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Apr 27, 2014
Apr 27, 2014

Microsoft rushes to fix browser after attacks; no fix for XP users

BOSTON (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp is rushing to fix a bug in its widely used Internet Explorer web browser after a computer security firm disclosed the flaw over the weekend, saying hackers have already exploited it in attacks on some U.S. companies.

PCs running Windows XP will not receive any updates fixing that bug when they are released, however, because Microsoft stopped supporting the 13-year-old operating system earlier this month. Security firms estimate that between 15 and 25 percent of the world’s PCs still run Windows XP.

Apr 26, 2014
Apr 25, 2014

U.S. investigating theft of doctors’ tax refunds

BOSTON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Secret Service and Internal Revenue Service are investigating widespread reports that identity thieves are stealing the tax refunds of physicians, a senator said on Friday, as doctors fear a database containing their personal information has been breached.

Senator Jean Shaheen, a Democrat from New Hampshire, contacted the agencies this week after more than 100 physicians and other healthcare workers in her state became victims of tax fraud. The American Medical Association has received reports of tax fraud from state medical groups in Connecticut, Indiana, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

Apr 24, 2014

Big tech companies offer millions after Heartbleed crisis

BOSTON (Reuters) – The world’s biggest technology companies are donating millions of dollars to fund improvements in open source programs like OpenSSL, the software whose “Heartbleed” bug has sent the computer industry into turmoil.

Amazon.com Inc, Cisco Systems Inc, Facebook Inc, Google Inc, IBM, Intel Corp and Microsoft Corp are among a dozen companies that have agreed to be founding members of a group known as Core Infrastructure Initiative. Each will donate $300,000 to the venture, which is recruiting more backers among technology companies as well as the financial services sector.

Apr 23, 2014
Apr 23, 2014

Exclusive: FBI warns healthcare sector vulnerable to cyber attacks

BOSTON (Reuters) – The FBI has warned healthcare providers their cybersecurity systems are lax compared to other sectors, making them vulnerable to attacks by hackers searching for Americans’ personal medical records and health insurance data.

Health data is far more valuable to hackers on the black market than credit card numbers because it tends to contain details that can be used to access bank accounts or obtain prescriptions for controlled substances.

Apr 23, 2014

FBI warns healthcare sector vulnerable to cyber attacks

BOSTON, April 23 (Reuters) – The FBI has warned healthcare
providers their cybersecurity systems are lax compared to other
sectors, making them vulnerable to attacks by hackers searching
for Americans’ personal medical records and health insurance
data.

Health data is far more valuable to hackers on the black
market than credit card numbers because it tends to contain
details that can be used to access bank accounts or obtain
prescriptions for controlled substances.

Apr 16, 2014

American Funds urges password change to counter ‘Heartbleed’ bug

BOSTON (Reuters) – American Funds, the No. 3 U.S. mutual fund family, advised some customers to change user names and passwords on Wednesday as the number of companies and people affected by the notorious “Heartbleed” bug grows.

The company sent emails to some 825,000 clients, saying they had been exposed to “a very narrow window of risk” related to “Heartbleed,” which has been described as the biggest computer security threat since the mass adoption of the Internet.

Apr 16, 2014

American Funds advises password changes, cites ‘Heartbleed’ risk

BOSTON, April 16 (Reuters) – American Funds, one of the
largest U.S. mutual funds families, sent an email to 825,000
shareholders on Wednesday advising them to change user names and
passwords, citing “a very narrow window of risk” related to the
“Heartbleed” Internet threat.

The notice said the risk applies to customers who logged
into Americanfunds.com from Dec. 12, 2013 to April 14. In
addition to changing user IDs and passwords, it advised them to
create new security questions and images, and delete history and
“cookies” from Web browsers.

    • 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."
      Joined Reuters:
      2005
      Languages:
      English, Mandarin
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