Encryption

Apple to use TLS encryption for iCloud email, other providers

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Apple just recently began encrypting its user iCloud messages that are sent to third-party providers.

Blackphone begins shipping globally

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The first privacy-driven mobile device is shipping to pre-order customers now and will begin accepting additional orders later this year.

World Cup travelers: beware of unencrypted Brazilian Wi-Fi nets

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Kaspersky Lab experts who drove around Sao Paolo to assess the security of available Wi-Fi networks found that at least 26 percent have no encryption.

Google considers boosting rankings of websites that encrypt

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The head of Google's Webspam team would like to see the company reward developers for encryption in an attempt to better protect Web users.

LivingSocial updates encryption practices after password breach affects 50m

LivingSocial updates encryption practices after password breach affects 50m

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On Friday, the popular coupon site announced that hackers breached its servers.

Thirty-five percent of companies opt not to use encryption

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A survey of 5,000 senior IT managers conducted by market research firm B2B International has found that 35 percent of organizations worldwide don't use encryption to protect data.

Backup tapes missing from health facilities in Mass. and R.I.

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Missing information includes ultrasound images, names, birth dates and Social Security numbers of patients who visited two health facilities.

Six months after backup tapes go missing, TD Bank alerts customers

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TD Bank has begun notifying customers that it lost two backup computer tapes containing their personal information

Microsoft prepares seven patches for 20 security issues

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The software giant said one of the seven bulletins addresses critical vulnerabilities in Word.

Passwords of 100k IEEE members lie bare on FTP server

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A Romanian researcher has discovered a major password breach on the FTP site belonging to the IEEE. He blames a misconfigured server, as well as the sloppy practice of storing passwords on log files.

Microsoft pushes two patches and new cert requirement

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Experts said the light patch load addresses issues that aren't considered high-risk, but the monthly update from Microsoft also includes a new requirement that encryption algorithms on RSA certificates meet a certain key length.

Light Patch Tuesday will include new encryption rule

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Next week's monthly patch batch from Microsoft is not very burdensome, but it includes a new requirement that certificates must contain RSA key lengths of more than 1,024 bits.

Researchers spot new keylogger that hides in Windows help file

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A new data-stealing trojan has turned up on the systems of one of Radware's customers, according to researchers at the network security firm.

GAO scolds EPA for poor security

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In a report released this week, the federal Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that the EPA, which just announced a server breach resulting in the personal information compromise of 7,800 people, is falling short in several areas.

Kaspersky releases Gauss detection, asks for decrypt help

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Though Gauss's encrypted payload continues to perplex researchers, Kaspersky Lab has unveiled a free tool to detect the malware.

Gauss trojan targets Lebanese banks, likely U.S. creation

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Gauss, which researchers have linked to Flame and Stuxnet, both believed to be built by the U.S. government, functions mainly as a banking trojan -- but it also contains a mystery encrypted payload.

Data breach costs LinkedIn up to $1 million

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LinkedIn's 2Q earnings call reveals that the company spent between $500,000 to $1 million on forensic work surrounding a recent data compromise.

Unencrypted EMC laptop stolen containing patient data

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An unencrypted laptop containing the personal data of roughly 10,000 medical patients was stolen from a hospital vendor employee's home.

Mozilla's Firefox browser now encrypts Google searches

Mozilla's Firefox browser now encrypts Google searches

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The latest version of Mozilla's popular Firefox browser has expanded its security features.

Yahoo session hijacking likely culprit of Android spam

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A faulty Yahoo Mail application available on Android devices may be the cause of spam messages that have turned up and appear to be sent from mobile phones.

Billabong is latest password breach victim, 21k exposed

Another day, another major company is hacked of its members' passwords. This time it is Billabong, the Australia-based surfwear manufacturer, and the credentials reportedly were publicly posted and unencrypted.

Yahoo confirms breach, passwords appear not encrypted

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Another password compromise has befallen a major company. This time Yahoo confirmed Thursday that its Contributor Network was raided of the usernames and passcodes of 400,000 members.

Two-month delay in notifying patients after cancer center breach

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An unencrypted laptop containing patient data was stolen in late April from the home of a doctor working for The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

LinkedIn bolsters security while some users ignore breach

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Many of the emails sent to LinkedIn users alerting them of compromised passwords mistakenly were blocked as spam by the recipients.

eHarmony may have suffered same fate as LinkedIn

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Joining LinkedIn, dating website eHarmony said Wednesday that it is investigating the possible theft of its members' passwords.

LinkedIn confirms that posted passwords are of its members

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Business-networking site LinkedIn is looking into the possibility of a data breach which may have led to the theft of nearly 6.5 million user passwords.

Unencrypted hospital laptop exposes 2k patient records

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An employee of the Boston Children's Hospital lost a laptop holding patient information.

PCI releases help for retailers using mobile to take sales

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The body that manages debit and credit card security standards on Wednesday released best practices for retailers wishing to accept payments via mobile devices.

Shutting access to passwords

Shutting access to passwords

Imagine a mobile device falling into the wrong hands - resulting in the draining of bank accounts co-opting of identities.

Laptop with patient data stolen from Howard University Hospital contractor

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Letters have gone out to patients of Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C., after their personal information was exposed when a laptop was stolen from the car of a contractor.

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