Fred O'Connor

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Fred O'Connor writes about wearables, Apple, IT careers, health IT and general technology news for the IDG News Service.

Symantec: Well-heeled hacking group Black Vine behind Anthem breach

US govt guide aims to bolster security of mobile devices used in health care

US govt guide aims to bolster security of mobile devices used in health care

Health care providers are increasingly using smartphones and tablets for tasks such as accessing and transferring medical records, and submitting prescriptions, but these devices may not be secure enough to protect sensitive medical...

SSL certificate flaw allows hackers to crash devices running iOS 8

SSL certificate flaw allows hackers to crash devices running iOS 8

When combined with another exploit, the No iOS Zone flaw can make iPhones, iPads and iPods impossible to use

Cloud computing brings changes for IT security workers

Cloud computing brings changes for IT security workers

Cloud computing may help a company's bottom line, but it jeopardizes security, researcher Bruce Schneier says

Tech companies call on US to end bulk collection of metadata

Tech companies call on US to end bulk collection of metadata

The provision in the Patriot Act that allows for the bulk collection of metadata expires in June.

US government forming cybersecurity agency to combat online threats

US government forming cybersecurity agency to combat online threats

The Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center will share threat data among federal agencies

Hackers target health care as industry goes digital

Hackers target health care as industry goes digital

With more health providers and insurers incorporating IT into clinical care, hackers are viewing the health care industry as their next target.

US spy program has financial, security impacts, says Snowden

US spy program has financial, security impacts, says Snowden

Encryption can still stymie government snooping, says famous NSA leaker Edward Snowden

Hackers steal $5M in bitcoin currency during Bitstamp exchange attack

Hackers steal $5M in bitcoin currency during Bitstamp exchange attack

Around 19,000 bitcoins were looted during the weekend hack, which targeted hot wallets

For big raises in IT, look to mobile, security, big data

For big raises in IT, look to mobile, security, big data

More women will enter the technology workforce in the coming years as they use IT jobs to land business positions, a report said

IoT, cloud computing, nation-state threats redefining enterprise security, panelists say

Companies need to worry about securing hardware that's connected to the Web as well as Windows, said one speaker

Tech CFOs to Hire Sales, R&D Staff As Growth Returns

Technology companies anticipate that growth will return to that sector in 2011 and have plans to hire the workers necessary to capitalize on that, according to a recent poll of tech CFOs.

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