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Facebook and Yelp Quit ALEC, Following Lead of Google and Amazon

Facebook and Yelp have announced their withdrawal from the conservative lobby group American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), according to the National Journal.

Microsoft Stops Sending Security Notes via E-Mail after Canada Toughens Spam Law

Microsoft will stop using e-mail to deliver its security notification service after Canada imposed some of the world’s toughest anti-spam laws, according to Computerworld.

Ex-eBay Affiliate Marketer Gets 5 Months in Prison for ‘Cookie Stuffing’

Ex eBay affiliate marketer Shawn Hogan has been sentenced to serve five months in prison for defrauding eBay of $28 million in affiliate fees, according to Small Business Trends.

Japan Airport Employee Loses Security Pass Codes Memo before US President’s Official Visit

Japanese airport authorities have called a high security alert after a Skymark Airlines employee lost a memo containing security pass codes, according to The Japan Times.

Flaws in Network Protocol Expose Millions of Computers to Attack

Security issues in a widely used suite of network protocols known as uPnP (Universal Plug-and-Play) could expose millions of devices to attacks, even without their users’ intervention.

Multiple GitHub Projects Expose Private SSH Key

A number of private cryptographic keys associated with GitHub accounts were inadvertently leaked on the web and cached in the Git search engine.

Healthcare Under Cyber-Attack: 94% of Hospitals Breached

Almost nine hospitals in 10 have suffered at least one data breach, according to a study commissioned by ID Experts. The same report says these breaches cost healthcare organization an estimated $7 billion per year.

U.S. Medical Devices Plagued by Malware; Hospitals under Botnet Threat

The U.S. is doing a poor job of monitoring the security and privacy of medical devices, according to a multi-year study by six researchers associated with Harvard Medical School's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Department of Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, as reported by

Thousands could lose internet connection due to virus ring

In an effort to improve internet security and stop the DNSChanger virus, the FBI may be soon shutting down certain servers the virus is on. Computerworld reports that a federal judge ruled that the operation has been extended, so users with the DNS Changer malware will stay connected until they can scrub their machines of the virus.

Maintenance is an important part of computer upkeep

While computers definitely need antivirus software and internet security to survive on the internet, Alex Wright writes on Bermuda's Royal Gazette that updating and maintaining the computer is also a key part of making sure a computer survives.

What to do when computers start to move extremely slow

When a computer starts to misbehave and go very slowly, it can be extremely frustrating for the user. Work is harder to get done and simple tasks can take ages. Toneo Rutsito writes on NewsDay that sometimes it may not always be the fault of a failing antivrius program.

Nearly two dozen Japanese government computers infected with viruses

More than 20 computers belonging to members of the Japanese government are now infected with viruses, according to Japanese news sources.

Website lays out the future of malware

With new data breaches popping up almost every day, said it's only going to get worse when hackers figure out new ways of getting their hands on personal information. Everyone online should have updated internet security and antivirus programs.

Users should protect themselves from fake antivirus software

When surfing the internet, users need to prepare themselves for encounters with fake antivirus software, or scareware, that could be extremely harmful to computers, according to Herb Weisbaum on MSNBC's ConsumerMan blog.

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