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  • News: NSW Privacy Commissioner investigates USB key auction

    The lost property auction of more than 50 USB keys by RailCorp in Sydney has prompted an investigation by the NSW Privacy Commissioner into possible breaches of privacy laws around use and distribution of personal information.

  • News: Report: Google, Intel among Chinese hacker targets

    Cyberspies from China have hit 760 companies, research institutions, ISPs and government agencies over the past decade, according to a Bloomberg article published Tuesday.

  • News: Microsoft scratches BEAST patch at last minute, but fixes Duqu bug

    Microsoft today issued 13 security updates, one less than expected, that patched 19 vulnerabilities in Windows, Internet Explorerr, Office, and Windows Media Player.

  • 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: Do we need data-loss prevention for printers and copiers?

    By now, the idea of using data-loss prevention (DLP) technologies to detect and block unauthorized transit of sensitive information across a network at host and gateway points is well accepted. As applied to peripherals such as printers and copiers, the idea is quite novel. But Canon, a longtime maker of printer-fax-copying machines, says DLP can and should be applied to this, too.

  • 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.


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