance, according to a University College London researcher.