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Jaikumar Vijayan is a freelance technology writer specializing in computer security and privacy topics. Disclosure: He also writes for Hewlett-Packad's marketing website TechBeacon.

Yahoo Launches Big Data Analytics Tool for Online Advertisers

Yahoo today launched Genome, a new tool that allows online advertisers take advantage of the company's extensive experience with big data analytics.

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA): A FAQ

Having passed the U.S. House of Representatives, the controversial legislation goes next to the Senate and faces a presidential veto threat unless it is modified to address privacy concerns.

Weak Passwords Still Subvert IT Security

A recent data breach that exposed the Social Security numbers of more than 280,000 people served as yet another reminder of the well-recognized, but often discounted, risks associated with using weak and default passwords.

Lawmakers Question FAA on Privacy Protections Around Drone Use

Two senior lawmakers this week sent a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration demanding information on how the agency will ensure that privacy rights are protected when it issues drone licenses to government, law enforcement and private organizations.

Anonymous Offers Alternative to Pastebin.com

The Anonymous hacking collective has launched a new site that it claims will allow users to post material without fear of being tracked down.

White House's Online Privacy Plan Gets Mixed Reaction

Advocacy groups want stronger rules but the industry prefers to retain its current self-regulation.

Global Payments Breach Raises Questions

Questions remain over a computer intrusion at Global Payments Inc. that exposed data on at least 1.5 million credit and debit card holders.

Most 2011 Cyberattacks Called 'Avoidable'

Default or simple passwords, ineffective or nonexistent firewalls offered easy targets for security breaches, a Verizon report finds.

University of Tampa Data Breach: Student Info Exposed for 8 Months

An in-class project on advanced search techniques led to the discovery of a major data breach at the University of Tampa in Florida last week.

18 Firms Sued for Using Privacy-invading Mobile Apps

Facebook, Apple, Twitter, Yelp and 14 other companies have been hit with a lawsuit accusing them of distributing privacy-invading mobile applications...

Anonymous Defaces Police Equipment Supplier Site, Releases Symantec Code

For the second time this week, hackers associated with the Anonymous hacking collective have taken down a website in retaliation for the arrests of several members of its hacking collective.

Vatican Site Hit by Hackers Claiming to be Anonymous

A website claiming to be the official blog of Anonymous took credit for Wednesday's attack, blaming church policies.

Anonymous Takes Down Security Firm's Website, Vows to Fight on After Arrests

Hackers claiming to belong to the Anonymous hacking collective early Wednesday defaced Panda Security's PandaLabs website in apparent response to arrests.

Researcher: Internet Voting Systems are Too Insecure

Internet voting systems are inherently insecure and should not be allowed in the upcoming general elections, a noted security researcher said at the RSA Conference 2012 being held here this week.