Stories by Robert McMillan

OpenBSD chief believes contractor tried to write backdoors

The lead developer of the OpenBSD operating system says that he believes that a government contracting firm that contributed code to his project "was probably contracted to write backdoors," which would grant secret access to encrypted communications.

Report: SEC investigating Mark Hurd's departure from HP

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has opened an information investigation into the circumstances surrounding Mark Hurd's departure from Hewlett-Packard, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

FBI: Executives at Dell, AMD sold inside information

Four executives at publicly traded technology companies have been arrested on charges they sold inside information about their employers, sometimes for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Former contractor says FBI put back door in OpenBSD

A former government contractor says that the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation installed a number of back doors into the encryption software used by the OpenBSD operating system.

Operation Payback has new target: Corporate fax machines

The activists behind Operation Payback have come up with a new way to annoy corporations that have severed their ties with WikiLeaks: bombard them with faxes.

Google, Microsoft ad networks briefly hit by with malware

For a brief period this week, cybercriminals managed to infect Google's and Microsoft's online ad networks with malicious advertisements that attacked users' PCs, according to security consultancy Armorize.

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Group used 30,000-node botnet in MasterCard, PayPal attacks

PayPal's website was hit late Wednesday by two botnets as online activists continued their Web attacks on companies that have severed their relationships with WikiLeaks.

Anonymous takes down Visa.com in WikiLeaks protest

A loosely organized group of Internet hacktivists took down Visa's website Wednesday, after organizing a similar attack on MasterCard.

Google offers a peek at its Chrome laptop. Hint: It's an NC

Google gave the world a first look at its new Chrome OS laptop Tuesday and according to CEO Eric Schmidt it's very much like the Network Computer devices that he was pitching while chief technology officer at Sun Microsystems 13 years ago.

Retailer accused of inflating Google ranking is arrested

An online retailer who boasted that complaints about his business helped boost its standing in Google search results was arrested Monday.

Hackers issue bogus Amber Alert

Hackers broke into the state of Iowa's Amber Alert website and issued a bogus alert over the weekend.

WikiLeaks: Intel threatened to move Russian jobs to India

Intel engaged in high-level talks with Russian officials and ultimately said it would pull research and development work from the country unless it could get around Russia's tough encryption import laws, according to a U.S. Department of State cable published by WikiLeaks.

Leaked US document links China to Google attack

The cache of more than 250,000 U.S. Department of State cables that WikiLeaks began releasing on Sunday includes a document linking China's Politburo to the December 2009 hack of Google's computer systems.

Ex-Comverse CEO to forfeit $46M in backdating scandal

The former CEO of networking software company Comverse Technology has agreed to forfeit US$46 million to help cover shareholder lawsuits against the company he founded.

Woman helped sell fake chips to US military

A Florida woman has pleaded guilty to charges that she helped her employer sell counterfeit computer chips for use by the U.S. military

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