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Zscaler develops free tool to detect Firesheep snooping

A security company has developed a free Firefox add-on that warns when someone on the same network is using Firesheep, a tool that has raised alarm over how it simplifies an attack against a long-known weakness in Internet security.

Black Hat promises new exploit techniques, Stuxnet insight

The Black Hat security conference will kick off in Abu Dhabi on Monday with new information revealed about the Stuxnet malicious software program along with other cutting-edge research.

Microsoft: Cloud services hampered by unclear data rules

The patchwork of rules across Europe regarding the handling of data poses a hurdle for Microsoft's efforts to provide cloud-based services, a senior Microsoft attorney said on Thursday.

Street View goes live in Germany with blurred images

Google gingerly launched a select set of Street View images for Germany on Tuesday, a country where it has faced some of the most fierce opposition to the imagery application.

More contributors leave OpenOffice.org for LibreOffice

33 contributors to the OpenOffice.org project are leaving, unhappy with what they say is Oracle's attitude toward the project's organisation and management.

Facebook punishes developers for passing on user IDs

Facebook is punishing several application developers for passing certain information to a data broker in the latest move by the social networking site to control growing concerns over privacy.

Bredolab-infected PCs downloading fake antivirus software

A massive takedown operation conducted by Dutch police and security experts earlier this week does not appear to have completely dissolved the Bredolab botnet, but it is unlikely to recover.

Did Dutch police break the law taking down a botnet?

Dutch police took unprecedented action in taking down a botnet on Monday: They uploaded their own program to infected computers around the world, a move that likely violated computer crime laws.

Iranian Cyber Army moves into botnets

A group of malicious hackers who attacked Twitter and the Chinese search engine Baidu are also apparently running a for-rent botnet, according to new research.

Facebook ads could 'out' gay users, researchers say

Facebook users may inadvertently reveal their sexual preference to advertisers in an apparent wrinkle in the social-networking site's advertising system, researchers have found.

Google: 2.9 per cent of German households shun Street View

Close to 250,000 German households have requested that Google scrub their homes from its Street View imagery program as the company nears launching the service in Germany amid continuing privacy concerns.

UK lists cybersecurity as top national security concern

The U.K. government has listed cybersecurity as one of its top concerns for the next five years in a strategy paper released on Monday.

Google adds phishing URL alerts into network tool

Google has added notification for phishing URLs to its service that lets administrators know if their networks have been compromised.

Microsoft will look to courts for botnet takedowns

Microsoft has seen a dramatic drop in the number of computers infected with Waledac, a piece of malicious software affiliated with a botnet that was once responsible for a massive amount of spam.

Europe to hold cybersecurity exercise next month

The European Union is planning to hold a cybersecurity exercise across its 27 member states next month, the start of what officials hope will be greater cooperation in defending computer networks.