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Sony Pictures sued for failing to protect employee data from hackers

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Sony Pictures is being sued by two former employees for failing to protect from hackers staff data about salaries, social security, and healthcare.

According to a Los Angeles federal court filing, the two ex-employees have proposed a class action lawsuit, which means more people would be able to join in litigation against Sony Pictures.

Why is ICANN rushing its ‘UN ‘net security council’? So it can be announced at Davos

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Despite rejections from its closest allies and calls for delay, ICANN is determined to create a "coordination council" for its internet-steering NetMundial Initiative this month. Why?

The initiative was born out of a meeting in April between some governments, ICANN, and others, in Brazil, to discuss the future direction of the web in the wake of Edward Snowden's NSA surveillance revelations.

DHS finds no evidence for attack on theaters showing ‘The Interview’

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The group claiming to have hacked Sony Pictures has warned people to stay away from theaters showing "The Interview," saying they will attack audiences who show up to see the comedy about North Korea's leader.

However, the Department of Homeland Security said it has found no evidence such a threat actually exists. "[A]t this time there is no credible intelligence to indicate an active plot against movie theaters within the United States," the DHS said in an emailed statement. The movie is scheduled to open December 25.

Cards supported by Apple Pay now reflect 90% of card transaction volume in US

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On Tuesday Apple announced that ten new banks have agreed to work with Apple Pay to offer credit card support. With those additions, plus the recent additions of SunTrust, Barclaycard, and USAA banks, Apple Pay now accepts credit cards that represent about 90 percent of US credit card transaction volume, according to the New York Times.

Feds used Adobe Flash to identify Tor users visiting child porn sites

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A little more than 16 months ago, word emerged that the FBI exploited a recently patched Firefox vulnerability to unmask Tor users visiting a notorious child pornography site. It turns out that the feds had waged an even broader uncloaking campaign a year earlier by using a long-abandoned part of the open source Metasploit exploit framework to identify Tor-using suspects.

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Attackers Turn Focus to PoS Vendors

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This week, the payment gateway solution provider Charge Anywhere revealed that it had been victimized by a data breach that may have compromised data going as far back as 2009.

Charge Anywhere provides payment gateway services, cloud point-of-sale (PoS) solutions, mobile PoS, and other technologies aimed at banks, enterprises, and payment processors. The attack stands as another example of hackers targeting payment card data by going after PoS vendors, as opposed to just merchants.

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Cyberattacks Longer, More Continuous Than Before

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Some 19% of 340 technology executives surveyed by security vendor Radware Inc. earlier this year described attacks against their companies as “constant,” with about 15% saying the attacks lasted more than one month.

This marks the first time in the four years that Radware has done the survey where so many respondents reported experiencing month-long attacks. “This trend challenges the traditional concept of incident response, which assumes a normal state without attacks,” Radware said in its “Global Application & Network Security Report.”

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Sony wants news organizations to delete data leaked after hack

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Sony Pictures issued a warning Sunday to news organizations against use of information leaked after a massive security breach at the studio.

In a sternly worded letter first reported by The New York Times, Sony Pictures attorney David Boies referred to the leaked Sony documents as "stolen information" and demands that those that may have already been downloaded not be reviewed and destroyed.

Google wants you to design the Internet of things

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Have an idea for how the much-anticipated Internet of things should operate? If the idea is good enough, Google may pay you to see it to fruition.

As part of a new effort to generate more Internet of things technologies, Google is planning to issue a number of grants to facilitate pioneering research in this nascent field of computing.

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Judge says reporter can’t get public records about cops’ “stingray” use

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A local judge in Arizona ruled Friday that the Tucson Police Department (TPD) does not have to disclose records related to the use of stingrays, also known as cell-site simulators, under the state’s public records act.