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Nov 22, 2013

Twitter takes step to make it harder to spy on its users

By Jim Finkle

(Reuters) – Twitter Inc said it has implemented a security technology that makes it harder to spy on its users and called on other Internet firms to do the same, as Web providers look to thwart spying by government intelligence agencies.

The online messaging service, which began scrambling communications in 2011 using traditional HTTPS encryption, said on Friday it has added an advanced layer of protection for HTTPS known as “forward secrecy.”

Nov 22, 2013
Nov 22, 2013
Nov 22, 2013

MakerBot says shoppers ready for 3D printers, some have doubts

BOSTON, Nov 22 (Reuters) – MakerBot, a 3D printer maker
which opened two new retail stores this week, is among the
companies trying to bring the cutting-edge digital manufacturing
technology to Main Street consumers, but skeptics say the
rollout is premature.

MakerBot, a unit of Stratsys Ltd, opened retail
stores this week in Boston and in Greenwich, Connecticut, both
of which are twice the size of MakerBot’s first store, 1,500
square feet in downtown Manhattan.

Nov 20, 2013

Some cyber security experts recommend shutting Obamacare site

By Jim Finkle and Alina Selyukh

(Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s HealthCare.gov site is riddled with security flaws that put user data of millions of people at risk and it should be shut down until fixed, several technology experts warned lawmakers on Tuesday.

The testimony at a congressional hearing could increase concerns among many Americans about Obama’s healthcare overhaul, popularly known as Obamacare. Opinion polls show the botched rollout of the online marketplace for health insurance policies has hurt the popularity of the effort.

Nov 19, 2013
Nov 19, 2013

U.S. healthcare website has security bugs, expert warns Congress

Nov 19 (Reuters) – The website at the center of U.S.
President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul has security flaws
that put user data at “critical risk” despite recent government
assurances it is safe to use, a respected security expert said
on Tuesday.

“There are actual, live vulnerabilities on the site now,”
David Kennedy, head of computer security consulting firm
TrustedSec LLC, told Reuters before testifying at a
congressional hearing on the topic “Is My Data on HealthCare.gov
Secure?”

Nov 19, 2013

Exclusive: Expert to warn Congress of Healthcare.gov security bugs

BOSTON (Reuters) – A respected security expert will warn Congress on Tuesday that the Obama administration’s healthcare website has security flaws that put user data at a “critical risk,” despite recent government assurances the data is safe.

“There are actual live vulnerabilities on the site now,” David Kennedy, head of computer security consulting firm TrustedSec LLC, told Reuters ahead of his testimony at a Congressional hearing on the topic “Is My Data on HealthCare.gov Secure?”

Nov 19, 2013

Expert to warn Congress of HealthCare.gov security bugs

BOSTON, Nov 19 (Reuters) – A respected security expert will
warn Congress on Tuesday that the Obama administration’s
healthcare website has security flaws that put user data at a
“critical risk,” despite recent government assurances the data
is safe.

“There are actual live vulnerabilities on the site now,”
David Kennedy, head of computer security consulting firm
TrustedSec LLC, told Reuters ahead of his testimony at a
Congressional hearing on the topic “Is My Data on HealthCare.gov
Secure?”

Nov 18, 2013

Exclusive – FBI warns of U.S. govt breaches by Anonymous hackers

BOSTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Activist hackers linked to the collective known as Anonymous have secretly accessed U.S. government computers in multiple agencies and stolen sensitive information in a campaign that began almost a year ago, the FBI warned this week.

The hackers exploited a flaw in Adobe Systems Inc’s software to launch a rash of electronic break-ins that began last December, then left “back doors” to return to many of the machines as recently as last month, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a memo seen by Reuters.

    • 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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