Last week, groups of congressional staffers gathered in conference rooms in the nation's capital. They were coming to hear from a representative from Symantec about the current threat landscape in cyberspace.
The discovery of a malicious computer program that appears to be collecting sensitive information from Iran and others indicates the global cyberwar has moved to a new level, warn security experts.
More bad news for Chinese telecom giant Huawei this week is raising questions about the company's ability to do business with the West.
Do you use a passcode to protect access to your smartphone? And if so, do you do that consistently? Every day, many smartphones get lost -- and found, not always by their owners. What happens with those missing devices?
A computer virus campaign is targeting opponents of Russian President-elect Vladimir Putin, according to anti-virus software maker Symantec.
Like taxes and regulations, technology can prove to be a real nightmare for small businesses. In fact, a recent study by online backup provider Carbonite found that 48 percent of American small businesses with between two and 20 employees experienced data loss this year, up from 42 percent in 2010.
Every day the news hits of another company, website or long list of credit cards that's been hacked. But what if there was a foolproof technology to fend off cyberattackers by keeping secret information secret?
Nearly 100,000 Facebook applications accidentally leaked access to users' Facebook accounts for several years, according to Web security firm Symantec.
Iran has been targeted by a new computer worm named Stars, according to an Iranian official.
Here are six steps consumers can use to protect themselves from scammers as the online buying season kicks into high gear:
Internet security agents say Iran is being targeted by a computer worm. Expert Gerry Egan explains the threat.
Stuxnet is viewed as potentially the most dangerous piece of computer malware discovered. It's been developed on an unprecedented scale and has the ability to target and control specified industrial machinery.
This week's arrests of three men in connection with one of the world's largest computer-virus networks may seem like great news -- perhaps even a sign authorities are starting to win the war against cyberthieves.
It was a good year for cyber crime - that's bad news for e-commerce. CNN.com's Kevin Voigt explains.
The past 12 months have been a banner year for cyber crime. And that could be bad news for the future of e-commerce.
Like its namesake Watergate, "Climategate" started with a break-in. But this one was a cyber theft.
Climate-gate was likely launched by hackers for hire who knew what they were looking for. CNN's Paula Newton reports.
Todd Feinman spent more than a decade breaking into the computer systems of Fortune 100 companies. Not for his own nefarious purposes, though. The former director at PricewaterhouseCoopers was paid to test corporate security systems. He succeeded in breaching them 80% of the time.
If the word 'cybercrime' conjures up images of computer geeks trying to crash computers from their mothers' basements, think again.
Mac computers are known for their near-immunity to malicious computer programs that plague PCs.
The FBI and New Zealand target a hacker called "Akill" who they say helped infect 1 million computers for criminals.
The increasing use of the Internet by political campaigns presents hackers and spammers with growing opportunities for abuse, according to two Internet experts.
A New Zealand teenager has been questioned in connection with a scheme by hackers to remotely take over more than 1 million computers worldwide and use them for criminal activity, New Zealand police and the FBI said Thursday.
There's an old saying in the news business that says if your mother tells you she loves you, check it out.
What began as a ninth-grade prank, a way to trick already-suspicious friends who had fallen for his earlier practical jokes, has earned Rich Skrenta notoriety as the first person ever to let loose a personal computer virus.
Chinese police have busted up two criminal organizations and seized pirated software worth half a billion dollars, the culmination of two years of work with the FBI
The nightmare begins early in the morning with an innocuous-looking e-mail on your mobile phone instructing you to check a specific Web site for information about repairing your credit score.
Internet pirates have begun to turn away from traditional attack modes such as viruses and worms and are increasingly using targeted emails and other techniques to swipe critical personal information, according to an Internet security report released Monday.
A disgruntled hacker with a personal grudge against Symantec, which provides anti-virus software to leading Fortune 500 companies, could be behind a new, crippling computer virus that's already hit a division of at least one big U.S. corporation on Thursday.
Stocks turned narrowly mixed Monday as investors were hesitant to carve out positions ahead of this week's Federal Reserve meeting and a number of economic readings later this week.
Stocks steadily moved higher Monday following a flurry of merger activity and a drop in crude oil prices, but investors remained reluctant as they faced a glut of earnings and economic news later in the week.
Falling oil prices gave stocks a lift early Monday afternoon, but gains were limited ahead of a busy week for company earnings and economic news.
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Stocks swayed near midday Tuesday as investors welcomed falling oil prices, but kept an eye on further signs of a weakening economy and some negative corporate news.
Stocks struggled Tuesday morning as investors welcomed falling oil prices and lower Treasury bond yields, but showed caution amid a weak reading on manufacturing and some discouraging corporate news.
Security software vendor Symantec unveiled a new strategy and rolled out a set of souped-up products Tuesday as it faces increased competition from Microsoft.
When it comes to cell phones, the smarter they are, the harder they fall - for viruses.
How badly did Wall Street want Hewlett-Packard to make a software acquisition? Listen to the tale of the tape: Despite paying a 33% premium for Mercury Interactive in a $4.5 billion deal, HP shares rose 42 cents - or 1.4 percent - on Wednesday.
Despite seemingly endless stories of identity theft and virus attacks, the makers of software designed to keep computers secure have struggled this year.
When Darragh Marmorstein's computer crashed, the freelance wardrobe stylist had to shell out $1,500 - more than the cost of many new computers - to recover her data, which included numerous family photos as well as her professional portfolio.
SAN FRANCISCO (Business 2.0 Magazine) - Burst.com, a two-person Internet video company, has sued Apple, claiming that its iTunes and QuickTime software violate Burst's patents. Techdirt says the move was expected after Apple filed suit earlier this year to have the court declare Burst's patents invalid. Last year, Burst brought a patent-infringement lawsuit about Internet video delivery against Microsoft, settling the case for $60 million after alleging that Microsoft tried to crush the company. Both Burst and Apple have hired big legal guns, setting this up to be a case the likes of which we haven't seen since NTP sued Research In Motion over the BlackBerry.
The rise in online scams such as identity theft and phishing is bad news for consumers -- but is it good news for investors in companies who make products designed to stop these attacks?
After a mock rap video by actress Natalie Portman from NBC's Saturday Night Live hit YouTube and other websites, NBC lawyers launched a cease-and-desist campaign to prevent the clip from appearing anywhere besides nbc.com. The move followed an earlier push to fight copyright infringement of SNL's "Lazy Sunday" video. Those were boneheaded moves, say authors Ben McConnell and Jackie Huba on their Church of the Customer blog. Limiting SNL videos to NBC's own website and to official sales channels like iTunes, they argue, kills the viral effect that prompted hundreds of thousands of Web users to download and share them -- a phenomenon that has given the venerable-but-tired SNL new buzz.
Cybercrime is on the rise -- and today's attacks are often silent, hard to detect and highly targeted, according to a new survey.
Internet criminals want your computer, your money and your identity. And their tactics are becoming increasingly refined and organized, according to security experts.
Internet criminals want your computer, your money and your identity. And their tactics are becoming increasingly refined and organized, according to security experts.
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Stocks eked out modest gains Tuesday after the Federal Reserve raised a key short-term interest rate by a quarter-percentage point, as expected, and said that rates can continue to rise at a measured pace.
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This flu season the most dangerous and costly sickness could strike your desktop.
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U.S. stocks were set to open slightly higher Tuesday as oil prices stabilized near record levels and investors awaited the Federal Reserve's decision on interest rates.
Investors will look to the Fed Tuesday for signs of economic strength, after mostly positive after-bell news emerged from companies Monday.
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