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LinkedIn called out on slow implementation of default SSL

LinkedIn said it is making progress implementing default encryption of data exchanged with its users after a security company alleged some users are still at risk of account takeovers.

CloudFlare acquires enterprise VPN provider CryptoSeal

CloudFlare has acquired CryptoSeal, a provider of VPN (virtual-private-network) services for businesses, in a deal it says will extend its security services to Web users.

Report: Neither iOS nor Android inherently more secure than the other

Apple's tight vetting of mobile applications gives it a security edge over Android, but there are still several ways for attackers to steal data from iOS devices, a mobile security company warned in a report Tuesday.

Russian forensic firm's tool snags iCloud backups without an Apple ID

Moscow-based Elcomsoft has developed a tool to collect iCloud backup files without knowing a person's Apple ID, a development intended to help law enforcement analyze seized computers.

New powerful banking malware called Dyreza emerges

Security researchers said they've spotted a new type of banking malware that rivals the capabilities of the infamous Zeus malware.

Spamhaus readies new antimalware data feeds

The Spamhaus Project will soon publish two new data feeds intended to prevent people from being lured to malware-infected websites and domains.

P.F. Chang's turns to manual card processing after confirming breach

P.F. Chang's China Bistro confirmed on Thursday credit and debit card data was stolen from its restaurants, saying it is switching in the meantime to a manual imprinting system to process cards safety.

US indicts Romanian man alleged to be celebrity hacker 'Guccifer'

A Romanian man sentenced just last week in his own country for raiding online accounts linked to prominent politicians and celebrities was indicted Thursday in a U.S. federal court.

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.