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'Shellshock' Computer Bug May Be As Serious As 'Heartbleed' Vulnerability

BOSTON, Sept 25 (Reuters) - Hackers have launched attacks exploiting the newly identified "Shellshock" computer bug, researchers warned on Thursday, as news surfaced that an initial patch for the issue was incomplete, suggesting even updated systems were vulnerable. The attacks came as security experts scrambled to determine how many systems and what types of computers…
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Health care data of 1 million N.J. patients compromised since 2009 |

About a month ago, Jersey City Medical Center patients were surprised to receive a letter informing them that the hospital had lost a compact disc loaded with unencrypted sensitive patient data. The trove of information lost in the mail included Social Security numbers, payment information and admission dates for Medicaid patients. The data was out…
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5 Million Gmail Usernames And Associated Passwords Leaked

It's time to change your Gmail password -- again. Around 5 million Gmail usernames and associated passwords were leaked on a Russian Internet forum on Tuesday. Thankfully, less than 2 percent of real, current username and password combinations, or about 100,000, were released, Google's Spam & Abuse Team wrote in a blog post. Many are…
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Meet the machines that steal your phone’s data | Ars Technica

The National Security Agency’s spying tactics are being intensely scrutinized following the recent leaks of secret documents. However, the NSA isn't the only US government agency using controversial surveillance methods. Monitoring citizens' cell phones without their knowledge is a booming business. From Arizona to California, Florida to Texas, state and federal authorities have been quietly investing…
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Hackers break into server for Obamacare website: U.S. officials | Reuters

(Reuters) - An unknown hacker or hackers broke into a computer server supporting the website through which consumers enroll in Obamacare health insurance, a government cybersecurity team discovered last week, apparently uploading malicious files. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the lead Obamacare agency, briefed key congressional staff on Thursday about the intrusions,…
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