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Oct 3, 2013
Oct 3, 2013

Security firm says iPhone bug can thwart device wiper

BOSTON (Reuters) – A German security company has uncovered a bug in the new iPhone’s software that it said enables hackers to overcome a safeguard allowing users to remotely wipe stolen or lost phones.

Berlin’s Security Research Labs, known as SRL, said on Thursday that the vulnerability could potentially give criminals time to break into the Apple Inc (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research) phones, gain complete control of data, access email accounts and then potentially take over the user’s bank accounts.

Oct 3, 2013

Exclusive: Security firm says iPhone bug can thwart device wiper

BOSTON (Reuters) – A German security company has uncovered a bug in the new iPhone’s software that it said enables hackers to overcome a safeguard allowing users to remotely wipe stolen or lost phones.

Berlin’s Security Research Labs, known as SRL, said on Thursday that the vulnerability could potentially give criminals time to break into the Apple Inc phones, gain complete control of data, access email accounts and then potentially take over the user’s bank accounts.

Oct 3, 2013
Oct 2, 2013

Marketplace of vice, ‘Silk Road’ meets its end

BOSTON, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Before it was shut down by U.S.
agents this week, people looking to buy street drugs, hire
hackers or hitmen, and acquire stolen e-commerce accounts
anonymously online could go to Silk Road, the Amazon.com of
vice.

For more than two years, according to U.S. authorities, the
website allowed users to buy and sell illegal goods and services
on the assumption that they were safe from the law. The buyers
were cloaked by technology designed to keep identities secret
and transactions were processed with bitcoin digital currency.

Oct 2, 2013
Sep 26, 2013

Data brokers D&B, LexisNexis, Altegrity report cyber attacks

BOSTON (Reuters) – Three major U.S. data providers said on Wednesday they were victims of cyber attacks, after a cybersecurity news website linked the breaches to a group that sells stolen social security numbers and other sensitive information.

An FBI spokeswoman said the bureau was investing the breaches but declined to elaborate.

Sep 23, 2013
Sep 23, 2013

German group claims to have hacked Apple iPhone fingerprint scanner

BOSTON (Reuters) – A group of German hackers claimed to have cracked the iPhone fingerprint scanner on Sunday, just two days after Apple Inc launched the technology that it promises will better protect devices from criminals and snoopers seeking access.

If the claim is verified, it will be embarrassing for Apple which is betting on the scanner to set its smartphone apart from new models of Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and others running the Android operating system of Google Inc.

Sep 20, 2013

FireEye’s debut signals red hot interest in cybersecurity

Sept 20 (Reuters) – The shares of cybersecurity company
FireEye Inc leapt 80 percent in their trading debut on
Friday in a sign of how red hot cybersecurity is on Wall Street
at the moment, and even inspired at least one peer to accelerate
plans to go public.

FireEye, whose debut ranks as the sixth biggest first-day
close in the United States this year, is the latest in a string
of successful public offerings from technology companies.

    • 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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