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Google Fined $25,000, but “Not Guilty,” in Street View Data Collection Case

The US Federal Communications Commission has fined Google with a $25,000 (£15,300) fine for interfering with the company’s investigation in the Street View Wi-Fi data collection case.

Controversial Cyber-Security Bill Cispa Passed US House

The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, which would allow the US government to access private information on suspicion of a cyber threat, has passed the House of Representatives. Despite a veto threat from President Barack Obama and opposition from digital privacy groups, the bill got a 248-168 vote.

Microsoft Patched Rapidly Spreading Hotmail Exploit

Microsoft has fixed the Hotmail password reset vulnerability that was reported as exploited in the wild for days. The company was notified on April 20 of the flaw that was known to be spreading rapidly in the hacking community.

Conficker Still Affected 1.7 Million in Q4 2011

Conficker infected 1.7 workstations around the world in the last quarter of 2011, more than three years after the worm was first detected, according to Microsoft’s Q4 Security Intelligence Report volume 12. The rate of infection has increased despite widespread availability of tools to fight it.

Cybercrime Earned Russian-Speaking Hackers $4.5 Billion in 2011

Cybercrime has earned Russian-speaking hackers $4.5 billion in 2011, or 36 percent of the estimated global earnings of $12.5 billion that hackers claimed in 2011.

Cyber-Attack on Iran Targets National Oil Company

Iran’s national oil company has been the target of a malware attack that affected systems on the Kharg Island along with some of its other oil platforms.

Anti-Abortion Hacker Jailed, but Attacks on UK Pregnancy Advisory Service Continue

The British Pregnancy Advisory Service, which provides about 53,000 abortions in the UK each year, was attacked around 2.500 times since the hacker who stole women’s abortion records was arrested, the BBC reports.

Russian Charged With Stealing $1 Million after Hacking Into US Brokerage Accounts

A Russian national living in New York has been charged in the US with stealing $1 million by hacking into online brokerage accounts. Petr Murmylyuk, 31, could face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, according to the US Justice Dept.

Mobile Security Mistakes Point to Android Developer Negligence

Developer negligence causes security flaws in smartphone applications, and they won’t likely be addressed until users start to point the finger at mobile app developers, said Jacob West, director of software security research for HP.

Law Firms Eye Windfall in Suits Over Health Data Breaches

Recent attacks on secure health data and the exposure of 31,800 medical records over the Internet has law firms eyeing the prospect of a windfall from lawsuits.

Youngest Hacker in Austria Arrested for Attacks on 259 Companies

Austrian police arrested a 15-year-old boy who allegedly hacked 259 companies in three months, attacking on average three websites a day. He is the youngest hacker ever arrested in the country, according to the Federal Criminal Police Office.

Researchers Develop Algorithm to Detect Fake Reviewers

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have designed an algorithm to protect against online review fraud that’s capable of damaging businesses’ reputation.

Highly Secure Android Handset Developed by Boeing

Boeing, best known for its commercial airliners, is now foraying into the mobile communications industry by releasing a super-secure Android handset.

UK Police Arrest Two Teens for Emergency Hotline Prank

British authorities arrested two boys suspected of making hoax phone calls to a hotline set up to report terrorism activities. Police denied a connected accusation that their communication systems have been breached.