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Jun 20, 2013
Jun 20, 2013
Jun 20, 2013
Jun 20, 2013

John McAfee resurfaces as ranting video star, mocks McAfee software

BOSTON (Reuters) – Eccentric former software pioneer John McAfee is back in the spotlight – lashing out at the anti-virus software that bears his name in a profanity-laced video.

McAfee, an American who helped create the anti-virus software industry, generated a media frenzy at the end of last year when he fled his home on a tropical island in Belize, claiming that police in the Central American nation wanted to frame him for murder.

Jun 19, 2013
Jun 19, 2013

Microsoft offers hefty bounties to thwart hackers

BOSTON (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp is looking to recruit computer geeks in its ongoing efforts to protect Windows PCs from attacks, offering rewards of as much as $150,000 to anybody who helps identify and fix major security holes in its software.

Microsoft unveiled the rewards program, one of the most generous in the high-tech industry to date, on Wednesday as it sought ways to prevent sophisticated attackers from subverting new security technologies it has introduced in the latest versions of the Windows operating system.

Jun 18, 2013

Microsoft says it freed millions of computers from criminal botnet

BOSTON, June 18 (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp said
that an assault it led earlier this month on one of the world’s
biggest cyber crime rings has freed at least 2 million PCs
infected with a virus believed to have been used to steal more
than $500 million from bank accounts worldwide.

“We definitely have liberated at least 2 million PCs
globally. That is a conservative estimate,” Richard Domingues
Boscovich, assistant general counsel with Microsoft’s Digital
Crimes Unit, said in an interview on Tuesday.

Jun 17, 2013
Jun 17, 2013

U.S. security expert says surveillance cameras can be hacked

BOSTON (Reuters) – A U.S. security expert says he has identified ways to remotely attack high-end surveillance cameras used by industrial plants, prisons, banks and the military, something that potentially would allow hackers to spy on facilities or gain access to sensitive computer networks.

Craig Heffner, a former software developer with the National Security Administration who now works for a private security firm, said he discovered the previously unreported bugs in digital video surveillance equipment from firms including Cisco Systems Inc, D-Link Corp and TRENDnet.

Jun 13, 2013

U.S. FDA urges protection of medical devices from cyber threats

June 13 (Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on
Thursday urged medical device makers and medical facilities to
upgrade security protections to protect against potential cyber
threats that could compromise the devices or patient privacy.

It released that advisory in coordination with a separate
alert from the Department of Homeland Security, which disclosed
vulnerability in a wide variety of medical equipment that can
make those devices vulnerable to remote attacks from hackers.

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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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