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Survey gauges Web application security spending

A new survey shows that despite the dismal economic conditions, more than a quarter of the companies polled expect to spend more on Web application security this year.

Facebook holds the line against spammers, scammers

Facebook is shoring up its security protection procedures as the social-networking site increasingly comes under attacks from spammers, data thieves and other tricksters, according to the company's chief privacy officer.

German police: Two-factor authentication failing

A two-factor authentication system widely used in Germany is failing to stop cybercriminals from draining bank accounts, a top German law enforcement official said Tuesday.

In poor economy, IT pros could turn to e-crime

Enterprises increasingly feel their employees will be more willing to steal data or sell insider knowledge due to the poor economy, according to an annual security survey conducted by KPMG.

Browser add-on locks out targeted advertising

A Harvard University fellow has developed a browser extension that stops advertising networks from tracking a person's surfing habits, such as search queries and content they view on the Web.

Bebo extends social network across Europe

Bebo is launching local-language versions of its social networking site in five European countries, offering premium video content via media partners, the company said Monday.

Antiphishing group develops e-crime reporting tool

A group dedicated to fighting phishing scams has developed a way for police and other organizations to report e-crimes in a common data format readable by a Web browser or other application.

McAfee funds e-crime training in Europe, US

Security vendor McAfee will give grants to a European and a U.S. organization to better train law enforcement and legal officials to deal with cybercrime.

Users gain options for mobile voice encryption

U.S. President Barack Obama's dilemma over the security of his BlackBerry has given rise to an increased interested in systems that can scramble voice calls to avoid interception.

Bathrooms become smarter with touch screens

In just a few years if you forget to brush your teeth, you may get a gentle reminder -- from your bathroom mirror.

Microsoft executive says layoffs offset by more R&D

Up to 3000 employees could be needed for Microsoft's research efforts this year, in part offsetting layoffs announced in January, a top company executive said Tuesday.

IBM looks to secure Internet banking with USB stick

IBM's Zurich research laboratory has developed a USB stick that the company says can ensure safe banking transactions even if a PC is riddled with malware.

Vendors see future in iPhone business applications

The iPhone may generally be considered a consumer device, but several vendors at the Cebit trade show this week are demonstrating applications and services to put the device more firmly in the business arena.

Cebit: Startup finds secret of modifying video in real time

Impossible Software of Germany has cracked the problem that lead to the company's name.

Study: Hackers still enjoy vandalizing Web sites

A study of 57 Web site hacks from last year showed that 24 percent were aimed at defacing a site rather than financial gain.

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