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Sep 19, 2013
Sep 19, 2013

Hackers eager to crack fingerprint scanner on iPhone 5S

BOSTON (Reuters) – Hackers are gearing up for Friday’s release of the iPhone 5S, aiming to be the first to crack the device’s first-ever fingerprint scanner, a security feature that Apple Inc hopes will set the new model apart from the competition.

To sweeten the contest, a group of security researchers and a micro venture capital firm have pitched to offer a prize to the hacker who breaks through ahead of the rest. The booty, promoted on the website (istouchidhackedyet.com/), includes more than $13,000 in cash, bottles of bourbon and tequila, and other prizes.

Sep 17, 2013

Microsoft rushes out software fix to prevent browser attacks

By Jim Finkle

(Reuters) – Microsoft Corp released an emergency software fix for Internet Explorer on Tuesday after hackers exploited a security flaw in the popular Web browser to attack an unknown number of users.

The software maker said on its website it released the software, known as a “Fix It,” as an emergency measure to protect customers after learning about “extremely limited, targeted attacks” that made use of the newly discovered bug.

Sep 17, 2013

Hacker group in China linked to big cyber attacks: Symantec

BOSTON (Reuters) – Researchers have discovered a group of highly sophisticated hackers operating for hire out of China, a U.S. computer security company said on Tuesday, and it linked them to some of the best-known espionage attacks in recent years.

Symantec Corp said the group, which it dubbed “Hidden Lynx,” was among the most technically advanced of several dozen believed to be running cyber espionage operations out of China. Unlike a previous report by another company, Symantec did not accuse the Chinese government of involvement in the cyber attacks.

Sep 17, 2013
Sep 17, 2013

Hacker group found in China, linked to big cyberattacks -Symantec

BOSTON, Sept 17 (Reuters) – Computer security experts have
discovered a group of highly sophisticated computer hackers
operating for hire, a U.S computer security firm said on
Tuesday, and it linked the group to some of the best-known
cyber-espionoge attacks out of China in recent years.

Symantec Corp said the hacker group, which it
dubbed “Hidden Lynx,” was among the most technically advanced of
several dozen groups believed to be running cyber espionage
operations out of China. Unlike a previous report by another
company, Symantec did not allege Chinese government involvement
in the cyberattacks.

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    • 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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