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  • News: Verizon says it doesn't use Carrier IQ software

    Verizon Wireless said Thursday it doesn't add to its phones any software from Carrier IQ, the company that has come under fire in the past few days for what some say amounts to spying on mobile phone users.

  • News: Remains of the Day: No Siri bob

    New York State thinks Apple's deal with Grand Central might be a little too good, Samsung thinks Apple's smartphone is old and busted, and Apple, Google, and Facebook think the Web needs a new sheriff. The remainders for Thursday, November 11, 2011, on the other hand, think they need a better agent.

  • News: FAQ: Behind the Carrier IQ rookit controversy

    The recent disclosure that top mobile phone providers are using software from Carrier IQ that critics say can gather and track all sorts of personal data from a user's smartphone has sparked a firestorm of controversy.

  • News: FAQ: An update on the Illinois water district non-hack

    As it turns out, reports that Russian hackers broke into the Curran-Gardner Water District network in Illinois with usernames and passwords stolen from a consultant to the district and then accessed its control system to burn out a pump, are not true.

  • Opinion: Carrier IQ: It's Time for Straight Answers

    In a perfect world, wireless carriers would respond to the discovery of Carrier IQ with straight answers. They'd list the devices that run the software, which can record users' every move for the purposes of troubleshooting and performance improvements. They'd explain what data is being stored, and for how long. And they'd give users a way to opt out of data collection.

  • News: Apple: iOS 5 marked end of our Carrier IQ support

    Apple Thursday issued a statement that it stopped supporting a controversial Carrier IQ software that is intended to collect smartphone performance data for carriers, but allegedly collects detailed personal information.

  • News: Sen. Al Franken 'demands' answers on Carrier IQ's alleged spyware

    Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) is demanding that Carrier IQ explain whether its smartphone application is spying on users.

  • News: America's critical infrastructure security response system is broken

    The flap over the reported water utility hack in Illinois begs the question: Is the reporting system that the U.S. has set up to identify cyberattacks on critical infrastructure broken and in need of re-thinking?

  • News: Should Your Phone Be Your Cash Card?

    If you occasionally can't find your wallet, often don't carry a checkbook, but always have your phone handy, you might like to pay your bill at a local store by bumping your phone against a digital receiver.

  • News: AT&T, Sprint confirm use of Carrier IQ rootkit software on handsets

    Amid what's snowballing into a major privacy controversy, AT&T, Sprint, HTC and Samsung today confirmed that their mobile phones integrate a controversial piece of tracking software from a company called Carrier IQ.

  • News: 2011's biggest security snafus

    Perhaps it was an omen of what was to come when the city of San Francisco on New Year's Eve 2010 couldn't get a backup system running in its Emergency Operations Center because no one knew the password.

  • Opinion: Critical Systems at Risk Despite Water Utility False Alarm

    A couple weeks ago there were reports that a water utility in Illinois had been hacked--and a water pump subsequently damaged--by attackers based in Russia. A DHS investigation determined that no such hack ever occurred, but security experts warn that more still needs to be done to protect the critical infrastructure.

  • Opinion: Congressman Still Has Privacy Concerns About Kindle Fire's Browser

    Silk, the Web browser Amazon bundles with its Kindle Fire tablet, has been a burr in the side of US Representative Ed Markey since the world's largest retailer announced it in October. And a letter from Amazon to the Massachusetts Democrat hasn't salved his privacy concerns about the browser.

  • News: Carrier IQ Tracking: Your Questions Answered

    Many cellphone users are wondering whether their Android, Nokia and BlackBerry devices are spying on them after security researcher Trevor Eckhart recently claimed that a piece of diagnostic software on the phones was acting like malware. Eckhart said the software, created by company Carrier IQ and installed on devices by phone manufacturers and carriers, was secretly recording user data such as keystrokes and Web browsing history. Carrier IQ's software is on more than 140 million handsets worldwide.

  • News: Medical data breaches soar, according to study

    Data breaches in healthcare organizations are rising more than 30 percent year over year, with most organizations stating they've been breached in the past year.

  • News: WikiLeaks working on new whistle-blowing platform

    WikiLeaks on Thursday released a broad study of the brisk global trade in surveillance products, which founder Julian Assange claimed exposes a broad risk to peoples' privacy, while also launching a revamped submissions platform.

  • How-Tos: How to securely set up a new computer

    PC ownership is rewarding, but it requires vigilance to stave off threats.

  • News: UK to spend £3bn on cyber security this year

    The UK is expected to have spent £3bn on cyber security by the time 2011 comes to a close, says Pricewaterhouse Coopers.

  • Feature: PC Advisors top five tweets of the week - 29th November 2011

    There’s been plenty of tech issues for the Twitterverse to have their say on over the past seven days.

  • News: Bitdefender launches Mobile Security for Android

    Bitdefender has launched Mobile Security, security software aimed at devices running Google's Android operating system.

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