Hackers steal data on 4.5 million US hospital patients

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By Martyn Williams, IDG News Service | August 18th, 2014 Community Health Systems says the breach occurred in April and June. A major U.S. hospital operator says hackers based in China broke into its computer systems and stole data on 4.5 million patients. Community Health Systems said the attack occurred in April and June of…

Tinfoil Security vulnerability scanning now easy in CloudFlare Apps

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We’re pleased to introduce a new CloudFlare App: Tinfoil Security. Tinfoil Security is a service designed to find possible web application vulnerabilities. Security is central to CloudFlare’s service. Our security features operate at the network level to identify and block malicious traffic from ever reaching your website or application. However, even with that protection in…

Tinfoil Security vulnerability scanning now easy in CloudFlare Apps

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We’re pleased to introduce a new CloudFlare App: Tinfoil Security. Tinfoil Security is a service designed to find possible web application vulnerabilities. Security is central to CloudFlare’s service. Our security features operate at the network level to identify and block malicious traffic from ever reaching your website or application. However, even with that protection in…

Microsoft urges customers to uninstall ‘Blue Screen of Death’ update

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By Gregg Keizer, Computerworld | August 17th, 2014 One of last week’s security updates has bricked an unknown number of PCs running Windows 7. Microsoft on Friday quietly recommended that customers uninstall one of last week’s security updates after users reported that it crippled their computers with the infamous “Blue Screen of Death” (BSOD). The…

Host-MLAG: Don’t Let a Switch Bring Down Your Servers

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How do you protect against failures in a data center? Selecting a stable location and using quality equipment is a good start. But no matter how much you spend and how lofty the promises of the vendor, hardware does fail. And because systems do inevitably fail, redundancy is your friend when it comes to minimizing…

Host-MLAG: Don’t Let a Switch Bring Down Your Servers

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How do you protect against failures in a data center? Selecting a stable location and using quality equipment is a good start. But no matter how much you spend and how lofty the promises of the vendor, hardware does fail. And because systems do inevitably fail, redundancy is your friend when it comes to minimizing…

FCC extends net neutrality comment period to Sept. 15

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By Zach Miners, IDG News Service | August 15th, 2014 The public will now have five additional days to weigh in. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has extended a deadline for comments on its proposed net neutrality rules to Sept. 15, giving members of the public more time to weigh in on how the government…

With SmartThings buy, is Samsung embracing an open Internet of Things?

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By Patrick Thibodeau, Computerworld | August 15th, 2014 An Internet of Things startup may help shape a consumer goliath’s product strategy. In acquiring SmartThings, Samsung is gaining a philosophy, platform and development community for the Internet of Things (IoT). It may also be betting that open standards — open platforms — will be the key…

British spy agency scanned for vulnerable systems in 32 countries, German paper reveals

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By Mikael Ricknäs, IDG News Service | August 15th, 2014 Heise Online reveals top-secret details about the GCHQ’s ‘Hacienda’ program. British intelligence agency GCHQ used port scanning as part of the “Hacienda” program to find vulnerable systems it and other agencies could compromise across at least 27 countries, German news site Heise Online has revealed.…

Microsoft: Give IE another chance

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By Gregg Keizer, Computerworld | August 15th, 2014 Tidbits from a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” chat also include browser name-change, faster updates and the demise of IE8. In a wide-ranging “Ask Me Anything” chat on Reddit Thursday, developers and program managers from the Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) team urged users to give the browser a…

Azure cloud services have a rough week

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By Juan Carlos Perez, IDG News Service | August 15th, 2014 Outages and service disruptions hit several Azure products in various regions of the world in the past seven days. Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing platform suffered a series of outages and service disruptions in the past week that affected several products and impacted customers in…

Certificate Authority Security Council backs SSL server rules taking effect Nov. 1

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By Ellen Messmer, Network World | August 15th, 2014 The Certificate Authority Security Council weighs in on new SSL server certificate rules. As a safety precaution to prevent SSL server certificates being exploited for network man-in-the-middle attacks on organizations, vendors that issue SSL server certificates will begin adhering to new issuance guidelines as of Nov.…

Heartbleed exposes weaknesses in hardware design

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By Agam Shah, IDG News Service | August 15th, 2014 Heartbleed highlights memory and cache architecture weaknesses, but a DHS-funded project proposes changes. Heartbleed may have been a software bug, but it highlighted glaring weaknesses in existing hardware architectures, which remain vulnerable to memory-bound attacks, a university researcher said this week. Data is vulnerable to…

Why contractors’ home networks are a security threat

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By Antone Gonsalves, CSO | August 15th, 2014 Companies should take note of a recent poll that found contractors and IT administrators were the favorite targets of hackers. Four in 10 of a 127 self-proclaimed hackers surveyed last week at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas listed the login credentials of contractors as a…

Adtran lays groundwork for superfast broadband over copper

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By Mikael Ricknäs, IDG News Service | August 15th, 2014 The first commercial networks are expected next year. Telecom equipment vendor Adtran has developed a technology that will make it easier for operators to roll out broadband speeds close to 500Mbps over copper lines. The conventional wisdom is that copper is dying out and fiber…

Google broadens its malware sleuthing to sniff out deceptive downloads

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By Zach Miners, TechWorld | August 14th, 2014 More types of malicious software will be identified by Google’s safe browsing service. Google is expanding its safe browsing technology to notify Web users of downloads that appear benign, but actually make unwanted changes to their computers. Starting next week, the company’s safe browsing service will identify…

Survey: Most hackers do it for the lulz

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By Jared Newman, PC World | August 14th, 2014 What motivates hackers to wreak havoc on security systems and steal sensitive data? According to a new survey, most hackers do it for kicks, and few think they’ll get caught. Security firm Thycotic surveyed 127 self-identified hackers at the Black Hat conference last week. When asked…

Dozens of US tech firms violate EU privacy promises, advocacy group says

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By Grant Gross, IDG News Service | August 14th, 2014 The Center for Digital Democracy calls on the FTC to investigate 30 companies. Thirty U.S. data brokers and data management firms, including Adobe Systems, AOL and Salesforce.com, are violating privacy promises they’ve made regarding their handling of the personal information of EU residents, a privacy…

How Google is heading toward safe, global Gmail

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CSO | August 14th, 2014 Google has made an important change to its Gmail spam filter that is expected to make targeted phishing attacks more difficult while allowing for a more global webmail service. The Internet company recently took a step toward more global email by accepting non-Latin and accented Latin characters approved by the…