Cyber Security

Healthcare.gov Changes User Passwords Following Heartbleed

Healthcare.gov Changes User Passwords Following Heartbleed

People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama's signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's vulnerability to the confounding Heartbleed Internet security flaw. Senior administration officials said there is no ...

How to Sign Up for Two-Step Verification on 11 Major Sites

How to Sign Up for Two-Step Verification on 11 Major Sites

The “Heartbleed” bug, an encryption flaw that could expose usernames and passwords stored on about two-thirds of Internet servers, has given the Web-surfing world cause for concern and plenty of password changes. But there’s another step you should always take where possible to keep yourself safe online: two-step ...

Apple Patents Geture-Based Screen Unlocking Tech, Similar to Android

Apple Patents Geture-Based Screen Unlocking Tech, Similar to Android

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Wednesday published two Apple patent applications (1, 2), both titled "Gesture entry techniques," that together form the basis of a device unlocking feature in which a user draws a pattern on screen with the help of illuminated discs. One patent filing deals with the system as a ...

A 19-Year-Old Hacker Was Arrested for Heartbleed Breach at Canadian Revenue Agency

A 19-Year-Old Hacker Was Arrested for Heartbleed Breach at Canadian Revenue Agency

Police have charged a 19-year-old man from London, Ont., in connection with the loss of taxpayer data from the Canada Revenue Agency website. Stephen Arthuro Solis-Reyes was arrested at his residence Tuesday and is charged with unauthorized use of a computer and mischief in relation to data, the RCMP said Wednesday. A ...

LaCie Details Year-Long Security Breach, Highlights Dates in Question

LaCie Details Year-Long Security Breach, Highlights Dates in Question

Computer hardware company LaCie is warning customers who have made transactions between March 27th, 2013 and March 10th, 2014 that their personal data may have been compromised. According to a statement released by the company, customer names, addresses, email addresses, payment card numbers, card expiration numbers and ...

Google’s Terms of Service Now Says Your Emails are Scanned for Ads

Google’s Terms of Service Now Says Your Emails are Scanned for Ads

Google Inc updated its terms of service on Monday, informing users that their incoming and outgoing emails are automatically analyzed by software to create targeted ads. The revisions more explicitly spell out the manner in which Google software scans users' emails, both when messages are stored on Google's servers and when ...

How to Check if Heartbleed Affected Your Android Phone

How to Check if Heartbleed Affected Your Android Phone

The catastrophic Heartbleed security bug that has already bitten Yahoo Mail, the Canada Revenue Agency, and other public websites also poses a formidable threat to end-user applications and devices, including millions of Android handsets, security researchers warned. Handsets running version 4.1.1 of Google's mobile ...

The Guardian, Washington Post Earn Pulitzers for Snowden Reporting

The Guardian, Washington Post Earn Pulitzers for Snowden Reporting

The 2014 Pulitzer Public Service Award for "meritorious public service by a newspaper or news site" was awarded Monday to the UK-based publication The Guardian and the US-based publication The Washington Post for their reporting on documents provided to them by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden. The two ...

Heartbleed Fixes May Cause Major Internet Disruption

Heartbleed Fixes May Cause Major Internet Disruption

Efforts to fix the notorious Heartbleed bug threaten to cause major disruptions to the Internet over the next several weeks as companies scramble to repair encryption systems on hundreds of thousands of Web sites at the same time, security experts say. Estimates of the severity of the bug’s damage have mounted almost ...

IRS to Pay Microsoft $500,000 for a Year of Windows XP Updates

IRS to Pay Microsoft $500,000 for a Year of Windows XP Updates

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) acknowledged last week that it missed the April 8 cut-off for Windows XP support and will be paying Microsoft for an extra year of security patches. But the tax agency disputed an earlier estimate by Computerworld that put the cost of those patches in the millions, saying that it was ...