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New products of the week 1.23.17

Our roundup of intriguing new products from companies such as Acronis and Bugsee.

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Lavabit developer has a new encrypted, end-to-end email protocol

The developer behind Lavabit, an email service that noted leaker Edward Snowden used, is releasing source code for an open-source end-to-end encrypted email standard that promises surveillance-proof messaging.

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Researchers propose a way to use your heartbeat as a password

Researchers at Binghamton State University have proposed a model that uses patients' heartbeats as an encryption key for electronic records.

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Spanish police nab suspected hacker behind Neverquest banking malware

Spanish police have arrested a suspected Russian hacker of developing the Neverquest banking Trojan, a malware targeting financial institutions across the world.

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WhatsApp vulnerability could expose messages to prying eyes, report claims

However, security experts claim that the threat is 'remote' and 'limited in scope,' and call for a retraction by The Guardian.

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Trump nominee suggests IRS cybersecurity and staffing boosts

Steven Mnuchin, a former CIO and executive vice president for Goldman Sachs, told senators on Thursday that he is “very concerned about the lack of first-rate technology at the IRS” as well as staff cuts in recent years.

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Google pushed developers to fix security flaws in 275,000 Android apps

Over the past two years, Google has convinced developers to patch security issues in over 275,000 Android apps hosted on its official app store.

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Secrets for Mac and Secrets Touch review: A simple, no-frills password manager for Mac and iOS

Secrets allows users to easily and securely store passwords, credit card numbers, bank details, and other confidential information with OpenPGP and AES encryption.

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How fortified is your SAP against security breaches?

Can you even tell if a breach has occurred? Have you inventoried its vulnerabilities - and taken steps to prevent, for example, a $22 million per minute loss due to a SAP breach? Ask yourself these 10 questions to find out if your SAP...

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Microsoft’s standing to sue over secret US data requests in question

Microsoft’s lawsuit objecting to the indiscriminate use by U.S. law enforcement of orders that demand user data without the opportunity to inform the customer may run into questions about the software giant's standing to raise the...

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Assange seeks to discuss his US extradition with the feds

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said he stands by an earlier pledge to face trial in the U.S., but he is first urging federal investigators to name the exact charges against him.

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Encrypted email service ProtonMail is now accessible over Tor

The creators of encrypted email service ProtonMail have set up a server that's only accessible over the Tor anonymity network as a way to fight possible censorship attempts in some countries.

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Google reveals its stealthy moves to keep Android phones free from malware

Google explains how it has used its Verify Apps to flag some 25,000 apps as potentially dangerous.

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Attackers start wiping data from CouchDB and Hadoop databases

Researchers are reporting data wiping attacks hitting openly accessible Hadoop and CouchDB deployments.

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Is antivirus getting worse?

Anti-virus software is getting worse at detecting both known and new threats, says a new report. Average detection rates for known malware went down a couple of percentage points slightly from 2015 to 2016, while detection rates for...

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CIA updates rules for collecting and retaining info on US people

The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency on Wednesday updated rules relating to the collection, retention and dissemination of information of U.S. persons, including putting a limit of five years on holding certain sensitive data and...

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Mac malware is found targeting biomedical research

A Mac malware that’s been spying on biomedical industry may have been circulating undetected for years, according to new research.

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Fraud for online holiday sales spikes by 31%

Fraud attempts on digital retail sales jumped 31% from Thanksgiving to Dec. 31 over the previous year, according to a survey of purchasing data from ACI Worldwide.

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