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HealthCare.gov users told to change passwords after government's Heartbleed probe

WASHINGTON - People who have accounts on the enrolmentwebsite for President Barack Obama's signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's vulnerability to the confounding Heartbleed Internet security flaw.

Secret Service: Identifying Target hackers could take years, arrests could take longer

WASHINGTON - Secret Service investigators say they are close to gaining a full understanding of the methods hackers used to breach Target's computer systems last December. But the agency says it could take years to identify the criminals who stole some 40 million debit and credit card numbers of Target shoppers and other personal information from as many as 70 million people in the pre-Christmas breach.

Satellite telecom vulnerable to hackers

Security flaws in many satellite telecommunications systems leave them open to hackers, raising potential risks for aviation, shipping, military and other sectors, security researchers said Thursday. A paper released by the security firm IOActive found "multiple high risk vulnerabilities" in all the satellite systems studied. "These vulnerabilities have the potential to allow a malicious actor to intercept, manipulate, or block communications, and in some cases, to remotely take control of the physical device," the report said.

Police charge man, 19, in Heartbleed privacy breach at Canada Revenue Agency

OTTAWA - Police have charged a 19-year-old man from London, Ont., in connection with the loss of taxpayer data from the Canada Revenue Agency website. Stephen Arthuro Solis-Reyes was arrested at his residence Tuesday and is charged with unauthorized use of a computer and mischief in relation to data, the RCMP said Wednesday. A search of the residence resulted in the seizure of computer equipment. Solis-Reyes is a computer science student at Western University, a spokesman for the university said.

National Security Council says disclosing software vulnerabilities is in national interest

WASHINGTON - Disclosing vulnerabilities in commercial and open source software is in the national interest and shouldn't be withheld from the public unless there is a clear national security or law enforcement need, President Barack Obama's National Security Council said Saturday.

Japan, U.S. to cooperate on defending critical cyber infrastructure

The United States and Japan agreed Thursday to strengthen cooperation on protecting critical Internet infrastructure from rampant cyberattacks, according to sources familiar with the discussions. "We've really been able to deepen our conversations on this issue," said a Japanese participant in discussions in Washington, which formed the second round of a comprehensive dialogue between the two countries on cybersecurity.

'Heartbleed' bug a critical Internet illness

The "Heartbleed" flaw in Internet security is as critical as the name implies and wider spread than first believed. Warnings about the danger exposed early this week reached widening circles on Thursday, with everyone from website operators and bank officials to Internet surfers and workers who tele-commute being told their data could be in danger. "Heartbleed is a catastrophic bug in OpenSSL," well-known computer security specialist Bruce Schneier said in a post at his schneier.com website.

Over 200 tech theft attempts in 2009-13: spy agency

SEOUL, April 1 (Yonhap) -- There were 209 reported attempts of technology theft in the past five years, an overwhelming majority of them from small- and midsize companies, South Korea's spy agency said Tuesday. According to a center for protection of industrial secrets under the National Intelligence Service, attempted theft of trade secrets to foreign countries has grown to cover a wider range of sectors, with smaller companies falling prey because of weaker security awareness and lack of resources to invest in advanced security system.

Hagel, ahead of China trip, urges military restraint in cyberspace

By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, pushing for openness ahead of a trip to China, said on Friday in an unusual live broadcast from a secretive base the Pentagon would exercise restraint in using the military in cyberspace and urged other nations to do so as well.

S. Korea detects suspected N. Korea hacking attempt

South Korea detected a suspected North Korean hacking attempt Thursday to steal military data by using a journalist's notebook computer, defence ministry officials said. The military cyber warfare command found that a notebook infected with a malicious code was used in a bid to attack the defence ministry's computer network, a ministry spokesman said. The notebook belonged to a reporter covering defence, he said, adding notebooks used by reporters are connected to the ministry's Internet network.
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