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Apple, Microsoft wield privacy as marketing tool

Apple and Microsoft have both wheeled out fresh explanations of their privacy policies, explaining how different they are from the likes of Google and Facebook.

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​LinkedIn connections: Trade secret or a good idea?

Many business executives have LinkedIn profiles. How actively they participate and use the site’s features is very much driven by the individual and the value proposition the service provides for them.


British spies cast net to monitor every web surfer, everywhere, leaked documents show

British surveillance center GCHQ monitored network traffic around the world in order to build up a browsing profile for every Internet user, leaked documents show

A new version of the sophisticated Duqu malware is used for spying

US legislation requiring tech industry to report terrorist activity dropped

The U.S. Senate has dropped a plan that would have required Internet companies to report on vaguely-defined terrorist activity on their platforms, a move that was strongly opposed by the industry and civil rights groups.

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At Demo, Hadoop inventor calls NSA snooping a cautionary tale for devs

The creator of big data analytics platform Hadoop said the NSA's secretive bulk collection of data should be a warning to developers that transparency about what data is collected and how it's used should be a cornerstone to any work...

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Researchers improve de-anonymization attacks for websites hiding on Tor

Attackers controlling entry nodes on the Tor network could find the location of hidden services or unmask users visiting them

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Groups urge Obama to oppose cyberthreat sharing bills

U.S. President Barack Obama should oppose legislation intended to let businesses share cyberthreat information with each other and with government agencies because the bill would allow the sharing of too much personal information, a...

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Obama won't pardon Snowden, despite petition

The NSA leaker should return to the US and face charges, an Obama advisor says

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Darkode cybercrime forum might be making a comeback

The former administrator of Darkode, the online cybercrime forum that was recently shut down by law enforcement agencies, is preparing to bring it back, with better security and privacy for its members.

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NSA will lose access to 'historical' phone surveillance data Nov. 29

After Nov. 29, data requests must be made on an as-needed basis to the FISA Court

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Microsoft follows Google to crack down on revenge porn

Microsoft will make it easier for people to request the removal of links to intimate images or videos from the company's Bing search engine if such content was posted online without their consent.

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New York judge rules against Facebook in search warrant case

A New York judge ruled Tuesday that Facebook has no legal standing to challenge the constitutionality of search warrants served on its users, highlighting the limits to online companies' abilities to protect user privacy.

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Second Flash Player zero-day exploit found in Hacking Team's data

The huge cache of files recently leaked from Italian surveillance software maker Hacking Team is the gift that keeps on giving for attackers. Researchers sifting through the data found a new exploit for a previously unknown...

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IEEE group recommends random MAC addresses for Wi-Fi security

According to new recommendations by an IEEE study group, the Wi-Fi protocol needs to be updated to use randomly generated MAC addresses for better security and privacy.

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Former attorney general calls Snowden deal possible

But the DOJ's official position on the NSA leaker facing criminal charges hasn't changed

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In Pictures: Hacking Team's hack curated

Hacking Team ExposedImage by Steve Ragan / TwitterSpecializing in surveillance technology, Hacking Team has gotten a lesson in how it feels to have outsiders monitoring their affairs, all while privacy advocates enjoy a bit of...

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Hacking Team responds to data breach, issues public threats and denials

On Sunday evening, someone hijacked the Hacking Team account on Twitter and used it to announce that the company known for developing hacking tools was itself a victim of a devastating hack. In response, they've issued threats and...

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Hacking Team hacked, attackers claim 400GB in dumped data

On Sunday, while most of Twitter was watching the Women's World Cup, one of the world's most notorious security firms was being hacked.

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