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Nov 20, 2014

U.S. accuses China of cyber spying on American companies

May 19 (Reuters) – The United States on Monday charged five
Chinese military officers and accused them of hacking into
American nuclear, metal and solar companies to steal trade
secrets, ratcheting up tensions between the two world powers
over cyber espionage.

China immediately denied the charges, saying in a strongly
worded Foreign Ministry statement the U.S. grand jury indictment
was “made up” and would damage trust between the two nations.

Nov 13, 2014

Oracle, SAP settle long-running TomorrowNow lawsuit

By Jim Finkle and Dan Levine

(Reuters) – Oracle Corp and SAP SE have settled long-running copyright litigation for $356.7 million over improper downloads of Oracle files, ending a fierce legal battle between the two enterprise software rivals.

    The case involved SAP’s TomorrowNow unit, which the German company bought to provide software support to Oracle customers at lower rates than what Oracle charged, hoping to persuade them to become SAP customers.

Nov 13, 2014

Automakers agree on measures to secure data generated by cars

BOSTON, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Two U.S.-based groups
representing some of the world’s biggest automakers have agreed
on privacy standards for securing vast quantities of data
generated by the dozens of tiny computers and tracking systems
used in modern vehicles.

“Automakers pledge to provide protections for sensitive
information that goes beyond similar principles in other
industry sectors,” Mitch Bainwol, chief executive officer of the
Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, said in a statement.

Nov 11, 2014
Nov 10, 2014

Apple iOS bug makes most devices vulnerable to attack: researchers

BOSTON (Reuters) – Cybersecurity researchers have warned that a bug in Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) iOS operating system makes most iPhones and iPads vulnerable to cyberattacks by hackers seeking access to sensitive data and control of their devices.

Cybersecurity firm FireEye Inc (FEYE.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) published details about the vulnerability on its blog Monday, saying the bug enables hackers to access their devices by persuading users to install malicious applications with tainted text messages, emails and web links.

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.

    • 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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