Microsoft may owe you $100 if you bought from the Microsoft Store

Microsoft has settled a class-action lawsuit regarding sales at its Microsoft Store outlets. And if you made a purchase at one of those stores, you might be owed as much as $100. The lawsuit alleged that Microsoft Store receipts contained too much information. The lead plaintiff’s receipt listed the buyer’s name, the name of the Read more about Microsoft may owe you $100 if you bought from the Microsoft Store[…]

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Border agents go all Monty Python on visa-holding software engineer

There have been more egregious episodes of U.S. border agents hassling and/or needlessly detaining citizens and valid visa-holders since the White House changed hands, but perhaps none has been more bizarre – or even darkly comical – than this one. Celestine Omin, a 28-year-old software engineer from Lagos, Nigeria, was traveling to the U.S. on Read more about Border agents go all Monty Python on visa-holding software engineer[…]

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A new way to prevent cyberattacks on home devices

BARCELONA — Homeowners worried about cybersecurity attacks on IP-connected devices like lights, baby monitors, home security systems and cameras, will soon be able to take advantage of a $200 network monitoring device called Dojo. The device was shown at Mobile World Congress here this week and will go on sale online in April. While the Read more about A new way to prevent cyberattacks on home devices[…]

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821,000 user records exposed due to misconfigured MongoDB for smart stuffed toys

No one wants to learn that they have been hacked; if a company is not doing so well, then it might really be scared after it is breached. But burying your head in sand and hoping it will all go away if you ignore it for long enough is simply not going to make the Read more about 821,000 user records exposed due to misconfigured MongoDB for smart stuffed toys[…]

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New financial regulations go into effect in New York

On March 1, new regulations go into effect in New York State, requiring that all regulated financial services institutions have a cybersecurity program in place, appoint a Chief Information Security Officer, and monitor the cybersecurity policies of their business partners. It might seem a little sudden, since the regulations were only finalized a month ago. Read more about New financial regulations go into effect in New York[…]

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This tiny chip could revolutionize smartphone and IOT security

Engineers at South Korea’s SK Telecom have developed a tiny chip that could help secure communications on a myriad of portable electronics and IOT devices. The chip is just 5 millimeters square — smaller than a fingernail — and is capable of generating mathematically provable random numbers. Such numbers are the basis for highly-secure encryption Read more about This tiny chip could revolutionize smartphone and IOT security[…]

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Smart teddy bears involved in a contentious data breach

If you own a stuffed animal from CloudPets, then you better change your password to the product. The toys — which can receive and send voice messages from children and parents — have been involved in a data breach dealing with more than 800,000 user accounts. The breach, which grabbed headlines on Monday, is drawing Read more about Smart teddy bears involved in a contentious data breach[…]

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Space X to zoom two citizen astronauts to the moon

Space X today said two unnamed private citizens have paid the company a “significant deposit” to fly them to the moon and back to Earth. “We expect to conduct health and fitness tests, as well as begin initial training later this year. Other flight teams have also expressed strong interest and we expect more to Read more about Space X to zoom two citizen astronauts to the moon[…]

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Google shifts on email encryption tool, leaving its fate unclear

Google is asking developers to take over its effort to make end-to-end email encryption more user-friendly, raising questions over whether it’ll ever become an official feature in the company’s browser. On Friday, the search giant said its email encryption tool, originally announced in 2014, was no longer a Google product. Instead, it’s become a “full Read more about Google shifts on email encryption tool, leaving its fate unclear[…]

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The latest ransomware threat: Doxware

This vendor-written tech primer has been edited by Network World to eliminate product promotion, but readers should note it will likely favor the submitter’s approach. As if ransomware wasn’t bad enough, there is a new twist called doxware.  The term “doxware” is a combination of doxing — posting hacked personal information online — and ransomware. Attackers notify victims Read more about The latest ransomware threat: Doxware[…]

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Cog Systems offers more secure version of HTC A9 smartphone

It sounds like a smartphone user’s worst fear: Software that starts up before the phone’s operating system, intercepting and encrypting every byte sent to or from the flash memory or the network interface. This is not some new kind of ransomware, though, this is the D4 Secure Platform from Cog Systems. The product grew out Read more about Cog Systems offers more secure version of HTC A9 smartphone[…]

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Down the rabbit hole, part 7: How to limit personal data collection from city cameras

My home is my sanctuary.  My computers (and handheld devices) all run free software systems that have been (fairly) tightly buttoned down and secured. My online documents, messaging and emails are handled either on my own servers or by companies dedicated to open source and security.  Is my personal information 100 percent safe and unhackable? Read more about Down the rabbit hole, part 7: How to limit personal data collection from city cameras[…]

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Russian cybersecurity expert charged with treason for sharing 'secrets' with US firms

Remember when Ruslan Stoyanov, a top cybercrime investigator for Kaspersky Lab, was arrested and charged with treason? It is now being reported that the treason charges were for allegedly passing state secrets to Verisign and other US companies. An unnamed source told Reuters that the accusations of treason were first made in 2010 by Russian Read more about Russian cybersecurity expert charged with treason for sharing 'secrets' with US firms[…]

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New products of the week 2.27.17

New products of the week Image by Transition Networks Our roundup of intriguing new products. Read how to submit an entry to Network World’s products of the week slideshow. ONLYOFFICE app for ownCloud Image by ascensio To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Source: NW Security 1

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