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Andy Rubin: Why Android Is Only Quasi-Open
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Andy Rubin: Why Android Is Only Quasi-Open

Android is open-source software, but it doesn't come with much of an open-source community, and the Google leader of the project explained why.

Ralph Langner on Stuxnet, Copycat Threats
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Ralph Langner on Stuxnet, Copycat Threats

A year ago, Ralph Langner was plugging away in relative obscurity, doing security consulting work for the industrial control system industry in his Hamburg headquarters...

Bin Laden's Computers Will Test U.s. Forensics
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Bin Laden's Computers Will Test U.s. Forensics

For the U.S. government, the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan represents a unique opportunity to test advanced computer forensics techniques called...

Sohaib Athar on Twitter Fame After Bin Laden Raid (q&a)
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Sohaib Athar on Twitter Fame After Bin Laden Raid (q&a)

As U.S. special forces assaulted Osama bin Laden's walled compound in Pakistan, a Twitter user was already recording a rough outline of the events to come.  Sohaib...

Who Is Epsilon and Why Does It Have My Data?
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Who Is Epsilon and Why Does It Have My Data?

If you didn't get an email warning this week that your name and email address were part of a database that was breached, consider yourself lucky, and unique.

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Egypt's Internet Goes Dark During Political ­nrest

Egypt has gone offline.

Researchers Turn Usb Cable Into Attack Tool
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Researchers Turn Usb Cable Into Attack Tool

George Mason University researchers were scheduled to demonstrate a computer device attack using a USB cable at the Black Hat DC conference. 

Senate to Try Again on Controversial Antipiracy Bill
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Senate to Try Again on Controversial Antipiracy Bill

The U.S. Senate judiciary committee will renew its effort to pass the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act this spring, which would give the government...

Web Giants Get Bigger, Location Takes Off
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Web Giants Get Bigger, Location Takes Off

The easiest way to sum up the Web in 2010 is that it was a year of growth. The big got bigger and smaller companies came out of the woodwork with new plays on...

Wikileaks Armors Itself to Survive Cyberattacks
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Wikileaks Armors Itself to Survive Cyberattacks

As its operations have come under increasing financial and political pressure, WikiLeaks has quietly bolstered its electronic defenses in an attempt to become...

Wikileaks Files Detail ­.s. Electronic Surveillance
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Wikileaks Files Detail ­.s. Electronic Surveillance

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ordered clandestine surveillance of United Nations leadership, including obtaining "security measures, passwords, personalWikiLeaks...

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Forcing Browsers to ­se Encryption

The Internet Engineering Task Force has developed a security mechanism to mitigate the threat from browser add-ons that allow attackers to easily capture the cookies...

Study Finds Support For Presidential Net 'kill Switch'
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Study Finds Support For Presidential Net 'kill Switch'

Sixty-one percent of U.S. citizens believe the president should be authorized to control or even shut down portions of the Internet in the event key U.S. systems...

From ACM News

Amid Criticism, Wikileaks Shifts Focus

When WikiLeaks launched with little fanfare in early 2007, its founders touted it as a unique collaboration that would rely on the same anyone-can-edit software...

Microsoft Fixes Record 49 Holes, Including Stuxnet Flaw
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Microsoft Fixes Record 49 Holes, Including Stuxnet Flaw

In a record Patch Tuesday, Microsoft released updates today for Windows, Internet Explorer, and the .NET framework that feature fixes for 49 holes, including...

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Eu Calls Stuxnet 'paradigm Shift' As U.s. Responds More Mildly

While official U.S. response has been comparatively mild, the European Union's cybersecurity agency says Stuxnet represents a "paradigm shift" in critical infrastructure...

Stuxnet: Fact vs. Theory
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Stuxnet: Fact vs. Theory

The Stuxnet worm has taken the computer security world by storm, inspiring talk of  a government-sponsored cyberwar, and of a software program laden with obscure...

Emotionml: Will Computers Tap Into Your Feelings?
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Emotionml: Will Computers Tap Into Your Feelings?

For all those who believe the computing industry is populated by people who are out of touch with the world of emotion, it's time to think again.

Stuxnet Could Hijack Power Plants, Refineries
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Stuxnet Could Hijack Power Plants, Refineries

A worm that targets critical infrastructure companies doesn't just steal data, it leaves a back door that could be used to remotely and secretly control plant...

For Kevin Mitnick, Staying Legal Is Job One
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For Kevin Mitnick, Staying Legal Is Job One

Kevin Mitnick was eager to participate in a social-engineering contest at the Defcon hacker conference in Las Vegas last weekend and was told he would target Microsoft...
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