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Nov 7, 2013

Trove of Adobe user data found on Web after breach:security firm

By Jim Finkle

(Reuters) – A computer security firm has uncovered data it says belongs to some 152 million Adobe Systems Inc user accounts, suggesting that a breach reported a month ago is far bigger than Adobe has so far disclosed and is one of the largest on record.

LastPass, a password security firm, said on Thursday that it has found email addresses, encrypted passwords and password hints stored in clear text from Adobe user accounts on an underground website frequented by cyber criminals.

Nov 6, 2013
Nov 6, 2013
Nov 6, 2013

U.S. rivals team up in offering bounties to secure Internet

BOSTON, Nov 6 (Reuters) – Three fierce Internet rivals are
teaming up to fight hackers by offering bounties, or cash
rewards, to researchers who find critical vulnerabilities in
widely used Web technology.

The program is sponsored by Facebook Inc and
Microsoft Corp with assistance from a Google Inc
security expert, who helped develop the program and
will sit on the panel that will evaluate submissions.

Nov 5, 2013

Microsoft rushes out fix to prevent attacks on Office PCs

By Jim Finkle

(Reuters) – Microsoft Corp released an emergency software fix on Tuesday after it learned that hackers had exploited a previously undiscovered security flaw in its widely used Office software to infect the PCs of its customers with tainted Word documents.

The software maker said on its website that it had released the software, known as a “Fix It,” as a temporary measure until it provides an update that will automatically patch computers to protect against the new threat.

Nov 5, 2013
Nov 4, 2013

New BlackBerry boss John Chen out to prove skeptics wrong

Nov 4 (Reuters) – John Chen, the man charged with breathing
life into struggling BlackBerry Ltd , says he
has no intention of killing the money-losing BlackBerry handset
as he looks to turn around the smartphone maker.

“I know we have enough ingredients to build a long-term
sustainable business,” Chen said in a telephone interview with
Reuters. “I have done this before and seen the same movie

Nov 4, 2013

BlackBerry says it has no plans to shut handset unit

By Euan Rocha and Jim Finkle

(Reuters) – BlackBerry Ltd has no plans to shut down its loss-making handset business, incoming interim Chief Executive John Chen said on Monday, adding that the smartphone maker has sufficient resources to stage a turnaround.

“I know we have enough ingredients to build a long-term sustainable business,” Chen said in a telephone interview with Reuters. “I have done this before and seen the same movie before.”

Oct 30, 2013

Obamacare website security at ‘high risk’ before launch -memo

BOSTON, Oct 30 (Reuters) – The security of the Obama
administration’s healthcare website was at “high risk” because
of lack of testing before it opened for enrollment on Oct. 1,
according to a government memorandum reviewed by Reuters on

The site collects a trove of sensitive data
such as social security numbers, email addresses, phone numbers
and birth dates that could be used by criminals in an array of

Oct 29, 2013

Adobe data breach more extensive than previously disclosed

BOSTON (Reuters) – Adobe Systems Inc said on Tuesday that the scope of a cyber-security breach disclosed nearly a month ago was far bigger than initially reported, with attackers obtaining data on more than 38 million customer accounts.

The software maker also said that hackers had stolen part of the source code to Photoshop editing software that is widely used by professional photographers.

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      "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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