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Git client discloses critical security vulnerability

An advisory is warning all users of GitHub for Windows and GitHub for Mac to update their clients as soon as possible.

Obama promises U.S. response to Sony attack, says company made mistake

Pointing out that North Korea had inflicted considerable damage in its Sony hack, President Obama said the U.S. would respond.

New ransomware named 'CryptoLocker' being spread via phishing emails

Individuals in Australia are being targeted with emails that claim to come from the State Debt and Recovery Office.

40,000 federal employees impacted by contractor breach

Federal contractor KeyPoint Government Solutions, which conducts background checks on federal employees, has been impacted by a data breach.

Sony investigation reveals North Korea behind cyber attack, FBI says

Following an investigation which involved other U.S. government departments and agencies, the agency concluded that the North Korean government conducted the Sony Pictures Entertainment cyber attack.

Barrett Brown sentencing delayed until January

Barrett Brown appeared in federal court in Dallas Tuesday for sentencing, but will now have to wait until January to hear his fate.

Spearfishing campaign compromises ICANN systems

Staff member credentials were used to access ICANN systems after spearphishing campaign that began in November.

After hack, Ars Technica asks subscribers to change passwords

An intruder initially gained access to an Ars Technica web server and was then able to access a more central machine using information from a "poorly located" backup file.

Researchers find 'CoolReaper' backdoor in CoolPad devices

Palo Alto Networks Unit 42 researchers have identified the backdoor on numerous devices, so far leaving more than 10 million users vulnerable.

RSA details new Boleto malware family

The new "Onyx" family of Boleto malware is altering its tactics to infect victims' transactions and possibly cause billions of dollars in losses.

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