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China-based hackers used Microsoft's TechNet for attacks

Microsoft has taken steps to stop a China-based hacking group from using its TechNet website as part of its attack infrastructure, according to security vendor FireEye.

Google tightens restrictions on Chrome extensions

Google will require most extensions for its Chrome browser to be installed from its Web Store, a move intended to stop users from inadvertently installing malicious ones.

Starbucks still grappling with fraud in online accounts, gift cards

Starbucks is still grappling with fraud involving its customers' online accounts and gift cards, with some victims seeing hundreds of dollars stolen.

Free tool reveals mobile apps sending unencrypted data

A surprising amount of mobile data still crosses the Internet unencrypted, and a new free app is designed to show users what isn't protected.

Software detects fake mobile, Wi-Fi networks

An Israeli company has developed a product it says can detect if a mobile device connects to a fake cellular base station or Wi-Fi access point, potentially protecting critical data from falling into the hands of hackers.

The best way to protect passwords may be creating fake ones

Password managers are a great way to supply random, unique passwords to a high number of websites. But most still have an Achilles' heel: Usually, a single master password unlocks the entire vault.

Startup Twistlock seeks to padlock Docker containers

As interest grows in applications deployed in containers, questions about their security are developing as well.

Hacked advertising platform sent users to the Nuclear exploit kit

A suspected malicious advertising attack turned out to be a much deeper compromise of an online advertising company, according to Trend Micro.

Attackers exploit vulnerabilities in two WordPress plugins

A vulnerability within two widely used WordPress plugins is already being exploited by hackers, putting millions of WordPress sites at risk, according to a computer security firm.

Electronic lock maker clashes with security firm over software flaws

The maker of a widely used electronic lock has taken issue with a security company's criticism of one of its flagship products.

Apple security program, MacKeeper, celebrates difficult birthday

MacKeeper, a utility and security program for Apple computers, celebrated its fifth birthday in April. But its gift to U.S. consumers who bought the application may be a slice of a $2 million class-action settlement.

Netflix open-sources security incident management tool

Netflix has released under an open-source license an internal tool it developed to manage a deluge of security alerts and incidents.

Sally Beauty investigates possible second card breach

Sally Beauty Holdings said it is investigating another possible payment card breach, about a year after it reported a similar cyberattack.

Rombertik malware destroys computers if detected

A new type of malware resorts to crippling a computer if it is detected during security checks, a particularly catastrophic blow to its victims.

Hard Rock Hotel and Casino warns of possible payment card hack

The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, a 640-room hotel in Las Vegas, has warned payment cards may have been compromised over an eight-month period ending early last month.