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Stuxnet Virus Targets and Spread Revealed
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Stuxnet Virus Targets and Spread Revealed

A powerful internet worm repeatedly targeted five industrial facilities in Iran over 10 months, ongoing analysis by security researchers shows.

Proposal for Cyber War Rules of Engagement
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Proposal for Cyber War Rules of Engagement

The world needs cyber war "Rules of Engagement" to cope with potentially devastating cyber weapons, Russian and US experts will tell world leaders at a security...

Privacy Project ­ses Cryptography to Reduce Shared Info
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Privacy Project ­ses Cryptography to Reduce Shared Info

An electronic wallet that encrypts the owner's personal information is being developed by IBM researchers. The device will only allow the sharing of information...

Anonymous Hacktivists Say Wikileaks War to Continue
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Anonymous Hacktivists Say Wikileaks War to Continue

A member of the Anonymous group of hackers, which has been targeting firms it sees as being anti-Wikileaks has said the campaign is not over.

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'fingerprint' Software to STEM Cyber Crime

GuardInQ, new digital fingerprinting software developed by researchers at Edinburgh Napier University, offers closed-caption TV-style monitoring of online systems...

Code Clues Point to Stuxnet Maker
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Code Clues Point to Stuxnet Maker

Detailed analysis of the code in the Stuxnet worm has narrowed the list of suspects who could have created it.

European Cyber Defenses 'Must Improve,' Tests Show
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European Cyber Defenses 'Must Improve,' Tests Show

European Union (EU) member states need to do more to prepare for cyberattacks, concludes a report of Cyber Europe 2010, a simulation of how EU countries would react...

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What Is Wikileaks?

Months after releasing some 90,000 secret records of U.S. military incident and intelligence reports about the war in Afghanistan, Wikileaks has posted online...

Call to Define Rules of Cyber War
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Call to Define Rules of Cyber War

Nations need to define the rules of engagement for acts of cyber terror.

Sick PCs Should Be Banned From the Net Says Microsoft
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Sick PCs Should Be Banned From the Net Says Microsoft

Microsoft researcher Scott Charney recently presented an Internet security proposal that requires users to present a "health certificate" to prove that their PCs...

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Wikileaks Encryption ­se Offers 'legal Challenge'

A novel use of encryption by whistle-blowing website Wikileaks could "challenge the legal system for years to come," according to an influential observer of the...

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Private Browsing Modes Leak Data

The private browsing modes on modern browsers leak information about where people have visited, suggests a study.

Web Attack Knows Where You Live
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Web Attack Knows Where You Live

One visit to a booby-trapped Web site could direct attackers to a person's home, a security expert has shown.

Cyber-War a Growing Threat Warn Experts
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Cyber-War a Growing Threat Warn Experts

In 2007, Estonia was the subject of a series of cyber attacks which crippled the Internet across the country. Banks, government departments and the national media...

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Technology Milestone Heralds a More Secure Internet

Moves to make the web's address system more secure will take a major step forward next month. In the planning for a decade, the Domain Name System Security Extentions...

How to Cope When the World Can Watch Everything You Do
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How to Cope When the World Can Watch Everything You Do

In 1968, pop artist Andy Warhol declared that in the future everyone will be world famous for 15 minutes. As with many other predictions, it has not quite turned...

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Web Security Attack 'makes Silicon Chips More Reliable'

An attack on a widely used web security system could soon help make silicon chips more powerful and reliable.

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Virus Publishes Web History of Victims on the Net

A new type of malware infects PCs using file-share sites and publishes the user's net history on a public Web site before demanding a fee for its removal.

Glonass: Has Russia's Sat-Nav System Come of Age?
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Glonass: Has Russia's Sat-Nav System Come of Age?

With the Glonass satellite-navigation constellation nearly complete, Russia's plan to wean itself off the US Global Positioning System (GPS) appears to be coming...

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Mobile Phone Allows Boss to Snoop

KDDI Corp. has developed mobile phone technology that detects even the tiniest actions of the user by analyzing the movement of accelerometers embedded in the devices...
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