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Iran-based hackers may be tracking dissidents and activists, Symantec says

Hackers based in Iran have been using malware to spy on individuals, including potentially dissidents and activists in the country, according to new research from Symantec.

New payment card malware hard to detect and remove

FireEye says it has discovered a type of malware designed to steal payment card data that can be very difficult to detect and remove.

Millions of smart TVs, phones and routers at risk from old vulnerability

A three-year-old vulnerability in a software component used in millions of smart TVs, routers and phones still hasn't been patched by many vendors, posing a risk, according to Trend Micro.

Microsoft, law enforcement disrupt Dorkbot botnet

Microsoft said Thursday it aided law enforcement agencies in several regions to disrupt a four-year-old botnet called Dorkbot, which has infected one million computers worldwide.

Free digital certificate project opens doors for public beta

Let's Encrypt, the project offering free digital certificates for websites, is now issuing them more broadly with the launch of a public beta on Thursday.

US, China take first steps toward cybersecurity cooperation

The U.S. and China have reached an agreement on how to begin cooperating on cybersecurity, an issue that has caused high tension between the two nations over the last few years.

Encrypted messaging app Signal available for desktops

The much-lauded encryption app Signal has launched a beta program for a desktop version of the app.

Ransomware and scammy tech support sites team up for a vicious one-two punch

Symantec has seen a curious fusing of two pernicious online threats, which could cause a big headache if encountered by users.

Toy maker VTech says breach hit 6.4 million kids' accounts

Educational toy maker VTech said Wednesday that 11.6 million accounts were affected by a mid-November cyberattack, including those of 6.4 million kids

Flaws in Huawei WiMax routers won't be fixed, researcher says

Huawei isn't planning on patching several flaws in seven models of WiMax routers that are not being supported anymore by the company, according to a security researcher.

Data breach of toy maker VTech leaked photos of children, parents

The data breach of Hong Kong-based toy manufacturer VTech appears to have also included photos of children and parents, adding to what could be one of the worst leaks of the year.

Microsoft zaps dodgy Dell digital certificates

Microsoft has updated several of its security tools to remove two digital certificates installed on some Dell computers that could compromise data.

VPN bug poses privacy threat to BitTorrent downloaders

A bug affecting some VPN services can be used to figure out a computer's real IP addresses, including those of BitTorrent users, which could pose a huge privacy and possibly a legal risk.

Microsoft beefs up security products to block adware

Microsoft is adding a new opt-in defense for enterprises to block adware, which is often sneakily wrapped into free downloads.

Post Google, Mozilla's new search deals to make up revenue

The Mozilla Foundation reported increased revenue for 2014, the last year for which money from a lucrative Google search deal was included.