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Aug 28, 2015

Exclusive: Russia’s Kaspersky threatened to ‘rub out’ rival, email shows

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – In 2009, Eugene Kaspersky, co-founder of one of the world’s top security companies, told some of his lieutenants that they should attack rival antivirus software maker AVG Technologies N.V. (AVG.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) by “rubbing them out in the outhouse,” one of several previously undisclosed emails shows.

He was quoting from Vladimir Putin’s famous threat a decade earlier to pursue Chechen rebels wherever they were: “If we catch them in the toilet, then we will rub them out in the outhouse.”

Aug 28, 2015

Uber hires two security researchers to improve car technology

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 28 (Reuters) – Uber Technologies Inc
has hired two top vehicle security researchers, the
company said on Friday, additions to its staff that come as the
ride-hailing service ramps up its work on technology for
self-driving cars.

Charlie Miller, who had been working at Twitter Inc
, and Chris Valasek, who worked at security firm
IOActive, left their jobs on Friday and will join Uber next
week.

Aug 28, 2015

Uber hiring two security researchers to improve technology: source

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Private ride service Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] is hiring two top vehicle security researchers as it ramps up its work on technology for self-driving cars, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday.

Charlie Miller, who has been working at Twitter Inc, and Chris Valasek, who quit Friday at security firm IOActive, will be announced Monday as new hires at the fast-growing company looks to expand its technology effort, the person said.

Aug 24, 2015

Security researcher who hacked moving Jeep leaves Twitter

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The security researcher who hacked into a moving Jeep earlier this year has resigned as an engineer at Twitter Inc (TWTR.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) after three years on the job, a person familiar with the matter said.

Charlie Miller, a former National Security Agency hacker who is the one of the world’s best-known security experts, declined to comment on his departure or say what he would do next.

Aug 14, 2015

Exclusive: Russian antivirus firm faked malware to harm rivals – Ex-employees

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Beginning more than a decade ago, one of the largest security companies in the world, Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab, tried to damage rivals in the marketplace by tricking their antivirus software programs into classifying benign files as malicious, according to two former employees.

They said the secret campaign targeted Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), AVG Technologies NV (AVG.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), Avast Software and other rivals, fooling some of them into deleting or disabling important files on their customers’ PCs.

Aug 14, 2015

EXCLUSIVE: Ex-employees: Russian antivirus firm faked malware to harm rivals

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Beginning more than a decade ago, one of the largest security companies in the world, Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab, tried to damage rivals in the marketplace by tricking their antivirus software programs into classifying benign files as malicious, according to two former employees.

They said the secret campaign targeted Microsoft Corp, AVG Technologies NV, Avast Software and other rivals, fooling some of them into deleting or disabling important files on their customers’ PCs.

Aug 14, 2015

Exclusive: Ex-employees – Russian antivirus firm faked malware to harm rivals

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Beginning more than a decade ago, one of the largest security companies in the world, Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab, tried to damage rivals in the marketplace by tricking their antivirus software programs into classifying benign files as malicious, according to two former employees.

They said the secret campaign targeted Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research), AVG Technologies NV (AVG.N: Quote, Profile, Research), Avast Software and other rivals, fooling some of them into deleting or disabling important files on their customers’ PCs.

Aug 11, 2015

Charges expected Tuesday in hacking and insider trading cases

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Federal authorities in Brooklyn and Newark are planning to announce indictments Tuesday in a rare case tying together hacking and stock market trades.

The Securities and Exchange Commission, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Secret Service have all been involved in the matter, a person familiar with the probe told Reuters.

Aug 7, 2015

Google, Samsung to issue monthly Android security fixes

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – Google Inc and Samsung Electronics Co will release monthly security fixes for Android phones, a growing target for hackers, after the disclosure of a bug designed to attack the world’s most popular mobile operating system.

The change came after security researcher Joshua Drake unveiled what he called Stagefright, hacking software that allows attackers to send a special multimedia message to an Android phone and access sensitive content even if the message is unopened.

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