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NSA-resistant Android application 'burns' sensitive messages

Silent Circle, a company specializing in encrypted communications, released a messaging application for Android devices on Wednesday that encrypts and securely erases messages and files.

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Bitcoin offers privacy—as long as you don't cash out or spend it

On the surface, Bitcoin seems to be a great way to hide cash. Actually, it's a terrible way to launder money.

NY Times Target

How a DNS hack in Australia took down marquee sites in the US

Twitter, The New York Times and other prominent websites were struck by a powerful cyberattack that continued affecting other websites into Tuesday evening, directing visitors to a site purportedly controlled by the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA).

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Scam Alert: Do NOT click on that 'Instagram for PC' ad

An advertisement circulating on Facebook and Twitter for a desktop version of the photo-sharing application Instagram is a scam, according to security vendor Symantec.

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Twitter introduces 'in-tweet' abuse button after complaints

Twitter has revised its guidelines around abusive behavior following bomb and rape threats made against several prominent female users of the service in the U.K.

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Apple's developer site overhaul continues following breach

Apple is incrementally restoring its developer systems following an intrusion last week the company said may have divulged personal information about registered users.

Alert! Study finds Internet users heed browser warnings

Security warnings displayed by Web browsers are far more effective at deterring risky Internet behavior than was previously believed, according to a new study.

on pcworld.com

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Popular home routers contain critical security vulnerabilities

Thirteen popular home and small office routers contain security problems that could allow a hacker to snoop or modify network traffic, according to new research.

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White House warns China to crack down on cyberattacks

A top U.S. official called on China to investigate and stop cyberattacks, which he said pose a growing threat to the countries' economic relationship.

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Twitter pulls plug on TweetDeck for Android, iPhone

Twitter will end support for TweetDeck on the iPhone and Android in order to focus solely on browser-based versions for those platforms. And it is also apparently dumping Facebook.

hackers

NBC.com hacked to serve up banking malware

NBC said it was working to clear up the issues, which also affected some of its other websites.

on pcworld.com

iPhone hackers hint at progress towards iOS 6 jailbreak

Two iPhone hackers hinted they're making progress towards developing a new jailbreak for the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system.

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Apple fined in Beijing court over ebook sales

Apple was ordered by a Beijing court on Thursday to pay a total of 1.03 million yuan (US$165,000) for selling unlicensed e-books, according to a report by China's official Xinhua news agency.

Australian police warn against using Apple Maps application

Australian police are warning people not to rely on Apple's new mobile mapping application after several motorists ended up in a semi-arid national park where temperatures can reach 115F (46C) and there is no water supply.

Instagram vulnerability on iPhone allows for account takeover

A security researcher published on Friday another attack on Facebook's Instagram photo-sharing service that could allow a hacker to seize control of a victim's account.