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Patrons use automated self service booths at the U.S. Postal Service in New York.

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Patrons use automated self service booths at the U.S. Postal Service in New York.

A National Digital ID, Courtesy of the U.S. Postal Service?

  When China passed a new law two weeks ago requiring people to give their real names when signing up for Internet and phone service, it raised alarms over the surveillance implications for the world’s largest population of Web users....

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AnchorFree's services are popular in countries such as Syria where governments may censor online content.

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AnchorFree's services are popular in countries such as Syria where governments may censor online content.

AnchorFree to Bundle Mobile and Desktop Security Tools

Silicon Valley startup AnchorFree makes computer-security software that has been downloaded more than 100 million times, often by people in China and the Middle East looking to circumvent Internet censorship. But as personal computing increasingly goes mobile, the company is...

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Online advertising firm Epic Marketplace is accused by the FTC of spying on Internet users' browsing histories.

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Online advertising firm Epic Marketplace is accused by the FTC of spying on Internet users' browsing histories.

How Online Marketer Peered Into People’s Health Histories

There are few things as creepy in online marketing as digging into someone’s health history, without their knowledge, to advertise to them. Yet that’s precisely what New York-based Epic Marketplace is accused of doing. According to the online advertising company’s...

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Medical devices such as mammography machines can be vulnerable to hacking attacks.

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Medical devices such as mammography machines can be vulnerable to hacking attacks.

Many Doctors Don’t Secure Medical Devices From Hackers, Study Finds

Your doctor’s office likely doesn’t have any digital security for its mammography machines, heart pumps and other devices that are vulnerable to hacking, according to a new study. In a survey of 80 health care organizations in the U.S., the...

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Experian, the credit-reporting giant, is being probed by Irish authorities after a series of data breaches.

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Experian, the credit-reporting giant, is being probed by Irish authorities after a series of data breaches.

Experian U.S. Data Breaches Prompt Investigation by Irish Regulators

Experian Plc, the credit-reporting giant with financial information on more than 740 million consumers, is being investigated by Irish regulators in the wake of a series of breaches of the company’s databases. The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner, which...

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The incident showcases an unsettling new strain of opportunism that's emerging as criminals try to exploit digital records.

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The incident showcases an unsettling new strain of opportunism that's emerging as criminals try to exploit digital records.

Hackers Steal, Encrypt Health Records and Hold Data for Ransom

As more patient records go digital, a recent hacker attack on a small medical practice shows the big risks involved with electronic files. The Surgeons of Lake County, located in the affluent northern Illinois suburb of Libertyville, revealed last month...

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The average cost per victim of medical ID theft was $22,346 this year, up from $20,663 last year, the survey found.

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The average cost per victim of medical ID theft was $22,346 this year, up from $20,663 last year, the survey found.

One Year of Your Life and $100,000: Growing Cost of Medical ID Theft

If your credit card is stolen, it may take a few minutes on the phone with the bank to reverse the fraudulent charges. But if your identity is stolen and used for medical treatment, it could take a year or...

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Implementing age restrictions on Websites is easier said than done.

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Implementing age restrictions on Websites is easier said than done.

What Other Facebook-Like Sites Have Done When Targeting Youth

As Facebook mulls whether to open its site to children, there’s a roadblock the social-networking company will have to overcome before it’s ever allowed to openly cater to kids. It’s not parents. It’s the federal government. As I report in...

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LinkedIn said it disabled the passwords of affected accounts, a move that likely makes the value of the stolen data worthless.

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LinkedIn said it disabled the passwords of affected accounts, a move that likely makes the value of the stolen data worthless.

Stolen Passwords to Sites Like LinkedIn Can Go for as Little as $1

(This post was updated with a comment from LinkedIn.) Worried that your password might be among those stolen from LinkedIn, eHarmony or CBS’s Last.fm in the hacking attacks uncovered last week? If the paltry prices such data fetches in the...

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