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  • COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., April 13- U.S. cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike Inc said Monday it had successfully prevented a Chinese hacker group from targeting a U.S. technology firm for the first time, offering promise for other companies facing cyber attacks. Dmitri Alperovitch, co-founder and chief technology officer of CrowdStrike, told Reuters his company had...

  • LONDON— Russian officials say they have detained five hackers responsible for the theft of roughly $1 million from banks in Russia and Ukraine, breaking up a group dubbed "cyberfascists" for its predilection for Nazi imagery. Cybersecurity company Group-IB, which was involved in the investigation, says the Siberia- based attackers used a homebrewed program...

  • SEATTLE, April 13- Computer security researchers said they have uncovered a new variation on an old weakness in Microsoft Corp's Windows operating system that could theoretically allow hackers to steal login credentials from hundreds of millions of PCs. The vulnerability, named' Redirect to SMB' by security firm Cylance, is similar to one found in the late 1990...

  • COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., April 13- U.S. cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike Inc said Monday it had successfully prevented a Chinese hacker group from targeting a U.S. technology firm for the first time, offering promise for other companies facing cyber attacks. Dmitri Alperovitch, co-founder and chief technology officer of CrowdStrike, told Reuters his company had...

  • Researchers claim new Windows security weakness Monday, 13 Apr 2015 | 11:38 AM ET
    Two attendees are silhouetted against a Microsoft Corp. poster at the Microsoft Developers Build Conference in San Francisco, California.

    A weakness in Windows security system discovered in the 1990s could allow hackers to obtain login credentials.

  • SEATTLE, April 13- Computer security researchers said they have uncovered a new variation on an old weakness in Microsoft Corp's Windows operating system that could theoretically allow hackers to steal login credentials from hundreds of millions of PCs. The vulnerability, named' Redirect to SMB' by security firm Cylance, is similar to one found in the late 1990...

  • *Hedge fund says Qualcomm's chip unit "essentially worthless". *Jana says it has had "constructive dialogue" with Qualcomm. Qualcomm's shares, which up to Friday's close had fallen about 7 percent since the start of the year, jumped more than 5 percent to $72.74 in premarket trading on Monday after the Wall Street Journal reported that Jana was putting pressure on...

  • Amazon, Google see this space as next pot of gold Sunday, 12 Apr 2015 | 5:59 PM ET
    Matt Feldman, a handyman who founded Homlux to provide home services and works with Amazon’s services program, in New York, April 10, 2015.

    Bringing the efficiency of the Web to household tasks has opened a new door to the multibillion-dollar home services industry, NYT reports.

  • Maine police pay ransom to hackers to get files back Saturday, 11 Apr 2015 | 8:41 AM ET

    Sheriff Todd Brackett told WCSH-TV that after several attempts to retrieve the records, his agency paid a ransom of about $300 to the creator of the virus to get their files back. Brackett says the FBI helped track the payment to a Swiss bank account but efforts to identify the hackers got no further. Also in Maine, Houlton Police Department computers were held...

  • April 10- Security software maker Symantec Corp has been seeking buyers for its storage software business, Veritas, or the entire company for several months, sources familiar with the matter said. Symantec has approached NetApp Inc, EMC Corp and several private equity firms to gauge their interest, the people said, asking asked not to be identified as the...

  • PC sales declined _ again _ in first quarter Thursday, 9 Apr 2015 | 4:13 PM ET

    One big reason for the decline was businesses buying fewer desktop computers, according to the Gartner research firm. One bright spot identified by Gartner was an increase in sales of laptop computers and hybrid models that combine features of tablets and laptops. That could help drive a gradual return to growth by next year, said Gartner analyst Mikako...

  • The letter follows a hearing last month by the Senate Judiciary Committee, which invited Southern California Edison to testify, though the company declined. Ronil Hira, a professor at Howard University, said at the hearing that the utility outsourced work to two companies, and those companies employed H-1B staffers who were then trained by the employees they...

  • DETROIT— General Motors Co. plans a major overhaul of its technical center in the Detroit suburb of Warren, the automaker announced Thursday, on the same day Mayor Jim Fouts revealed that an unnamed business is considering a $1 billion investment that could create 3,000 jobs. Neither he nor GM spokesman Dan Flores would confirm that the $1 billion investment...

  • JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.— Some new and expanding data storage centers in Missouri soon will be exempt from certain state and local sales taxes under a bill signed Thursday by Democratic Gov. Missouri Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Dan Mehan called the legislation a "game-changer." Republican Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey said it is unlikely lawmakers...

  • NY regulators find gaps in bank vendor cybersecurity Thursday, 9 Apr 2015 | 10:54 AM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.— New York financial regulators say they've found gaps in cybersecurity in bank dealings with third-party vendors, noting that nearly one-third of 40 banking organizations surveyed don't require service vendors to inform them of information security breaches. The Department of Financial Services report shows fewer than half of the banks...

  • Interactive Entertainment and TT Games unveiled plans Thursday for "Lego Dimensions," a game and toy line combining real-world Lego bricks and figures with virtual game worlds depicted on screen. It's similar to the popular "Skylanders,"'' Disney Infinity "and" ambiio "series from Activision-Blizzard Inc., Walt Disney Co. and Nintendo Co.. Over the next two years,...

  • Cybercrime fighting group takes down Beebone botnet Thursday, 9 Apr 2015 | 6:13 AM ET

    LONDON— A new group of international cybercrime fighters claimed one of its first kills Thursday, pulling the plug on malicious servers that hijacked at least 12,000 machines, most of them in the United States. The elimination of the Beebone botnet is an early success chalked up by the Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce, a coordination body created last year by...

  • PARIS— Hackers claiming allegiance to the Islamic State group simultaneously blacked out 11 channels of a French global TV network and took over its website and social media accounts on Thursday, in what appeared to be the most ambitious media attack so far by the extremist group. France's interior minister, while counseling caution until investigators find...

  • MUMBAI, April 9- An Indian court on Thursday held the founder of Satyam Computer Services, which was once one of India's biggest IT outsourcing companies, guilty in the country's biggest corporate accounting fraud, local television channels reported. The court is yet to announce the quantum of punishment in the case, the TV channels reported.

  • NEW YORK, April 8- The Federal Communications Commission reached a $25 million settlement with AT&T Inc over a consumer data breach at call centers in Mexico, Colombia and the Philippines, the U.S. communications regulator said on Wednesday. The breaches led to unauthorized disclosure of names and full or partial Social Security numbers and illegal access to...