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US Marshals will auction rather than destroy seized Silk Road bitcoins

More than US$17 million in bitcoins seized from the Silk Road is planned for auction by the U.S. Marshals Service, affirming that the country's law enforcement views the virtual currency like any other asset.

Google open sources PDF software library

Google has started an open-source project for a PDF software library, which developers will be able to incorporate into applications designed for a variety of platforms.

'Clandestine Fox' hackers win over energy employee in strategy change

A hard-to-tracking hacking group, known to use zero-day attacks, changed tack to use social media in an attempt to compromise an employee of an energy company, according to new research from FireEye.

US food chain, PF Chang's, investigates possible card breach

A large batch of stolen credit card numbers for sale on an underground forum may have come from a breach at P.F. Chang's China Bistro, a US restaurant chain that said on Tuesday it is investigating.

Cybercrime losses top $400 billion worldwide, study claims

Computer-related crimes may cause as much as US$400 billion in losses annually, according to a new study that acknowledges the difficulty in estimating damages from such acts, most of which go unreported.

US Army warns of database breaches in South Korea

The U.S. Army warned Thursday that databases holding information on 16,000 South Korean civilian employees of the U.S. military and applicants for base jobs may have been compromised.

Malicious advertisements on major websites lead to ransomware

Malicious advertisements on domains belonging to Disney, Facebook, The Guardian newspaper and others are leading people to malware that encrypts a computer's files until a ransom is paid, Cisco Systems has found.

Phishing campaign touts Heartbleed removal tool

Trend Micro is warning of a phishing campaign touting a "Heartbleed removal" tool, a nonsensical product that is actually malicious software.

Israel-based software company claims police call recording software fixed

Nice Systems of Israel said it patched remaining critical flaws in its call recording software used by law enforcement, but the consultancy that discovered the risky flaws hasn't verified the fixes.

Hackers put security tool that finds payment card data into their arsenal

Like a crowbar, security software tools can be used for good and evil.

Massive Flash exploit campaign directed at Japan seeks financial data

An Adobe Flash player vulnerability is being used in attacks on a massive scale against Web users, mostly in Japan, to collect online banking details, according to new research from Symantec.

Iranian group created fake news organization as part of hacking campaign

A suspected Iranian hacker group seeded Facebook and LinkedIn with bogus profiles of attractive women and even created a fake online news organization to get digitally closer to more than 2,000 people whom it wanted to spy on.

Call recording software used by police is deeply flawed, advisory says

One of many flaws in a call recording tool used by law enforcement could let a hacker remotely steal audio recordings, according to a security consultancy, which recommended companies not use the software until it's fixed.

Symantec acquires NitroDesk for email security on Android

Symantec said Wednesday it closed a deal last week to acquire NitroDesk, which makes security and management applications for mobile devices.

New security problems keep eBay on edge

eBay's security team isn't going to get a break for a while.