Gawker hack underscores flaws with passwords
The fallout from a hacking attack on Gawker Media Inc. a week ago underscores a basic security risk of living more of our lives online: Using the same username and password for multiple sites is convenient, but costly.
Spam attack hits Twitter, tied to Gawker breach
(AP) -- A spam attack on Twitter shows why it's wise to use different passwords for Internet accounts.
Computer virus 'mastermind' arrested in Armenia
Dutch authorities announced Tuesday the arrest in Armenia of the alleged mastermind behind a computer virus crime group whose server network was dismantled in the Netherlands a day earlier.
Google tightening privacy leash on its employees
(AP) -- Google Inc. is tightening its privacy leash on employees in an effort to ensure they don't intrude on people while the Internet search leader collects and stores information about its users.
Facebook tightens security for members on the move
US Facebook fans inclined to connect with the leading social networking site while out and about have a couple of new security tools at their disposal.
Dozens charged in NY in global computer virus scam
(AP) -- Hackers in eastern Europe who used computer viruses to steal usernames and passwords teamed up with foreign students who opened bank accounts in the U.S. to snatch at least $3 million from American bank accounts, ...
Child's 'mental number line' affects memory for numbers
As children in Western cultures grow, they learn to place numbers on a mental number line, with smaller numbers to the left and spaced further apart than the larger numbers on the right. Then the number line changes to become ...
Why do consumers disclose sensitive information to shady-looking websites?
Many consumers need help recognizing when their privacy is compromised, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research.
Cameron Diaz tops list of riskiest celeb searches
(AP) -- If you're looking for Cameron Diaz, Julia Roberts or Jessica Biel online, look out!
The power of graphics processing units may threaten the world’s password security system
It’s been called revolutionary - technology that lends supercomputer-level power to any desktop. What’s more, this new capability comes in the form of a readily available piece of hardware, a graphics processing unit ...
Report: China hackers stole key Google program
(AP) -- Computer hackers stole a program that controlled access to most of Google Inc.'s services when they attacked the Internet company late last year, according to a report published late Monday.
Email scam targets Facebook users: Web security firm
Computer hackers are targeting Facebook users with an email scam that attempts to steal their passwords, Web security firm McAfee said.
Spain smashes global 'zombie' computer network: police
Spanish police said on Wednesday they had arrested three men suspected of building the world's biggest network of virus-infected computers which hijacked more than 13 million PCs.
Are you any good at creating passwords?
There's an interesting little study that's been done by security firm Imperva, which analyzed some 32 million passwords posted online in December by some enterprising hacker.