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Comcast Agrees to Pay $33 Million in California Privacy Breach

Cable operator Comcast has settled with California authorities and agreed to pay $33 million (roughly Rs. 218 crores) for accidentally publishing the names, phone numbers and addresses of about 75,000 people who paid to keep the information private. Of the total, $25 million (roughly Rs. 165 crores) will go to state agencies. Each customer affected will receive $100 (roughly Rs. ... Read More »

Arms Firms Do Business With New Buyers as Cyber Fears Grow

A broadening wave of cyber-attacks is drumming up new clients for defence companies as anxiety about the loss of sensitive data spreads from military chiefs to company bosses. Banks, utilities and media groups are the new customers of defence companies who are generating a growing proportion of their revenues from cyber-security, helping to offset lower spending by Western governments on ... Read More »

Microsoft Targeting SMBs in Punjab, Haryana for Cloud Services

Tech giant Microsoft India on Wednesday said it is targeting small and medium businesses (SMBs) in Punjab and Haryana by offering them cloud-based solutions at cheaper rates. “Our solutions are developed to address SMBs needs and Punjab and Haryana have strong pool of businesses, which can benefit from cloud solutions Azure, Office 365 and CRM Online. We are working closely ... Read More »

Optical Fibre Laid in 68,000 Village Panchayats: Telecom Minister

The government has laid down 90,000 kms of optical fibre network for high speed broadband connection, covering about 68,000 village panchayats till date, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said. “We are connecting about 2.5 lakh village panchayats. We have made it BharatNet. Only 2,000 kms (of OFC) was laid under the previous government. “In last 14 months, we have ... Read More »

Dutch Police Arrest 2 in ‘CoinVault’ Computer Blackmail Case

Dutch police said on Thursday they had arrested two men on suspicion of using malicious software known as “CoinVault” to try to extort money from victims whose computers they hacked. CoinVault, first identified by online security firm Kaspersky Lab in 2014, encrypts a target computer’s files and then posts a message on the screen demanding a ransom in exchange for ... Read More »

US Pentagon Designing Cyber ‘Scorecard’ to Stay Ahead of Hackers

The U.S. Defense Department is building a massive, electronic system to provide an overview of the vulnerabilities of the military’s computer networks, weapons systems, and installations, and help officials prioritize how to fix them, the deputy commander of U.S. Cyber Command said on Thursday. Air Force Lieutenant General Kevin McLaughlin told Reuters officials should reach agreement on a framework within ... Read More »

Surge in Targeted Cyber-Attacks in Japan in 2015: Report

Japan police on Thursday said the number of targeted cyber-attacks surged nearly seven-fold in the first half of this year from the like period of last year. The National Police Agency said it recorded 1,472 attacks from January to June, NHK news agency reported. The agency monitors such attacks in coordination with more than 6,900 defence and nuclear-related firms and ... Read More »

Second Russian Man Pleads Guilty in US Credit Card Hacking Scheme

A second Russian citizen has pleaded guilty to U.S. charges that he participated in a computer hacking scheme that compromised more than 160 million credit card numbers and caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damages. Dmitriy Smilianets, 32, pleaded guilty on Wednesday in federal court in Camden, New Jersey, to conspiring to commit wire fraud, three years after his ... Read More »

Pinterest Claims 100 Million Active Users

More than 100 million users are on Pinterest, the online bulletin board-style service which allows people to “pin” images based on their interests, the California company said Wednesday. Co-founder Evan Sharp told AFP that most of the users “are not just visiting Pinterest once a month, but they’re actually discovering something so interesting that they’re saving it or are clicking ... Read More »

US Senators Ask Automakers for Details on Cyber-Security

Two U.S. senators have asked the world’s biggest automakers for information on steps they have taken to protect cars from being hacked, as attention on vehicle security has surged following the first car recall over a cyber bug. Democratic Senators Edward Markey and Richard Blumenthal wrote to 18 automakers on Wednesday asking about efforts taken to secure vehicles including 2015 ... Read More »