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China Bitcoin Arbitrage Ends As Traders Work Around Capital Controls
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China Bitcoin Arbitrage Ends As Traders Work Around Capital Controls

The price gap between bitcoins trading in Chinese yuan and those sold for other currencies has evaporated in recent days, highlighting the porous nature of China's...

China Bars Banks from Bitcoin Transactions
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China Bars Banks from Bitcoin Transactions

China's government banned financial institutions from trading in bitcoin on Thursday, in what analysts said was a restrained first step towards regulating the digital...

Germany Wants a German Internet as Spying Scandal Rankles
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Germany Wants a German Internet as Spying Scandal Rankles

As a diplomatic row rages between the United States and Europe over spying accusations, state-backed Deutsche Telekom wants German communications companies to cooperate...

Wall Street Banks Learn How to Survive in Staged Cyber Attack
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Wall Street Banks Learn How to Survive in Staged Cyber Attack

In a staged simulation called Quantum Dawn 2, bank executives in charge of operations, technology, and crisis planning were tasked with detecting how a massive...

Cyber Warrior Shortage Hits Anti-Hacker Fightback
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Cyber Warrior Shortage Hits Anti-Hacker Fightback

The increasing in cybercrime has created a growing need for cybersecurity specialists, but demand far outpaces the number of those qualified to do the job.

Cyber Warrior Shortage Hits Anti-Hacker Fightback
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Cyber Warrior Shortage Hits Anti-Hacker Fightback

For the governments and corporations facing increasing computer attacks, the biggest challenge is finding the right cyber warriors to fight back.

Security Tech Firms Hit Jackpot in Asia Casino Boom
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Security Tech Firms Hit Jackpot in Asia Casino Boom

Asia's new mega-casinos are driving sales and innovation in advanced surveillance technology, from chips with built-in radio transmitters to high-definition, multi...

Tiny Recon Robots Herald New Generation of Drones
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Tiny Recon Robots Herald New Generation of Drones

Ex-U.S. Marine Ernest Langdon pulls a pin and throws a small black object onto the ground. But it doesn't explode.

Trigger Finger: Apple Fires Biometrics Into the Mainstream
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Trigger Finger: Apple Fires Biometrics Into the Mainstream

By adding a fingerprint scanner to its newest mobile phone, Apple Inc. is offering a tantalizing glimpse of a future where your favorite gadget might become a biometric...

Nsa to Cut System Administrators By 90 Percent to Limit Data Access
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Nsa to Cut System Administrators By 90 Percent to Limit Data Access

The U.S. National Security Agency, hit by disclosures of classified data by former contractor Edward Snowden, said Thursday it intends to eliminate about 90 percent...

Nsa Revelations Could Hurt Collaboration with 'betrayed' Hackers
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Nsa Revelations Could Hurt Collaboration with 'betrayed' Hackers

The U.S. government's efforts to recruit talented hackers could suffer from the recent revelations about its vast domestic surveillance programs, as many private...

Software Experts Attack Cars, to Release Code As Hackers Meet
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Software Experts Attack Cars, to Release Code As Hackers Meet

Car hacking is not a new field, but its secrets have long been closely guarded.

Taiwan a 'Testing Ground' for Chinese Cyber Army
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Taiwan a 'Testing Ground' for Chinese Cyber Army

Taiwan is the frontline in an emerging global battle for cyberspace, according to elite hackers in the island's IT industry, who say it has become a rehearsal area...

U.s. Cyberwar Strategy Stokes Fear of Blowback
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U.s. Cyberwar Strategy Stokes Fear of Blowback

Even as the U.S. government confronts rival powers over widespread Internet espionage, it has become the biggest buyer in a burgeoning gray market where hackers...

From Hackers to Security Experts, the Balkan It Sector Is Booming
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From Hackers to Security Experts, the Balkan It Sector Is Booming

After hacking the Pentagon, NASA and Britain's Royal Navy for fun, TinKode got a real job as a computer security expert for a Romanian cyber safety consultancy.

Obama Budget Makes Cybersecurity a Growing ­.s. Priority
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Obama Budget Makes Cybersecurity a Growing ­.s. Priority

President Barack Obama proposed on Wednesday increased spending to protect U.S. computer networks from Internet-based attacks in a sign that the government aims...

Hacking Highlights Dangers to Seoul of North's Cyber-Warriors
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Hacking Highlights Dangers to Seoul of North's Cyber-Warriors

A hacking attack that brought down three South Korean broadcasters and two major banks has been identified by most commentators as North Korea flexing its muscles...

China Says ­.s. Routinely Hacks Defense Ministry Websites
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China Says ­.s. Routinely Hacks Defense Ministry Websites

Two major Chinese military websites, including that of the Defense Ministry, were subject to about 144,000 hacking attacks a month last year, almost two-thirds...

U.s. Homeland Chief: Cyber 9/11 Could Happen 'imminently'
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U.s. Homeland Chief: Cyber 9/11 Could Happen 'imminently'

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano warned on Thursday that a major cyber attack is a looming threat and could have the same sort of impact as last year's...

Iran Strengthened Cyber Capabilities After Stuxnet: U.s. General
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Iran Strengthened Cyber Capabilities After Stuxnet: U.s. General

Iran responded to a 2010 cyber attack on its nuclear facilities by beefing up its own cyber capabilities, and will be a "force to be reckoned with" in the future...
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