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Stories with subject: Computer and data security
  • Health care site flagged in Heartbleed review 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 1:19 am
  • WASHINGTON - People who have accounts on the enrollment website 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.

  • 27K UPMC worker hit by data breach, 788 by fraud 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 12:22 pm
  • PITTSBURGH - The personal information of 27,000 University of Pittsburgh Medical Center employees might have been put at risk by identity thieves who apparently used the information of 788 workers to file bogus federal tax returns, the hospital network said.

  • Police charge Canadian in Internet privacy breach 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 9:26 pm
  • OTTAWA, Ontario - Police have charged a 19-year-old Canadian man in connection with the loss of taxpayer data from Canada's tax agency website.

  • Ex-DNR employee gets probation in data breach 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 7:57 pm
  • ST. PAUL, Minnesota - A former Minnesota Department of Natural Resources worker was sentenced to two years of probation Monday for allegedly looking up private driver's license data on thousands of people without permission.

  • Regulators: No interruption after utilities hacked 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 4:05 pm
  • HARTFORD, Connecticut - Electric, natural gas and major water companies and regional distribution systems in Connecticut have been penetrated by hackers and other cyber attackers, but defenses have prevented interruption, state utility regulators said Monday in their first report on cyber security.

  • Study shows increase in online information thefts 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 2:10 pm
  • NEW YORK - The number of Americans who say they've had important personal information stolen online is on the rise, according to a Pew Research Center report released Monday.

  • NSC backs disclosing software vulnerabilities 
    Updated: Apr-12-14 8:28 pm
  • 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.

  • Court reverses conviction of man in iPad data case 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 4:49 pm
  • PHILADELPHIA - A federal appeals court reversed the conviction of man imprisoned for illegally gaining access to AT&T's servers and stealing the email addresses of more than 100,000 of iPad users, ruling Friday that prosecutors tried him in the wrong state.

  • Heartbleed could harm a variety of systems 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 3:59 pm
  • NEW YORK - It now appears that the "Heartbleed" security problem affects not just websites, but also the networking equipment that connects homes and businesses to the Internet.

  • Police: Facebook posts prompted fatal casino fight 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 1:16 pm
  • RENO, Nevada - Reno, Nevada, police say they've arrested a nightclub guard accused of killing a man who posted negative Facebook comments about the lounge's security.

  • FBI investigates man in U-Md. data disclosure 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 9:26 pm
  • The FBI is investigating a Baltimore-area computer worker in connection with the online disclosure last month of University of Maryland President Wallace Loh's Social Security and cellphone numbers, according to court records.

  • What you need to know about the Heartbleed bug 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 10:46 pm
  • NEW YORK - Millions of passwords, credit card numbers and other personal information may be at risk as a result of a major breakdown in Internet security revealed earlier this week.

  • Heartbleed bug causes major security headache 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 7:13 pm
  • SAN FRANCISCO - A confounding computer bug called "Heartbleed" is causing major security headaches across the Internet as websites scramble to fix the problem and Web surfers wonder whether they should change their passwords to prevent theft of their email accounts, credit card numbers and other sensitive information.

  • Dakota State to offer cyber security doctorate 
    Updated: Apr-04-14 4:46 pm
  • MADISON, South Dakota - Dakota State University in Madison is reinforcing its specialty in cyber security by offering a new doctoral degree this fall.

  • Victims double in LA County medical data breach 
    Updated: Apr-03-14 8:50 pm
  • LOS ANGELES - The number of patients identified in a medical data breach after a computer theft from a Southern California office has more than doubled.

  • Committee looks into Cover Oregon security 
    Updated: Apr-03-14 5:47 pm
  • PORTLAND, Oregon - A congressional committee is looking into whether Oregon's troubled health-insurance exchange had done enough to protect sensitive personal information before trying to launch the Cover Oregon portal in October.

  • Yahoo adds more security to thwart surveillance 
    Updated: Apr-02-14 10:49 pm
  • SAN FRANCISCO - Yahoo has added more layers of security in its effort to shield people's online lives from government spying and other snooping.

  • SC has no consistent computer security plan 
    Updated: Apr-02-14 8:49 am
  • COLUMBIA, South Carolina - Officials have told lawmakers that South Carolina has no consistent plan for computer security among state agencies, more than a year after the state's revenue department was hacked.

  • Major Texas liquor store chain reports data breach 
    Updated: Mar-28-14 9:37 pm
  • HOUSTON - One of the biggest Texas liquor store chains has reported a security breach that exposed personal information of customers at some of its smaller stores.

  • Sally Beauty's security breach grows in scope 
    Updated: Mar-28-14 5:35 pm
  • DENTON, Texas - Sally Beauty says a security breach in March may have affected more of its customers than it earlier estimated.

  • Fandango, Credit Karma reach security settlement 
    Updated: Mar-28-14 4:28 pm
  • PORTLAND, Oregon - The Federal Trade Commission says the mobile applications of movie ticket-seller Fandango and credit report-provider Credit Karma may have exposed millions of users' sensitive personal information, including credit card data and social security numbers.

  • Security firms watch social media for feisty fans 
    Updated: Mar-27-14 3:44 am
  • As Minnesota Vikings fans were getting ready for the final game at the Metrodome last December, officials at Whelan Security noticed social media chatter suggesting some of the faithful might rush the field and try to steal a piece of history.

  • Experts say NSA rules leave privacy vulnerable 
    Updated: Mar-26-14 3:30 pm
  • STANFORD, California - Cyber security experts are questioning whether President Barack Obama can make good on his assurance that U.S. intelligence agencies aren't spying on "ordinary folks."

  • Ribbon cutting held for new cyber security hub 
    Updated: Mar-25-14 2:59 pm
  • BATTLE CREEK, Michigan - A ribbon cutting has been held at a facility designed to enhance Michigan's protection of computer systems and sensitive data.

  • Report: NSA targeted Chinese tech giant Huawei 
    Updated: Mar-22-14 6:22 pm
  • BERLIN - U.S. intelligence agencies hacked into the email servers of Chinese tech giant Huawei five years ago, around the time concerns were growing in Washington that the telecommunications equipment manufacturer was a threat to U.S. national security, two newspapers reported Saturday.