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Windows XP Support Expiring: Don’t Freak Out

Posted In Living in Tech
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It’s official: Microsoft will no longer support Windows XP. There’s just one little problem: millions of PCs continue to run the aging operating system. Businesses and schools around the world still rely on XP to drive daily computing, and don’t seem very interested in spending the time, money, and tears on a massive tech refresh. Indeed, Windows XP holds 27.69 percent of the PC operating-system market, according to the latest data from NetApplications—well behind Windows 7 at 48.77 percent, but… continue…

Changing Anti-Virus Models Spur New Hiring

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If you expect that increasing malware and security threats means increased hiring at companies that combat them, you’d be both right and wrong. Among the industry stalwarts — the likes of Microsoft, AVAST, Symantec and McAfee – some are hiring while others are letting people go. The reason is the dramatic changes impacting the industry. First, there’s the financial: A crop of new companies is benefiting from lower costs of entry and cloud-based setups. For example, San Jose, Calif.-based Malwarebytes… continue…

Twitter Stopped Encryption Project: Report

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According to The Verge, Twitter halted a project that would have cloaked direct messages and other non-public communications. continue…

Snowden Appears at TED Via Robot

The government whistleblower seems determined to keep a public profile despite his asylum in Russia. continue…

New Spy Chief: NSA Needs Better PR, Not Reform

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New NSA director Michael Rogers rejected suggestions by the Senate that his agency should cut back surveillance or submit to more oversight. continue…

7-Year-Old ‘Feature’ Makes WordPress an Ad Hoc Botnet

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Hackers exploiting the pingback feature in WordPress got 162,000 WP servers to DDOS another one. continue…

‘Net Should Brace for More Giant DDoS Attacks

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Fourteen Internet protocols could be used for large-scale DDOS attacks; six could be used as amplifiers pushing attacks orders of magnitude beyond the norm. continue…

Sir Tim Berners-Lee: World Wide Web Needs a ‘Bill of Rights’

Posted In Cloud
He insists that the World Wide Web remain a “neutral” medium, one in which users push back against government surveillance. continue…

Security Lessons From Snowden’s SXSW Discussion

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“When in doubt, encrypt” is just one tip pulled from the government whistleblower’s appearance. continue…

More Spies Needed in Silicon Valley

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Increasing demand is giving cybersecurity engineers more options in terms of where and for whom to work. Where before many of the available jobs were government positions based in the Washington, D.C., area, today private companies in Silicon Valley are offering opportunities that didn’t exist before. Reporting on a story from the Information, Business Insider says engineers working for agencies like the NSA and CIA can take advantage of “fast-moving, non-bureaucratic environments” in the private sector. Besides that, they can… continue…