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Experts: FREAK Security Flaw Undermines SSL, TSL Encryption

- Wed, 04 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT

A significant, wide-ranging security vulnerability that?s gone undetected for decades allows hackers to intercept encrypted data flowing across the Web, experts say.

Uber Data Breach May Affect Thousands of Drivers

- Mon, 02 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT

Add Uber to the growing list of companies impacted by significant breaches in the past few years. The ride-hailing service announced late last week that the personal information of up to 50,000 drivers may have been accessed by an unauthorized third party in a database breach last year. 

Anthem: Breach Could Include Millions of Non-Customers

- Wed, 25 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT

The more information that trickles out about the Anthem cyberbreach, the worse it looks. The health insurance provider said this week that between 8.8 million and 18.8 million non-customers may have been affected by the attack.

Report: US, UK Hacked SIM Card Maker to Spy on Mobiles

- Fri, 20 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT

Is the NSA spying on your mobile calls? According to a new report, one of the world?s largest manufacturers of mobile SIM cards fell victim to a hack by U.S. and U.K. intelligence agencies that successfully stole encryption codes and enabled them to eavesdrop on mobile voice and data calls made by mobile users in 85 countries.

Anthem Breach Cost Likely to Exceed $100 Million

- Fri, 13 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT

So much for its hefty $100 million cyber-insurance policy. Health insurance provider Anthem says its breach, which affected as many as 80 million customers, employees and investors, could cost far more than that when all is said and done.

Health Insurer Hack Exposes Personal Data on 80 Million Users

- Thu, 05 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT

Another day, another high-profile breach. Anthem announced it fell victim to what it terms a ?very sophisticated external cyber-attack? that successfully stole personal information from 80 million current and former members, as well as employees.

Germany Considers Scrapping the EU-US Safe Harbor

- Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT

Looks like the NSA?s tapping of Angela Merkel?s cellphone continues to have strong repercussions. Case in point: Germany?s privacy leaders are meeting this week to decide whether the Safe Harbor agreement between the EU and US should be scrapped.

Microsoft, Google at Odds Over Zero-Day Disclosure

- Mon, 12 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT

When is the right time to disclose a zero-day vulnerability in a popular piece of software like Windows? Not two days before the patch drops, says Microsoft, which is incensed that Google did just that even though it knew Microsoft?s Patch Tuesday was imminent.

SS7 Flaw Leaves Global Cellphone Network Wide Open to Hacks

- Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Just about anyone can listen in on anybody?s private cellphone calls and texts. That?s the finding of two German researchers who say security flaws in Signaling System 7 (SS7), a major underpinning of the global cellular network, enable malicious intercepts on a massive scale.

Gingrich: With Sony Hack, US Loses First Cyberwar

- Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Now that Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) has decided to cancel the release of ?The Interview,? the movie that reportedly kicked off the devastating cyber-attack the company is still recovering from, some say the ramifications are far-reaching. In fact, political pundit Newt Gringrich says the decision is proof the U.S. just lost the world?s first cyberwar.

Threats RSS Feed - Symantec Corp.

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Trojan.Cozer!gen1

- Thu, 5 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Trojan.Cozer!gen2

- Thu, 5 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Boot.Dididix.B

- Thu, 5 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Exp.CVE-2015-0314

- Wed, 4 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Exp.CVE-2015-0330

- Wed, 4 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Trojan.Cozer

- Wed, 4 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Android.Gazon

- Tue, 3 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Trojan.Cryptdef!gen9

- Tue, 3 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Trojan.Cryptdef!gen10

- Tue, 3 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Trojan.Cryptdef!gen8

- Mon, 2 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Packed.Generic.482

- Mon, 2 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Downloader.Busadom!g1

- Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Infostealer.Predapan

- Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan, Worm.

Backdoor.Korplug.C

- Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Backdoor.Korplug.C!gm

- Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Trojan.Cryptolocker.N

- Sun, 1 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Downloader.Busadom

- Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Trojan.Ladocosm

- Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Infostealer.Posteal

- Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

SONAR.SuspHelpRun

- Tue, 24 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low.

SONAR.SuspDocRun

- Tue, 24 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low.

SONAR.Breut!gen1

- Tue, 24 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

SONAR.Infostealer!g3

- Tue, 24 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

SONAR.Infostealer!g4

- Tue, 24 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

SONAR.Infostealer!g5

- Tue, 24 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

SONAR.PUA!AlnadInsta

- Tue, 24 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

W32.Tempedreve.D!inf

- Tue, 24 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Virus, Worm.

Trojan.Bayrob!gen5

- Tue, 24 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Linux.Zorroten

- Mon, 23 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Trojan.Laziok!gm

- Sun, 22 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Trojan.Badbar

- Fri, 20 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Downloader.Upatre!gen10

- Thu, 19 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

JS.Bondat

- Thu, 19 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Worm.

Trojan.Spadyra!gen1

- Wed, 18 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Trojan.Didytak.B

- Wed, 18 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Packed.Generic.483

- Tue, 17 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan, Worm.

Trojan.Grokey

- Tue, 17 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Infostealer.Kegotip!gm

- Tue, 17 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

W32.Fanni

- Tue, 17 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Worm.

Infostealer.Kegotip

- Tue, 17 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

W32.Wervik

- Tue, 17 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Worm.

Backdoor.Tripfant

- Tue, 17 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Trojan.Didytak!gen1

- Mon, 16 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Trojan.Didytak

- Mon, 16 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Trojan.Spadoluk

- Mon, 16 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Trojan.Spadyra

- Mon, 16 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Trojan.Equdrug

- Tue, 17 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Trojan.Grayphish

- Tue, 17 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

OSX.Malcol.2

- Thu, 12 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Boot.Ramnit

- Fri, 13 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Linux.Xnote

- Wed, 11 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Trojan.Laziok

- Wed, 11 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Exp.CVE-2015-0312

- Thu, 12 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Exp.CVE-2015-0313

- Thu, 12 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Trojan.Wensal

- Tue, 10 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Backdoor.Wensal

- Tue, 10 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Exp.CVE-2015-0310

- Tue, 10 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Trojan.Mangzamel

- Mon, 9 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Trojan.Ransomlock!g83

- Tue, 10 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Backdoor.Korplug!gen8

- Tue, 10 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Linux.Xorddos!gen1

- Mon, 9 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Infostealer.Steamfishi

- Sun, 8 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Trojan.Cryptlock.G!gm

- Fri, 6 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Trojan.Swifi!gen2

- Sat, 7 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Backdoor.Mivast

- Sat, 7 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

IOS.Xagent

- Thu, 5 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Trojan.Cryptolocker.M

- Thu, 5 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Packed.Generic.477

- Fri, 6 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan, Worm.

Trojan.Pladofu

- Fri, 6 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Packed.Generic.481

- Wed, 4 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Trojan.Vulp

- Thu, 5 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Security News Headlines - Yahoo! News

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Hillary Clinton email trove under review for release

- Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:41:22 -0500

White House press secretary Josh Earnest speaks during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, March 4, 2015, where he answered questions including on Iran, and about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of email. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) ? The government will review a huge cache of Hillary Rodham Clinton's emails for possible release after revelations she conducted official business as secretary of state in the shadows of a private account. The disclosure has raised questions in the buildup to her expected presidential run about whether she adhered to the letter or spirit of accountability laws.


South Africa to investigate spy allegations

- Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:13:01 -0500

JOHANNESBURG (AP) ? The South African government said Thursday that it is investigating allegations, posted on a website, that the head of the state watchdog agency and opposition figures spied for the U.S.

Apple's rivals hope its Watch will boost their own wearable tech

- Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:02:55 -0500

Apple Watch is shown on screen during an Apple event at the Flint Center in CupertinBy Harro Ten Wolde BARCELONA (Reuters) - Apple's rivals want to benefit from its magic, hoping that its long awaited new smartwatch will finally conjure demand for wearable technology that has so far generated more buzz about its potential than actual sales. Gizmos that users wear on their bodies have yet to live up to the hype as the next big thing in technology. "If Apple is successful, it'll create a rising tide that will lift the whole market," said Ben Wood, a top gadget reviewer at technology market research firm CCS Insight. His company predicts Apple will sell 20 million of its new smart watches this year, helping spur 150 percent growth in the wearable technology sector to 75 million gadgets, rising to 350 million by 2018.


The Boy Genius Report Podcast: Episode 2

- Thu, 05 Mar 2015 10:15:53 -0500

This week was a big one for smartphones and devices. We brought you live Mobile World Congress 2015 coverage and boy, were there some hot new phones announced. The Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge and HTC One M9 are the top of the tippy tip when it comes to great Android devices. Additionally, MWC was a smartwatchfest with new devices from LG, Huawei, Alcatel (alcawho?), and many others. In this week?s podcast, I give my thoughts on the event and announcements, plus pepper in some information on smart home integration and Apple Car by listener request. Remember to email us at podcast@bgr.com with feedback to help make the show better ? we?re just getting this off the ground and we?re thrilled

Banking cyber thieves may be too slick for their own good

- Thu, 05 Mar 2015 09:01:40 -0500

A lock icon, signifying an encrypted Internet connection, is seen on an Internet Explorer browser in ParisFraudsters are slick and smooth when they request new bank accounts or credit cards -- a characteristic an Israeli company wants to use against them. Banks and other financial firms are coming under sustained attacks from increasingly sophisticated cyber criminals, forcing them to spend more money and resources trying to fight hackers. Looking to tackle the problem, Tel Aviv-based Biocatch on Thursday launched a product which aims to use the efficiency of the hackers to catch them when they try to open accounts in retail banking, credit cards, on eCommerce or other sites.


Private email questions emerge as Clinton nears 2016 bid

- Thu, 05 Mar 2015 01:17:11 -0500

FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2013 file photo, then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, on the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. Congressional aides say the special House committee investigating the 2012 attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, will issue subpoenas for Clinton's personal emails. The aides say that possible as early as Wednesday, the committee will seek the additional material from the potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)WASHINGTON (AP) ? Republicans are signaling that questions about Hillary Rodham Clinton's use of a private email account while she was secretary of state will follow her into her widely anticipated presidential campaign.


House committee subpoenas Clinton emails in Benghazi probe

- Thu, 05 Mar 2015 01:00:21 -0500

FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2011, file photo, then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton checks her Blackberry from a desk inside a C-17 military plane upon her departure from Malta, in the Mediterranean Sea, bound for Tripoli, Libya. Clinton used a personal email account during her time as secretary of state, rather than a government-issued email address, potentially hampering efforts to archive official government documents required by law. Clinton's office said nothing was illegal or improper about her use of the non-government account and that she believed her business emails to State Department and other .gov accounts would be archived in accordance with government rules. (AP Photo/Kevin Lamarque, Pool, File)WASHINGTON (AP) ? A House committee investigating the Benghazi, Libya, attacks issued subpoenas Wednesday for the emails of Hillary Rodham Clinton, who used a private account exclusively for official business when she was secretary of state ? and also used a computer email server now traced back to her family's New York home.


Huawei, Intel expand tie-up amid China's rising scrutiny of U.S. tech firms

- Thu, 05 Mar 2015 00:35:15 -0500

Journalists attend the presentation of the Huawei's new smartphone, the Ascend P7, launched by China's Huawei Technologies in ParisBy Paul Carsten BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] and Intel Corp are expanding an existing alliance to provide cloud computing to global telecoms carriers, as U.S. tech firms vie for Chinese tie-ups to retain access to a tough mainland market. The partnership, announced by Huawei in a statement, comes as U.S and other Western tech firms' scramble to burnish their bona fides with China, which has become increasingly wary of foreign technology. China's government has been openly pushing for the use of more Chinese and less foreign-made technology, both to grow its own tech sector and as a response to former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden's leaks about widespread U.S. cyber surveillance. Other U.S. enterprise tech firms adopting a partnership strategy include IBM Corp, Dell Inc [DI.UL], Cisco Systems Inc, Hewlett-Packard Co and Juniper Networks Inc. The cloud computing industry is a focus area for China, with Premier Li Keqiang saying in his government work report delivered to parliament on Thursday that the government would support its development.


It?s not just the app store ? Google Play Books is crawling with scams too

- Wed, 04 Mar 2015 19:45:58 -0500

As we?ve observed countless times, there are both pluses and minuses to the way Google handles allowing apps onto Google Play. On the plus side, it?s insanely easy to get your app added. On the minus side, it?s insanely easy for scammers to get malicious apps onto the store as well. Now Android Police has found that it?s not just the app store that?s a haven for scams ? it?s Google Play Books as well. Essentially, Android Police discovered that Play Books is loaded with books that are billed as supposed ?guides? for games that promise cracked Android application packages (APKs) but that actually deliver malware and phishing scams. ?After becoming aware of this problem, we spotted almost a dozen sellers of

House committee to subpoena Clinton emails in Benghazi probe

- Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:23:56 -0500

House committee subpoenas Clinton emails in Benghazi probeA House committee investigating the Benghazi, Libya, attacks was expected as early as Wednesday to subpoena the emails of Hillary Rodham Clinton, who used a private account exclusively for official business ...


Clinton email policy violated Obama administration guidance

- Wed, 04 Mar 2015 15:43:34 -0500

White House press secretary Josh Earnest speaks during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, March 4, 2015, where he answered questions including on Iran, and about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of email. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) ? Even if Hillary Rodham Clinton's use of a private email server to conduct official business as secretary of state was not illegal, it violated Obama administration guidance and undermined his pledge of historic transparency.


Judges wary of Apple's claims of phone patent harm by Samsung

- Wed, 04 Mar 2015 15:02:08 -0500

A logo of Apple is seen in an illustration photo in SarajevoBy Diane Bartz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Apple Inc told a U.S. appeals court on Wednesday that rival Samsung Electronics Co Ltd should be barred from selling products that infringe on its smartphone patents, but the judges were skeptical. Judge Kimberly Moore was skeptical that Apple was being harmed since it already licenses some technology to other companies. "You've already licensed these patents up the wazoo!" she said. In three years of gloves-off patent litigation, Apple and Samsung have battled to a virtual draw.


Clinton ran own computer system for her official emails

- Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:08:40 -0500

Clinton ran own computer system for her official emailsThe computer server that transmitted and received Hillary Rodham Clinton's emails ? on a private account she used exclusively for official business when she was secretary of state ? traced back to an Internet ...


NXP deal means security to come built-in on far more devices: CEO

- Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:51:56 -0500

By Harro Ten Wolde and Eric Auchard BARCELONA (Reuters) - The merger of NXP and Freescale will bring together two highly diversified chipmakers to create a more focused, leading player in two high-growth markets - automotive electronics and security, NXP's top executive said on Wednesday. The cash and stock deal, announced on Monday, valued Freescale at $11.8 billion, excluding debt, and is expected to close in the second half of the year, subject to regulatory approvals. Chief Executive Rick Clemmer said the merger would position the combined company to play a leading role in markets with some of the greatest growth potential -- connected cars, wearable devices, healthcare monitors and mobile payments. Together, NXP and Freescale will become the world's seventh largest semiconductor maker, based on a global ranking of the industry's top 20 players published by market research firm IHS Technology, and then combining the two companies' 2014 revenues.

Internet invades everything at gadget fair in Barcelona

- Wed, 04 Mar 2015 11:53:39 -0500

A worker shows a visitor the e-bike from Ford at the Mobile World Congress, the world's largest mobile phone trade show in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, March 4, 2015. The bikes can be connected to a Bluetooth heart-rate monitor to optimize any workout, also programmed to let you cool down during the final stretch of your exercise session. "We are in an experimental phase" said Eric Klampfl, Global Future Mobility Manager for Ford Research and Innovation Center. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)BARCELONA, Spain (AP) ? The pervasive creep of the Internet from computers and phones to all kinds of objects is the theme of this year's edition of the Mobile World Congress wireless show.


Galaxy S6 trims the bloatware, but you?ll be glad it ships with this app

- Wed, 04 Mar 2015 08:55:57 -0500

Bloatware may have been cut down significantly on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, but Samsung will still preload certain apps on its brand new flagship devices, or offer them through its Galaxy Gifts program. In addition to a bunch of Microsoft apps that you?ll find on the handset out-of the box, the company also announced a partnership with Intel to include one important security application on the handsets. FROM EARLIER: Benchmark tests show Galaxy S6 performance crushes everything else on the market It was actually Intel Security on Monday that announced both the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge will come with VirusScan Mobile pre-installed, a security application that should protect users from Android malware, worms, Trojans and ?other malicious code.? Even

Beware of the ?Freak? inside every Android and Mac

- Wed, 04 Mar 2015 06:50:05 -0500

More and more security threats are discovered on a regular basis, and now it?s turn for a ?Freak? vulnerability ? that?s actually its name ? for Android and Mac to come out of hiding. According to Re/code, both Google and Apple are aware of the situation, and have developed fixes to patch the Freak. FROM EARLIER: Google won?t fix a security issue that affects 1 billion Android devices The security exploit would apparently allow third parties to spy on Android browser and Safari users, according to researchers who have studied it. A report from The Washington Post revealed that Android and Mac users visiting several ?hundreds of thousands of websites? have been at risk. The list of websites also includes the official

China says tech firms have nothing to fear from anti-terror law

- Wed, 04 Mar 2015 04:14:31 -0500

Illustration file picture shows a man typing on a computer keyboard in WarsawBy Gerry Shih and Paul Carsten BEIJING (Reuters) - China's proposed anti-terrorism law will not affect the legitimate interests of technology firms, a top Chinese spokeswoman said Wednesday after U.S. President Barack Obama warned of its impact and demanded amendments. China's proposals, which would require tech firms to provide encryption keys and install backdoors granting law enforcement access for counterterrorism investigations, drew criticism from Obama, who told Reuters in an interview this week China would have to change the draft law if it were "to do business with the United States". Fu Ying, China's parliamentary spokeswoman, said many Western governments, including Washington, had made similar requests for encryption keys while Chinese companies operating in the United States have long been subject to intense security checks.


Clinton ran homebrew computer system for official emails

- Wed, 04 Mar 2015 03:15:54 -0500

Clinton ran homebrew computer system for official emailsThe computer server that transmitted and received Hillary Clinton's emails ? on a private account she used exclusively for official business when she was secretary of state ? traced back to an Internet ...


Apple, Android browsers vulnerable to 'FREAK attack'

- Tue, 03 Mar 2015 21:05:06 -0500

The iPhone 6 Plus is killing tablet salesSAN FRANCISCO (AP) ? Millions of people may have been left vulnerable to hackers while surfing the web on Apple and Google devices, thanks to a newly discovered security flaw known as "FREAK attack."


"FREAK attack' flaw affected Apple, Android browsers

- Tue, 03 Mar 2015 20:52:38 -0500

Millions of people may have been left vulnerable to hackers while surfing the web on Apple and Google devices, thanks to a newly discovered security flaw known as "FREAK attack." There's no evidence ...

iPhone 6 wins another major award that Apple couldn?t be bothered to accept

- Tue, 03 Mar 2015 20:45:00 -0500

This year?s Mobile World Congress is slowly approaching its end and the GSMA has announced the winners of its annual Global Mobile Awards. Unsurprisingly, considering all the praises it received since launch and its popularity with consumers, the iPhone 6 was chosen the best smartphone of the year. Apple won the award even though it completely blows off MWC every year, although it did share this particular award with LG for its G3 handset. FROM EARLIER: With just two new iPhone models, Apple catapults past Samsung in smartphone sales When it comes to the best low-cost smartphone, the GSMA chose the Moto E, while the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 got the best tablet award, a major win for Microsoft. Finally, when it comes to

Apple plans fix next week for newly uncovered Freak security bug

- Tue, 03 Mar 2015 17:29:51 -0500

The Apple logo is pictured on the front of a retail store in the Marina neighborhood in San FranciscoApple Inc and Google Inc said on Tuesday that they have developed fixes to mitigate the newly uncovered 'Freak' security flaw affecting mobile devices and Mac computers. The vulnerability in web encryption technology could enable attackers to spy on communications of users of Apple's Safari browser and Google Inc's Android browser, according to researchers who uncovered the flaw. Apple spokesman Ryan James said the computer had developed a software update to remediate the vulnerability, which would be pushed out next week.


Apple edges out Samsung in global smartphone sales: Gartner

- Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:03:02 -0500

Apple logo is pictured inside the newly opened Omotesando Apple store at a shopping district in Tokyo(Reuters) - Apple Inc sold the most number of smartphones globally in the fourth quarter, overtaking Samsung Electronics Co Ltd for the first time since 2011, according to research firm Gartner. Apple sold 74.83 million smartphones to end users worldwide, ahead of the 73.03 million phones sold by Samsung, according to Gartner's report. The success of big-screen iPhone 6 and 6 Plus drove Apple's sales in its first quarter ended Dec. 27. The company reported a profit of $18 billion for the period, the biggest ever reported by a public company, according to S&P analyst Howard Silverblatt. ...


Warning: How to avoid the scary new malware infecting thousands of phones

- Tue, 03 Mar 2015 10:41:05 -0500

The dangers of mobile malware are very real, and we?re now reminded yet again how quickly these malicious programs can spread thanks to a new outbreak. Dubbed ?Gazon,? this new malware has been called ?one of the single largest messaging-initiated mobile malware outbreaks? by the experts who discovered it. Luckily, Gazon is fairly easy to avoid if you know what you?re looking for, and we?ll tell you everything you need to know to protect yourself right here in this post. DON?T MISS: Galaxy S6 vs. HTC One M9: The definitive showdown Gazon was first discovered by mobile security experts at AdaptiveMobile, who wrote about the new threat on the company?s blog. This particular Android malware is a worm that hides inside an app claiming to

EU bets on 5G to catch up in mobile technology race

- Tue, 03 Mar 2015 09:55:47 -0500

An attendee uses his mobile phone to photograph a screen projecting information during a keynote speech at the Mobile World Congress in BarcelonaBy Julia Fioretti and Leila Abboud BRUSSELS/BARCELONA (Reuters) - The European Union is looking to sign agreements with China and Japan and the United States to cooperate on developing the next generation of mobile broadband as it seeks to help its companies catch up in the race to develop such technologies. Europe, once a leader in the 1990s in the second-generation GSM technology standard for mobile phone networks moving into the digital era, has fallen behind the United States, Japan and South Korea in the deployment of the latest 4G standard for mobile broadband services.


Exclusive: Huawei plans big push to sell its phones, wearable devices in U.S.

- Tue, 03 Mar 2015 07:33:00 -0500

A hostess displays the Huawei Watch during the Mobile World Congress in BarcelonaBy Edwin Chan and Gerry Shih SAN FRANCISCO/BEIJING (Reuters) - Two years after U.S. legislators branded it a national security threat, China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd is planning a campaign to win over U.S. consumers, rolling out new mobile phones and wearable devices backed by a marketing effort. China's second-largest smartphone maker, already with more than $40 billion in annual revenue from a wide range of telecom gear and products, is preparing to introduce Americans to several of its smartphones and wearable devices this year, including its youth-oriented "Honor" phone, Huawei officials told Reuters. The company's 2015 U.S. plans, which have not been previously reported, will encompass traditional advertising, online promotion and sports team sponsorships, said Huawei's U.S. spokesman Bill Plummer.


Costly shift to new credit cards won't fix security issues

- Tue, 03 Mar 2015 04:11:10 -0500

A customer signs the credit card pad as he pays for a purchase at Macy's on Black Friday in New YorkBy Nandita Bose CHICAGO (Reuters) - New technology about to be deployed by credit card companies will require U.S. consumers to carry a new kind of card and retailers across the nation to upgrade payment terminals. Credit card companies have set an October deadline for the switch to chip-enabled cards, which come with embedded computer chips that make them far more difficult to clone. Counterfeit cards, however, account for only about 37 percent of credit card fraud, and the new technology will be nearly as vulnerable to other kinds of hacking and cyber attacks as current swipe-card systems, security experts say. Moreover, U.S. banks and card companies will not issue personal identification numbers (PINs) with the new credit cards, an additional security measure that would render stolen or lost cards virtually useless when making in-person purchases at a retail outlet.


Hands-on with the best Android smartwatch that has ever been made

- Mon, 02 Mar 2015 15:24:09 -0500

Coming to MWC 2015 I thought the LG Watch Urbane was going to be the sexiest new wearable device in town, but I soon discovered that was not going to be the case. While the most interesting mobile toys introduced on Sunday came from two of the most important Android smartphone makers in the world, HTC and Samsung, other companies made several announcements as well. Among them, you could easily spot a new wearable device coming out of China ? the Huawei Watch, which might just be the only Android smartwatch you should care about right now. FROM EARLIER: A gorgeous Android Wear smartwatch is about to take on the Apple Watch Getting to see the Huawei Watch is no easy task either,

LG Watch Urbane LTE hands-on: Gorgeous, but a bit bulky

- Mon, 02 Mar 2015 10:20:05 -0500

A few days before the MWC 2015 madness started, LG surprised smartwatch fans by announcing a one of the best-looking smartwatches yet, at least until Huawei?s watch was unveiled: the LG Watch Urbane and its SIM-card carrying cohort, the LG Watch Urbane LTE. After taking the later for a brief stroll at MWC, I can say that it looks and feels good on the wrist, but it?s also a little bulky. Not to mention the fact that it runs on LG?s ?Wearable Platform,? which might take some adjusting to. FROM EARLIER: Hands-on: Sony?s new tablet is a powerful, slim and light Android beast The smartwatch packs a lot of power under the hood, which should be enough for it to perform the kind of tasks you

Police risk losing tech arms race with criminals: Europol

- Mon, 02 Mar 2015 08:36:30 -0500

Austerity and funding cuts threaten to place police at a technological disadvantage against increasingly innovative and high-tech criminal organizations, Europe's policing agency warned on Monday. Europol said criminal gangs had a new array of technological tools at their disposal, ranging from hard-to-trace virtual currencies like Bitcoin to communications systems that allowed organizations to become looser and more decentralized. Scattered crime groups would increasingly do deals in a "virtual criminal underground," carrying out transactions using virtual currencies and leaving little organizational footprint for police to target, Europol said. Last year, the Netherlands said Islamist radicals in Europe were increasingly organizing themselves online, becoming an elusive and decentralized "swarm".

Q&A on Samsung's new mobile pay: Here's what's we know

- Sun, 01 Mar 2015 13:15:45 -0500

JK Shin, CEO of Samsung's mobile division, shows the new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, during a Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2015 event on the eve of this week?s Mobile World Congress wireless show, in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, March 1, 2015. Samsung unveiled a stylish new flagship phone that ditches its signature plastic design for metal and glass. The South Korean phone manufacturer also unveiled a premium model with a display that curves around the left and right edges so that information can be quickly glanced at on the side. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)NEW YORK (AP) ? Last fall, Apple launched Apple Pay, bringing mobile-payment technology to the iPhone. Samsung now wants to get that on Android phones ? at least the ones it makes.


ASML says computer systems briefly compromised, no key data accessed

- Sun, 01 Mar 2015 10:25:11 -0500

ASML's logo is seen on the day of the presentation of the 2011 fourth quarter and annual results in VeldhovenDutch semiconductor equipment maker ASML said on Sunday that it was investigating an unauthorised intrusion into its IT systems, but it had found no evidence that valuable files were accessed. ASML, the world's largest maker of tools for etching out the powerful microchips at the heart of latest-generation smartphones and computer servers, underpins much of the world's technology infrastructure. The company did not say when the breach had taken place, but said ASML staff discovered the break-in soon after it occurred. ASML's clients include all of the world's largest chipmakers, including Intel and Samsung.


Mobile industry tiptoes towards 5G

- Sun, 01 Mar 2015 10:00:42 -0500

SIM cards are reflected on a monitor showing binary digits in this photo illustration taken in SarajevoBy Eric Auchard BARCELONA (Reuters) - Running short of dramatically new phone designs, leaders of the world's wireless industry agree their next big idea is 5G, shorthand for the fifth generation of networks they expect to have up and running by 2020. "It is unclear what the opportunity or weakness that 5G should address is," researchers at GSMA, the global trade group of mobile network operators, said in a report issued in December that punctured some of the more visionary claims for 5G.


A gorgeous Android Wear smartwatch is about to take on the Apple Watch

- Sun, 01 Mar 2015 08:05:54 -0500

What do you get when you try to combine Moto 360?s appealing regular-watch design the Apple Watch?s good looks and sophistication? If you answered LG Watch Urbane, that might indeed have been a good reply at least until a brand new Android Wear smartwatch was spotted in leaks right ahead of its debut at this year?s Mobile World Congress edition. DON?T MISS: Apple Watch vs. Pebble Time: New renders give a fantastic side-by-side comparison Seen initially in marketing materials at the airport in Barcelona, Spain, and then in official introduction videos that were published ahead of their time, the Huawei Watch might just take the best-looking Android Wear wearable crown now that it?s official. To be fair, even though the Moto 360?s design was praised more

China's Huawei enters smartwatch frenzy with round-face models

- Sun, 01 Mar 2015 07:59:11 -0500

Journalists attend the presentation of the Huawei's new smartphone, the Ascend P7, launched by China's Huawei Technologies in ParisChinese telecom equipment maker Huawei [HWT.UL] on Sunday launched its first smartwatch, a round-faced device that works with Android phones, joining a crowded market weeks before the introduction of the highly anticipated Apple Watch. At an event tied to the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the firm unveiled its Huawei watch line in classic, business and sporty versions, while at the same time across town, Korea's LG Electronics launched a similar round-faced model. Both are following the lead of Motorola, which has drawn favorable reviews for its more fashion-conscious alternative to the dozens of bulky, square smartwatches that characterized the first generation of these devices. The Huawei Watch is 42 mm in diameter, slightly larger than Motorola's futuristic rival, the Moto 360.


China drops leading tech brands for certain state purchases

- Fri, 27 Feb 2015 01:33:22 -0500

A Cisco logo is seen at its customer briefing centre in BeijingBy Paul Carsten BEIJING (Reuters) - China has dropped some of the world's leading technology brands from its approved state purchase lists, while approving thousands more locally made products, in what some say is a response to revelations of widespread Western cybersurveillance. Others put the shift down to a protectionist impulse to shield China's domestic technology industry from competition. The lists cover smaller-scale direct purchases of technology equipment, and central government bodies can only buy items not on the list as part of a competitive tender process. Chief casualty was U.S. network equipment maker Cisco Systems Inc, which in 2012 counted 60 products on the Central Government Procurement Center's (CGPC) list, but had none left by late 2014, a Reuters analysis of official data shows.


Massive SIM card hack might have been too sophisticated to be caught in time

- Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:45:24 -0500

A new Snowden leak a few days ago revealed that the NSA and GCHQ conducted a complex hack operation that focused on obtaining the secure encryption keys that protect mobile communications in devices with SIM cards. A subsequent report revealed that the goal of spy agencies might have been a lot bigger, as they may have been hunting for other security keys that would let them deploy spyware on any mobile device with a SIM card inside, and users would have no idea that anything had happened. FROM EARLIER: Gemalto confirms hack, but denies massive SIM keys theft Gemalto acknowledged the hack, but downplayed it, saying it couldn?t have resulted in a mass-theft of SIM card keys. The company also said that

Apple makes nearly eight times as much money as all Android vendors combined

- Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:40:51 -0500

A new report from Strategy Analytics sheds further light on the state of the smartphone business in the fourth quarter last year, confirming once again the profound effect the iPhone 6 had on the industry. The analytics company revealed that during Q4 2014, Android only managed to capture 11% of the global smartphone profit share, a record-low for Google?s ecosystem, while Apple took home a record-high 89% of all smartphone profits. FROM EARLIER: Is the Galaxy S6 really an iPhone ripoff? Leaked comparison photo lets you be the judge ?Global smartphone operating profit grew 31% annually from US$16.2 billion in Q4 2013 to US$21.2 billion in Q4 2014,?Strategy Analytics Director Linda Sui said. ?Android hardware vendors combined took a record-low 11% global

Senate panel backs Loretta Lynch as attorney general

- Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:08:12 -0500

Lynch testifies during her Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing to become U.S. attorney general on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Lindsay Dunsmuir WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday voted to back Loretta Lynch as President Barack Obama's next attorney general, clearing way for her expected confirmation in the full Senate. If confirmed, Lynch would become the first black woman to serve as the nation's top law enforcement official. She would replace Eric Holder, who has held the post since 2009. At her Jan. 28 confirmation hearing, Lynch sought to smooth interactions with Republicans, who have repeatedly clashed with Holder, by emphasizing her determination for a "new and improved" relationship.