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  • Google, Apple remove malware application from official app stores

    Google and Apple removed a mobile app named "Find and Call" from their respective app stores on Thursday following reports that it was stealing people's phone book data and using the information to spam their contacts.

  • eHarmony data breach lessons: Cracking hashed passwords can be too easy

    Last month the dating site eHarmony suffered a data breach in which more than 1.5 million eHarmony password hashes were stolen and later dumped online by the hacker gang called Doomsday Preppers. The crypto-based "hashing" process is supposed to conceal stored passwords, but Trustwave's SpiderLabs division says eHarmony could have done this process a lot better because it only took 72 hours to crack about 80% of 1.5 million eHarmony hashed passwords that were dumped.

  • KPN closes portal after two-thirds of corporate customers found using default password

    KPN closed a self-service portal for corporate ADSL customers on Tuesday after it discovered that 120,000 of its 180,000 business clients were still using default passwords, all variants of "welkom01," a company spokesman said Friday.

  • Twitter ruling disappoints, but doesn't surprise privacy advocates

    Privacy advocates this week said they are dismayed, but not surprised about a New York Criminal Court judge's decision ordering Twitter to hand over all the data it has on an Occupy Wall Street protester being investigated for disorderly conduct.

  • Windows 8, OS X upgrades by the numbers

    Like 2009, this year is one of dueling operating system upgrades, when the two biggest OS rivals face off with new editions.

  • Internet will vanish Monday for 300,000 infected computers

    As many as 300,000 PCs and Macs will drop off the Internet in about 65 hours unless their owners heed last-minute calls to scrub their machines of malware.

  • Pew survey: Tech companies will have mixed record on dealing with repressive regimes

    Internet experts are divided over whether technology companies will cooperate in the coming decade with repressive regimes that seek to limit or monitor individual Internet use, according to a study released Monday by the Pew Research Center and Elon University.

  • Patch Tuesday: Time to use the Flame-retardant Windows Update client

    When Patch Tuesday rolls around next week, Microsoft will address three critical security issues using an improved version of Windows Update that closes a loophole exploited by Flame malware.

  • Microsoft to patch under-attack XML bug next week

    Microsoft today confirmed that it will patch a vulnerability in Windows next week that has been exploited by an increasing number of attacks.

  • Amazon in the crosshairs of Google and Microsoft

    Google and Microsoft tablet and cloud announcements seemed directly aimed at Amazon.

  • Google says spam emails not coming from Android botnets

    A new wave of pharmacy, penny stock and e-card spam emails are being sent by an Android botnet, according to security researchers from Microsoft and antivirus firm Sophos.

  • Apple popularity boosts Objective-C language past C++

    Tiobe's language usage index now has the Objective-C language used for building iPad and iPhone apps taking third place, knocking C++ to fourth

  • The enterprise mobility revolution by the numbers (and the security implications)

    Ready or not, the mobile revolution is upon us. Some 59% of respondents to a recent Symantec survey said their companies are now making line-of-business applications accessible to mobile devices. Even more impressive, almost three-fourths -- 71% -- of businesses are looking into implementing a corporate "app store."

  • Online dating site dumps Amazon cloud services

    After the second outage in June, decided to terminate its use of Amazon Web Services EC2 cloud computing service.

  • Spammers have started using Android botnets, researchers say

    A new wave of pharmacy, penny stock and e-card spam emails are being sent by an Android botnet, according to security researchers from Microsoft and antivirus firm Sophos.

  • Watch out Google: Apple gets patent for wearable device

    Apple on Tuesday was awarded a U.S. patent for a head-mounted display device that's designed to project an image in front of a user's eyes, creating an 'enhanced viewing experience.'

  • Windows 8 Update: Upgrade priced at $39.99

    If you've got a PC running Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7, Microsoft will upgrade the operating system to Windows 8 Pro for $39.99 as soon as it becomes generally available.

  • Smartphones increasingly crowding out other devices: survey

    A recent study from European telecom O2 found that smartphone users in the U.K. depend on those devices for an increasingly large proportion of their day-to-day activities -- so much so, in fact, that many have begun to abandon other gadgets altogether.

  • Ransomware threatens victims with police reports for child pornography

    Cybercriminals are using a new piece of malware to extort money from their victims by encrypting their files and threatening to alert authorities about child pornography being stored on their computers, according to security researchers from antivirus firm Sophos.

  • Wikileaks releases Syria Files, 2.4 million government related emails

    Whistle-blowing site Wikileaks on Thursday released the Syria Files, a database of over 2.4 million emails to and from Syrian political figures, ministries and associated companies, dating from August 2006 to March 2012.