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Australia's GE Money warns customers of 'Heartbleed' bug

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Financial services firm GE Money has warned Australian customers against "worldwide internet vulnerabilities", urging them to change online passwords after a bug surfaced this month hitting email systems, security firewalls and possibly, mobile phones. "Heartbleed" surfaced in April, when it was disclosed that a pernicious flaw in a widely used Web encryption program known as OpenSSL opened hundreds of thousands of websites to data theft.

Federal judge extends order blocking destruction of surveillance records

SAN FRANCISCO - A federal judge in San Francisco has extended his nationwide order blocking the National Security Agency from destroying telephone surveillance records. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White issued a restraining order on March 10 to prevent the National Security Agency from destroying phone records that it had collected more than five years ago. On Wednesday, White, who is overseeing an invasion-of-privacy lawsuit against the agency, prolonged that order, ruling the records were needed to decide the case.

NSA nominee defends bulk data collection

The nominee to head the US National Security Agency on Tuesday defended the use of bulk data collection but said he also wants more transparency about the secretive spy service. Vice Admiral Michael Rogers, nominated by President Barack Obama to head the agency at the center of a public firestorm over surveillance, told lawmakers the NSA needs to be able to access the vast amounts of metadata to thwart terror attacks.

S.Africa police filmed beating naked man on Cape Town street

South Africa's under-fire police faced a fresh scandal Friday after footage emerged of uniformed officers punching and kicking a half-naked and unarmed man on a Cape Town street. The footage, filmed by a witness and posted on Facebook and YouTube, showed two officers manhandling the suspect, with the help of two uniformed private security guards. A security guard ripped the shirt-less man's trousers off and then a police officer repeatedly punched and kicked the man in the groin. Another officer held the man by the neck.

Target executive's departure in wake of data breach puts spotlight on CIOs, need for security

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The departure of Target's chief information officer in the wake of the company's massive pre-Christmas data breach highlights the increased pressure facing executives who are charged with protecting corporate computer systems from hackers whose attacks are on the rise and becoming more sophisticated. CIOs from companies in all walks of business —from retail to banking and drug discovery— are using the Target breach as a rallying point to call attention to their struggle and garner additional funds and manpower to fight digital threats.

Outgoing NSA chief wants snooping row 'resolved'

The outgoing chief of the National Security Agency told lawmakers Thursday he wants to end the controversy over massive surveillance programs to move forward on key defense and cybersecurity issues. General Keith Alexander, who is due to retire this month, said the public outcry over leaked NSA documents has prevented progress on issues such as cybersecurity legislation. "I think that we need to step back, set a framework for discussion with the American people," Alexander told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

California police arrested over car-impound scheme targeting Latinos

By Laila Kearney SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A corruption probe in a small California town has resulted in the arrests of four current and former police officers for stealing impounded cars belonging to mostly poor Latino drivers, prosecutors said on Wednesday. Those arrested on Tuesday in the agricultural town of King City included interim Police Chief Bruce Miller and his brother Brian Miller, who owns a towing company, said Monterey County Chief Assistant District Attorney Terry Spitz.

AP Exclusive: Feds viewed state computers in health care as potential back door for hackers

WASHINGTON - As the Obama administration raced to meet its self-imposed deadline for online health insurance markets, security experts working for the government worried that state computer systems could become a back door for hackers. Documents provided to The Associated Press show that more than two-thirds of state systems that were supposed to tap into federal computers to verify sensitive personal information for coverage were initially rated as "high risk" for security problems.

Host Brazil plans massive World Cup security

A tightly coordinated 170,000-strong security contingent will ensure peace and order at the World Cup games that get underway in Brazil this June, organizers said on Thursday. "A total of 150,000 public security professionals and military will ensure World Cup security," said Andrei Rodrigues, Brazil's national secretary for major events. To that force will be added 20,000 private security personnel, he added, as a country hit in recent months by protests over poor public services and the cost of hosting the event leaves nothing to chance.

Snowden urges end to mass surveillance in Britain Christmas message (VIDEO)

US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden called on citizens to work together to end mass surveillance when he delivered a Christmas Day broadcast to Britain via the Channel 4 television network. In his first television appearance since claiming asylum in Russia, Snowden — who caused shockwaves around the world by revealing mass US electronic surveillance programmes — staunchly defended privacy in a short pre-recorded broadcast.
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