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  • News: Carrier IQ moves to allay fears of its tracking software

    Carrier IQ last night released a 19-page document describing its technology in what appears to be a belated attempt to quell continuing concerns over its controversial tracking software.

  • News: Microsoft spins Android malware into Windows Phone giveaway

    Microsoft is using the latest malware campaign aimed at rival Android to give away new Windows 7 Phones to the five Android users who tell the best tales of woe.

  • Opinion: Carrier IQ Explains Itself: 5 Highlights

    Mobile device and network diagnostic firm Carrier IQ early Tuesday issued a detailed report about what it is up to with your smartphone data. The company has been under fire ever since Trevor Eckhart discovered CIQ software working behind the scenes on a variety of smartphones. Eckhart originally accused CIQ of installing malware on people's phones and monitoring users' key presses, SMS messages, location data and web browsing history.

  • News: Winamp update addresses three remote code execution vulnerabilities

    Nullsoft has released Winamp 5.623, a new version of its popular media player application, in order to address three vulnerabilities that could allow remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on people's computers.

  • News: Tech stories of 2011: Jobs, Android and Anonymous rank in top 10

    In 2011, the increasingly mobile and socially networked world of technology became more intertwined than ever with politics and the law. Patent wars shaped competition in tablets and smartphones, hacktivists attacked a widening array of political and corporate targets, repressive regimes unplugged citizens from the Internet, and the U.S. government moved to block the giant merger of AT&T and T-Mobile USA. With the passing of Steve Jobs, the world lost a technology icon who redefined the computer, entertainment and consumer electronics industries. These are the IDG News Service's picks for the top 10 technology stories of the year:

  • Opinion: Windows Phone 7.5 SMS Vulnerability Can Disable Messaging

    Windows Phone 7 devices are susceptible to an SMS vulnerability that could lock users out of their messaging functions. The discovery comes from a tipster at the WinRumors blog, who demonstrated that a malicious SMS sent to Windows Phone 7.5 phones would force it to reboot and lock down the messaging hub.

  • News: Hospital turns away patients after "virus" disrupts network

    A US hospital had to turn away patients last week after being hit by a “virus” infection that downed the institution’s network and sent staff back to using paper records.

  • News: 'Duqu' zero-day Windows flaw patched this week

    Microsoft will tomorrow patch the zero-day kernel Word vulnerability exploited by the mysterious Duqu malware, more than a month after its existence was first made public.

  • News: Windows Phone bug reportedly disables messaging

    A reported vulnerability in Windows Phone causes its messaging features to be disabled after the device is sent a specific SMS or chat message.

  • News: Industrial espionage gang sends malicious emails in security vendor's name

    A cybercrime gang that primarily targets companies from the chemical industry has launched a new series of attacks that involve malware-laden emails purporting to be from Symantec, the security vendor responsible for exposing its operation earlier this year.

  • News: FBI rejects FOIA request for Carrier IQ info

    The FBI has denied a request for the release of information regarding its use of Carrier IQ's software, saying that releasing suchinformation could interfere with ongoing law enforcement operations.

  • News: ISACA: Users will soon not be able to opt out of location data sharing

    The value of location-based data to businesses is so great that soon users will not be able to opt out, an IT security expert has warned.

  • News: Telstra data breach under investigation by Privacy Commissioner

    The Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, has launched an investigation into Telstra's data breach which occurred on Friday when its customer service website was openly accessible on the Web.

  • News: School shuns popular Apple Mac for Windows

    For a self-described "Mac person" working as a technology manager in a college preparatory school that had been a "Mac school" for as long as he could remember, it was a hard thing to have to face but he said it out loud: "Apple never took enterprise computing seriously," says a somewhat disillusioned Adam Gerson, co-director of technology at Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School in New York City.

  • Opinion: Android Market Apps Pulled Due to SMS Fraud

    Google has pulled another batch of malicious apps from the Android Market, this time for secretly sending out text messages that result in hidden charges for users.

  • News: Google pulls 22 more malicious Android apps from Market

    Google has removed nearly two dozen malware-infected apps from its official Android Market in the last several days, according to San Francisco-based Lookout Security.

  • News: The new age of malware

    Smart devices, social media and increased online activity through app stores and other transaction-based websites are coming together in what one researcher says is a scary combination of factors that have dire implications for national security.

  • News: 5 IT Security Breakthroughs Promise to Thwart Threats

    For the past 25 years, a war has waged between malicious programmers and the researchers trying to make computing safe for the enterprise. The battle has shown no signs of subsiding — once a new countermeasure is deployed, the hackers find new ways to make IT worried.

  • News: The security threat Stephen King warned us about?

    Remember the film "Maximum Overdrive," where machines took over and went on a murderous rampage? With cars and appliances ever more computerized, such a security threat seems a little less farfetched as we head into 2012.

  • Opinion: Google+ Facial Recognition Uses Magic Words--'Opt-In'

    Google introduced a facial recognition feature for its Google+ social network. So far, it has been fairly well received--in stark contrast to a similar feature Facebook launched a few months ago. The main difference between the two? Google asked permission.



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