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Mar 14, 2014
Mar 13, 2014

Target declined to act on early alert of cyber breach

BOSTON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Target Corp’s security software detected potentially malicious activity during last year’s massive data breach but its staff decided not to take immediate action, the No. 3. U.S. retailer said on Thursday.

“With the benefit of hindsight, we are investigating whether if different judgments had been made the outcome may have been different,” company spokeswoman Molly Snyder said in a statement.

Mar 13, 2014

Mobile security firm Lookout names new CEO, looks to expand

BOSTON (Reuters) – Lookout, the mobile security software maker, named telecommunications industry veteran Jim Dolce as chief executive officer on Thursday, succeeding company co-founder John Hering.

Seven-year-old Lookout said in a statement it “decided to bring in a CEO with deep experience in building and scaling companies to ensure Lookout’s ongoing success.”

Mar 12, 2014
Mar 12, 2014

Agent.BTZ spyware hit Europe hard after U.S. military attack: security firm

BOSTON (Reuters) – A mysterious computer virus believed to be from Russia infected hundreds of thousands of PCs around the globe after attacking the U.S. military’s Central Command in an unprecedented breach uncovered in 2008, according to the details of new research released on Wednesday.

Costin Raiu, director of research at Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab, told Reuters on Wednesday that at least 400,000 computers across Russia and Europe were infected with the virus, dubbed Agent.BTZ, based on the number of infections detected by his firm’s anti-virus software.

Mar 12, 2014
Mar 11, 2014

Twitter crashes second time in nine days, blames software glitch

BOSTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Twitter Inc crashed on Tuesday for the second time in nine days when a software glitch stalled the popular messaging service for about one hour.

The company apologized to its 250 million users in a status blog, saying it had encountered “unexpected complications” during “a planned deploy in one of our core services.”

Mar 11, 2014

Twitter crashes 2nd time in 9 days, blames software glitch

BOSTON/SAN FRANCISCO, March 11 (Reuters) – Twitter Inc
crashed on Tuesday for the second time in nine days
when a software glitch stalled the popular messaging service for
about one hour.

The company apologized to its 250 million users in a status
blog, saying it had encountered “unexpected complications”
during “a planned deploy in one of our core services.”

Mar 10, 2014
Mar 8, 2014
    • 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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