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Unpatched Firefox flaw may expose users

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A new, unpatched flaw in that affects all versions of Firefox could let attackers surreptitiously run malicious code on users' PCs, a security researcher has warned.

KDE kcheckpass Privilege Escalation Vulnerability

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A vulnerability has been reported in kcheckpass, which potentially can be exploited by malicious, local users to gain escalated privileges. Patch available.

New technology may exacerbate identity theft problem

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New technology could increase rather than solve the problem of identity theft and fraud, a British criminologist warned today.

System gurus guard against infection from incoming PCs

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It's happy days for pizza vendors and futon salesmen, as 100,000 college students swarm into Greater Boston for the start of a new academic year. But for college computer administrators, it's the season to be wary.

'Fixed' Isn't Good Enough for Payment Protection

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Security

CardSystems violated contracts by not encrypting data and retaining data it wasn't supposed to-and then became the nation's largest data-theft victim. Now it wants bygones to be bygones.

Regulating phone companies' security standards

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Security

A new age crime for new age technology, is about thieves trying to steal identities and the phone companies doing little to protect subscribers' personal data from being revealed.

Security Flaws Found in Mplayer and Elm

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Two serious security flaws have turned up in software widely distributed with Linux and Unix. The bugs affect Electronic Mail for Unix (Elm), and Mplayer, a cross-platform movie player that is one of the most popular of its kind on Linux.

Zotob suspect linked to other viruses

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One of the two men arrested this weekend over the Zotob worm could have authored as many as 20 other viruses, according to security specialists Sophos.

ID theft creates opportunities for data companies

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The collective fear that consumer identities may be stolen can mean opportunity, but many advocates question whether some new services are taking advantage of growing fears. "Making money on identity theft is a growth industry and it's just not pretty."

Phishers Sinking to New Lows

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Don't get me started on spam. But the other day, scanning the dregs of my spam filter, there was this one that stood out from the hundreds. It raised images of stressed-out and distraught military families stunned by the message that their bank accounts had been breached.

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Mozilla Firefox 58

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Openwashing Surveillance

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