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REVIEW: BIO-key’s plug-in fingerprint readers for Windows 10 computers

BIO-key loaned me these three models for evaluation. I tested them on two notebooks: one running Windows 10 Home, and the other Windows 10 Pro. Find out the results.

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Dyre banking Trojan successor rears its ugly head

Cybercriminals have unleashed a new banking Trojan onto the Internet and it bears striking similarities to Dyre, a malware threat believed to be dead for almost a year.

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Thousands of online shops compromised for credit card theft

Almost 6,000 online shops have been compromised by hackers who added specially crafted code that intercepts and steals payment card details.

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Grey hats and blue skies, dealing with airline security

Since Sept. 11, 2001, the airline industry has been one of the fastest industries to upgrade their security procedures and protocols against various threats, both present and perceived. However, hackers don't need to board an airplane...

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Security convergence in a utility environment

It used to be that physical, operational and IT security were managed in isolation. However, criminals, activists and competitors don’t think that way and will use any vulnerability to gain access to your sensitive systems or...

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Metadata wrecks Guccifer 2.0's claims of a Clinton Foundation hack

On Thursday, Scot Terban, a researcher known to many online as Dr. Krypt3ia, shared some forensics results with Salted Hash. After checking with FOCA, the metadata shows the recently leaked documents from Guccifer 2.0 didn't actually...

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Lighting up a changing world

Everything from water and energy utilities to medical devices to food and drug production systems benefit from lightning fast operations that can be managed remotely or automatically. That provides exponential advances in speed, cost,...

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New insulin pump flaws highlights security risks from medical devices

Medical device manufacturer Animas warns diabetic patients who use its OneTouch Ping insulin pumps about security issues that could allow hackers to take over the devices and deliver unauthorized doses of insulin.

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Five tips for protecting your brand on social media

This summer, online payment service giant Paypal learned that bad guys had set up a fake Paypal Support page on Twitter, and then monitored the real Paypal Support page for remarks from customers. The bad guys responded to those...

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Diversified supply chain helps 'Vendetta Brothers' succeed in criminal business

Even smaller criminal groups are using smarter business tactics to help insulate themselves from prosecution and to diversify their product supply.

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Swift CEO reveals three more failed attacks on banking network

Banks stopped three new attempts to abuse the Swift financial transfer network this summer, its CEO Gottfried Leibbrandt said Monday, as he announced Swift's plan to impose tighter security controls on its customers.

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Meteors, disasters and the diesel generators

In August of 2003 it was just after 4 pm and I was leaving a vendor event where I was watching a professional tennis match. I was looking forward to the weekend ahead with a light Friday on the schedule. I could not have known how...

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ICS vulnerabilities are still rampant

Industrial control systems are part of the nation’s critical infrastructure. But according to a panel of security experts, they remain catastrophically vulnerable to cyber attacks.

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As migration anniversary approaches, only a third of retailers accept chip cards

Retailers were supposed to start accepting chip cards last October, but a year past the start of the EMV liability shift, two-thirds still haven't done so.

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Swift hopes daily reporting will help stem payment fraud

Swift is introducing a new reporting system to help banks identify fraudulent payments made over its financial transfer network -- but the reports will arrive up to a day too late to stop them all.

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Gmail outage for business users lasted over 12 hours

Gmail service for users of the Google for Work cloud-based productivity suite was down for over 12 hours on Wednesday, apparently affecting users in a number of countries including the U.S.


Memories of 9/11: More than lost buildings

Like many, my memories of 9/11 are personal and still vivid. Here's my story plus some little-known information about lost evidence on that day.

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Canada-EU counter-terror data exchange is illegal, says top EU judge

An agreement to send Canadian authorities passenger name record (PNR) data for flights from the European Union cannot be entered into in its current form, a top European Union judge has said.

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