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  • ATM skimmers strike in Queensland

    A gang of ATM skimmers has been at work in Queensland with several ATMs in South East Queensland targeted recently, say state police.

  • Sony cancels 'The Interview' release after threats following cyberattack

    Sony Pictures on Wednesday canceled the Dec. 25 release of its controversial comedy, "The Interview," after theater chains decided not to play the film following terrorist threats after a cyber attack.

  • Forensic software gets around iCloud security features

    A Russian software company has updated its forensic software to work-around the security features Apple recently added to iCloud and increased what information can be extracted from the cloud storage service.

  • Obama pushes for net neutrality, opposes data localization in trade pact

    President Barack Obama's administration is pushing two potentially controversial Internet policies in a secretive trade pact, with trade negotiators calling for other countries to adopt net neutrality provisions while rejecting policies requiring local storage of data in a secretive 50-country trade pact now being negotiated.

  • Chinese Android phone maker hides secret backdoor on its devices

    Chinese smartphone maker Coolpad has built an extensive "backdoor" into its Android devices that can track users, serve them unwanted advertisements and install unauthorized apps, a U.S. security firm alleged today.

  • ICANN data compromised in spearphishing attack

    A so-called spearphishing attack on ICANN has compromised the email credentials of several ICANN staff members and allowed the attacker access to user information, including email and postal addresses.

  • Comms Alliance calls govt plan a 'data creation regime'

    The telecom industry has disputed the notion that the government’s proposed data retention regime will not create significant additional costs for the industry.

  • TorrentLocker ransomware targets 9,415 Australians: report

    TorrentLocker ransomware attacks affected 9,415 users in Australia, according to a new report by security vendor ESET.

  • Data retention: It's really, really important (but we still can't give you any details)

    As the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security held its first hearing of an inquiry into the government's data retention bill, key details of the proposed regime are still yet to be revealed.

  • Google's work on full encryption chugs along, with Yahoo's help

    Google is making progress developing a user-friendly tool for fully encrypting people's messages on their computers, with coding help from Yahoo and a transition to GitHub.

  • First lawsuit filed against Sony after massive hack

    Two former employees of Sony Pictures have filed a lawsuit against the company alleging it didn't do enough to safeguard their personal information and prevent its loss in a massive cyberattack in late November.

  • Firefox pleads for cash with in-browser fundraiser

    Mozilla has been running a fundraiser from within its Firefox browser, a program that will run through the end of the year.

  • New England security group shares threat intelligence, strives to bolster region as cybersecurity mecca

    The Advanced Cyber Security Center is a three year old organization with a bold mission to "bring together industry, university, and government organizations to address the most advanced cyber threats" and drive cybersecurity R&D in the New England region. Network World editor in Chief John Dix attended their most recent meeting in Boston and later tracked down ACSC Executive Director Charlie Benway and ACSC Board Chair William Guenther (CEO and Founder of Mass Insight) for a deep dive on the organization's goals.

  • Sony hackers turn to terror tactics, threaten cinemas

    The hackers who attacked Sony Pictures have apparently moved on to a new tactic: attempting to spread fear among the general public.

  • 2014: The year in quotes

    From rattled airline passengers who fear the coming of smartphones to jurors who don't know a smartphone from a tablet, here are some of the colorful quotes from IT news in 2014.

  • Dutch regulator asks Facebook to hold off on privacy update, is rebuffed

    Saying that Facebook's new privacy policy could violate Dutch data protection laws, the privacy regulator in the Netherlands has asked it to postpone its introduction pending an investigation. But the social network won't hold back the rollout of new terms and policies on Jan. 1, and was "surprised and disappointed" by the data protection authority's move, a spokeswoman said.

  • This Linux grinch could put a hole in your security stocking

    A grinch may be snatching away some year-end holiday time, forcing Linux system administrators to fill a gaping security hole in their systems.

  • Quantum physics deployed in quest for fraud-proof credit cards

    Researchers in the Netherlands are applying quantum physics in an attempt to create fraud-proof credit cards and ID cards.

  • US Senator Al Franken unhappy with Uber answers on user data

    U.S. Senator Al Franken isn't satisfied with Uber Technologies' response to privacy questions he asked the ride service.

  • Hackers to Sony staff: Email us to keep your secrets private

    The hackers who stole gigabytes of data from Sony Pictures have asked employees of the company to contact them if they don't want their information to become public.

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