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.
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.
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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
(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.”
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 HealthCare.gov 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
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.
Oct 8 (Reuters) – Russian authorities have arrested a man
believed to be responsible for distributing a notorious software
kit known as “Blackhole” that is widely used by cyber criminals
to infect PCs, according to a person familiar with the
A former Russian police detective in contact with Russia’s
federal government told Reuters that the suspect, who is known
in hacking circles as “Paunch,” had been arrested. He provided
BOSTON, Oct 8 (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp said on
Tuesday it is paying a well-known hacking expert more than
$100,000 for finding security holes in its software, one of the
largest such bounties awarded to date by a high-tech company.
The software maker also released a much anticipated update
to Internet Explorer, which it said fixes a bug that made users
of the world’s most popular browser vulnerable to remote attack.