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Nov 15, 2013

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

BOSTON/SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 15 (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.

Nov 14, 2013
Nov 7, 2013

FireEye revenue outlook tops Street view, shares rise

Nov 7 (Reuters) – FireEye Inc, a technology firm
that helps companies fend off cyber attacks, gave a revenue
outlook for 2014 that came in ahead of Wall Street forecasts as
it posted results for the first time since it went public in
September in one of this year’s hottest IPOs.

The company’s shares climbed 8 percent. FireEye said it sees
revenue next year of between $240 million and $250 million, up
from between $156 million and $158 million this year.

Nov 7, 2013
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
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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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