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Weather.com fixes web application vulnerabilities

The Weather Channel has fixed a common web application security problem on its website that made nearly all links vulnerable to cross-site scripting attacks.

Early version of new POS malware family spotted

A security researcher came across what appears to be a new family of point-of-sale malware that few antivirus programs were detecting.

Home Depot spent $43 million on data breach in just one quarter

Home Depot spent US$43 million in its third quarter dealing with the fallout of one of the largest ever data breaches, highlighting the costly nature of security failures.

Adobe tries again to fix Flash vulnerability

Adobe released an emergency patch on Tuesday to fix a Flash Player vulnerability that was fixed last month but was quickly exploited again.

Regin malware linked to attacks on Belgacom, well-known cryptographer

After Symantec blew the lid on Regin on Sunday, computer security experts and companies are revealing information that has lead to suspicions that the U.S. and U.K. are involved.

Traces of Regin malware may date back to 2006

Malware that Symantec says was probably developed by a nation state may have been used for as long as eight years, a length of time that underscores the challenges the security industry faces in detecting advanced spying tools.

Webcam snooper now looking for a job

The developer of a widely vilified website that aggregated feeds from unsecured webcams is apparently looking for work as a remote programmer.

NSA chief says cyberattacks on industrial systems are his top concern

Multiple nation-states are investing in their capabilities to hack critical U.S. infrastructure, making defense of those networks a top priority, U.S. National Security Agency chief Admiral Mike Rogers said Thursday.

Governments act against webcam-snooping websites

Government officials in the US and the UK are warning people to secure their webcams after websites that broadcast the contents of those cameras have sprung up online.

Intel to work with Europol on fighting cybercrime

An agreement between Intel's McAfee security branch and European law enforcement will allow the two to work on joint operations to fight cybercrime.

Google to label 'mobile friendly' websites

In the next few weeks, Google will start to label websites that render well on mobile devices and is considering giving that label weight as a search rank signal, the company said Tuesday.

PCI Council looks for ways to stem data breaches after bad year

A consortium that develops guidelines for protecting payment card data is hoping that emerging security technologies will help prevent breaches that made this year one of the worst ever on the security front.

Reports: State Department admits intrusion into unclassified email

The U.S. State Department's unclassified email system was taken offline over the weekend for security improvements, a scheduled event, but officials conceded suspicious activity had been previously detected, according to media reports.

This suspected cybercriminal may be buying coke with your online bank funds

On the coffee table was a message etched in powder, presumably cocaine: "I really miss you."

Microsoft: Competing AV vendors need to remember who the bad guys are

AV vendors, in fierce competition for users, should remember that cooperation is key in fighting malware, a top Microsoft security official said Friday.