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Some Experts Question Efforts to Identify Cyberattackers

Cybersecurity experts testifying at a recent U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee hearing disagreed about whether the federal government should explore new...

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Researchers ­nsheathe New Tool to Battle Botnets

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers have developed a method to use a botnet's own technology to defeat it. 

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Entering the Secret World of Wikileaks

The Website Wikileaks publishes secret documents submitted by anonymous sources and makes them available to the public. The site, which went public in January 2007...

Europe Overtakes Asia as Top Producer of Email Spam
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Europe Overtakes Asia as Top Producer of Email Spam

Europe has overtaken Asia as the biggest source of email spam worldwide with Britain a major culprit, according to a new report by information technology security...

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China Seeks to Reduce Internet Users' Anonymity

A leading Chinese Internet regulator has vowed to reduce anonymity in China's portion of cyberspace, calling for requirements that people use their real names when...

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Feds Publish Final Ehealth 'meaningful Use' Rules

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today issued the final guidelines that will determine how doctors, hospitals and other medical care facilities...

Sinister Take on Search Engine Optimization
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Sinister Take on Search Engine Optimization

Cybercriminals are increasingly using SEO to trick computer users into visiting malicious websites, according to security researchers. In one tactic, cybercriminals...

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7887 Khz, Your Home For Classic Cuban Espionage Radio

The FBI documents that accompanied last week's arrest of 10 alleged Russian spies are alternately creepy—who knew the Tribeca Barnes & Noble was a hotbed of espionage...

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Chinese Think Tank Accuses ­.S., Other Western Countries of ­sing Facebook to Sow ­nrest

A Chinese government-backed think tank has accused the U.S. and other Western governments of using social-networking sites such as Facebook to spur political unrest...

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Government Auditors Urge Clearer Cybersecurity R&D Strategy

The U.S. Government Accountability Office has released a report that criticizes the way in which the federal government funds and carries out cybersecurity research...

War in the Fifth Domain
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War in the Fifth Domain

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization's Estonia-based "center of excellence" for cyberdefense is the hub of brainstorming efforts covering the tactical and legal...

Why Face Recognition Isn't Scary
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Why Face Recognition Isn't Scary

Most of the time, Stacey Schlittenhard finds facial recognition technology to be extremely useful. When she uploads her family photos to the Website Picasa, for...

Loophole May Have Aided Theft of Classified Data
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Loophole May Have Aided Theft of Classified Data

The soldier accused of downloading a huge trove of secret data from military computers in Iraq appears to have exploited a loophole in Defense Department security...

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­pdated Computer Security Publication Focuses on Security Assessment Plans

NIST has published an updated set of guidelines for developing security assessment plans and associated security control assessment procedures that are consistent...

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Is Breaking Captcha a Crime?

Prosecutors in a New Jersey ticket scalping case are pushing the envelope on the federal computer hacking law, setting a precedent that could make it a felony to...

The Website That Reveals State Secrets
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The Website That Reveals State Secrets

If Daniel Ellsberg wanted to leak secret documents today, he probably would send them to a powerful and controversial new venue for whistle-blowing: a Website called...

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Repeat of S. Korea, ­.s. Cyberattacks Does No Damage

Hundreds of computers that helped cause a wave of outages on U.S. and South Korean government websites last July launched new attacks on the same sites, but no...

­U.S. Plans Cyber Shield For U­tilities, Companies
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­U.S. Plans Cyber Shield For U­tilities, Companies

The U.S. government is launching a program dubbed "Perfect Citizen" to detect cyber assaults on private companies and government agencies running critical infrastructure...

Taking the Mystery Out of Web Anonymity
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Taking the Mystery Out of Web Anonymity

The Obama Administration is trying to fix the Internet’s dog problem.

To Stop Cheats, Colleges Learn Their Trickery
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To Stop Cheats, Colleges Learn Their Trickery

The frontier in the battle to defeat student cheating may be here at the testing center of the University of Central Florida.
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