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BitDefender partner site hit by hackers

Hackers elicited customer details from a Portuguese partner site associated with the security company BitDefender, the second intrusion in recent days targeting computer security companies.

Google's PowerMeter lets you know if the lights are on

Google is testing software that will let consumers get detailed information on how much electricity they're using, which could help households reduce consumption by as much as 15 percent, the company said Monday.

Microsoft offers tool to calculate carbon footprint

A new environmental toolset for Microsoft's Dynamics AX enterprise resource management software lets businesses find out the carbon footprint of various aspects of their operations.

Kaspersky, OpenDNS collaborate to slow Conficker worm

OpenDNS has added a feature to its Domain Name System (DNS) services to fight a widespread worm, with help from Russian security company Kaspersky Lab.

Study: Data losses proving more costly for businesses

Data breaches are costing companies more than ever as consumers shun those that have lost information, according to a new study.

AVG notes rise in number of malicious Web sites

Web sites rigged with malicious code are becoming more numerous by the day, but the time those sites are online is declining, according to new research from security vendor AVG Technologies.

ICANN ponders ways to stop scammy Web sites

The overseer of the Internet's addressing system is soliciting ideas for how to fix a problem that is enabling spammers and fraudulent Web sites to flourish.

British UFO hacker's extradition case to be reviewed

A British hacker who sought to find evidence of UFOs on U.S. military computers has another chance at avoiding extradition after a court ruling Friday.

Microsoft: Zune revenue dropped by 54 percent

Microsoft's fourth-quarter revenue from its Zune platform dropped by US$100 million, a decline of 54 percent on a year earlier.

After McColo takedown, spam surges again

Spammers have regrouped and are finding ways to send more junk mail despite recent efforts by security experts.

Seagate releases new firmware for broken hard drives

Seagate has now released new firmware for all models of hard drives affected by a software flaw, the company said Thursday.

Sophos may lay off up to 5 percent of staff

Security vendor Sophos plans to lay off up to 5 percent of its staff, the company said Thursday.

Microsoft to cut 5,000 jobs as net income falls

Illustrating current economic woes, Microsoft had a disappointing second quarter, with revenue dropping in its important Windows operating system business.

Seagate to issue fixes for troublesome hard drives soon

Seagate will issue fixes soon for faulty firmware that is causing several models of the company's hard drives to freeze, it said Wednesday.

AMD to cut 1,100 jobs and slash salaries across company

Chip maker Advanced Micro Devices will shed 1,100 more jobs and cut salaries as it tries to reduce costs in a tough economic environment, the company said Friday.