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Mt. Gox CEO's blog goes blank after alleged hack

Hackers attacked the personal blog of Mt. Gox CEO Mark Karpeles on Sunday and posted what they claim is a ledger showing a balance of some 950,000 bitcoins based on records they obtained from the defunct exchange for the virtual currency.

Pre-installed malware turns up on new phones

David Jevans, CTO and founder of Marble Security, recently received some bad feedback from a potential customer testing his company's product, which helps organizations manage and secure their mobile devices.

Need your Mt. Gox bitcoins back? Steer clear of this website

Empty-handed customers of bankrupt bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox are being targeted in a ploy likely intended to distributed malware.

UK tax authority clarifies policy on Bitcoin

Exchanging or mining bitcoins is exempt from value-added tax (VAT), but accepting the virtual currency for goods and services is subject to it, the U.K.'s tax authority said Monday.

Sears says it finds no evidence yet of data breach

Sears Holdings said a review of its systems does not show evidence yet of a data breach as retailers continue to stay on guard in the light of payment card terminal hacking at Target and Neiman Marcus.

Windows 7, XP vulnerabilites rose in 2013, security firm finds

The number of vulnerabilities found in Microsoft's Windows 7 and XP operating systems doubled last year over 2012, with the highest number of flaws reported in Windows 8, according to new research from Secunia.

Android malware using TOR anonymity network makes a debut

Kaspersky Lab has spotted malware for the Android mobile operating system employing the TOR anonymity network, a development previously only seen on Windows.

Amazon.com security slip allowed unlimited password guesses

A gaping hole in Amazon.com's mobile application, now fixed, allowed hackers to have an unlimited number of attempts guessing a person's password, according to security vendor FireEye.

360 million account credentials found in the wild, says security firm

A cybersecurity company said Tuesday it has obtained a list of 360 million account credentials for Web services, likely collected through multiple data breaches.

Apple encryption mistake puts many desktop applications at risk

A subtle mistake in how Apple implemented a basic encryption feature that shields data from snooping also affects many desktop applications that rely on the code, according to a noted security researcher.

CloudFlare acquires StopTheHacker malware scanning service

CloudFlare said Monday it plans to acquire StopTheHacker, a malware scanning service that the company said will prevent its content distribution system from being used to spread malicious software.

Neiman Marcus says fewer payment cards exposed in breach than first thought

Neiman Marcus has revised downward the number of credit and debit cards exposed in a data breach, from 1.1 million to 350,000, according to a notice posted Friday on its website.

Namecheap fends off DDoS attack, restores services

Namecheap said Thursday it struggled to recover from a new type of distributed denial-of-service attack (DDoS) against its DNS (domain name system) servers that knocked 300 websites offline.

Database attack exposes personal data at University of Maryland

Personal records for more than 309,000 students and staff were exposed this week in a "sophisticated" database attack at the University of Maryland, the university said Wednesday.

Zeus banking malware nestles a crucial file in a photo

A newly discovered variant of the notorious Zeus banking trojan is disguising a crucial configuration code in a digital photo, a technique known as steganography.

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