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Report: To Aid Combat, Russia Wages Cyberwar Against Ukraine

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Cyberwarfare is a hidden world with few documented examples. In a new report, security researchers detail digital attacks against Ukraine's military and charge the Russian military as the hacker.

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Biometrics May Ditch The Password, But Not The Hackers

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Fingerprints, facial and voice recognition — companies are investing in more secure methods to verify people. But even biometrics can be defeated, and they raise privacy concerns.

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Weighing Privacy Vs. Rewards Of Letting Insurers Track Your Fitness

Thursday, April 09, 2015

A major life insurer is offering lower premiums in exchange for policyholders' sharing activity data. But privacy advocates worry such programs eventually will be used to deny coverage.

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Premera Blue Cross Cyberattack Exposed Millions Of Customer Records

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The health insurance provider has revealed that a cyberattack discovered in January may have made the medical and financial information of 11 million people vulnerable to thieves.

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Facebook's Suicide Prevention Tools Connect Friends, Test Privacy

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

When online social networks open up spaces for suicide prevention with untrained peer support, they walk the fragile line between invasion of privacy and supporting those who need help.

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Pew: Nearly One-Third Of Americans Hide Information Online

Monday, March 16, 2015

While Americans are deeply divided over whether government surveillance is serving the public interest, one-third of those surveyed are taking steps to hide their personal information online.

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As Homeland Security Steps Up Cybercrime Fight, Tech Industry Wary

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Department of Homeland Security, an agency repeatedly criticized for internal mismanagement and bloat, is the cornerstone of the new White House initiative to fight cybercrime.

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Now You Can Sign Up To Keep Drones Away From Your Property

Monday, February 23, 2015

Most Americans worry that drones will invade their privacy, polls show. Thousands of people have signed up with NoFlyZone.org — the equivalent of a "get-off-of-my-lawn" warning to drone operators.

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Hygiene, Honey Pots, Espionage: 3 Approaches To Defying Hackers

Monday, February 16, 2015

The hack of insurer Anthem is one in a string of costly cyberattacks worldwide. In Silicon Valley and beyond, startups are taking very different approaches to helping companies outsmart the attackers.

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From Facebook To A Virtual You: Planning Your Digital Afterlife

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Whether you appoint a postmortem account manager or opt for "virtual immortality," new online tools help us navigate how we will preserve our digital footprint after death.

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Q&A: Sen. Ed Markey On Protecting Data Our Cars Are Sharing

Monday, February 09, 2015

We've entered the age of Internet-connected cars, and the Massachusetts lawmaker says they're vulnerable to all kinds of data breaches.

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Meet Mafiaboy, The 'Bratty Kid' Who Took Down The Internet

Saturday, February 07, 2015

When he was just 15, Michael Calce pulled off one of the biggest hacks in history. Today, Calce works in computer security on the other side, and he says he thinks some good came of his 2000 attack.

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Anthem Hack Renews Calls For Laws To Better Prevent Breaches

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Hackers gained access to records of 80 million Anthem customers and employees, the health insurance giant says. But how can the seemingly endless mega-hacks be prevented?

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A Closer Look At Obama's Plan To Protect Consumer Data

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

This week, President Obama is talking about cybersecurity. One proposal sounds pretty straightforward: Alert users if their data has been hacked within 30 days. But critics say it misses the mark.

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Obama: 'If We're Going To Be Connected, Then We Need To Be Protected'

Monday, January 12, 2015

The president is calling for new measures to protect consumers against identity theft and to safeguard students' electronic privacy.

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If A Smart Stove Could Suggest Recipes, Would You Buy It?

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Tech companies are lining up to sell us "smart" things that learn what we might want and give it to us before we ask. But so far consumers seem wary, in part because of privacy concerns.

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A Plan To Put Your Driver's License On Your Phone

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Smartphone and registration, please. Iowa is developing an app that would allow drivers to access a digitally encoded license instead of a conventional plastic ID card.

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U.S. Credit Cards Tackle Fraud With Embedded Chips, But No PINs

Monday, January 05, 2015

The nation's biggest banks are leaning toward a new credit card security system that will rely on embedded chips and signatures rather than PINs. But critics say the PIN-and-chip system is superior.

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Prosecutors Say Tools For Hiding Online Hinder Cybercrime Crackdowns

Monday, January 05, 2015

Advocates say tools that cloak online identities are needed to protect activists. Prosecutors say they hinder efforts to police all kinds of crime, from child pornography to illegal gun sales.

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Morning Edition

Sony Hack Highlights The Global Underground Market For Malware

Friday, December 26, 2014

The software used in the Sony data breach is available on the underground market. This makes it easier for criminals to execute an attack but harder to identify the perpetrators.

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