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Oct 30, 2014

Book Talk: Alan Cumming believes in putting everything out there

BOSTON (Reuters) – Scottish actor Alan Cumming has won accolades for his performances, including current stints as a manipulative Chicago political operative on TV’s “The Good Wife” and a revival of his Tony-winning role in the Broadway musical “Cabaret.”

In his memoir, “Not My Father’s Son,” he describes his painful childhood growing up on a country estate on the east coast of Scotland where his abusive father was the head forester.

Oct 22, 2014
Oct 22, 2014

Insight – U.S. government probes medical devices for possible cyber flaws

BOSTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is investigating about two dozen cases of suspected cybersecurity flaws in medical devices and hospital equipment that officials fear could be exploited by hackers, a senior official at the agency told Reuters.

The products under review by the agency’s Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team, or ICS-CERT, include an infusion pump from Hospira Inc and implantable heart devices from Medtronic Inc and St Jude Medical Inc, according to other people familiar with the cases, who asked not to be identified because the probes are confidential.

Oct 22, 2014

U.S. government probes medical devices for possible cyber flaws

BOSTON, Oct 22 (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Homeland
Security is investigating about two dozen cases of suspected
cybersecurity flaws in medical devices and hospital equipment
that officials fear could be exploited by hackers, a senior
official at the agency told Reuters.

The products under review by the agency’s Industrial Control
Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team, or ICS-CERT, include an
infusion pump from Hospira Inc and implantable heart
devices from Medtronic Inc and St Jude Medical Inc
, according to other people familiar with the cases, who
asked not to be identified because the probes are confidential.

Oct 21, 2014

China-backed hackers target Apple’s iCloud users -blog

BOSTON/BEIJING, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Apple Inc’s
iCloud storage service in China was attacked by hackers trying
to steal user credentials, a Chinese web monitoring group said,
adding that it believes the Beijing government is behind the
campaign.

Using what is called a “man-in-the-middle” (MITM) attack,
the hackers interposed their own website between users and
Apple’s iCloud server, intercepting data and potentially gaining
access to passwords, iMessages, photos and contacts,
Greatfire.org wrote in its blog post.

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Oct 15, 2014

New Poodle web threat not seen as menacing as Heartbleed, Shellshock

BOSTON, Oct 14 (Reuters) – Three Google Inc
researchers have uncovered a security bug in widely used web
encryption technology that they say could allow hackers to take
over accounts for email, banking and other services in what they
have dubbed a “Poodle” attack.

The discovery of “Poodle,” which stands for Padding Oracle
On Downloaded Legacy Encryption, prompted makers of web browsers
and server software to advise users on Tuesday to disable use of
the source of the security bug: an 18-year old encryption
standard known as SSL 3.0.

    • About Jim

      "Jim works in the Reuters Boston bureau covering cyber security, hacking and technology privacy issues. He’s been with Reuters since 2005. He previously covered technology, media and biotechnology for Broadcasting & Cable, the Orange County Register and Bloomberg News out Tokyo, Taipei, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Santa Ana, California."
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      2005
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      English, Mandarin
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