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US government wants to sharply increase spending on cybersecurity

President Barack Obama is proposing a sharp increase in the fiscal 2017 budget on cybersecurity spending, which is aimed at improving dated government software and promoting better Internet security for consumers.

Flaws in Trane thermostats underscore IoT security risks, Cisco says

Cisco warned on Monday of serious flaws it found in an Internet-connected thermostat control, which it said are typical among products of vendors who aren't well-versed in network security.

The Neutrino exploit kit has a new way to detect security researchers

The developers of the Neutrino exploit kit have added a new feature intended to thwart security researchers from studying their attacks.

Study of another IP camera reveals serious problems

An in-depth analysis of yet another Internet-connected security camera has revealed a host of software problems.

Comodo to fix major flaw in knock-off Chrome browser

Comodo said it is planning to release on update on Wednesday that fixes a severe vulnerability in a custom web browser it developed and markets as enhancing users' security.

Custom Web browser from Comodo poses security threat, researcher says

A customized version of Google's Chrome browser developed by security vendor Comodo has a jaw-dropping flaw, according to a researcher.

Malwarebytes still fixing flaws in antivirus software

Malwarebytes said it may take three to four weeks to fix flaws in its consumer product found by Google security researcher Tavis Ormandy.

FireEye acquires Invotas for faster incident response

FireEye said Monday it has acquired Invotas, a company that develops a platform that helps administrators respond faster to security incidents.

Harvard study refutes 'going dark' argument against encryption

A study from Harvard released Monday largely refutes claims that wider use of encryption in software products will hamper investigations into terrorism and crime.

OpenSSL patches a severe but not widespread problem

The OpenSSL project has patched a problem in the cryptographic library but one that likely does not affect many popular applications.

LG patches data theft bug affecting millions of Android phones

LG has patched a security flaw in an application preinstalled on millions of its Android G3 smartphones that researchers found could be used to steal a variety of data.

Google's VirusTotal now picks out suspicious firmware

Google's VirusTotal service has added a new tool that analyzes firmware, the low-level code that bridges a computer's hardware and operating system at startup.

Online advertising company fixes severe XSS flaw

An online advertising company has fixed a vulnerability in its platform that could have allowed hackers to steal information from a large number of users.

Lenovo fixes hard-coded password in file-sharing utility

Lenovo has patched several software flaws in a file-sharing utility, which could allow attackers to browse and make copies of files.

Single group of hackers targets Uyghur, Tibetan activists

A years-long campaign of seemingly disparate cyberattacks against Tibetan and Uyghur activists likely comes from a single group of hackers, according to a seven-month study by Palo Alto Networks.