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[…]

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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[…]

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.[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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?[…]

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[…]

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