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Security chip that does encryption in PCs hacked

Deep inside millions of computers is a digital Fort Knox, a special chip with the locks to highly guarded secrets, including classified government reports and confidential business plans. Now a…

Carnegie Mellon to offer online safety program

Carnegie Mellon University will use a $20,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation to create and distribute web safety advice to faculty, teachers, and students in K-12 schools and on college…

U.S. House passes cyber-security scholarship bill

The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a cyber-security bill that calls for beefing up training, education, research, and coordination so the government can better prepare to deal with cyber…

Colleges fight attempts to allow weapons

Arizona college officials are trying to ward off an attempt by state lawmakers to let some teachers carry concealed weapons onto their campuses, reports the Arizona Daily Sun.…

Wrongful ISP piracy suspension raises questions

If internet service providers are going to become copyright police, then a recent case involving a Colorado woman suggests there's a need for better safeguards to prevent people from being…

A little ‘i’ to teach about online privacy

Trying to ward off federal regulators, the advertising industry has agreed on a standard icon—a little “i”—that it will add to most online ads that use demographics and behavioral data…

If your password is 123456, just make it HackMe

Despite all the reports of internet security breaches over the years, many computer users have reacted to the break-ins with a shrug, reports the New York Times. …

New tech tools help Haiti quake relief

Hundreds of tech volunteers spurred to action by Haiti's killer quake are adding a new dimension to disaster relief, developing new tools and services for first responders and the public…

Conficker Worm hasn’t gone away, Akamai says

PC World reports that variants of the Conficker worm were still active and spreading during the third quarter, accounting for much of attack traffic on the internet, according to Akamai…

Groups seek to challenge U.S. gov’t on seized laptops

The policy of random laptop searches and seizures by U.S. government agents at border crossings is under attack again, with a pair of civil rights groups seeking potential plaintiffs for…

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